Majority of the teams on that list are better rosters overall with us missing Kobe and have players that can actually play defense. You can convince yourself otherwise though. Jordan Hill is our best defensive player. Let that sink in.
Please tell me how Atlanta, Dallas, New Orleans, Minnesota(who just lost Chase again), Denver, Sacramento, Washington, Charlotte and Phoenix have better rosters than ours please.
A likely median of 18-10 w/o Kobe? That means you are putting this team at a pace to win 50 games w/o Kobe. You might as well say they are 60 win team with him and we know that isn't the case.
18-10 from October to Christmas doesn't equal 18-10 stretches for the rest of the way unless we're facing the exact same schedule multiple times.
Our schedule is relatively easy from October to Christmas, 18-10 doesn't mean we're headed to 50 wins, it just means that our schedule is easier during the first half than it will be in the second half the easier first half increases our chances of winning games while Kobe is out, it's all about the schedule Jody. You know better.
I don't think they are a 60 win team with Kobe easing his way back, the thing is the first half of the season is relatively easy, the second half of the season is going to be very difficult by comparison
No question they are a playoff team, where they fall is up to question of the health of everyone including Kobe.
BUT if it comes down to the first part of the season from October to Christmas(which is what this is about) the odds of us having a winning record are greater than they would be if we had to go through the second half of the season without him. The 18-10 isn't really my pacing for a 50 win season, it's more showing how easy the first half of the schedule is and why odds are in our favor for a winning record by that point.
Edited by Majesty, September 30, 2013 - 05:16 PM.