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ManRam
08-01-2011, 09:46 PM
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Welcome to ProSportsDaily.com's Round Table discussion group. This is a continued series here at PSD where we pose a question to our writing staff and they answer.

It's been a slow off-season, and unfortunately it looks to be a long off-season. Over the next few weeks we are seeking out to explore each team's prospective future statuses and target free agents. Every few days we'll post a new division of teams and examine their strengths and weaknesses and potential free agent targets/strategies.

Just trying to generate some positive discussion in the dog days of summer.

So enjoy...


Atlantic Division


Boston Celtics

Strengths: Veterans, experience and coaching. The core stays in tact for another season, and the big three could greatly benefit from a shortened season. Less games means less wear and tear on the old guys. Maybe their title chances aren't out the window as many think.

Weakness: Age, lack of depth, starting center. The big three are collectively reaching the end of the road, and Rondo isn't talented enough offensively to make up for the likely reduced production from the rest of the starters. Additionally, the Celtics are going into the season with Jermain O'Neal as the starting center, which is a major concern. On top of this, the Celtics need to construct a productive bench, and make up for the potential losses of Glen Davis, Shaq, Delonte West, and Nenad Kristic.

Potential FA Targets: Delonte West, Glen Davis, Marquis Daniels, Carl Landry, Leon Powe, Troy Murphy.

Biggest need: Big man depth




New York Knicks

Strengths: Two superstars, high octane offense, potential cap flexibility. With Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire already on board, scoring the ball isn't going to be a problem. There's also the chance to get a little creative with the expiring contract of Chauncey Billups; they can trade him and add much needed depth or let him expire and try their hand in the 2012 free agent bonanza

Weaknesses: Depth, defense, starting center. After depleting their assets to trade for Carmelo Anthony, depth is a glaring weakness which was evident during the 1st round sweep at the hands of the Celtics after injuries to Amare Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups. Another major weakness is defense. The Knicks consistently rank among the league worst in defense which has to change if they ever want to be serious contenders. Finally, the Knicks have no centers who can immediately come in and provide good rebounding, post defense, and let Amare shift to his natural position at the 4.

Potential FA's: Samuel Dalembert, Kurt Thomas, Anthony Parker, TJ Ford

Biggest Need: Center



Philadelphia 76ers

Strengths: Youth, Team Defense, Bench; Outside of Elton Brand, the core of the Sixers is one of the youngest in the NBA with Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner holding down the foreseeable backcourt. Coach Collins' first year also saw remarkable improvement in team defense, which ranked in the top ten last season, and bench play. Thaddeus Young and Lou Williams were both highly productive as the 6th and 7th guys in the rotation, each earning Sixth Man of the Year votes.

Weaknesses: Go-To Scorer, Defensive Center, Shooting; The team has lacked a true go-to scorer since Allen Iverson's first tour in Philly, which ended five years ago. With rumors of Andre Iguodala on the way out, that could change, but is still a need in late-game situations. The emergence of Jodi Meeks early this season also gave the team their first legitimate shooting threat since Kyle Kover was traded, but he's still the only one truly capable that deserves rotation time.

Potential FA's: Tyson Chandler, Marc Gasol, Shane Battier.

Biggest Need: Defensive Center.




New Jersey Nets

Strengths: They have Deron Williams and Brook Lopez, who are two great building blocks. Lopez gets a lot of flack for his rebounding, but let's not overlook what he's done before last year. He's got as much offensive potential as most any other center in the league. They have a ton of cap space potentially to play around with and an eager owner. They have a new arena in Brooklyn to play in as well after this next season.

Weaknesses: They have a thin roster. Not a lot of size, defense, or depth. They get rid of a lot of depth to get Williams. He's a great building block, but they can't win it with just him. After Brook and Deron, they only have Outlaw (horrendous season), Morrow, Farmar, Petro, Damion James, Stephen Graham (option) and Sundiate Gaines. There's just not a whole lot there. They'll have to go after size, defense, and depth.

