Personally, I think the Charlotte Hornets are a team that a lot of people are sleeping on. They're a helluva good defensive team, and hopefully with big al being healthy and the addition for Stephenson and continued development of Walker, that team can make some noise. I noticed a lot of folks putting them very low in mock standings and I didnt understand why.
In addition to Stephenson, they also got Noah Vonleh, who I thought would've been a top 5 pick, slipping all the way to 9th. I think Exum and Aaron Gordon Went way too high.
As for overrated, I Hope this topic wont create too much of a negative discussion, but I think the Washington Wizards are a tad overrated from mocks posted by others and ESPN. Washington is a young team and they have some solids vets and a well rounded starting 5. However, I think although they were underrated against the bulls in the playoffs and came off of their winning series, that they shouldnt be regarded as a top 4 team. I'm not saying they arent a good team, I just feel like a lot of other teams have and will improve during this offseason. Atlanta will get back Horford, charlotte got better, and NJ will even get back LOpez.
A lot of people fail to consider how other teams improved and only look at their team's additions/subtractions. The mentality that " Oh hey, our team won 45 games last year, and we got an all star team in the offseason. Therefore, we will win more than 45 games and be a higher seed"
That is the continued Logic that I've been seeing ,and I hope others will consider that although your team has improved, other teams have as well, so you really do have to consider that when making predictions. I think Washington has made salary cap decision moves and downgraded defensively and at this point, I would take Ariza's numbers over Paul Pierce, regardless of how clutch paul pierce has been over his career.