The list is absolutely awful, which is odd because Aldridge is one of the more knowledgeable reporters involved with the league.
Usually a great offseason would mean that the team would improve a lot next year(or maintain their play if they're one of the upper echelon teams). So how the hell is Philadelphia second when the chances of them improving their record are very very slim, and their additions werent great vs what they lost? And Houston who compiled a bunch of young players to get a bigtime player, and has so far failed in their plan?
Then you got teams like the Warriors who were in the bottom 15 who improved greatly in upgrading their roster, as well as Minnesota who also greatly upgraded their roster in getting AK, Roy, Shved in the positions they were weakest in, and Stiemsma who can actually give you production every game replacing Darko who provided something 20 of the games.
Aldridge then says later in the article:
But these rankings assess whether a team is better or worse than it was when the offseason began
So I guess he really beleives Philadelphia will be a top 5 East team this year with the additions of Dorrell Wright, Kwame Brown and Nick Young? And rookies who likely wont play since they've got too many rotation players at 3/4 already?
And Houston will be a for sure West playoff team in comparison from this year which team is more balanced and better talent wise who would have made the playoffs if Lowry didnt have his infection?
Aldridge must have been smoking something before writing this article. The Lakers should be #1 or 2 in getting Nash, Jamison, and re-signing Hill and only losing Sessions. Adding one of the best PGs in the NBA and not having to give up anything alone should be a top 3 offseason, but getting some rookies and mid level talent like Philly did was so much better. Terrible.
And on the topic of the Raptors, I think we should be in the top 15 as well, but it's hard to say the additions this offseason alone will vault us in to the playoffs isnt the full truth, as internal growth(Derozan, Bargnani) and last seasons draft pick(Valanciunius) will have a lot to do with our success next year.