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DitchDat
10-01-2012, 01:01 PM
I think quite some teams made very smart moves in the offseason and are now better than they were last year. For me, personally, these teams are the biggest winners:


Philadelphia 76ers
Last season: 35-31

Philadelphia shipped yet another A.I. to Denver and got rid of Elton Brand’s albatross contract via the amnesty provision.
The core of Jrue Holiday, Iguodala-successor Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes (re-signed), Thaddeus Young and playoff standout Lavoy Allen (re-signed) remains intact. All-Star center Andrew Bynum, the league’s 1a or 1b pivotman, depending on who you ask, arrives via trade. He averaged 18.7 PPG and 11.8 RPG as a third option for the Lakers and he is playing for a new contract: be very afraid.
Marksmen Jason Richardson, Nick Young and Dorrell all converted more than 100 long-range bombs in 2011-2012. They will allow Bynum to work in the paint. Royal Ivey can also stick a 3.
Journeyman No. 1 overall pick Kwame Brown and No. 27 pick Arnett Moultrie add some size.

Boston Celtics
Last season: 39-27

The loss of 3-point king Ray Allen to the rival Miami Heat was tough, but Boston bounced back in a brilliant way.
Captain Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and defensive ace Avery Bradley welcome back ageless Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett, mid-range specialist Brandon Bass, Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox (both of whom missed significant time with heart ailments).
The Celtics also signed Mavericks sparkplug Jason Terry and then flipped some spare parts into talented (and young) shooting guard Courtney Lee. Darko Milicic and Jason Collins join the ever-revolving big man committee.
Rebounding dynamo Jared Sullinger (No. 21) and 7-footer Fab Melo (No. 22) add depth in the frontcourt.

Brooklyn Nets
Last season: 22-44

The Nets re-signed Gerald Wallace and traded half their roster for well-compensated Hawks shooting guard Joe Johnson (without giving up first-year gem MarShon Brooks), only to convince All-Star point guard Deron Williams to commit to the team long-term. After talks for Dwight Howard sizzled, the team also re-upped center Brook Lopez and power forward Kris Humphries.
With very little financial wiggle room left, the Nets still managed to lure some able bodies to Brooklyn. Amnesty casualty Andray Blatche is as talented as they come, but he is an inconsistent performer. Reggie Evans and European forward Mirza Teletovic will also compete for minutes in the frontcourt.
Keith Bogans returns after a false start in 2011-2012. Former Hawks top reserve Josh Childress was glued on the bench in Phoenix. CJ Watson averaged 11.3 PPG and 4.6 APG in 25 starts for Chicago last season.
Veteran Jerry Stackhouse provides experience.

Los Angeles Clippers
Last season: 40-26

Lob City, Year 2.

All-Stars Chris Paul and Earth Quake Blake Griffin are the heart and soul of the team. Shot-swatter DeAndre Jordan, set career-highs in points (7.4), rebounds (8.3) and blocks (2.0) last season. Caron Butler, Chauncey Billups (re-signed) and Eric Bledsoe are healthy and ready to contribute.
Former Lakers Lamar Odom (2011 Sixth Man of the Year), Matt Barnes and Ronny Turiaf return to L.A. to play for the “little brother” Clippers. Combo guard Jamal Crawford (2010 Sixth Man of the Year) can score in bundles. Ex-Hawk Willie Green can score the ball, too.
Grant Hill and Ryan Hollins supply depth.

Minnesota Timberwolves
Last season: 26-40

The Timberwolves parted ways with youngsters Michael Beasley (picked No. 2 in 2008) and Wesley Johnson (picked No. 4 in 2010) in favour of some more mature pieces.
Olympian Kevin Love, Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio (who could return from knee surgery in December) are the team’s go-to guys. Last year’s No. 2 pick Derrick Williams, shooter Jose Juan Barea, Luke Ridnour, Malcolm Lee and breakout center Nikola Pekovic also remain on the roster.
Do-it-all forward Andrei Kirilenko (and his CSKA Moscow team mate Alexey Shved) arrive from Europe. The Timberwolves also hope that three-time All-Star Brandon Roy can return to form. Workhorses Greg Stiemsma and Louis Amundson beef up the frontcourt. Forwards Chase Budinger and Dante Cunningham arrive via trade.

Miami Heat
Last season: 46-20

Mid-season acquisition Ronny Turiaf and blob Eddy Curry are gone, but other than that, the Heat’s championship core remains intact.
Two-time MVP and first-time NBA champion LeBron James is in the prime of his career. Dwyane Wade (who had offseason knee injury and missed the Olympics) should return in time for the regular season. Chris Bosh is healthy and will start at center. PG Mario Chalmers enters his fifth season with Miami. Udonis Haslem will likely be reinstated as the team’s starting power forward.
Snipers James Jones and Mike Miller are joined by former Seattle Supersonics sharpshooters Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis. The duo combines for 4,408 three-point makes. Shane Battier will see minutes at both forward positions.
Joel Anthony, Dexter Pittman and free-agent addition Josh Harrelson add size.

Los Angeles Lakers
Last season: 41-25

The Lakers opted against re-signing last year’s point guard savior Ramon Sessions and also traded Andrew Bynum, yet the team appears as strong as ever.
Kobe Bryant aka Black Mamba is still a lethal scorer even after 16 years in the league. Skilled power forward Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace, Jordan Hill (re-signed), Steve Blake, Devin Ebanks (re-signed), Darius Morris (re-signed) and Andrew Goudelock ensure continuity.
Two-time MVP assist machine Steve Nash chose Los Angeles over Toronto, and he will surely help the Lakers with his passing and efficient scoring. Not impressed? Enter two-time DPOY Dwight Howard. Superman arrives in LA after a year of speculation, and he brings career averages of 18.4 PPG and 13.0 RPG. Veteran forward Antawn Jamison averaged 17.2 PPG and 6.3 RPG in Cleveland last season. Jodie Meeks is a talented shooter.
G Chris Duhon and F Earl Clark add depth.

