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    Celtics
    36.17%
    17
    Bulls
    6.38%
    3
    Knicks
    40.43%
    19
    Whizards
    2.13%
    1
    Bucks
    0.00%
    0
    Atlanta
    4.26%
    2
    Charlotte
    0.00%
    0
    Magic
    0.00%
    0
    Indy
    6.38%
    3
    Raptors
    4.26%
    2
    A scant two weeks till training camp opens and only 6 weeks till the season kicks off. Of the eastern conference teams who is the most overrated ? I will pick a few of my personal favourites but the floor is open to all views. Rebuttals and all commentary welcome.

    I put a poll similar to this last year. Vote early and vote often.

    The Leprechauns:

    The plucky warriors from Boston to me lead the pack on most overrated. Picked to finish second in the conference and to be a threat to the Lebrons is a pretty high bar and the boys from boston don’t have the chops for it. Isaiah Thomas snuck up on folks last year. Not this year. Teams will be ready for him and put a bigger set of bodies on him. All game and all year long. Llisted at very generous 5’9” and 185 he is going to wear down over the 82 game schedule. Al Horford is a really good player. Just not the kind of player that puts a team on his back and can carry them on his own volition. He has never done this before. Not in Atlanta and not in the NCAA at Florida. So why this year with a change of uniform colour does this change ? It won’t.
    In a 3 point shooting league the Celts shooting from beyond the arc ranked an abysmal 28th out of 30 league wide. It didn’t improve. Ainge got no one to help. Jaylen Brown isn't going to light it up from beyond the arc. Neither is Smart or Bradley.
    They let go their leading rebounder in Sullinger and while Horford does a lot of things very well rebounding isn't one of his best attributes. this year the only thing cleaning the glass in Boston will be windex. Folks smirk at the size of the deal that Evan Turner got in Portland but Turner was one of the few guys on the Celts besides IT who could get his own shot. Jaylen Brown may be good but he is not going to give the Celts this year what Turner gave them last year. There are lots n lots of young and unproven guys on the roster. Rozier, Young, Jerebco , Hunter, Jackson are not going to strike fear into a lot of hearts around the league.

    The Bulls:

    The Bulls are being picked to make the playoffs. Really ? The Bulls have potentially the worst shooting backcourt in the entire NBA in an aging Dwyane Wade and the mercurial Rajon Rondo. Jimmy Butler is an all star but he is not a 3 point threat on the wing. Think I am kidding ? Read the Bulls forums. The other projected starters areTaj Gibson and the wrong Lopez at the 5 and unless its from 5 feet or less they aren’t going to fill it up. They have McBuckets and Mirotic to make the 3 but Mirotic is streaky and spacing for both of them is going to be hard to come by to shake free for their shots. Mix in that Freddy Hoiberg doesn’t have the chops for the job of being an NBA head coach which requires him to manage some pretty big egos and with Wade / Butler / Rondo there are some pretty big egos. Chicago could implode by Christmas if there isn't enough balls to go around to keep Wade and Butler happy. Watch for Rondo to act as an accelerant in the demise of Freddy Hoiberg.

    The SuperTeam:

    Ah the Knicks. It wouldn’t be the NBA off season without the boys from Gotham being picked to make the playoffs. Not only make them but finish around 6th.
    They have 3 guys on surgically repaired knees, two of whom, Carmelo and Noah are over 30. Rose is under 30 but has torn both ACL’s. They have no bench to speak of. None. They are on their 4th coach in 3 years. The current tethered goat walking the sidelines Jeff Horacek is likely being mandated to run an offense he doesn’t believe in by the embodiment of the Peter Principle in Phil Jackson. Mix in a meddling owner who thinks he should be GM and a press corps that make jackals look like Miss Manners and … Hey .. what could possibly go wrong on the Knicks march to the post season ?
    Last edited by Demographic Shift; Mon Sep 26th, 2016, 08:52 PM.

