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Jim Frenette -> Predicitions 2010-2011 (10/6/2010 10:40:25 AM)

Tim you can pin this to top when you have a chance

I say 37 wins and the Clippers get their draft pick finally as Wolves will be at bottom of lottery list

David Levine -> RE: Predicitions 2010-2011 (10/6/2010 11:25:05 AM)

I'm going 32 wins and a team that appears to be on the upswing as the season ends.

Prescott -> RE: Predicitions 2010-2011 (10/6/2010 11:36:11 AM)

23 wins and another building year.

David Jerde -> RE: Predicitions 2010-2011 (10/6/2010 1:09:13 PM)

I already projected a 15-game swing, stating it was probably more like an 8-gamer. The game against LA gave me hope for an even better return on the year (in the mid-30s) but I cannot change direction after one "meaningless" preseason game. I'm sticking with 30 wins and expect (hope?) to be low.

Matt Lang -> RE: Predicitions 2010-2011 (10/6/2010 6:04:44 PM)


The Rodent -> RE: Predicitions 2010-2011 (10/6/2010 7:13:27 PM)

Perhaps stating the obvious, but if the team gets good productive play from the PG position they should post a much improved win total from last year.
Certainly less than 30 will be disappointing. Less than 20 and it will be another lost year. 40 or more wins would be great, but I have not had that much to drink yet this morning.
I was thinking 37 as it feels both reasonable and realistic. But as 37 has been taken I'll reach a bit and go 39 (and stop just short of the drink needed to say 40).


kgdabom -> RE: Predicitions 2010-2011 (10/6/2010 11:50:27 PM)

Wolves will win 32 games but finally get some luck in the lottery and get in the top three.

Steve Lentz -> RE: Predicitions 2010-2011 (10/22/2010 10:25:22 PM)

29 wins. Book it.

djskillz -> RE: Predicitions 2010-2011 (10/25/2010 1:18:23 PM)

Boston--Still very good and the frontcourt additions will only help. One final run for Allen/KG/Pierce before they have to retool.
Philadelphia-A little luckier in the injury department and they start to gel a bit. They'll make a move midseason with Andre.
New York-A bit better, and Felton helps, but still not great. Randolph/Douglas will be factors, and Turiaf's energy will help.
New Jersey-Much improved. Favors begins to help in the 2nd half some. Mini-Mouse helps. Morrow/Outlaw both give Harris options too.
Toronto-Just a bad team. Not enough talent.

Chicago-Much, much better team. Boozer improves interior scoring, Rose takes another leap forward as one of the NBA's superstars, and the Korver addition helps give him another shooter.
Milwaukee-All the next 3 teams will be bunched up. None of them all that good.
Indiana--Ditto. Paul George helps in the athleticism department. Collison will help at the PG position.
Detroit--Ditto. Greg Monroe helps, but not enough.
Cleveland--Tough year with no real go-to guy.

Miami-Will be a very good regular season team barring injuries. Wade leads them. How they do will depend on their group of C's.
Orlando--Dwight Howard takes another step forward (working with Hakeem can't hurt) and the Duhon move is underrated. Brandon Bass is used more this year, which also helps. Favorite in the East IMO.
Atlanta--Same old same old, solid athletic team, just not quite good enough.
Charlotte--Take a step back after a bit of a flukish 2009-10 IMO.
Washington-Take a step forward with Wall. Freakishly athletic team.

Eastern playoffs:
Seeds: 1) Miami, 2) Orlando, 3) Boston, 4) Chicago, 5) Atlanta, 6) Philadelphia, 7) New York, 8) One of Indiana/Milwaukee/Detroit
Just outside looking in: 2 of Indiana/Milwaukee/Detroit, Charlotte. A bit lower but on the upswing: Washington/New Jersey. Bottomfeeders: Cleveland, Toronto.

Miami beats Central team
Orlando beats NY
Boston beats Philly
Chicago beats Atlanta
Chicago gives Miami all they can handle, but lose.
Boston and Orlando goes 6-7 games, but Orlando wins.
Orlando beats Miami in the Eastern Finals.