Potential FA's: Andrei Kirilenko, David West, Nene, JR Smith, Shane Battier, Jason Richardson, Tayshaun Prince etc.

Biggest Need: Forward positions




Toronto Raptors

Strengths: Youth. The Raptors young core features three very talented pieces in DeMar DeRozan, Ed Davis & Jonas Valanciunas. With these 3 pieces the Raptors future now has some hope. DeMar DeRozan is coming off a big 2nd season in which he saw his game improve in almost all facets, especially when it came to attacking the rim. After watching Valanciunas dominate the 2011 FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Latvia, (averaged 23.0 points, 13.9 rebounds and 3.2 blocks) the Raptors future just got a whole lot brighter.

Weaknesses: Defense. The Raptors last year ranked near the bottom in terms of every team defensive statistic. Jose Calderon remains a very poor defender while Andrea Bargnani has yet to grasp the concept of help defense. In order to combat this, the Raptors have brought in Mavs defensive mastermind Dwayne Casey as the the head coach. This should help the Raptors improve in one of their weakest areas. Another critical weakness for this team is three point shooting. Last season the Raptors ranked dead last in team Three Point shooting at 31.6%. Expect the Raptors to try and land a defensive center in free agency to help bring their defense around and acquire a new three point thread via trade or signing.

Potential FA Targets: Tyson Chandler, Marc Gasol, Anthony Parker

Biggest need: Starting Center to bridge the gap until Jonas Valanciunas is ready.


Thanks to Corey, Korman12, MileHighChamp, PC521 for the help with these teams!

SeoulBeatz
08-01-2011, 10:21 PM
sounds about right for my sixers

TO Rapz
08-01-2011, 10:23 PM
Yeah. Sounds about right for the Raptors. But everyone knows this already. :shrug:

JIDsanity
08-01-2011, 10:25 PM
You def got the Nets right. I can only hope that they get some improvement at the forward positions. It wouldnt hurt to get a starting SG either

DoMeFavors
08-01-2011, 10:37 PM
Id like to see nets get Shane Battier and Nene

Dwill
Morrow
Battier
Nene
Lopez

beasted86
08-01-2011, 11:09 PM
AK47 would actually be a good fit in NJ, maybe the Russian billionaire can talk him into signing.

Deron has a history with playing with him, and it's obvious the Nets need a defensive presence out on the wing that can also shoot. Travis Outlaw was a TERRRRRRIIIBBLLLLE signing. He is really underrated in the NBA's list of worst contracts.

DoMeFavors
08-01-2011, 11:22 PM
AK47 would actually be a good fit in NJ, maybe the Russian billionaire can talk him into signing.

Deron has a history with playing with him, and it's obvious the Nets need a defensive presence out on the wing that can also shoot. Travis Outlaw was a TERRRRRRIIIBBLLLLE signing. He is really underrated in the NBA's list of worst contracts.

No doubt every Net fan hates Travis Outlaw

llemon
08-01-2011, 11:44 PM
No doubt every Net fan hates Travis Outlaw

Not every Net fan. I hate Avery for giving Outlaw minutes on the court.

Not Travis' fault Nets threw unwauranted money at him.

VCaintdead17
08-01-2011, 11:53 PM
Id like to see nets get Shane Battier and Nene

Dwill
Morrow
Battier
Nene
Lopez

I feel like that front court would get destroyed on defense. It'd very potent offensively though

Jays Claw
08-02-2011, 12:07 AM
DeMar DeRozan is coming off a big 2nd season in which he saw his game improve in almost all facets, especially when it came to attacking the rim.

DeRozan will soon turn into an offensive juggernaut with the way he gets to the free-throw line. However, he needs to improve his 3-pt shooting and MUST improve his rebounding in order to further expand his value. 3.8 rpg for a 6'7" SG/SF just won't cut it.

JerseysFinest
08-02-2011, 12:14 AM
I feel like that front court would get destroyed on defense. It'd very potent offensively though

No way.

