Alright, so we have seen some big moves this off-season from ourselves and others. Since this is a "super star" league...quite a few folks have automatically dubbed a Lakers (Nash/Kobe/Dwight) and Heat (Lebron/Dwayne/Bosh) finals without ANY hesitation or second thoughts.
The west is quite a hell hole...OKC/Lakers/Spurs/Clippers/Grizzles/Utah/Dallas and up and comers Golden State/Minnesota/Houston.....man what a powerhouse conference we have.
So where do we rank in all of this? The average fan has us at 5th (behind LA/OKC/Spurs/Clippers) some have us at 7th...some may even think we don't even make the play-offs.
Now, when I look at our team...I think it's the most interesting team in the NBA. We're not looked at as contenders (as evidence to whatever crap Klis at the Denver post is spewing out) but we're not looked at as bottom dwellers....but we have the talent, potential, and youth to be contenders while also having the inexperience, streakiness, and lack of "superstars" to miss the play-offs entirely.
So it's no wonder a betting person would take the safe route with this team. You don't know what the heck to expect from them. We are EASILY the wildcard team of the West.
With each day passing by..I keep looking at the roster and comparing it to the other "elites" and I keep saying to myself..."We can beat them in a series" and I say it with a straight face everyday.
What's the biggest question to us?? It's not the lack of a superstar...no matter how much people want to say it is...
It's defense. We haven't been a good defensive squad in who knows how long but it sure isn't recent.
If we play good defense (lets say 10-13ish in DRtg) we're top 3 team in the West...no doubt in my mind...but here's the thing we have ALL the pieces to play good defense. So it's not just wishful thinking when saying "if we play good defense" quite frankly I'm willing to stretch it saying we SHOULD play good defense.
This is where Karl comes in. He's been stressing for years about defense but we have yet to see anything out of it except a bunch of BS. So a complete purge happened...this FO took away the headcases..took away the chuckers..and brought in younger athletic (while still being talented) kids that can be molded. So now..it's Karl's job to get them to buy into it. No excuses now..the drama is all gone.
Before I turn this into a Karl bashing thread, lol...what do you guys think? Where would you think we are ranked?