Portland-Can't have much worse luck than last year. They put together a solid year this time and make a trade splash with their ridiculous chips. Matthews will help. Oden needs to get healthy to really be a force. This division's the best in basketball and will be a dogfight IMO.
Oklahoma City-Maybe the most "talented" team in the league, right with Portland. Only going to get better. And Ibaka will improve. Aldrich will help.
Utah-Fesenko takes a step forward and Al has a big year, but this division is loaded.
Denver-Really depends on Melo, but either way I think they take a step back. NY isn't helped that much even if they get Melo IMO.
Minnesota--Still a very bad team with no stars and will fight for a top 3 pick.

LA Lakers--Best team in the league. Will coast early in the year nursing injuries, but get healthy for the stretch run. Bynum has a big 2nd half and Ebanks/Caracter help. Kobe is an underrated player this year as he gets back to full health for the first time in a few years.
LA Clippers--Big step forward with a good young roster. Jordan continues to improve and a healthy Blake helps. Aminu too.
Phoenix-Step backward in the post without Amare obviously. Still good guard play, but Nash is more banged up this year. Lawal opens eyes.
Sacramento-Cousins/Evans form a good young duo but not enough talent around them and their coach is pathetic. At least 2-3 legal issues this year for that young duo too.
Golden State--Not enough talent, and more disarray with the coaching staff in flux.

Dallas--Underrated added size. Not great, but good enough. 3 very "good" teams in this division, but no one great. Haywood/Chandler form the best C duo they've ever had, and their defense has a lot of solid players all of a sudden.
San Antonio--One last run. Splitter helps in a large way. Best move of the offseason. James Anderson makes another in a long line of SanAn rooks making an instant contribution.
New Orleans--A healthy Paul makes all the difference in the world. Now has tons of awesome athletes around him in Pondexter/Ariza/Thornton, plus Belinelli helps.
Houston--Yao gets hurt again, shockingly, and they don't have quite enough this year with the NO improvement.
Memphis--Kind of like Charlotte in the East, revert to form a bit. Some good young talent, but not enough. This division is easily the deepest division in the NBA.

Western playoffs:
1) LA Lakers, 2) Portland, 3) Oklahoma City, 4) Dallas, 5) Utah, 6) San Antonio, 7) Denver, 8) New Orleans
Just outside looking in: LA Clippers, Phoenix, Houston, Memphis. A bit lower: Sacramento, Golden State. Bottomfeeders: Minnesota.

LA Lakers beat New Orleans in 5-6 games. Size is too much.
Portland beats Denver.
San Antonio upsets Oklahoma City with size for their final run.
Dallas beats Utah with size as well. Size is the story in the Western playoffs, and mostly in the East too.
Lakers beat Dallas in a good fight.
Portland and San Antonio have a heavyweight matchup in the semis but SanAntonio prevails.
Lakers beat SanAn in the Western Finals in the Spurs last real contending run. 6 games.

Finals: Lakers prove to be too much for Orlando again. As they have no answer for Kobe or the dual size threat. Rashard Lewis disappears once again. Lakers in 5.

Coach of the Year: Nate McMillan or Monty Williams. Coach gets the credit for "rebound" of each team, even though it's health.
MVP: Kevin Durant. Kobe/Wade/Lebron split too much of the vote.
Defensive player of the year: Dwight Howard.
Comeback player of the year: Chris Paul. A healthy Chris Paul is a top 5 player in the league.
Most Improved player: Brandon Bass or Darren Collison (playing time). This award is a crap shoot.
Rookie of the Year: Jon Wall. He's in a big media market and on a bad team with athletes, so he'll put up the numbers. Has tons of hype already. Sleepers: Gani Lawal, DeMarcus Cousins, Quincy Pondexter, Paul George, Greg Monroe. All of them impress.
Sixth Man of the Year: Manu Ginobli.