  • Just Is
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    Nilanka wrote: View Post
    I thought it's universally understood that the Knicks are now the worst team in pro sports, lol.
    They are. The only ones who don't know it are the Knocks fans themselves.

    Sent from my STV100-3 using Tapatalk

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  • Nilanka
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    Just Is wrote: View Post
    It's still the Knicks.
    I thought it's universally understood that the Knicks are now the worst team in pro sports, lol.

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  • Just Is
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    It's still the Knicks.

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  • S.R.
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    DanH wrote: View Post
    Nope. The Celtics have a +3.2 net rating on the year. Last year they had a +3 net rating. They are getting lucky with their winning rate compared to their net rating. They were 5th in the league in defence last year, and have dropped to 20th.
    I agree. The Raptors aren't as bad as their current slide and the Celtics aren't as good as their curren run.

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  • Nilanka
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    It's clear the most overrated team in the East is the Raptors, lol.

    56 wins is such a pipe dream.

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  • DanH
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    psrs1 wrote: View Post
    Hey DanH you are one of the most knislegeable posters on those site but do you think you might want to reconsider your preseason assessment of Celtics?
    Nope. The Celtics have a +3.2 net rating on the year. Last year they had a +3 net rating. They are getting lucky with their winning rate compared to their net rating. They were 5th in the league in defence last year, and have dropped to 20th.

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  • Demographic Shift
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    JamesNaismith wrote: View Post
    Damn the irony of this thread right about now..
    Still lots of runway left in the season.

    Celtics are winning on the back of a nightly heroic effort by Isaiah Thomas. It's awesome to watch but is it going to be sustainable over a 90 games stretch of reg season and playoffs ? Debatable..... The Whiz have come out of nowhere and have played well and have had the good fortune of no injuries so far...but it's hard to ignore that Brittle Brad Beal hasn't made it through a season in his career.

    The Lebrons haven't been as dominant as the August view said they would be which is surprising and viewed in the context of meeting expectations and where they actually are in the here and now might make Cleveland overrated.

    The Knicks are in death spiral yet again and the winner of team turmoil so far, the Bulls, are slowly sliding into the lottery.

    Jury still out on the Pacers and coach Bud has the Hawks in the dance.

    The Pistons and Hornets and Bucks have all underachieved so far. The Bucks can't catch a break. As Middleton comes back Parker goes out for a while. Hope that knee responds well.

    Framed against their hot start the Raps six week skid has put them in the somewhat disappointing category. Peeled back a layer or two the Raps are still ten games over 500 while playing through the inevitable injuries that teams all face and have played through the the bulk of the schedule imbalances that all teams..except maybe Cleveland gets from the NBA schedule maker. A 20 and 10 finish with their fair share of injury concerns behind them gets them 2nd or 3rd and that would bode well going into the post season.

    The Heat are a mirage. The Nets are bad beyond belief and the Magic are an epic fail. The Hinkies are still setting up for next year as they have been for the last four years running and between spurts of actual winning ball show they are still a work in progress. A lot of work.
    Last edited by Demographic Shift; Sun Feb 12th, 2017, 10:23 AM.

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  • JamesNaismith
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    Damn the irony of this thread right about now..

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  • psrs1
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    DanH wrote: View Post
    Quick consideration of why BOS's off-season was not as great as some think:

    Team | OREB% rank | DREB% rank
    BOS | 10th (25.1%) | 25th (74.6%)
    ATL | 30th | 26th

    Player | OREB% | DREB%
    Jared Sullinger | 10.6% | 27.0%
    Al Horford | 6.3% | 18.2%

    If we expect everyone else on the team to rebound at roughly the same rate, then for the part of the game where Sully played last season, this means a drop off of 4.3% in OREB's and 8.8% in defensive rebounds. Sully played almost exactly half of the game (23.6 MPG) so the team numbers should be impacted by 2.1% and 4.4%. That leaves them at roughly 23% and 70%. Those would have ranked 23rd and 30th (by a mile) last season. This all assumes any minutes Horford plays beyond 24 MPG he is replacing someone who is as poor a rebounder as he is, a generous assumption.

