We're going to do something a bit different with our NBA Preview links this year. Instead of just throwing out the links as usual, we'll offer a short take on what the blogs said about their teams as well as what we think will happen. Let us know if you agree or disagree in the comments!
Our grading scale:
The three blogs all seemingly agree. The Celtics have only gotten better over the off-season, and the only acceptable outcome for them is an NBA Championship.
Unlike the Celtics, these Nets blogs aren't clamoring for a championship. Most of them are just clamoring for relevance, and they all would be satisfied with a deep playoff run. But how well the new group manages to gel together remains to be seen. All of the bloggers are satisfied with how the roster plays together, but they all know that their interior will be the biggest question mark, with Brook Lopez injury-prone and Mirza Teletovic being an unproven rookie.
||The pieces are there and the depth is there, but the question in my mind is whether they all fit together. Obviously the team will be better, but what separates them from other teams? Joe Johnson is mainly a scorer, while Deron Williams hasn't proven that he's at the level he once was. Wallace is a hustle guy, and Lopez is a question mark. Where's the marquee star? Perhaps one will emerge, perhaps they'll be Sheed's Pistons 2.0. But until tip-off, we won't know how good this team really is.|
||The Nets are heading in the right direction and they finally have a decent collection of talent in the starting line-up to be competitive in more than a handful of regular season games. However, in order to make the jump from lottery team to playoff team, they'd have to add about 20 wins over last season just to sniff the 8th seed, and I'm not sure the team culture is in place to do that. They'll come close, but in the end they may be best served to simply work toward becoming a more consistent team and then really make a push in the 2013-14 season.|
Posting and Toasting remains realistic about the Knicks expectations. Most people are clamoring for the championship, but they still need to win a playoff series first, for crying out loud. Shooting and Turnovers seem to be their biggest problems, along with still adjusting to Mike Woodson as head coach.
Liberty Ballers thinks that having no shooters will be the biggest problem Philly faces, but they also have Andrew Bynum. Pretty much everything said in this preview goes back to Andrew Bynum, and his ability to lead the team. The rest of the team has problems, yes. And their defense might not be a good. But they've got Andrew Bynum!
The general sentiment in Toronto this year seems to be that the Raptors are ready to make a playoff run. Valanciunas has finally come over from the land of the Grateful Dead, Kyle Lowry gives them a significant point guard, and Ross and Acy could potentially make an impact.
What do you think about the Atlantic Division teams? Let us know in the poll and the comments!