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Let's Rank Teams Definitively Better Than Us
Posted by Zoombop on 7/5 at 10:51 am
-OKC
-San Antonio
-Memphis
-Golden State
-LAC
-Houston
-Denver

The Pelicans would come in at either 7th or 8th on this list for me. I wouldn't be shocked to see teams like San Antonio, Denver, and Memphis struggle though. The Spurs are getting older, and part of me believes that this season was their last gasp. Denver and Memphis, while talented, both are going through head coaching changes. Denver may not retain the services of Andre Iguodala.

I expect the Pelicans to be in the playoff hunt this year with their upside as high as the 4th seed, but I think the magic happens the year after. Davis will be entering his 3rd season, which is the turning point for most NBA players, and the other guys will have been with one another for over a year. Pretty exciting times if you ask me.

Thoughts?



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Posted by TigerinATL on 7/5 at 10:54 am to Zoombop
I question Denver. They will be thinner at center losing Koufos and shouldn't Galinari miss most of the season? Also we have yet to see what Golden State will look like. It could end up Steph Curry, Dwight Howard and David Lee. Even if the don't get Dwight they won't be as deep.

This post was edited on 7/5 at 10:56 am

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Posted by Fun Bunch on 7/5 at 10:54 am to TigerinATL
Yeah Galinari will miss a very large chunk of the season, if not all of it.


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Posted by Zoombop on 7/5 at 11:00 am to TigerinATL
I almost forgot about Koufos being traded. I don't think Javale McGee will ever put it all together. That front court with him and Kenneth Faried isn't scaring any offense or defense really.


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Posted by GynoSandberg on 7/5 at 11:01 am to Zoombop
As of today? Golden State, Houston and Denver aren't definitely better than us. Now if GS or Houston lands Howard then they get significantly better.


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Posted by corndeaux on 7/5 at 11:01 am to Zoombop
OKC
SAS
MEM
LAC

All better.

Denver

They will take a step back with Gallo out and no Karl, but they should be better.

HOU
GS

Obviously Dwight can change things, but these teams won 47 and 45 games. Thats about where I think the Pels end up.



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Posted by Zoombop on 7/5 at 11:04 am to Zoombop
Just a thought: I would like to see Darius Miller get a chance to be our SF. If he develops properly, he's certainly a 3&D guy. Just needs to stop putting that back foot out of bounds because he's got a very nice stroke from long range. A tandem of Miller and a re-signed Aminu is pretty solid to me. Plus it allows us to spend a little more for a bigger C if we want one.


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Posted by cmlanier on 7/5 at 11:05 am to Zoombop
1) Miami
2) San Antonio
3) Oklahoma City
4) Indiana
5) Houston (Probably getting Dwight)
6) Brooklyn
7) Memphis
8) Chicago
9) LA Clippers
10)Golden State
11) New York
12) Denver
13) Utah
14) New Orleans Pelicans


Two years from now we will be much higher haha


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Posted by Zoombop on 7/5 at 11:06 am to cmlanier
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cmlanier


Guess I should have said WC teams better than us.

Also, I don't think Utah is better than us at all. They're interesting, but not better.



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Posted by Boomshockalocka on 7/5 at 11:12 am to GynoSandberg
Gyno you must be kidding me.


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Posted by Fun Bunch on 7/5 at 11:14 am to Boomshockalocka
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Gyno you must be kidding me.


You guys were the fricking 8 seed. Don't act like you were the Heat.

Golden State is definitely better than us, though.



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Posted by TigerinATL on 7/5 at 11:19 am to Fun Bunch
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You guys were the fricking 8 seed. Don't act like you were the Heat


And Houston's MO last season was either shoot the 3 or get to the rim, ie be as efficient as possible. If they don't get Dwight they'll probably sign Josh Smith who will single handedly derail the efficient way they try to play.



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Posted by GynoSandberg on 7/5 at 11:21 am to Boomshockalocka
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Gyno you must be kidding me.


You were the 8th seed and havent made any moves yet. What am I missing?



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Posted by hendersonshands on 7/5 at 11:23 am to GynoSandberg
The year of Royce White


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Posted by TexasTiger6777 on 7/5 at 11:27 am to cmlanier
I think they were looking only at the Western Conference, chief.

1)OKC
2)San Antonio
3)Clippers
4)Memphis
5)Houston
6)Golden State
...

Pelicans should be contending for the 7th or 8th seed.



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Posted by Zoombop on 7/5 at 11:41 am to GynoSandberg
I agree. If the Rockets don't get Dwight and settle on Josh Smith, then they don't really get any better. If anything they'll stay about the same.


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Posted by Pedro on 7/5 at 12:29 pm to cmlanier
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13) Utah
14) New Orleans Pelicans



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Posted by Noplacelikehome on 7/5 at 12:33 pm to Zoombop
It is too tough to tell right now.

As of now the pelicans don't have a Small Forward or a Center.

Golden State is likely losing Jarrett Jack and either David Lee or Bogut could be on the move.

The Lakers are in trouble if Howard moves on.

Houston is barely a playoff team if they don't sign Howard.

If Denver loses out on Iggy then they are in BIG trouble as well especially since Gallinari will be out for part of the season and they fired George Karl. They could also lose Corey Brewer.

And it doesn't seem as though any of these teams helped themselves too much in the draft.



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Posted by TGHub on 7/5 at 12:43 pm to Zoombop
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The Spurs are getting older, and part of me believes that this season was their last gasp.
I think the Spurs will still have a good shot at getting back to the finals next year. Parker is going to still be great, Duncan's game doesn't really rely on athleticism so his age isn't a factor, and I can see Leonard playing close to an all star level next year.

Manu's game has fallen dramatically, but I'm sure he won't play as many minutes. I think the Spurs and OKC with a healthy Westbrook have the best shot at getting to the Finals from the West. Pels could be 7-8 seed and would likely play one of those teams in the 1st round



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Posted by ZTiger87 on 7/5 at 12:43 pm to Zoombop
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I agree. If the Rockets don't get Dwight and settle on Josh Smith, then they don't really get any better. If anything they'll stay about the same.



But a small upgrade at PG and adding Evans makes the Pelicans a much better team?



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