Sunday, December 4, 2011

Top Ten Power House Team for 2011 - 2012 NBA Season

Top Ten NBA teams for 2011 - 2012 Season. 

1 . Miami Heat - The Heat's Finals failure might make them an even more fascinating story this year. No matter how dominant they are in the regular season or how easily they get through the Eastern Conference playoffs, they'll still have big questions to answer. They have the best talent in the league. They just have to play like it. 

2. Dallas Mavericks - It's standard procedure to start the defending champs at the top, but these champs have roster uncertainty, with Tyson Chandler's status being Question No. 1. You also can't escape the idea that their age will play a role in their ability to repeat. One thing's for sure: No one should ever doubt Dirk Nowitzki again. 

3. Oklahoma Thunder - The Thunder look primed to take over the No. 1 spot in the Western Conference, but they'll need to improve defensively. Ron Adams isn't walking through that door, but a full season of Kendrick Perkins playing next to Serge Ibaka should do the trick. And they've always got James Harden's beard going for them. 

4.  Chicago Bulls - The Bulls had the best record in the league despite losing a combined 57 games from Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah, and their MVP is only 23 years old. But they're still a big step behind the Heat and need an upgrade at the two. That will take some free agency magic or trading a young reserve big man. 

5. Los Angeles Lakers - At 32 years old and with a lot of talent around him, Kobe Bryant recorded the second highest usage rate of his career last season. So maybe it's time for a new offense to distribute the ball a little better. Mike Brown should certainly help a defense that got scorched by the Mavs in the conference semis. 

6 . Boston Celtics - Unless they pull off a trade for Chris Paul, the key question for the Celtics is the status of restricted free agent Jeff Green. And if he stays, Green may be the most important player in green this season. He has the ability to keep the big three fresh and keep the score in the Celtics' favor when they go to the bench. 

7. Memphis Grizzlies - After Rudy Gay was lost for the season, the Grizz were a top-10 team on both ends of the floor and then almost reached the conference finals. As long as they retain Marc Gasol, and as long as Gay doesn't mess things up (and it's being predicted here that he won't), this looks like a top-five team in the West. 

8. San Antonio Spurs - Do we look at the Spurs as the team that won 61 games last season, or the team that got bounced in the first round? Either way, Tim Duncan is now 35 and Manu Ginobili is 34. So Gregg Popovich will need continued progress from the younger players on his roster, especially Tiago Splitter. 

9. Orlando Magic - Maybe Dwight Howard is dreaming of a bigger market. And maybe the Magic laid an egg in the playoffs. But this is still one of four teams that ranked in the top 10 both offensively and defensively, and the numbers say they should have won seven additional games. So don't be surprised if they remain a contender. 

10. New York Knicks - If the Knicks are going to take the next step, they obviously have to improve defensively. But moving Amar'e Stoudemire to the four and bringing in a defensive center could hurt them on the other end of the floor. The defensive improvement really must start with Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony.      


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