First off, Nene is generally underrated in the NBA. Very talented in the low post, solid rebounder, very tough, etc. He is an especially underrated defender, which many people overlook. He is very athletic for someone who is 6"11 and he possesses great lateral quickness and speed to stay with his man.

Lopez on the other hand can still improve in that regard. He is a decent shot-blocker (even though that isn't a good measure of a good defender), but still has to improve. Hopefully during this time he bulks up and learns to become more aggressive.

JerseysFinest
08-02-2011, 12:20 AM
With Boston, I'd love for them to trade for a young center prospect like Robin Lopez. Not sure what they'd surrender, but he'd be a welcomed addition in their depleted front court. Baby could possibly get a huge payday from another team and Ainge would be smart not to up that offer.

Re-signing Jeff Green should be a priority.

Also I think a guy like Shane Battier or Michael Redd, or maybe Tayshaun Prince will want to join the team to get a chance at chasing a title.

GhostfaceDrilla
08-02-2011, 12:28 AM
Celtics need: A center and a backup PF. Krstic cannot be your starting C if you want to contend. I can see Dalembert going to Boston. Also, Davis is a bench player, not a starter. They need to get a young PF like Landry.

Knicks need: A center and depth at the 2 and 3. They will be in on Chandler but Dallas won't let him go. They need a scoring 2 and a good bench 3.

76ers need: A center and a PF. Brand to me is undersized and is getting old and their C position sucks. They need to try to get Nene or Dalembert.

Nets need: Dwight Howard. If they don't get him, then Williams is gone. Sad because that is basically the only possible situation for them. Then need 2's and 3's desperately.

Raptors need: A center and more scorers. They need to trade Bargnani, he just isn't that good.

PrettyBoyJ
08-02-2011, 12:35 AM
Dead on about the Knicks depth.. We desperately need some consistent players coming off the bench.. But I also think that a coaching change or at least some kind a defensive minded asst. coach that can develop a scheme to make them at least some what respectable on defense.

Stack_NJNets
08-02-2011, 03:55 PM
Strengths: They have Deron Williams and Brook Lopez, who are two great building blocks. Lopez gets a lot of flack for his rebounding, but let's not overlook what he's done before last year. He's got as much offensive potential as most any other center in the league. They have a ton of cap space potentially to play around with and an eager owner. They have a new arena in Brooklyn to play in as well after this next season.

Weaknesses: They have a thin roster. Not a lot of size, defense, or depth. They get rid of a lot of depth to get Williams. He's a great building block, but they can't win it with just him. After Brook and Deron, they only have Outlaw (horrendous season), Morrow, Farmar, Petro, Damion James, Stephen Graham (option) and Sundiate Gaines. There's just not a whole lot there. They'll have to go after size, defense, and depth.
Potential FA's: Andrei Kirilenko, David West, Nene, JR Smith, Shane Battier, Jason Richardson, Tayshaun Princeetc.

Biggest Need: Forward positions

All so true.

B'sCeltsPatsSox
08-03-2011, 07:22 PM
Sounds right about my Celtics, just hope they get a first rounder back for Big Baby in a sign in trade.

beasted86
08-11-2011, 01:23 PM
Sounds right about my Celtics, just hope they get a first rounder back for Big Baby in a sign in trade.

Why would they? He's not restricted, and he's not worth more than the full mid-level ($6M). Those two things add up to no need for a sign & trade. If a team wants him, just offer the mid-level.

B'sCeltsPatsSox
08-11-2011, 04:07 PM
Why would they? He's not restricted, and he's not worth more than the full mid-level ($6M). Those two things add up to no need for a sign & trade. If a team wants him, just offer the mid-level.

Several rumors out there are saying that teams praise him being a veteran leader on the court(IDK why?) and may bring in a nice pay day.

sixer04fan
08-11-2011, 04:21 PM
Hit the nail on the head for the Sixers... I'm split on the biggest need though: go to scorer or defensive center? I guess Jrue, ET, or Lou are on a faster track to developing as a go to scorer than anyone on the team is as a defensive force down low.