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The NBA season is right around the corner; here are our preseason rankings from 30 to 1

30: Chicago Bulls

Impact Players: Zach Lavine, Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn

If there was a team that would be tanking it would be the the Bulls. With the loss of Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade the bulls have no scoring threat. They win worst of the worst.

 

29: New York Knicks

Impact Players: Kristaps Porzingis, Doug McDermott, Tim Hardaway Jr.

The Knicks lost their best player to the Thunder in the offseason, with nothing to show for it. While they didn’t lose Porzingis, they still have one of the worst rosters in the league. But  the firing of Phil Jackson may show some promise in the future.

 

28: Brooklyn Nets

Impact Players: D’angelo Russell, Jeremy Lin, Demarre Carroll

The addition of D’angelo keeps the Nets relevant however the young guard has no help. He is basically their only scoring option ( besides Linsanity) and the Nets don’t have their picks to help them rebuild.

 

27: Atlanta Hawks

Impact Players: Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, DeWayne Dedmon

The Hawks have lost their best players slowly over the last few years: Al Horford, Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver, Jeff Teague, and  Demarre Carroll. This offseason they lost Paul Millsap, the last of their Fab Five has disappeared.

 

26: Memphis Grizzlies

Impact Players: Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, Chandler Parsons

The Grizzlies have been consistent playoff performers however this is likely the year they miss the postseason. With the loss of Zach Randolph they lose some toughness. Marc Gasol is aging fast and Chandler Parsons is no longer a star. Mike Conley sadly just isn’t good enough.

 

25: Orlando Magic

Impact Players: Aaron Gordon, Terrence Ross, Elfrid Payton

The Magic haven’t made the playoffs in the last five years, and it’s looking like it’s going to be six. While they have a good dunking squad with Aaron Gordon and Terrence Ross, they have lots to work on.

 

24: Indiana Pacers

Impact Players: Myles Turner, Victor Oladipo, T.J Leaf

Myles Turner is a great big man and only 21 he now has no scoring help with the departure of Paul George but now have move big men to give him help. However their point guard spot is one of the weakest in the league.

 

23: Sacramento Kings
Impact Players: Buddy Hield, Zach Randolph, George Hill

With some good off-season acquisitions with George Hill, Vince Carter and Zach Randolph, the loss of Rudy Gay will probably be made up. With 23 year old Buddy Hield starting over 3 other SG candidates, the Kings are loaded in every position besides the 3.

 

22: Phoenix Suns

Impact Players: Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe, Marquese Chriss

Devin Booker is one of the best up and coming talents and an amazing scorer. Eric Bledsoe is one of the most underrated two-way players in the league. But other then that the suns don’t have any good pieces to make a run for the playoffs.

 

21: Dallas Mavericks

Impact Players: Dirk Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes

The Mavericks have made the playoffs every year but twice since the 2000-2001 NBA season, winning a championship along the way. With young talents Harrison Barnes and Dennis Smith Jr., and veterans Wesley Matthews and Dirk Nowitzki, this Mavericks team should not be overlooked.

 

20: Denver Nuggets

Impact Players: Nikola Jokic, Emmanuel Mudiay, Paul Millsap

This is a very underrated up and coming team. They were and improbable Russell Westbrook Triple Double and 38 Foot buzzer beater away from making the playoffs. Jokic is one of the premier up and coming big men and now has Paul Millsap as a mentor. Look for this team to surprise some people

 

19: Miami Heat

Impact Players: Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters, Hassan Whiteside

The Heat are an average-below average team in the East. Making the playoffs only once in the last 3 years, the Heat are slowly deteriorating, only to be rescued if their young players can get good, and fast.

 

18:Detroit Pistons

Impact Players: Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, Avery Bradley

With the addition of Avery Bradley the pistons look more dangerous, and by that I mean they could get a 8 seed. Even with their makeshift big three they have no depth to help them go for a deep run in the playoffs

 

17:Los Angeles Clippers

Impact Players: Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Danilo Gallinari

The Clippers are the only team that got upset in the first round of the playoffs, the Paul-less Clippers are deteriorating fast, and it doesn’t look like anyone is going to save them.

