The fantastic front court of Anthony, Stoudemire and Chandler makes the Knicks a very relevant team this year.
Before I can get to do VL’s favorite NBA picks and prognostications for 2011-12, we first must get a glimpse of what team rosters are looking like this year…given all the trades and free agent signings going on.
While we wait for Dwight Howard to decide his future and Chris Paul to begin his in L.A., the New York Knicks have fortified their front court with the free agent signing of Tyson Chandler, giving Knicks fans reason to believe this season. Meanwhile, the Miami Heat picked up defensive stalwart Shane Battier, providing the Heat with yet another solid perimeter defender.
Here is a look at what this year’s NBA kinda looks like thus far…
Rows (LtoR): Westbrook and Durant continue their 1-2 punch in OKC; Everything will be coming up Rose(s) in Chicago this year; Richardson looks like he performed a little magic with his off-season training…looking slim and trim Q-Rich! Odom plays the Dallas desperado role now that he’s done in La La land; Oden begins another season injured…poor guy; A very Bullish front line of Noah, Deng and Boozer; Nelson is all smiles now but will that be the case if Dwight leaves Orlando? The Miami Heat just got hotter–defensively—with the addition of Battier; There’s definitely a youth movement goin’ on in Minny with Love, Rubio and Williams teaming up; Laker vets Bryant and Fisher welcome Brown to L.A.; Milwaukee’s firepower resides in Jackson, Jennings and Bogut; Youngsters Irving and Thompson get their feet wet in Cleveland; A svelte-looking Big Baby makes the jump to Orlando from Boston; Bay-area backcourt of Curry and Ellis get set for another explosive season; L.A. twin towers Bynum and Gasol remain standing in L.A….for now; Allen is ready to add gravy to the NBA 3-point record; World Champion Mavericks add a few new pieces in Carter and Odom; Granger points the way for the Pacers; Howard remains in the Magic Kingdom…for now; Atlanta’s big three of Smith, Johnson and Horford hold it down for the ATL.