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Home - NBA Write-Up: Teams to Watch

  NBA Write-Up: Teams to Watch

October 10, 2013
The NBA preseason has tipped off and we’re less than three weeks away from the start of the season. Here are some teams to watch this upcoming year:

Miami Heat

dwyane wadeHave to start with the defending champs. Two years ago, brought them their first title. A year ago, they had a 27-game winning streak and added another. What’s in store this year? Although they haven’t had an easy run through the playoffs the past two years, to beat this team four times in 7 games has proven a formidable challenge. This is why they’re the favorites once again. Oh and, not to mention, Wade is reportedly back in prime shape and they’ve added two low-risk, high-reward guys in Greg Oden and Michael Beasley.

Chicago Bulls

derrick roseDerrick Rose. The Bulls sorely missed their leader last year, as they struggled to a 100.4 offensive efficiency without him, good for 7th worst in the league. This team will be defined by Rose’s ability to bounce back and play at or near his level two years ago. The good news is that he’s looked like his explosive self in the first two preseason games and has also stated that his vertical has increased 5 inches since his surgery. On top of that, guys stepped up in his absence, most notably two-way player Jimmy Butler, who has finally filled the void at the two-guard position. You know Coach Thibodeau will have them playing defense and with Rose back, this team will make some noise in the postseason.

Houston Rockets

The Rockets made arguably the biggest offseason signing, luring away superstar big man Dwight Howard away from their Western Conference rival Lakers. They pushed the 2nd seeded Thunder to the limit in the first round (although they benefitted from Russell Westbrook’s injury) and now they’ve added a former defensive player of the year. Howard will be looking to redeem himself after an injury-plagued, controversy-filled season with the Lakers. He’ll enter the league’s fastest paced team from last year and 6th most efficient offense (106.7 offensive efficiency), where he’ll be featured prominently in pick and rolls with James Harden and Jeremy Lin. However, where he’ll really help out is on the defensive end. The Rockets like to gamble for steals and get out in transition and with an elite rebounder and shot blocker behind them, this team is sure to improve on their 16th-ranked defense (103.5 defensive efficiency).

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