Originally Posted by LET'S GO RAPTORS!!!!!
In #1 you forgot to mention that the bench isn't horrible and that there are no key injuries to the starting 5.
Injuries are in #2 because any long term key injury early could signal lights out to playoffs and still have enough time to tank.
And to me, bench is important, but as far as I'm concerned, the top 6 who play big minutes, including a Harden when in OKC and a Ginobli in SA determine your fate. If Terence Ross turned into Ray Allen light with great defense, we'd know that right away.
I'd go with a dominating top 6 and a bunch of 6.5/10 role players ferrying in and out of the lineup over just a "good" starting 6 and a deep bench anytime.