Originally Posted by Major
Without a doubt, Philly will be high up there this season. It's when he says teams like Bulls, Heat, Bucks will make the playoffs. I realize that there's a good chance that maybe 1-2 or those will actually make the playoffs but just because you get a great, promising draft pick, doesn't mean the next season you're going to shoot up 12 spots in the league standings. Just ask the Pittsburgh Penguins when they signed Crosby in 2005, the next season they finished 2nd last. Look at Charlotte when they draft Okafor in 2004, they finished 5th last the next year.
The Penguins didn't feature two other All Stars, one being a top 5-10 player in the league.
The Bobcats were a recent expansion franchise, not a recent NBA champion.
You seem to equate making the playoffs with some meteoric rise. Milwaukee and Chicago weren't that far out last year, and both teams added an impact player to their starting line up. Miami was way out, but they were playing without their two best players for the majority of the year.
No one is saying Michael Beasley or Derrick Rose immediately put a team in the playoffs. But Miami (when healthy) was already a playoff team before they pulled off the Shaq/Marion heist, and New Jersey, Milwaukee and Chicago weren't that far off in the first place.
He never said any of those teams will for sure make the playoffs. he said, going into the season, that there are plenty of teams fighting for the bottom playoff spots in the East.
He's absolutely right about that.