NBA "Experts" rank the eastern conference
Old 08-14-2009, 06:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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NBA "Experts" rank the eastern conference

The Orlando Sentinel asked 11 NBA experts from around the country to rank Eastern Conference teams. A team ranked first on a ballot received one point, while a team ranked second received two points and so on. The team with the lowest overall point total finished first overall.

Panelists: Sam Amico, editor, ProBasketballNews.com; Ric Bucher, NBA analyst/reporter, ESPN; Chris Colston, NBA writer, USA Today; Sean Deveney, writer, The Sporting News; K.C. Johnson, Chicago Bulls beat writer, Chicago Tribune; Steve Kyler, editor and publisher, HOOPSWORLD; Johnny Ludden, NBA editor, Yahoo! Sports; John Schuhmann, interactive writer, NBA.com; Barry Stavro, NBA editor, Los Angeles Times; Bill Walton, member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and analyst for ESPN; Lang Whitaker, executive editor, SLAM. Compiled by Josh Robbins

(First Place Votes) Total Points
1 Cleveland (5) 17
2 Boston (6) 20
3 Orlando 30
4 Atlanta 52
5 Washington 68
6 Toronto 70
7 Chicago 72
8 Miami 80
9 Detroit 102
10 Philadelphia 106
11 Charlotte 127
12 Indiana 131
13 New York 143
14 Milwaukee 147
15 New jersey 155

11 NBA experts rank the Eastern Conference -- OrlandoSentinel.com
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Old 08-14-2009, 06:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd rank it a bit differently. Obviouslt the top 3 are on the money. 4 is arguably Toronto but could stay Atlanta. Although Wizards made many improvements they are still very injury prone and still inferior to Dwyane Wade's Heat. Oh and the Knicks shouldn't be so high, the Nets are going to win 15 times as many games as the Knicks. The Nets will have around 15 wins. Chicago is good but not good enough for seventh seed. Arguably eighth.
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No way Milwakee finishs above the Nets. No way.
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Old 08-14-2009, 06:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i agree with everything but the 5th and 6th place teams...if they out us at 5th and Washington at 6th i would agree...
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No way Milwakee finishs above the Nets. No way.
Milwaukee is slightly better than the Nets. The Nets have a strong backcourt but a very weak front court while Milwaukee boasts a good backcourt and a decent frontcourt highlighted by Michael Redd and Andrew Bogut. Oh and look up Joe Alexander. He's speciial and now that Richard Jefferson is gone, he's going to get his chance to play.
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As of today i would rank it like this:

1. orlando
2. cleveland
3. boston
4. atlanta
5. toronto
6. washington
7. chicago
8. miami
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As of today i would rank it like this:

1. orlando
2. cleveland
3. boston
4. atlanta
5. toronto
6. washington
7. chicago
8. miami
+1...totally agree....
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Old 08-14-2009, 06:30 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I don't know, call me optimistic, but I think the Raptors will come 4th in the east.

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I don't know, call me optimistic, but I think the Raptors will come 4th in the east.

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Smartest thing anyone's said on this thread so far. I totally agree.
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I'd rank it a bit differently. Obviouslt the top 3 are on the money. 4 is arguably Toronto but could stay Atlanta. Although Wizards made many improvements they are still very injury prone and still inferior to Dwyane Wade's Heat. Oh and the Knicks shouldn't be so high, the Nets are going to win 15 times as many games as the Knicks. The Nets will have around 15 wins. Chicago is good but not good enough for seventh seed. Arguably eighth.
I think they got it right. On paper the Wiz are just as good as the Raptors, if not better. You can't factor injuries into your rankings because they affect everyone. The Wiz would probably have been a top five seed last year if not for injuries. Now they're back to 100% and added two big time impact guys. They will be a force. If anything I would place them one spot higher.
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Old 08-14-2009, 09:03 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Eh, just about right.

I still see Charlotte a little higher IMO but the list is accurate, Toronto 6th seed is where we belong.
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Old 08-15-2009, 12:42 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I would put New York last.
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Old 08-15-2009, 01:26 AM   #13 (permalink)
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2 Orlando
3 Cleveland
4 Toronto
5 Washington
6 Atlanta
7 Chicago
8 Miami
9 Philly
10 Charlotte
11 Detroit
12 New York
13 Indiana
14 New Jersey
15 Milwaukee
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Cleveland still doesn't have anyone who can handle Howard so based on last year I don't see how they can be ranked above Orlando and Boston is in the same boat if KG is injured again.
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If thats the order the Experts think it will be and the Raps finish as the 6th seed... We'd be playing Orlando again in the playoffs lol.
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