Favorite NBA team?
Favorite NBA team?
I figured I would add something different to this section of the forums. The NBA preseason is starting soon and I am very excited about that! Who's your favorite NBA team and why? You can't answer by just saying "Cause they're the best"...real reasons of why u like them.
My favorite team are the Phoenix Suns because they are a very fun team to watch. Other teams have individual players that are fun to watch, but the Suns entire team are fun to watch. The way they interact with each other, and how unselfish they are - it's just astonishing that they haven't won a championship! (I blame part of that on the whole officials scam). I am so excited to watch them this season and interested in how their new coach, Porter, will be.
Re: Favorite NBA team?
While were talking about the Blazers ;D
Portland Trail Blazers NBA Preview 2008
by Andre Gomes
Portland's off season last season was lived with euphoria: after all, the team had the rookie of year, Brandon Roy, and the number one choice in the draft: Greg Oden. All of a sudden, all that euphoria disappeared when Oden got injured and missed the whole season and very few expected that the team without him would still reach a .500 record, in a conference where the Warriors with a 48-34 record couldn't reach a postseason spot.
The Trail Blazers had one of the best winning streaks last season, with 13 wins in a row in December (12-1 ATS) and they had the right to have their own spotlight. The main reason for that was the duo Nate McMillan and Kevin Pritchard, who built a young team with a lot of character and which promises to be a championship contender in the future. Pritchard took the risk of trading their "best" player Zach Randolph to the Knicks and one year later, we can say this was an excellent choice and probably if the Celtics hadn't won the title, Pritchard would have won the "Manager of the Year" award.
Nate McMillan is one of the most underrated coaches on the league and very few remember he was the coach of Seattle in the 2004-2005 season, where the team finished the season with a 52-30 record and coincidence or not, this was the last season the Sonics had a positive record and reached the playoffs. McMillan went 212-183 in Seattle and maybe if he continued with the Sonics, the team wouldn't have moved to Oklahoma. After leaving the Sonics, McMillan moved to Portland and this will be his 4th season with the team, where the Blazers have been improving season after season with him: 21, 32 and last season 41 wins. It's pretty obvious his work at Portland has been very good and also McMillan was part of the staff of Team USA in the Olympics, which showed a lot of chemistry.
After this presentation, there is just one obstacle, which may prevent this team from improving even more: injuries! If the team doesn't get massacred by injuries, the Trail Blazers will be one of the youngest, most athletic and complete of the whole league and they will certainly fight for a playoff spot. The problem is that Oden has never played a single game on the league, we don't know how the recovery of Brandon Roy has been lately and most recently PF Channing Frye had surgery and he will be out for 8 to 10 weeks.
Before I start analyzing the roster of the Blazers, I have to say again that they have one of the deepest roster in the league. If McMillan pretends to play on a faster pace with a run and gun style in one game and then on the following game, he wants the team to play on a typical half court game, Portland has enough solutions on the roster to do it.
In the point guard position, the starter will be Steve Blake, who was another great deal Pritchard made last season. More than his numbers (8.5 ppg and 5.1 apg), Blake was a leader on the field, helping Roy in controlling the game. He is also an excellent defender and the fact he is a very useful player on the roster will never be in doubt this season. Jerryd Bayless will be Blake's backup and he is a player for the future, as Pritchard sent Brandon Rush, Jarrett Jack and Josh McRoberts to Indiana, in order to get him (the Blazers also got Ike Diogu). Bayless showed in college that he is a player with several offensive solutions, as he finished last season with 19.7 ppg and 4apg, while playing for the Arizona Wildcats. His dribbling abilities and quickness will make him a very serious offense threat and he is a good complement for Blake, as Portland has good solutions with these two in the PG position for any type of game.
Brandon Roy will be the SG of the team and naturally the leader of the Blazers. His great performances last season gave him a ticket to the All-Star game, as he finished the season with 19.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 5.8 apg, excellent numbers, but which don't show the real importance of Roy on this team. He is an all-around player, who is capable of doing well any task in the field and if he is physically at 100%, then there is no motives why he shouldn't have another great season.
Rudy Fernandez will join the Blazers this season and this is fantastic news for them. Maybe a couple of months ago, very few people in the United States knew that Rudy even existed, but in the Olympics final between Spain and the US, Rudy scored 22 points in 18 minutes and had an amazing dunk on Howard's face. He finished his last season in Spain with 21.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.1 apg and 2.2 steals per game, while winning one national and one international trophy for his team. He was also considered the best player playing in Europe last season.
With Rudy, the team gains another dimension, fortunately for the team, McMillan knows very well the abilities of Rudy, at least he has already said that being on the bench in the Olympics final helped him in evaluating his new player. Rudy abdicated of many millions of euros that he was receiving in Spain, in order to follow his dream of playing on the NBA, even if this means he will be receiving much less in Portland. His versatility and athleticism make him a player who can adapt to any kind of system.
Travis Outlaw will be the team's 6th player and last season he was the responsible for many miraculous recoveries of the Blazers and a decisive player in the 4th quarter. He had 13.3 ppg and 4.6 rpg last season and his role promises to be once again a contender for the Sixth Man of the Year. The starter at SF will be Martell Webster, who comes from a career year last season, with 10.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 1.2 apg - all of them career highs. Webster is an hard-working player and he will be very useful to the team, being a good complement to Outlaw, making this team very interesting at the SF position.
The frontcourt of the team will depend a lot from the impact Oden can have, but don't think the team's frontcourt is weak without Oden, as that's not true at all! LaMarcus Aldridge was an huge surprise last season, while being one of the players who most improved since his rookie season. Aldridge went from 9.0 ppg to 17.8 ppg, almost the double! Besides that, he had 7.6 rpg (5.0 rpg as a rookie) and he is a player with a good mid range shot, capable of creating problems to any defense. As Fyre will be out at the beginning of the season, it will be Ike Diogu who will have the role of being Aldridge's backup in the team. I think Diogu is the kind of player who was misused in the teams where he played and who has potential to be useful in every team.
When we talk about Portland was capable of doing last season, nobody refers the center Joel Przybilla, who is extremely unfair to him, as Przybilla was the team's best defender, finishing the season with 4.8 ppg and 8.4 rpg. He finished the season in 4th in the whole league in terms of rebounds per 48 minutes with 12.0, which shows how dominant he can be in the paint. Hardly we can find another player who averaged 8.4 rpg with just 23.6 minutes per game!
This team has everything to be a contender for a playoff place and just the injuries look to be an obstacle for them this season. However, the team will need to enter in great style on the season, as they will play 10 of their first 15 games on the road, with 12 of those games being against other teams of the Western conference.
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New Orleans Hornets - CP3, David West, Pargo, Chandler,MoPete, Peja, Posey -
This is the most exciting team to watch the in the NBA, period. CP3 has the ability to take this entire team on his back and make some of the most beautiful passes you will ever see in the game of basketball - and did I mention he is only 5'11 on a good day with timberland boots on.
With the addition of Posey, now they have a stronger defensive posture that should be original in the Western conference. teams like the Lakers, Suns, Mavs, etc. can't impose their will on teams because of their lack of defensive effort. The Spurs are the only other team to worry about, but they are getting old. The Hornets will win the west, and possibly the championship.
I just am not certain any western conference team at this point could beat the Celtics or even the Cavs in a 7 game set.
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