poll: with dwight howards departure to houston rockets will celtics make playoffs before lakers

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    poll: with dwight howards departure to houston rockets will celtics make playoffs before lakers

    this pollster says : yes

     
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    Re: poll: with dwight howards departure to houston rockets will celtics make playoffs before lakers

    No. The Lakers have tons of cap space for 2014.

     
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    Re: poll: with dwight howards departure to houston rockets will celtics make playoffs before lakers

    This helps the Lakers. Maybe not personnel-wise, but certainly in the locker room.

     

     

     
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    Re: poll: with dwight howards departure to houston rockets will celtics make playoffs before lakers

    Unless Danny does a bunch of trades we will be at the bottom.  He might though.

     
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    Re: poll: with dwight howards departure to houston rockets will celtics make playoffs before lakers


    The east is weak. It may be possible to make the playoffs next year.

    The more important question is: Which team will be the first to be relevant again?

    The answer to that is unknowable. However, I hope that it will not take another twenty years.

     
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    Re: poll: with dwight howards departure to houston rockets will celtics make playoffs before lakers

    Lakers will always be willing to spend more than the Celtics, and they are a top free agent destination so they will have an easier time assembling a contender.  For the Celtics to get a top 10 type talent they must Draft him. 

    HYPOTHETICALLY

    say we get a top 3 to 5 pick and luckily end up with the second best player out of the draft (doesn't matter who it is for this example just that he is very good),  he develops into an all star in two years.  It takes another year to assemble a complimentary winning team around him. (these are best case scenerio timeframes).  So by the 16/17 season we are looking like a decent playoff team.  It takes another 2 years of battle hardening in the playoffs and tweaking the roster to truly compete for a title. So that following year would be the 2019/2020 season.

    In the first two years of their rebuilding the Lakers (as they have always done) pick up 3 proven high-end free agents. Along the lines of Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, and lets say a little lesser guy like Oj Mayo. That team takes 1 years to gel.  They are ready to compete in 2017/2018, just for the simple fact that they never have to develop their top guys.

    Im not trying to be a prophet, but am looking at (almost) the best case scenarios for both teams.  And moreso discussing the differences in philosophy for their respective rebuilding plans.  I know I didn't just grant the Celtics Wiggins as some people would want, but I also didn't say that the Lakers would sign Lebron or Durant either, which probably has a better chance of happening than the celts drafting Wiggins.

    The Lakers definately have more tools at their disposal that will make it much easier to become contenders in a shorter period of time.  However, if they keep making mistakes like paying big $ to one year rental premadonnas like Howard, then they could prolong the process. Both teams need luck, the Celts just need a little more than the Lakers do.

     

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