What teams do you guy see as contenders next season to finally potentially dethrone the Heat?
Also, of these contenders you consider, what do you think they need to add to their team/roster if anything at all?
I know a lot of people will have Indiana as one and obviously they need to improve their perimeter play more than anything it seems, specifically ball-handling & shooting, but I'm not too sure who's out there or available that they can bring in to possibly be the difference. Lots of folks also just think & assume they'll have Granger back and that'll help them tremendously, but I feel it's very possible they look to actually trade him now for a player or two on the perimeter who can handle the ball better and maybe shoot as well. Plus he's obviously less needed now since Paul George has emerged so much (assuming they keep him locked up for a while).
Then there's the Chicago Bulls. Obviously everyone will be watching Derrick Rose's much anticipated (to say the least) comeback closely. Now there's no guarantee he'll return to the top player he once was (especially as the freak athleticism he possessed was a huge part of his game), but even if he (hopefully) does, I'm personally still not convinced that will be enough. It could be perhaps, but overall, I still think they need at least another legitimate scorer.
Lastly for me, there's Oklahoma City. They're obviously gonna' get Westbrook back & all, but with this current roster of theirs even then, I still feel they have to go out and add at least another piece. Not sure exactly who, but someone who can fit that role James Harden had a little better than what Kevin Martin has maybe. This much is clear though, ever since Miami whooped them in the Finals, they have been absolutely dominated by them (in my eyes). In fact, even worse than the scores have shown. I always felt San Antonio would have a better chance against Miami than OKC (especially without Harden despite him disappearing against them in the Finals ala Manu). So when Westbrook went down, I didn't feel as bad knowing San Antonio (posing the bigger threat) would more than likely get there.
Edited by , October 22, 2013 - 11:54 PM.