Last Saturday night while I was in the car getting driven to baltimore for some Halloween celebrations when I checked my twitter and was shocked to read the words “James Harden has been traded to Houston for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, and picks”. I told fellow blogger Weaver this info and he responded with a “wow”. I guess that story really isn’t that interesting but I’ve already typed it and don’t feel like deleting it.
Well the Wizards finally tipped off their season last night and while the night lost it’s luster a little bit with Wall and Nene out, there was still plenty to take notice of. Here are my thoughts from last night:
- Bradley Beal wasn’t the best rookie SG on the floor last night.
I have procrastinated so much that I am now writing the Wizards season preview 20 minutes before their season begins. Nonetheless, this team is very different from last season. Gone are the knuckleheads of Blatche/Young/McGee and in are the anti-knuckleheads of Okafor/Nene/Ariza. I’m actually not sure you could have a bigger transformation if you tried. You go from a team of a bunch of gunners who are goof balls that play very little defense and very small basketball IQ to a bunch of tough/smart/defensive veterans who aren’t the most offensively talented in the world. To be honest while whole “changing the culture” thing is nice and definitely needed, it most likely won’t change the Wizards postseason hopes a whole lot in the next couple of years. As for this season here is what to watch for:
East 1.Pacers 2.Heat 3.Celtics 4.Nets 5.Knicks 6.Bucks 7.76ers 8.Bulls
Intriguing but nahhh, just missed it – Hawks – Wizards
Initial Thoughts: 6 teams I think are a lock for the playoffs including the pacers, heat and the four teams from the atlantic not named the raptors. Other two spots wouldn’t surprise me who nabbed them, they’re COMPLETELY up for grabs. I think derick rose even at 80% and a shortend season for him will be enough for the bulls to get in and the whole ellis/jennings scoring combo along with a few solid role players is just good enough to get in over a goofball wizards squad and a hawk squad with too many new pieces to make any real noise yet.
Well I am off work today and tomorrow due to Hurricane Sandy so I thought that it would be the perfect time to get my NBA predictions up for the new season. I’m pretty pumped about the upcoming season to be honest because we have a ton of different story lines and they aren’t all focused on LeBron like they were last year. Either way I am going to rank each playoff team in their respective conferences and then give my playoff predictions after that. Enjoy!
1. Miami Heat
With the first games of the NBA year approaching us now, I figured I would put out who I think will win tonight.
Wizards vs. Cavaliers 7:00
The Wizards will kick off the NBA season against the Cavaliers, in a match up of two teams who drafted in the top 5 in the 2012 draft. The Cavaliers took Dion Waiters with the 4th overall pick to pair up with Kyrie Irving in the back court. I personally think that they should have taken Barnes with that pick rather than Waiters. The Wizards, selected Brad Beal with the 3rd pick to join forces with John Wall in DC. Unfortunately, for this one John Wall will be out, as he will be for about the next ten games. Also, for tonight, Nene will be out along with Kevin “the phin” Seraphin. That leaves the Wizards starting Price, Beal, Ariza, Booker, and Okafor. I don’ think that will be enough to beat out the Cavs in this one.