DarkXaero wrote:A whole lot of assumptions there. Our team has just as many question marks if not more. Can KD come back and play at superstar level, returning from the worst injury in sports? Can Kyrie actually stay healthy for most of reg season and playoffs? Can Nash handle high pressure as a rookie head coach? If we don't make any major trades, how are Levert and Dinwiddie going to fit in? How can we be a good defensive team without good perimeter defenders? What will our locker room chemistry be like if we go through a rough stretch?Hello Brooklyn wrote:Trader_Joe wrote:The East is ours for the taking next year.
Miami while good, is a not a serious threat I don't see how they match up with Kyrie or KD. They are also are going to save cap space for GA.
The Bucks will be in awkward position next season with GA a FA next off-season and Bud a failure in the POs
Toronto will be going all in on GA but they have a ton of FAs (Lowry, GVV, Gasol, Ibaka)
I think our biggest threat will be Boston TBH. Brown and Tatum will continue to grow and they should be able to make the tweaks needed to be a perennial threat in the East.
It's the West that scares me.
LAL - LBJ and AD
LAC - KL and assume PG with a new coach
DEN - Jokic and Murray are tough match-ups
DAL - healthy KP and Doncic will be a tough duo for years to come.
GSW - Is going to be a force next year with everyone back and their picks to play with
Utah - is such a good team, but the West is so good there is a slight chance they don't even make the PO if they have an injury or two
The East is really looking wide open last year.
-Toronto is basically done
-Philly is a joke
-Miami had a good run but they don't make the Finals without the bubble
Boston is good but Brown/Tatum are just not as good as KD/Kyrie.
The biggest threat to me is still Milwaukee. We have to hope Giannis continues to underperform in the playoffs. If he figures it out he will be a tough matchup.
"Toronto is basically done", and "Philly is a joke", and a good amount of NBA fans out there think that we're a trainwreck waiting to happen. It goes both ways.
What are you talking about?
How is it an assumption that Philly is a joke?
They flamed out of the playoffs this year and their two best players don't fit together. Its not exactly a "hot take" to say they won't be a serious contender next year.
And Toronto has no true All Star and will be losing Gasol, possibly Van Vleet this off season. How will they get any better?
Why should I assume we will be a train wreck when we have two top 10 players and good pieces around them?
I have faith in Marks in building the team around them. He will add the right pieces. Nash will be fine. KD and Kyrie know how to win.