THIS IS HOW I SEE THE 2013 NBA PLAYOFFS SHAKING OUT
I put the Heat at the top because they didn’t downsize over the break; they only got better with the addition of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis. Chicago gets number 2 because Derrick Rose will be back. Indiana gets the third spot because Hibbert, West and Granger are a great frontcourt. New York has its own “Big Three” but they now have a solid point guard along with Rasheed Wallace. Brooklyn’s Big Three might also deserve that fourth spot. Boston could be lower on the list, but I can’t seem to count out Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Atlanta lost Joe Johnson, but Josh Smith and Al Horford might will the Hawks to the seventh or eighth spot. Philadelphia will be in there as well. They lost a superstar, but at least sharp-shooter Nick Young has joined the team.
In the West, Okalhoma City hasn’t changed its roster, but they’ll be hungry for revenge, so I put them at number one. San Antonio will have the same mindset, but they won’t be out the Thunder for the top spot. I specifically put Los Angeles twice because I believe the Lakers and Clippers will jostle for three and four throughout the season. Whether its the Clippers first or Lakers first, the two Los Angeles teams will carry the third and fourth spot. Dallas added O.J. Mayo and Chris Kaman, so they will take five. Minnesota is my surprise team because Rubio will return; they added Brandon Roy and Kevin Love is a monster. Denver will hustle its way into number seven and Memphis will find a way to close out the 8.