Re: People are Underestimating how many teams will be TANKING this year
posted at 7/3/2013 10:51 AM EDT
I'm not sure I buy in to this idea:
Definitely Tanking: Suns, Hawks, 76ers, Bobcats, Kings, Bucks, Celtics
Trying to get better: Pistons, Wizzards, Pelicans, Wolves
Not sure yet: Lakers, Mavericks, Magic, Raptors, Cavs, Jazz
Definitely not tanking: Heat, Pacers, Knicks, Nets, Bulls, Grizz, Nuggets, Spurs, Rockets, Clippers, Warriers, Thunder
If my (novice) assessment is right, then we have a decent shot at being within the 7 worst teams in the league. I can't imagine seeing the Lakers and Mavericks tank, even though (without D12) they are both going to suck next year. Orlando was so bad last year because of injuries, so we can hope that led by Oladipo they can get a few more wins and be in the mix for the 7/8 spot in the west. I hope Cleveland is in the same bucket. Lets see what Toronto does with Rudy Gay. If they hold on to Gay, I see them vying for the playoffs. Utah will be extremely young and in a really tough conference. Lets say three of these teams are in the lottery mix.
Listen, we don't need to be the Bobcats next year. As long as we can secure a top 10 pick, and have a shot at 1-9, that is the best we can hope for.