 

16: Los Angeles Lakers

Impact Players: Lonzo Ball, Brooke Lopez,  Kyle Kuzma

The Lakers are a great young up and coming team, with rookies and young players filling up most of their roster. If they can stay healthy and pull off a decent win total, this team could be a 7 or 8 seed team in the West.

 

15: Utah Jazz

Impact Players: Rudy Gobert, Rodney Hood, Ricky Rubio

With losing Gordon Hayward the Jazz have lost their main scoring threat, However they have kept most of their solid defense anchored by DPOY candidate Rudy Gobert. Now Jazz fans are left to wonder if summer league star Rookie Donovan Mitchell and a Rodney Hood trying to bounce back from a shaky season can do the job.

 

14: Charlotte Hornets

Impact Players: Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

The Hornets have been a decent team in the East, and now that much of the competition has left, they can be a decent conference contender.

 

13: New Orleans Pelicans

Impact Players: Demarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo

The Pelicans haven’t been working like they should be, missing the playoffs with 2 all-star players. While they probably have the best frontcourt in the league, their backcourt needs some work.

 

12: Philadelphia 76ers

Impact Players: Joel Embiid, Markelle Fultz, Ben Simmons

The 76ers are arguably the best up and coming teams in the league, the only thing that stands in their way for a great season this year is injury, which they have faced for many years.

 

11: Portland Trail Blazers

Impact Players: Damian Lillard, CJ Mccollum, Jusuf Nurkic

Quite possibly the most underrated team in the league, the Blazers have one of the best backcourts in the West not to mention the very young Center Jusuf Nurkic who looks like a future all-star,

 

10: Toronto Raptors

Impact Players: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Jonas Valanciunas

The Raptors have been an Eastern Conference contender for the last few years, and they aren’t looking like they’ll be much more. While they have a decent first line, their bench could use  some shining up

 

9: Washington Wizards

Impact Players: John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter Jr.

When healthy this team is deadly. John Wall had an amazing season basically carrying the Wizards ( With Bradley Beal) to an impressive 4th seed.

 

8: Minnesota Timberwolves

Impact Players: Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins.

With the addition of Jimmy Butler the young Timberwolves look Dangerous however with their very good starting lineup they have a pretty weak second line.

 

7: Milwaukee Bucks

Impact Players: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Malcolm Brogdon, Jabari Parker

The Bucks are possibly the best young team in the league, with an average age of 23.9 years. If they can stay healthy, they can be one of the league’s most formidable contenders

 

6: Houston Rockets

Impact Players: James Harden, Chris Paul, Clint Capela

With Adding Chris Paul via sign and trade the Rockets finally give Harden a running mate, However their roster has holes that will hinder them in this loaded Western Conference.

 

5: San Antonio Spurs

Impact Players: Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay

The Spurs have been a constant threat over the years, making the playoffs every year since 1997; the closest current streak to this is the Atlanta Hawks 10 year streak.

 

4: Boston Celtics

Impact Players: Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Jason Tatum

The Celtics have had a busy offseason by their standards adding Gordon Hayward and trading for Kyrie Irving, However because of the trade they lack depth that they will need to beat the Cavs.

 

3: Oklahoma City Thunder

Impact Players: Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony

Oklahoma has a lot of new additions this offseason. Trading for Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, the Thunder have one of the most powerful offenses in the league. With 3 All-Stars starting this season, the only thing they have to work on is depth.

 

2: Cleveland Cavaliers

Impact players: Lebron James, Isaiah Thomas,Dwayne Wade.

Lebron James is still  the best basketball player in the world, and even though they lost Kyrie to the Celtics they added more depth like the addition of Dwayne Wade still making them the team to beat in the east.

 

1: Golden State Warriors

Impact players: Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Draymond Green

The Warriors superteam is one that cannot be matched, with their unstoppable fab four and their constant passing offense, they aren’t budging from this top spot.

 

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  1. adviser on October 11th, 2017 9:55 am

    Wow! Cy, you know your sports stuff. Not only did you make it easy to understand, you made it interesting.

NBA preseason rankings