Heat: Wade and Shaq could probably get them to the finals alone, but there are issues. 1) Shaq's not getting younger and the Pistons contain him pretty well. 2) When you have superstars you're supposed to surround them with strong role players, so they get Walker, Williams, and Payton? On a good night Walker will come up with offensive rebounds and nice passes. Unfortunately those good nights are surrounded by nights of ill advised threes and sulking when he doesn't get the ball enough. Williams can be erratic and Payton should have retired three years ago. Did I mention none of these guys play defense?I somehow forgot to mention the Mavs in my NBA Preview. Fortunately, I keep all of my rough drafts, and here is something I found that did not make the cut: "Desagna Diop's delightful defense could be the difference in Big D." Guess I should have included it. Here is an interesting metaphor I came up with for the Knicks:
It will take an MVP performance out of Shaq or Wade to get this team into the finals.
...So the Heat have the two best players, the Pistons have the best starting five, and the Pacers have the best depth. I'll go with the team with best two players. The Heat will lose to the Spurs in the finals.
Every player on the Knicks is a question mark. Larry Brown wins wherever he goes, but then there's Isiah. I'm not sure which comparison to make: 1) if you mix gold(Brown) with crap(Isiah), it's still a valuable combination, or 2) if you mix chocolate (Brown) with crap (Isiah), it still tastes like crap.Guess you could say the Stephon Marbury was a kernel.