Honorable mentions

The Pacers cemented their playoff core by re-signing George Hill and All-Star center Roy Hibbert. The team also added D.J. Augustin, Gerald Green and Ian Mahinmi. … The Warriors add No. 7 pick Harrison Barnes and Hornets team mates Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry.

Yours?

MrfadeawayJB
10-01-2012, 01:12 PM
Dark horse team thats missing imo....Dallas Mavericks. They went from having the absolute worst offseason to having a solid one.

Lost:

Kidd
Fernandez
Odom
Haywood
Terry

Gained:
Brand
Collison
Kaman
Mayo
Resign Wright for cheap

mightybosstone
10-01-2012, 01:20 PM
While I like what a lot of teams did and thought it was remarkable how the defending champs somehow got significantly better (they're still the favorites in my mind), I think you have to pick the Lakers here. They went from being a possible top 4 playoff seed to the likely favorite to win the West and they completely exploded in terms of marketing potential and popularity (not that they needed it).

I'm actually not a fan of what the Nets did at all. While they brought back Deron Williams and should at least be a playoff team next year, I thought they were shooting far too low and crippled their franchise financially for several years.

mvb815
10-01-2012, 02:13 PM
the rockets in terms of revenue that will be gained

IndyRealist
10-01-2012, 02:35 PM
I agree with the Wolves, they are probably the most improved team this coming year, and depending on Rubio I've got them taking a playoff spot.

Lakers: Tons better because of Nash. Dwight is an improvement over Bynum, but not THAT much of an improvement.

Nets: Eh. But I'm not a fan of Lopez and JJ isn't worth the money. If you like those guys, then you'll like this team.

Celtics: Replacing one good player with 3 average ones does not bode well.

Miami: Unless they get Wade and Allen on the floor at the same time, it's going to limit their impact. Better? Yes. Drastically better? No.

Philly: Unless Turner becomes a superstar, they're going to find out exactly how much they underappreciated Iggy.

Clippers: It depends. If Butler and Crawford get more minutes than Hill, Barnes, and
Billups, then they won't be any better than last year.

Dallas: I wouldn't bet the farm on Kaman. I'd rather have kept Haywood. I do like -everything- else they did, including Mayo, Collison, Dahntay, and Crowder.

Pacers: I'm not sold on our new look bench. I hope they prove me wrong.

Hawkeye15
10-01-2012, 02:42 PM
Depends on how we rate better. If we are talking only in the win column, the Wolves/Nets probably. But the Lakers, already borderline contenders, are now bolstered contenders. So I would have to say they made the biggest upgrade.

superior
10-01-2012, 02:52 PM
its the lakers and it aint even close......after that, miami and boston

DitchDat
10-02-2012, 04:17 AM
Dark horse team thats missing imo....Dallas Mavericks. They went from having the absolute worst offseason to having a solid one.

Lost:

Kidd
Fernandez
Odom
Haywood
Terry

Gained:
Brand
Collison
Kaman
Mayo
Resign Wright for cheap

On paper perhaps, but I don't like the bigs.

ragee
10-02-2012, 05:57 AM
On paper perhaps, but I don't like the bigs.

Aren't we judging teams on paper? You can't really say how good a team is unless you actually see them play.

Anyway, my pick is the Lakers. They were stuck with Kobe's enormous contract with a roster that is just good enough to be top 4 in the west. Then they added Nash, Jamison and Howard without really giving anything up other than their immature center...

Mave1002
10-02-2012, 06:37 AM
Dark horse team thats missing imo....Dallas Mavericks. They went from having the absolute worst offseason to having a solid one.

Lost:

Kidd
Fernandez
Odom
Haywood
Terry

Gained:
Brand
Collison
Kaman
Mayo
Resign Wright for cheap

Dahntay Jones, also.

Good defender.

Bulls_fan90
10-02-2012, 06:46 AM
The Lakers by a country mile.

xcrisisx
10-02-2012, 06:48 AM
Celtics: Replacing one good player with 3 average ones does not bode well.


hate to say caus I used to love that guy , but he is declining quickly overall, often hurt, can't create shots for himself and wasn't realy defending well anymore, bradley would've taken over the starting job anyway if healthy.

besides who would you suggest for a replacement? they did the best job they could do by replacing that guy with jet en lee...

SteBO
10-02-2012, 08:31 AM
Depends on how we rate better. If we are talking only in the win column, the Wolves/Nets probably. But the Lakers, already borderline contenders, are now bolstered contenders. So I would have to say they made the biggest upgrade.
Yup. I don't even think its really close to be honest.

JasonJohnHorn
10-02-2012, 07:11 PM
Obviously SA after signing Curry.

lol

Seriously... LAL.

Dade County
10-02-2012, 07:34 PM
Lakers, HEAT, Boston, Clippers, Ny

smith&wesson
10-02-2012, 07:35 PM
obviously toronto we got fields.. duh.

Mr Costanza
10-02-2012, 07:38 PM
A thread where Lakers is the correct answer and Mr.LA is banned?!? Sometime life just ain't fair. :shrug:

murphturph
10-02-2012, 07:50 PM
obviously toronto we got fields.. duh.

And don't forget Sir John Lucas the third

todu82
10-02-2012, 08:00 PM
Also like what Toronto did this off-season. Might not have had the best off-season but they probably will have the most improved record in the league next year.

Dade County
10-02-2012, 08:02 PM
A thread where Lakers is the correct answer and Mr.LA is banned?!? Sometime life just ain't fair. :shrug:

:laugh2: