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2012 Team Preview: Portland Trailblazers

In Season Previews on October 21, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Portland Trailblazers

Starting Lineup

  • PG – Damian Lillard
  • SG – Wes Matthews
  • SF – Nicolas Batum
  • PF – LaMarcus Aldridge
  • C  – Meyers Leonard

A decent starting unit.

LaMarcus Aldridge is the man of the moment. A top five PF/C. A highly skilled offensive player who possesses both a strong post game and a very good jump-shot all the way out to 20+ feet. Shot-creator. You can run your offense through him. A decent but below average rebounder. A solid defensive player at either big man position. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Team Preview: Charlotte Bobcats

In Season Previews on October 20, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Charlotte Bobcats

Starting Lineup

  • PG – Ramon Sessions
  • SG – Gerald Henderson
  • SF – Michael Kidd-Gilchrest
  • PF – BJ Mullens
  • C  – Brendan Haywood

A very weak starting lineup. Not a single player who is a top ten player at his position. Not a single above average starter. Not even an average starting player. All five players are well below average starters with BJ Mullens being one of the worst starting PFs in the league. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Team Previews: Detroit Pistons

In Season Previews on October 20, 2012 at 8:10 am

Detroit Pistons

Starting Lineup

  • PG – Brandon Knight
  • OG – Rodney Stuckey
  • SF – Tayshaun Prince
  • PF – Jason Maxiell
  • C  – Greg Monroe

A weak starting lineup. Not sure who’ll get the nod at PF yet but I’ll go with Maxiell for now. A good starting center and small forward. A serviceable starting two guard and two liabilities at PG and PF. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Team Preview: Toronto Raptors

In Season Previews on October 19, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Toronto Raptors

Starters

  • PG – Kyle Lowry
  • SG – DeMar DeRozan
  • SF – Landry Fields
  • PF – Andrea Bargnani
  • C  – Jonas Valanciounas

A weak starting lineup. One top ten player (PG) in Kyle Lowry. Unsure how to rate Bargnani. At least two, if not all three, of the remaining starters are liabilities. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Team Preview: Boston Celtics

In Season Previews on October 16, 2012 at 6:30 am

Boston Celtics

Starting Lineup

  • PG – Rajon Rondo
  • SG – Avery Bradley
  • SF – Paul Pierce
  • PF – Brandon Bass
  • C  – Kevin Garnett

A very strong starting lineup. One of the best in the league. Arguably the best point guard in the league, the second best center, a top five small forward, a shooting guard that was very impressive in the latter part of last season. The weak point is the power forward position. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Team Preview: Golden State Warriors

In Season Previews on October 15, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Golden State Warriors

Starting Lineup

  • PG – Steph Curry
  • SG – Klay Thompson
  • SF – Richard Jefferson
  • PF – David Lee
  • C  – Andrew Bogut

A good starting lineup. An explosive backcourt with a top ten PG and possibly a top ten SG also. A top twelve starting center in Bogut. A middle of the pack starter in David Lee. A below average but serviceable starter in Richard Jefferson. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Team Preview: Washington Wizards

In Season Previews on October 13, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Washington Wizards

Starters

  • PG – John Wall
  • OG – Bradley Beal
  • SF – Trevor Ariza
  • PF – Nene
  • C  – Emeka Okafor

The Wizards lineup has one above average starter, three middle of the pack starters (with Wall having lots of room for improvement) and one unknown in Bradley Beal. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Team Preview: Milwaukee Bucks

In Season Previews on October 13, 2012 at 9:00 am

Milwaukee Bucks

Starters

  • PG – Brandon Jennings
  • OG – Monta Ellis
  • SF – Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
  • PF – Ersan Ilyasova
  • C  – Samuel Dalembert

This is a weak starting unit. A dysfunctional starting backcourt that lacks defensive integrity and a frontcourt that lacks oomph. I would consider their backcourt below average and for each of their frontcourt players to be borderline top 20 players at their respective positions. So a starting unit that is a bit below average across the board. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Team Preview: Denver Nuggets

In Season Previews on October 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Denver Nuggets

Staters

  • PG – Ty Lawson
  • SG – Andre Iguodala
  • SF – Danilo Gallinari
  • PF – Kenneth Faried
  • C  – Timofey Mozgov

A decent but unexceptional starting unit. Their main strength is on the wings with Andre Iguodala (top six SG) and Danilo Gallinari (top ten SF). They have a good starting PG in Ty Lawson (middle of the pack). Their starting big men, Faried and Mozgov, leave a lot to be desired and are both weak starters. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Team Preview: Phoenix Suns

In Season Previews on October 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Phoenix Suns

Starters

  • PG – Goran Dragic
  • SG – Wesley Johnson
  • SF – Michael Beasley
  • PF – Luis Scola
  • C  – Marcin Gortat

A weak starting unit. Three players who are middle of the pack players at their respective positions. Dragic and Gortat slightly above average and Scola now slightly below par. That leaves Wesley Johnson and Michael Beasley who are amongst the worst starters in the league at their positions. Read the rest of this entry »

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