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Best of the State:
4. Sacramento Kings:
Well this one was obvious. To me the Kings are one of those teams that make moves every year but always finish towards the bottom of the conference. They get high draft picks, have cap space but somehow nothing comes of it. They traded Tyreke Evans who’s caused them no problems and kept the problem child DeMarcus Cousins. They drafted Ben McLemore and got Grevasis Vazquez through trade, but this just still feels like the same bottom of the barrel Kings. I expect them to have a lottery pick next year and Cousins to get more meaningless stats.
3. Los Angeles Lakers:
This is really weird to say but the Lakers aren’t the best team in California right now. They picked a lot of decent players with little to no money but I still don’t think it’s enough. Kobe Bryant can only do so much, I mean if he could drop 50 or 60 a game he probably would but he’s going to need help. I think Pau Gasol will finally bounce back a little bit but it just won’t be enough for the championship aspirations this team always has. They will still make the playoffs but this won’t be the same dominant Lakers were used to.
2. Golden State Warriors:
Man this is just getting weirder and weirder, and not because the Warriors are number two, it’s because I really feel like they have a solid shot at being the number one team in California. At the beginning of last season I didn’t even think they would make the playoffs but man did they have a run last season. Stephen Curry is a straight up star, what he did last season was reminiscent of his college days. At first when they signed Andre Igudola I was a little scared that Mark Jackson would break up the “Splash Brothers” but I think the signing was a great one. Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes will get their run either way and the frontcourt isn’t too bad either. They got rid of their dead weight and made some decent signings for the bench. The Warriors are now the real deal.
California’s Best of the State
1. Los Angeles Clippers:
After years of being terrible, the Clippers are finally the best team in the state. The Clippers have never been good but that all changed once Blake Griffin stepped on the floor. Soon after the Chris Paul trade the team suddenly became a title contender. Now they have a coach who can actually coach and a bench that is shaping up pretty nicely. Under coach Doc Rivers Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan should develop nicely and Chris Paul is still the best point guard in the league. I expect them to do better than the 4th or 5th seed so they don’t have to face the Grizzlies again once the postseason comes. I really wish they would of got Danny Granger or Aaron Afflalo for Eric Bledsoe but I do like the guys they did get in the deal. Hopefully no more Lamar Odom (he wasn’t that and, but still) and we have ourselves a contender out west.
Best of the State:
3. Dallas Mavericks:
Mark Cuban’s “sign a superstar” idea didn’t work. Last season they missed out on Deron Williams, this time they missed out on Dwight Howard. He even let them know first he wasn’t coming and missed out on those free chicken fingers. Instead of a superstar they got Monta Ellis. Ellis isn’t a bad player; he’s just not much of an upgrade over the departed OJ Mayo. They haven’t made any other impact moves and already looked like straight garbage last season. Things aren’t looking too good for the Mavs, it’s about time to rebuild. Maybe try and draft a superstar for Dirk to pass the torch to because the stars just aren’t coming through free agency.
2. Houston Rockets:
The Rockets are definitely having a great summer. They beat everyone out and signed Dwight Howard, which is kind of a big deal. They already got James Harden who can flat out ball, Chandler Parsons is one of the best up and coming small forwards and Jeremy Lin can have a Linsanity moment and anytime. Plus it’s a added bonus that all the Rockets legendary bigs will be helping Dwight out with his game. The Rockets are definitely coming for the top teams right now. I think they are a piece or two away from being able to win it all. They do need to go ahead and trade Omar Asik to avoid problems, a stretch power forward would be ideal. Regardless of what everyone says about Howard’s decision, this was the best move for him. He wants to win and the Rockets can do just that, but there is one team that could have given him the best chance at winning.
Texas’ Best of the State
1. San Antonio Spurs:
One thing I learned as a small child was to never ever ever count the Spurs out. They have pretty much been contenders since I can remember. They do everything right, literally. Every offseason move works out for them, the players they draft always produce for them and they have three superstars. They went all the way to game 7 with the Miami Heat and if it weren’t for a few plays they would of won the whole thing. Age means nothing for them and their ageless superstars. I really think Dwight Howard should of taken his talents to San Antonio, he definitely would get a ring there, but I think Tony Parker and the boys will be just fine without him. One day Tim Duncan will eventually retire and I have a strong feeling the Spurs will still be the top team in Texas.
Best of the State:
New York #2
2. New York Knicks:
If the Nets would of stood put and not made any moves the Knicks would be number one but unfortunately that isn’t the case. The Knicks are still a top team in the East but they have a few problems. I have no clue why in the hell they traded for Andrea Bargnani but he’s in New York now. When I think of him all I can think of is the way Avery Johnson said “Bargnani” on the Association with the Brooklyn Nets. He’s definitely not the answer for the Knicks and neither is Amare Stoudamire. I feel sorry for Amare, when he first came to New York he was so nice, he lead the team and they looked like a good up and coming team. Ever since Carmelo Anthony came, Stoudamire has looked like straight garbage. It’s sad because he’s a good player but Amare and Melo just don’t work together. Last season they made history by being the oldest team ever in league history and just like I thought most of those old heads are gone, like retired gone. The Knicks do have two of my favorite players in J.R. Smith and Metta World Peace but it’s just not enough to be the best of the state.
New York’s Best of State
I’m usually the last one to give the Brooklyn Nets credit but damn they got a team. The starting 5 that they can put on the floor is amazing. Deron Williams at the point, Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce on the wings, and Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez in the paint, that’s deadly. I still have my doubts as we seen a similar situation like this go down last season (look at the Lakers) and it didn’t go down as many thought. Still I think that this can really work out and they’ve been rounding out a pretty good bench. They have the star power now and great players to back it up. Deron Williams is a top point guard and if he plays like it we might have a real problem. Unless all those old men get injured (which is a huge possibility) the Nets will be doing some big things in Brooklyn. The crazy part is they got two of the biggest pieces from the Celtics for pretty much Gerald Wallace and fillers. Crazy.