Welcome to another edition of NBA RoundTable. The Preseason is finally here! This week we will discuss if any one in the east will have a chance against the Cavaliers, should Chris Bosh continue to play, and so much more on NBA RoundTable.
Lets get started:
Will anyone in the Eastern Conference have a legit chance to compete for the number one seed with the Cleveland Cavaliers?
Todd: I think the Raptors for sure will be able to compete with the Cavaliers after bring back DeRozan. They only finished 1 game behind Cleveland last year. It all depends on if the Cavaliers bring back J.R. Smith, because if he walks then they have a big gap at their starting shooting guard position. Sure they still have Iman shumpert but he is no J.R. Smith.
Steve: It’s hard to say. Logic would say yes, there will be at least one or two teams that will at least compete with the Cavs for the top seed in the East. The Bulls should be improved, and could make a run. The Raptors are still going to be there, and I think the Celtics are good enough to at least make a run for it. Ultimately, the Cavs are going to be favored, and will still probably be the top seed in the East.
Dan: Personally, I don’t think so. I think the East will be pretty much wrapped up by the Cavaliers this season. There just isn’t a team that I can see upsetting the Cavs. They’re the defending champs, a top team in the league, and by far the best East team.
Chad: Personally I would say not because I do not think Lebron, Kyrie, and K-Love will allow it to happen.
Which team will own the best Record in the NBA this year?
Todd: Most people might think this would be an easy choice and pick Golden State. I think the team will be in the West but it will not be Golden State. I think San Antonio will have the best record in the NBA. I just feel that Golden State lost too much on defense and they can’t make that up. Sure they might score 130 per game but they will probably give up also.
Steve: The Golden State Warriors are going to have the best record in the NBA again. While I don’t think they are going to have a record breaking season like last year. They should win around 67 or 68 games this season, which will be good enough to have the best record. This is probably better than Miami’s big three with LeBron, Wade, and Bosh. Curry, Thompson, and Durant are going to lead the Warriors and will score more points than any other team in the NBA.
Dan: I think the best record in the NBA will once again go to the Warriors. No, they won’t beat their record from last season. No, they won’t hit 70. I do think they’ll have the best record, win the West & eventually the NBA Finals. They’re absolutely stacked and Kevin Durant really doesn’t help anyone else’s case.
Chad: They will be winning games 130-125 but the Warriors will have the best record in the league Curry, Thompson, Durant, and Green will get it done.
Who are the front runners for defensive player of the year?
Todd: Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green. these two have been battling it out for the last few years.
Steve: Can you pick anyone else than Kawhi Leonard? He has won the award the past two seasons, and still is in his prime. I would think that he has the be THE front runner for defensive player of the year.
Dan: I think, right now, the front runners for Defensive Player of the Year have to be the top 3 finishers from last season: Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green and Hassan Whiteside. Of course, there will be players who emerge mid-way through the season, but to start the season off, it has to be these players. They finished top three, they don’t have injuries they’re coming off of, they’re the same type of players. I can’t see them just deciding to pull a James Harden and not play D. They’re top defenders already. And it will continue.
Chad: My top 3 are the defending winner Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green, and Hassan Whiteside.
Pat Riley has stated that Chris Bosh played his last game with the Miami Heat after a failed physical. Chris Bosh said he will play again some where. Do you agree with him?
Todd: Personally I think Riley made the right decision and Chris Bosh’s Career is probably over. I can’t see anyone else picking him up and if they do he would more than likely fail the physical.
Steve: It is probably a good decision for Riley to sever ties with Bosh. I am certain that Riley consulted with medical staff before making this decision. As for Bosh, he needs to take a long look in the mirror and take the advice of his doctors. We have seen many players in the past play against the advice of doctors, and it ended up costing them their life. I would hate to see this for Bosh, if in fact he decides to play. He needs to think about his family, and his own well being.
Dan: I think that Chris Bosh will play again as a contributor off the bench for a team. He won’t play the same, be the same or anything of that nature. In order for him to last the whole season, he’ll need to watch his legs, stay healthy and contribute nicely. They’ll have to watch his minutes, etc. Playing won’t be the same for him and he won’t play much longer, but he will get another chance.
Chad: If the Doctors won’t clear him I don’t see how he can play in the league again. Maybe a year off helps, maybe he gets a new treatment but without doctor approval he is not playing in the league.
A couple a weeks ago Kevin Garnett announced his retirement after 21 seasons. Where does he rank among the all time greats.
Todd: I have to strongly disagree with Steve Hall. Kevin Garnett is one of the top 3 Power Forwards of all time next to Tim Duncan and Kevin McHale. He is certainly a first ballot Hall of Famer without question.
Steve: He may be somewhere in the top 100 players of all time, but cracking the top tier is pretty hard to do. Garnett was a great player, and is easily in the Hall of very good, but I can’t place him anywhere close to the top 50 of all time.
Dan: I don’t think that he is a top-ten player all-time, but I do think he could be listed in the top-15. He’ll easily, hands-down, no questions raised or asked, go down as the best Timberwolve of all-time. He’ll be a Hall of Famer. He’ll go down as one of the best to ever play, but he won’t be top 10. Top 15 looks more realistic and somewhere I’d put him.
Chad: I’d say top 30 player; definitely a top 5 PF in the league and somebody who will definitely be in the HOF with Kobe, and Duncan in one of the greatest classes ever.
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