This is going to be the year the San Antonio Spurs finally fall off.
Yeah, right. We’ve been saying that for a few years now, and like clockwork it just doesn’t happen. I’m sure it won’t this year either: Richard Jefferson will experience a renaissance, Tim Duncan will go for 20 and 10ish, Manu Ginobili will be an All Star, and DeJuan Blair will join him. Rookie Tiago Splitter will compete for Rookie of the Year honors with teammate James Anderson, who was (of course) pegged as one of the draft’s potential steals when he slid to the Spurs with the 20th-overall pick. This team will methodically post another 50+ win season, and bore us to death in the process. We’re big Spurs fans around here folks!
Chris Paul leads the rebuilding (directionless?) New Orleans Hornets into murky waters, but though he’s saying all the right things for now, let’s see what happens when his team stumbles towards the bottom of the division; something tells me the trade rumors aren’t going away anytime soon. The Dallas Mavericks are still the Dallas Mavericks–a slightly younger, slightly more exciting version of the Spurs–while the Houston Rockets welcome Yao Ming back into the rotation for what they hope will be somewhere around 20 minutes a night. The big man is good for the game and has worked hard to come back from that irksome foot injury, and we’re rooting for him to stay healthy and dominate in whatever capacity he’s capable. The Memphis Grizzlies could theoretically push for a playoff spot, but we still really wish the league would step in and A) relocate the franchise for God’s sake, and B) issue a mandate that once relocated, they drop the silly “Grizzlies” moniker.