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Old 10-06-2017, 05:21 PM   #51
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>Rhee

I respect the decision to put the Celtics above the Cavs, I don't think it's just because you're a homer. I remember looking up the stat not too long ago and I think in the seven years that LeBron's made the finals his team has only been the one seed coming out of the East three times? Something like that. Add in the fact that Thomas is out for awhile, and I get it... but I mean LeBron is LeBron so I had to put them at the number one seed.

You're straight up drawlin' if you think the Heat are going to be the 5 seed. Yeah they're probably not going to start 11-30 again, but there's no way they're as good as their 30-11 finish. I do have them making the playoffs, but I can't see them being that high. In clutch situations, who do they give the ball to when they need to score? Dragic can score, but I wouldn't say he's lethal. Whiteside is definitely more of a defender/rebounder than a scorer. Winslow and Johnson haven't shown me they can take over a game, and Waiters... well he can do it sometimes but I'd be so damned if I had to rely on Dion Waiters to win a game for me. The 7 teams I have ahead of the Heat all have THE GUY (or maybe multiple guys) that you can definitely say you'd give the ball to in the final seconds. They all have at least one transcendent player. I can't say the same thing about the Heat.

As for the Sixers... you're sleeping on them. I know it was only the first preseason game but Ben Simmons looked like he was able to get to the rim at will. His passing was on point, and he already looked kind of seasoned. Probably because he's a "rookie." He projects to be a good defender too, so between him, Covington, and Embiid I think we're going to be able to lock it down pretty well. Fultz didn't look as good, but he's an actual rookie, so. Shooters shoot, and he just needs to keep shooting. He'll start knocking them down. Also, Embiid is now playing full contact 5 on 5. Think he's going to be ready to start the regular season, or at least after the first couple games. As long as him and his agent don't hold out on the contract extension.

I also think you're disrespecting the Hawks a little bit. For me, they're like a poor man's Spurs team. They always seem to do better than they should do to me, and I think a lot of that is coaching. I do think they miss the playoffs (barely), but they're not going to be a cupcake by any stretch of the imagination.

I agree with your placement of the Thunder, but I don't see how you think they got worse after the Melo trade. I definitely think it makes them better. Melo was shackled with Phil Jackson there, and he's finally in a place where he doesn't have to be the number one option. Can't find the quote at the moment, but Melo has said that he's wanted to play with another star and be the number two option before. Like think how good Team USA Melo is, when he doesn't have to be THE GUY all the time. I think he does really well in OKC (even if they only end up with the four seed).

Definitely disagreeing with the Jazz in the playoffs over the Blazers. I know defense wins championships, but I just can't see the Jazz getting in because of their offense. Rubio is fun because he's a great point guard, but who does he have to pass it to? I'm not as high on Rodney Hood as you are. Maybe him and Gobert can get some good pick and roll action going but Iso Joe Johnson is one of their better scoring options... and I don't have confidence in that. It worked for a bit in the playoffs last year, but he's only getting older. I just can't see a team with a one-two punch of Lillard and McCollum missing the playoffs.

Also I think any team with Boogie and AD can't possibly finish 12th in the conference. But after seeing a little bit of the Lakers it wouldn't surprise me if they jump them. I'm riding the Kyle Kuzma hype train lol.
>Heat
As far as regular season rankings go, I think the Heat match up better with better teams than the teams I ranked under them if that makes any sense lol. Like, I agree that in close games, it'll be tougher for the Heat to win,
but man I love Dion Waiters lol. They're definitely not as good as their 30-11 record, but I think that they'll have runs in the regular season that'll be the difference between like a 45 win team and a 48 win team. They're capable of competing with the likes of the Cavaliers better than the Raptors are imo. That's partially due to coaching, too, as Erik Spoelstra demonstrated last year that he's great at getting his guys to do their best when they're the underdogs. Regular season-wise, I wouldn't be surprised if they got this far up, especially in the East.

>Sixers
I definitely think this team looks really good, and I absolutely love what I've seen from Ben Simmons thus far. Like you said, Covington, Simmons,
and Embiid are each great defenders, and Fultz, Simmons, and Saric have all shown good playmaking abilities thus far. I even forgot to talk about one of my favorite players who wasn't around last year because of injury,
Jerryd Bayless, who is as good (if not better) of an off-ball shooter as Redick. You're right, this team has playoff potential. I actually hope they make the Playoffs. Even so, I can't help feeling that SOMETHING will go wrong *knock on wood* since, yaknow, it's Philly. Embiid has come out and said that he doesn't expect to be playing at the beginning of the season I believe, so that's why I say that.

>Hawks
Eh, I stand by my prediction. If they do well, that's great. They really do outperform on a regular basis. But if there were ever a time for them to fall,
I think this would be the year. I do like John Collins, though, and I don't expect the organization to properly tank, so you may well be right.

>Thunder
To be clear, I don't think the Thunder get worse with Melo. They'll have far more success in the playoffs with him. My comment about dropping them from #2 to #4 was more about the fact that I think this team has more to figure out now during the season. As good as Team USA Melo is, I think it'll be an adjustment for him to do that in 82 NBA games, and that'll be reflected in the first bit of the season. With Doug McBuckets and Kanter, they've always been kind of secondary or tertiary scoring options anyway, so I figured they'd fit right in next to PG13. There's more adjustment to be made with two new guys used to being the first options as opposed to just George. I think that the Thunder will probably use the regular season to figure out how to bring the best out of all of their guys when the postseason rolls around, and experimentation leads to a couple more losses.

