email I sent to a friend on Oct. 14th-- before Bayless trade. Ok. So I looked at all of the rosters of the teams in the Southwest Division and no one really scares me. Why canâ€™t we win the Southwest? I think we have made some really good offseason moves considering our financial constraints. We still need a decent backup PG but other than that if we stay healthy I think we can contend. Maybe another defensive PF/C that can rebound but letâ€™s see hopefully someone on the current roster steps up. Apparently, Jason Smith played well last night Saw we signed another big body DJ Mbenga. Looks like an extra body with no offensive skills but given enough minutes he sounds like a decent defensive player who can rebound. At this point until we get rid of Peja this about all we can do. But... What if Peja is finally healthy and he and Thornton provide the boost we need from the bench? Call me an optimist but I donâ€™t think we are as bad off as the national media thinks. Or just call me delusional..
Hornets247 Predicts the 2010-2011 NBA season
On the eve of the regular season, Hornets247 is ready to make our predictions. No time to waste, so lets get right to it.
Michael McNamara: Kevin Durant- 33 PPG for #1 seed in the West.
Joe Gerrity: Kevin Durant
MM: John Wall
JG: Blake Griffin
Coach of the Year
MM: Scott Brooks- OKC finishes with best record in the West and Brooks gets it.
JG: Jerry Sloan- Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while, right?
Most improved Player
MM: Demarr Derozen- Somebody has to get the points for Toronto
JG: Marco Belinelli- Something just tells me he’s going to have a great season.
Atlantic Division Champs
Central Division Champs
Southeast Division Champs
Pacific Division Champs
Northwest Division Champs
Southwest Division Champs
Western Conference Finals
MM: Lakers over OKC
JG: Lakers over OKC
Eastern Conference Finals
MM: Miami over Boston
JG: Boston over Orlando
MM: Miami over LA
JG: Lakers over Boston
Paul a Hornet at years end?
West a Hornet at years end?
Thornton a Hornet at years end?
Hornets make the playoffs?
MM: No, the Hornets fall two games short of making the playoffs.
JG: YES, 7 seed
Really hope you are right! And if this team could get just one more big that could control the boards for stretches in the game (A Birdman for Denver in 08-09 type)- I could see 50 wins being possible.
Bozo is out with an injury and next up will be Deng. That's what Duke players do best. PS - I'm from Chicago
Thanks. I think we see them same way: capable, but not enough. I do appreciate the details. I say love affair because generally they seem to be a popular pick across the board, not just on here. Winning a division is more about consistently good play throughout the year, and I think the points you make establish why they are the front-runner to be just that. I can't stand them. Other than the obvious one, I have zero problem with the Spurs taking the division.
Am i the only one to see this? JG has MIA over LA in the finals, but doesn't even have MIA in the Eastern conference finals? Am I missing something?
OKC ain`t goin to no conference Finals. They`re too young and will crack on the pressure everyone has given them.
Can someone explain the love affair with Dallas to me? I see them as a capable team that will not win a title this year. Admittedly, I seem to have an irrational disrespect for them that I can't explain really, but I just don't see them as a clear winner. A few words about Dallas would be nice. Otherwise, I smell what you're cooking.
42: If you look at their roster, they are legit 2 deep at every position except PF. They have the size to be able to keep pace with the Lakers and Jazz in the West, and still have a top 10 player in Nowitzki. The Mavs aquisition of Tyson Chandler late this summer was a huge move for them. Chandler is an elite 1-on-1 defender in the paint, and those are very rare. Don't get me wrong, it still won't be enough to win them a championship, but they should win the Southwest division.
No love affair from me- just objective prognostication. Because of their depth I think they will be a very good regular season team. Unlike most teams, they can sustain injuries and still move forward since they are 2 and sometimes 3 deep at every position. For instance, I like Ian Mahinmi more than any of our backup centers and he is their 3rd (possibly 4th) string center. San Antonio will coast through the regular season, Memphis doesn't have the talent to win this division, and Houston and NO need time to jell with their new pieces- so Dallas wins the division. That being said, I can easily see them being the #2 or #3 seed and losing in the first round.