Monday, October 24, 2005

NBA Preview: Part I

This is the first of a five-part NBA preview. Andy Grabia has been kind of enough to weigh in with his picks as well, so you'll get to see which one of us is the true NBA guru at Sports Matters. Here's the schedule for this week:
Monday: Eastern Conference (3 Biggest Acquisitions, 3 Teams on the Rise, 3 Teams on the Decline, 3 Players Poised for a Breakout)

Tuesday: Western Conference (3 Biggest Acquisitions, 3 Teams on the Rise, 3 Teams on the Decline, 3 Players Poised for a Breakout)

Wednesday: Eastern Conference Rankings

Thursday: Western Conference Rankings

Friday: Playoff Predictions and Award Winners
So without further ado...

Eastern Conference

3 Biggest Off-Season Acquisitions
Alex:
Larry Hughes, Cleveland Cavaliers
Damon Jones, Cleveland Cavaliers
Caron Butler, Washington Wizards

Andy:
Donyell Marshall, Cleveland Cavaliers
Larry Hughes, Cleveland Cavaliers
Usher, Cleveland Cavaliers

3 Teams On The Rise
Alex:
Cleveland Cavaliers
Milwaukee Bucks
Washington Wizards

Andy:
Cleveland Cavaliers
Chicago Bulls
Orlando Magic

3 Teams On The Decline
Alex:
Boston Celtics
Philadelphia 76ers
Detroit Pistons

Andy:
Boston Celtics
New Jersey Nets
Milwaukee Bucks

3 Players Poised For A Breakout
Alex:
Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
Caron Butler, Washington Wizards
Tyson Chandler, Chicago Bulls

Andy:
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic

3 Comments:

At 9:14 PM, Blogger sacamano said...

Like fine wine, the Celtics never decline.

They are just mellowing until the ghosts of Red, Reggie and Len decide to uncork the magic in the bottle.

 
At 3:08 PM, Blogger sacamano said...

Wade, Howard and James for breakouts?

Aren't all three of them already broken out?

Exactly how much ink and how many MVP votes do you need to be considered a breakout player?

 
At 3:42 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

As I am an admittedly half-hearted NBA fan, I didn't bother doing a ton of research. Plus, the question is ambiguous. What exactly is breakout? I took it to mean taking their game to a whole new level. It just so happens that for Wade and Lebron, that whole new level is miles above everybody else.

All will be revealed.

 

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