No longer a lock, imo
Memphis is a lock for the playoffs. Bayless is an upgrade over Mayo. Darrell Arthur will be back after week 2, upgrade over cunningham. Conley, Gay, Randolph, and Gasol all starting the season healthy, for maybe the first time ever. Though I think we'll finish 5-7 instead of 3-5 range. Nuggets looked to improve a lot this off season, so I think they jump ahead of us.
If the Hornets had a PG I'd say they were a lock. I think they'll compete for the 8 spot, but if I'm being completely honest with myself, I think they'll just miss out this year. 4 to 8 games out.
This post was edited on 10/11 at 10:47 am