>Jazz over Blazers
Like I said, this largely depends on whether or not Rodney Hood can step up to, say, 22 ppg production, which I think he might be capable of, but it is admittedly a pretty big "IF". I'm also pretty sure that the Blazers are better at scoring than the Jazz, but they'll be outscored by nearly everyone else as far as I'm concerned. There's even less defensive identity in Portland right now than there is in Houston, which is fine, but it'll be a grind for the Blazers to make it into the Playoffs.

>Twin Towers in New Orleans?
Yeah it seems blasphemous to rank a team with the two best big men in the league #12 in any conference, but I'm 1. not convinced that the Pelicans won't trade Boogie if they don't seem to be any closer to the playoffs by, say, around January (especially bc it's a contract year for him) and 2. pretty sure that Rondo and Jrue Holiday are not who you want as your backcourt.

It's a lot of "if"'s, though, so I'm open to admitting that these predictions are far from sure things[



BIG EDIT: OKAY SO I TOOK A BREAK FROM COLLEGE APPS TO LOOK AT THE NEWS AND OH BOY

Nicolas Batum is out for the next 8-12 weeks due to injury. This hurts the Hornets BAD. dang.
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Old 10-09-2017, 04:44 PM   #52
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@phoopes

Looks like you guys are stuck with Embiid for a while
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Old 10-09-2017, 10:57 PM   #53
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I'm not high on the Thunder at all. I think they're a pretender. Westbrook isn't fit for this era of basketball, and I think his performance last year was something of an aberration.

By contrast, I think the Rockets will be a tremendous regular season team but get KO'd in the playoffs once they get some cold games. They're very high variance on offense and their defense remains atrocious.

I dunno what the Spurs will be like. I feel like the Celtics are better than the Cavs and don't have an opinion on other teams.
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Old 10-09-2017, 11:28 PM   #54
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Oh helllllllll yeah, Trust the Process! Woo!

(I'm secretly glad there's insurance in the contract if he stays injury-plagued)
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Old 10-17-2017, 08:30 PM   #56
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Rhee's official 2017-2018 NBA rankings predictions before the season

Title says it all, here we go!

Eastern Conference:
1. Celtics - yeah, I know, I'm the resident Celtics fan, but this really has more to do with the Cavs' roster situation than how much better the C's got. Even so, Kyrie seems to be more than willing to buy into the system,
Hayward will be phenomenal under Brad, and Jayson and Jaylen already look like really great contributors. Easily a 50-55 win team, which will be more than enough to win the East.
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Well how about that.

Look at the bright side: at least it wasn't like what happened to Kevin Ware of Louisville in 2013. ^^;;
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At this point, I hope Gordon takes the time that he needs to fully recover and get back into basketball shape before he comes back. If that means he doesn't come back until right before the Playoffs, that's all right. Boston is still better than 80% of the teams in the East without him, so we need him at full strength.

Terrible to see an injury like that though, regardless of who I'm a fan of.

There's a lot of talk about the Disabled Player Exception, which basically clears up 8.4 mil$ of cap space in times like these to acquire a player with only a year left on a contract. The C's could use the depth.

Jaylen and crew came out to play, though, and it's still a tight game against the Cavs. I have faith in this squad.

Such a shame about Hayward, though
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I laughed at the Warriors game.

Harden called it a "playoff game", while the talking heads were saying the Warriors were still in "preseason mode".
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I laughed at the Warriors game.

Harden called it a "playoff game", while the talking heads were saying the Warriors were still in "preseason mode".
They were one Durant finger (or one more minute of Draymond) away from taking an L too smh

Hearts out to J Lin. Two of my favorite players down already ;-;
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Bobby Portis slugged Nikola Mirotic in the face, broke his jaw, and gave him a concussion.

The entire East is bowing out for the Cavs.
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>implying that the Bulls would have challenged the Cavs at all with Mirotic

>implying that the Bulls aren't gonna tank just like every other team in the East wants to except the Nets (since they don't even have their first round pick)

good stuff :P

(yeah but between Batum, Hayward, and to some extent Lin, it's true that the East is slowly losing what power it has left)
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Quick thoughts:

>Mirotic

Damn, the Bulls are tanking on a level that the Sixers never even attained. Our players at least got injured on accident.

>Hayward

This was gruesome. Looks like he's not returning at all this year, even for playoffs. Hope he recovers and comes back at a high level a la Paul George. Speaking of...

>Thunder

Maybe it's because they were playing the Knicks but they looked deadly. Really really fun to watch.

>Warriors

0-1 lol. I hope a series against the Rockets is as close as this game was.

>Sixers

I'm really happy with how we played in our first game even if it was a close loss. The Wizards are a good team. RoCo went OFF, Embiid played more than I expected, Simmons looked good. Fultz and Dario left a little to be desired IMO but overall great first game. If we didn't turn it over so much in the third quarter and at the very end of the game then I wouldn't be surprised if we won.
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