By Andre Walker
New York Knicks: The New York Knicks have looked very good in the preseason after signing veteran point guard Jason Kidd. The Knicks have been searching for a point guard who can bring leadership and take the younger guards under his wing and mentor them. The Knicks have a lot of potential to go deep into playoffs this year if Kidd can find a way to bring together the Knicks’ key pieces in forwards Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony and center Tyson Chandler.
Indiana Pacers: Coming off a loss to the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Indiana Pacers are looking strong. They have a very talented, young, and athletic group of players who want to play together and can only improve from where they are currently standing in the Eastern Conference. During the offseason, the Pacers picked up Duke graduate Miles Plumlee, who is known for his outstanding athletic ability. The Pacers also picked up monster leaper Gerald Green, who is known for his energy plays on the break. These pieces will hopefully take the Pacers to new heights this season.
Detroit Pistons: The Detroit Pistons were known for being the team that everybody overlooked in the Eastern Conference. After picking up rookie center Andre Drummond from the University of Connecticut and sharpshooter Kyle Singler, the Pistons are looking to make a change for the better this year. The Pistons have shown that they are not the cellar dwellers in the east anymore. They have all the pieces this year to be great.
Washington Wizards: The Wizards have been compared to some of the worst teams in NBA history. Last season, they had the worst road record in NBA history, and the only thing keeping the fans coming in was rookie sensation John Wall. With John Wall out for the season opener, can rookie guard Bradley Beal give the fans what they came to see? The rookie was regarded as one of the NBA’s top prospects in the draft after his stock rose due to his phenomenal workout at the combine. The Washington Wizards are hoping that the 19-year-old Beal will step up to become that piece that the Wizards so desperately need to turn around their franchise. This is a lot of pressure to put on a young rookie coming into the league after only playing one year in college, but we will see what can come of this young potential superstar.
Miami Heat: Coming off his most dominant regular season and postseason yet in his NBA career, forward LeBron James is looking to lead his Miami Heat teammates at another title run again this season. The Miami Heat were dominant and executed well in the finals last season. With James coming off his regular season MVP and finals MVP season, the Heat are looking to be the favorite to win the championship again this year. They not only re-signed all their players from last year, but also signed 16 year veteran guard Ray Allen and 14 year veteran forward Rashard Lewis this offseason. Don’t let their old age fool you; these old heads are shooters and they belong in the NBA. With the Heat, they are weapons and can stretch the floor out for guard Dwayne Wade and forward LeBron James so they can attack the middle like they do so easily.
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