Does your team make the NBA top five?
Aaron J. Pellot
The Carolinian Power Rankings
Fall is always a great season for any avid sports fan. Major League Baseball is deep in the playoffs, while college football and the NFL are in the heart of their season. The NBA season is scheduled to start officially on Oct. 29. With the 2013 season, excitement, anticipation, and questions about each team abound. The season is just starting, but questions about next year’s free agency, in relation to stars such as LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, are already looming. Those questions will be answered soon enough; however, fans are ready to see what the current season holds. As the 2013 NBA season starts, here are my top five ranked teams going into the season.
1- Miami Heat: The 2012 and 2013 champions win this spot easily, as they repeated last year in the NBA Finals. How they solidified the number one spot going into the season is based on of their off-season acquisitions. The team has little cap room to make major moves, but they managed to upgrade the roster by adding Greg Oden and Michael Beasley. While some may think the acquisitions are not that great of a deal, the added star power may just make them the favorites going into this season.
2- Indiana Pacers: Similar to the Miami Heat, this Indiana team beefed up during the offseason. With the acquisition of Luis Scola and outside shooter Chris Copeland, the Pacers added some depth they were missing last year in the playoffs. The organization also locked in their young superstar Paul George with a five-year contract. The return of Danny Granger is the only mystery left unanswered. He was benched last season with a knee injury.
3- San Antonio Spurs: San Antonio may just be the best of the west. The Lakers are done, and the Thunder cannot escape a plague of injuries. They may not be the flashiest or most exciting team to watch, but under Coach Gregg Popovich, they always seem to get it done. With the signing of Marco Belinelli, they can comfortably move Ginobili to the sixth man role. This will allow Danny Green to secure points from the outside. Under the leadership of Tim Duncan and floor general Tony Parker, an MVP candidate, the Spurs will make a strong showing in the finals this season.
4- Brooklyn Nets: Although the Nets have what I thought was the acquisition of the summer with Andrei Kirilenko signing on for only $3 million, Jason Kidd’s lack of coaching experience will likely be a factor. The veterans Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will bring wisdom and leadership on and off the court, but the age of both players could hinder the team’s chances going deep into finals play.
5- Los Angeles: The Clippers, that is. Lob City closes out the top five. After their acquisitions of stars Jared Dudley, J.J. Redick, and Doc Rivers as coach, over the summer, it was hard not to boost this team to the top five. The Clippers have the best point guard in the league with Chris Paul, but the team needs to acknowledge its frontcourt issues. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are great to watch, but without strengthening their defense, dunks will not win many games this season
So what do you think? Who needs to be in the top five? Who needs to be out? For the complete top 10 listing, check out the sports page on The Carolinian website. Feel free to let me know what you think! You can respond to these rankings on uscupstatecarolinian.wordpress.com