Karl Juhnke -> RE: Predicitions 2010-2011 (10/27/2010 9:32:43 AM)

I would be extremely disappointed if the Wolves don't win 30 games this year. That is double last year and I'm aware that teams seldom make that kind of one year jump.  But teams also seldom rework 3/4 of their roster in a year so comparisons to last year are pointless.

They have the individual talent right now to be in the 40's and sniffing a #8 playoff spot, but it's all so new that the odds are long of them gelling this year and playing with any kind of consistency.  30's is more realistic.  Less than that and I think it's fair to start questioning Rambis' effectiveness as a coach.

Karl Juhnke -> RE: Predicitions 2010-2011 (10/27/2010 9:37:45 AM)

Only other prediction - This will go down as a golden year for rookies.  One for the ages.  There are at least 6 legitimate potential stars who could dominate for a long time, and many other solid players just below them. 

I'm counting Griffin in the group since he didn't play last year.  Griffin, Wall, Turner, Cousins, Johnson, Favors.  That's a class as good as any in the NBA in the last several years.

Karl Juhnke -> RE: Predicitions 2010-2011 (10/27/2010 9:46:13 AM)

No Evans tonight.  Wolves by 10 tonight against the worst of the West.

Steve Lentz -> RE: Predicitions 2010-2011 (10/27/2010 6:22:36 PM)

Cousins vs. Johnson. Let the rookie comparisons begin.

Steve Lentz -> RE: Predicitions 2010-2011 (10/27/2010 6:29:50 PM)

If he stays healthy Griffin should be a lock for ROY.

djskillz -> RE: Predicitions 2010-2011 (10/27/2010 9:33:31 PM)


ORIGINAL: Steve Lentz

If he stays healthy Griffin should be a lock for ROY.

I totally forgot about him. Will be him or Wall probably. Maybe Cousins.

Prescott -> RE: Predicitions 2010-2011 (10/28/2010 12:23:08 AM)

20 wins, until Rambis figures out that Kevin Love should be on the court, not in warmups. 

David Levine -> RE: Predicitions 2010-2011 (10/28/2010 12:31:34 AM)

I'm tempted to agree with you. This is 30 win talent that Rambis appears intent on limiting to 20 wins.

Jim Frenette -> RE: Predicitions 2010-2011 (12/16/2010 12:02:42 PM)

I guess I over estimated this team with my prediction

Prescott -> RE: Predicitions 2010-2011 (12/16/2010 12:37:45 PM)

On pace to win what, 19, 20 games?

And the sad thing is, both Kevin Love and Mike Beasley are playing even better than anyone could imagine, Darko has a bad stretch but has been playing well. Yes, they've had some injuries, but every team has them every year. It doesn't feel like Flynn and Webster improve this team by 10+ wins.

I don't think people predicting 30 wins underestimated the team, I think they believed Rambis would show big imporvement. But he has farther to go and more to learn as a coach than just about any player on the roster. This is just not a well coached team. With two all star caliber frontcourt players, this team should have more than 6 pathetic wins. They play a bad defensive scheme, he has no feel for matchups, he makes bewildering rotations and leaves guys like Ridnour out to flounder for too long. I'd like to see what a good coach would have this team at, I bet at least 10 wins, if not more. The talent is here.

DavidAOlson -> RE: Predicitions 2010-2011 (12/16/2010 12:37:59 PM)


ORIGINAL: David Levine

I'm tempted to agree with you. This is 30 win talent that Rambis appears intent on limiting to 20 wins.

I wouldn't be surprised. Maybe they want one last crack at the lottery before they add Rubio.

Next year, it would be rather nice to start Rubio/Webster/Beasley/Love/Darko, and have Flynn/Barnes/Pek as the major subs. And then see how it shakes out from there.

Prescott -> RE: Predicitions 2010-2011 (12/16/2010 12:46:07 PM)

30 wins or 20 wins will get you a chance at the lotto. Purposely winning only 20 versus 30 makes you a horsecrap organization. I really, really hope they didn't go with a plan to tank the season. That'd be hard to swallow.

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