Its preseason. Everyone is an expert. Here are my predictions from Worst to First entering the Playoffs in 09'.
#27 - New Jersey Nets- Lopez brother to start? I think Not.
#25 - Derrick Rose is going to be a star, but this team led by Hinrich is taking small steps to get back to glory
#24 - New York Knicks- Hey - at least they aren't last on this pre-season poll
#23 - Milwakee Bucks - will they regret the trade of Yi this year? Maybe so.
#22 - Phoenix Suns- Shaq, Amare and Nash total age? Above 100 - this team is getting old, so are their chances of a Championship
#21 - Golden State Warriors - Magette is hurt, Monta needs to stay off Mopeds and Mullin might be out next year. (what will Nelly do?)
#20 - Miami Heat - D-Wade is going to be good, really good this year, but Miami can take a big step from the cellar of last year
#18 - Charlotte Bobcats- Okafor and Richardson combo is nasty, but do they have the bench to compete?
#17- Washington Wizards - this whole team rides on Agent 0 - it will get ugly quick if Arenas gets hurt
#15 - San Antonio Spurs- Duncan is old, Paker, and gang will get banged up, but might make the playoffs as lower seed. Injuries anyone?
#14 - Detroit Pistons - Maxiell and Stuckey are going to be SICK, Pistons are going to the playoffs, but how far?
#13 - Philadelphia 76ers - 4th best team in the East, #13 on my rankings.
#11- Houston Rockets- T-Mac is still T-Mac and the Rockets will compete, YAO gets hurt and Houston will suffer..
#10 - Utah Jazz - Boooooooooozer is strong and this team can rebound and bully smaller teams
#9- Cleveland Cavaliers - Until LeBron gets a wing-man, he will be without the league title.
#8 - Boston Celtics- If Garnett gets hurt, these guys can't rely on Pierce, can they? I dont see a repeat at all...
#7 - Dallas Mavericks - Dirk and Co. are in the West and will compete again, WOW - 2 years ago they were tops in the NBA...
#5 - Denver Nuggets- still with Melo and AI - gonna to play dirty and Denver needs to go deep this year before the team is done for good...
#4 - New Orleans Hornets- CP3 and that young group are going to be around come playoff time...
#3- LA Lakers - Kobe is still Kobe and Bynum is healthy, the Lake-Show is dangerous as long as Kobe does his thing, MVP part dos?
#2 - Orlando Magic- Any team that has Dwight "Superman" Howard is an instant winner, hands down - this cat's the real deal