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Friday, August 08, 2008

HoopsWorld Eastern Conference Rankings

Ranking the Eastern Conference -

1. Boston
2. Cleveland
3. Detroit
4. Philadelphia
5. Toronto
6. Orlando
7. Washington
8. Indiana

Out of Playoffs
9. Miami
10. Atlanta
11. Charlotte
12. Chicago
13. Milwaukee
14. New Jersey
15. New York

Magic are ripped in a lazy write up by someone named Jessica Camerato:
6. Orlando Magic: Rashard Lewis was supposed to help Dwight Howard lead the Magic on a deep postseason run. That didn't happen. The Magic fell short in the playoffs and have done little to spark hope for a championship next season. They will need more than Mickael Pietrus off the bench to make up for their thin backcourt, which boasts a mediocre point guard in Jameer Nelson and the rarely-used-but-never-traded J.J. Redick. Howard's shoulders are not big enough to carry this team.
Nice job of getting nearly every fact wrong in just five sentences. Lewis was brought in to advance the Magic in the playoffs. 5 wins vs. 0 the year before is progress. "Deep postseason run?" Is a straw man designed to get knocked down. Good sign of a bad reporter. Everyone knows the talk at the start of the season was the Magic were likely to go backwards from their 40 win season the year prior.

"Magic fell short..." by getting killed by Detroit's guards. Pietrus, you could argue, was brought in specifically to help against Detroit in the playoffs. And he's penciled to start, not come off the bench.

"little to spark hope for a championship..." His name is Dwight Howard. He is a huge man. He is very young. He is already at the top of the league as First Team All-Pro center, and the only center on the Olympic NBA team. Oh, and by the way the Magic sold over 100% of the available seats last year and are building a new arena. "Little hope" my ass.

Back-court ... mediocre ... D'uh. That's why Evans, Dooling and Arroyo are gone and replaced by taller or more athletic guards.

J.J. Redick... Ouch. Our guards suck because 14th man J.J. Redick is one of them? Since when do we compare the guys who don't dress for games when picking the order of our playoff teams? How stupid can a reporter be?

"Howard's shoulders are not big enough to carry this team." Yes they are, you stupid ignoramus. He's Superman.


  • At 9:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hopefully something will still happen with Memphis and Crittenton. Always like it when the writers underrate the team since it may put a chip on their shoulders.

  • At 12:28 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    The closer we get to the season, it'll be interesting to see how other media people who cover basketball predict the Magic will finish in the East.

    The Magic made some media people really look bad last season. Chris Sheridan of ESPN picked the Magic to finish 12th in the East, and former Chicago Tribune basketball writer Sam Smith picked the Magic to finish 10th.

    I think we all agree that Philadelphia and Toronto will be improved over last season, but it will be tough for either team to finish ahead of the Magic. Cleveland too, for that matter; and Detroit is getting old.

    I believe second in the East is a realistic goal for the Magic.

  • At 12:51 PM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    I believe 2nd is probable and 1st is an injury away on a fairly old Celtics team. For that matter, what are the odds that Garnett, Jermaine O'Neil, Eltron Brand, Chauncey Billups and Ben Wallace all stay healthy this year? Any of those guys go down and their team easily drops.

    Toronto and Philly are likely better, but relying on two often injured bigs. The difference between Dwight Howard and Eltron Brand is Dwight has seen the second round and actually played a full season last year. Jermaine O'Neil has been to the Eastern Finals but it's been all downhill from there.

    Detroit hasn't done anything this off season to improve its roster, but has a new and untried coach. There is no predicting what Rasheed Wallace will do to try the new coach.

    Cleveland also has the same roster.

    If Pietrus starts shutting down the nightly career high scoring nights of opponents 2 guards and Johnson & Lee can be good uptempo reserves this team is ready to push for 60 wins.


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