SK21209 wrote:tsirigoj wrote:Roy The Natural wrote:
Where exactly did he carry the Pelicans? Davis is great and all. But sans Lebron the Lakers are MARKEDLY worse than the Pelicans were.
Lakers are going to have serious problems with their bench.
The Pelicans team with AD, Cousins, and Rondo was VERY good. Now, add Lebron. That's scary. Too many chumps on this website fail to recognize.
The Pelicans team with AD, Cousins with an untorn Achilles, and 2 years younger Rondo was a pretty good team. And Rondo was at best the fourth or fifth best guy on that team. Cousins isn't even close to that guy anymore and Rondo was not very good last year.
The Lakers will be very good by the end of the season but the Jazz and Nuggets at least will likely have better regular season records. They also rack up home wins when they're good to great teams.
I think people are underselling Portland a bit as well. They were REALLY good when Nurkic was healthy. Rodney Hood really started to come into his own late in the season. Zach Collins surpassed Aminu in overall effectiveness come playoff time, and if they can revitalize Hassan Whiteside to be motivated to play like he did 2-3 years ago, they have a pretty monstrous Center rotation. Bazemore is a waaaaaayyyy better fit than Turner. I think Portland will be better than last year, through internal development if nothing else.
I also think Simons will show out, and look like a future star this year. I think that Portland improved noticeably, but people are stuck on the loss of Harkless and Aminu, who really were by the end of the year outplayed by the guys replacing them.