I'm optimistic about Miami's team. Expect a more up-tempo offense and a top 4 finish in the East. Never know though. I was also optimistic last season.
Wade/Gerald Green/Josh Richardson
I'd prefer to offload Chalmers and Birdman's contracts but that seems unlikely. Amare and Green are both solid offensive additions off the bench. McRoberts will be the x-factor if he comes back healthy. Great passer that was injured right when Miami was starting to run a lot of sets through him.
I can't see Miami finishing that high. They definitely aren't passing Cleveland, Chicago, or Toronto - I really can't see them passing Atlanta either. I'd also personally put Milwaukee, Boston, and Washington ahead of them.
It's the same team from last year, just older. Even if Bosh and Wade were healthy all season (which is completely unrealistic to expect), they may have just snuck into the playoffs. You are basically banking on a bunch of old, injury prone players to stay healthy all season. Even Dragic is almost 30
The only point of optimism would be Whiteside, but I'd say a full season is much more likely to regress to his career average of awful than to keep up his numbers from last year.
first RUSS of the new thread. the west is going to be gnarly this year. just hope okc can get home court for at least the first round stay healthy all year, and they'll be in good shape come playoff time
The real fans are at the beach in February with that shit on DVR so we have something to watch later that night while checking the nature thread to read up on everyone else whining about shoveling snow.
I'll hate-watch the Cavs from time to time but I don't even bother with the Lakers-Knicks. It's just a bad product, especially when Kobe/Melo miss the majority of their games. At least you get quality chucking when they're playing.