    If we are really generous, we say that other players stepping up halves that impact, and they end up at 24% and 72%. That would be 15th and 30th (by less margin).

    More directly, it shifts their ORTG and DRTG. If last season, the Celtics had an OREB% of 25.1%, and an ORTG of 106.8, it means they really scored 106.8 points per 125.1 plays (where 25.1 of those was after an offensive rebound). Ignoring the increased efficiency after a rebound (to be generous), that means this year, if they make no improvements to their offence (wait on this, I know Horford will help here), they will score 106.8 points per 125.1 plays as well. But instead of getting 125.1 plays per 100 possessions, they will get 124. Meaning their new ORTG is 105.9.

    So already, any offensive improvement Horford brings to the team is suppressed by 0.9 PPC (points per 100 possessions) as the decreased offensive rebounding will counteract some of that.

    Same logic for DRTG. With a 74.6% DREB%, it means the 103.6 DRTG they had was actually 103.6 points allowed over 100 possessions - but 25.4% of those possessions were two plays (one where the first play failed and there was an offensive board to start the next one). So they really allowed 103.6 points in 125.4 plays. This year, they will (again, assuming no change to their defence) allow 103.6 points per 125.4 plays, but the opposition will get more plays per 100 possessions. So the new DRTG works out to 105.7. That's a pretty huge 2.1 PPC hit on the defensive end.

    So right away, any defensive improvement from Horford is counteracted by 2.1 points per 100 possessions.

    Remember, this is all with the fairly generous assumptions that a) Horford's minutes beyond 24 MPG will not represent a drop off in rebounding as well, only his 24 MPG replacing Sully, and that b) various BOS players will rebound better without Sully there grabbing up all the boards, and as such the apparent drop in rebounding from Sully to Horford will be cut in half, and that c) rebounding loss only impacts possession count, and not efficiency differences after a rebound, even though offensive putbacks and transition plays off of defensive rebounds are definitely high-efficiency plays. A lot of generosity there, and we are still looking at a 3 PPC hit to Horford's impact right out of the gate. That's a big hit to overcome.

    Another way to look at it: to maintain (not improve, maintain) their ORTG and DRTG from last season, but with worse rebounding rates, they will need to effectively play with a ORTG of 107.7 and a DRTG of 101.5 (scoring rate, not considering rebound rates). That would be a 2 spot jump in ORTG rankings and a 2 spot jump in DRTG rankings, to the 9th and 2nd best ORTG and DRTG respectively. That's just to counteract the rebounding rate. Or, to look at it another way, if they don't see improved offence and defence because of Horford, and score and defend at the same rate while giving up more rebounds, they would sit at an ORTG and DRTG of 105.9 and 105.7. That's a pythagorean win expectation of 41.5 wins.

    Point being, I don't think nearly enough is being made of the rebounding situation in BOS and they will struggle to take a significant step forward even if Horford does consistently help them improve their scoring and defending.
    Hey DanH you are one of the most knislegeable posters on those site but do you think you might want to reconsider your preseason assessment of Celtics?

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  • Ebonhawke
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    Vykis wrote: View Post
    The Cavs dont need the number one seed to win it all (if healthy) that being said, if Lebron doesnt get injured for a veeeeery long period, there's no way the Cavs fall under 50W
    I actually think that the Cavaliers' team (as currently constructed) has a very real shot at falling below 50 wins, as they lost significant depth this off-season

    They currently have Birdman and Frye as experienced front-court depth - that's it. Teams can attack that lack of depth to good effect, which should cause some foul problems and match-up difficulties. For teams that have a balance of good big men, and talented outside shooters (such as Denver), this could cause the Cavs' defense to collapse to the paint, opening up the three point line.

    Handling back-up point guard duties will be rookie Kay Felder along with Jordan McRae and Iman Shumpert (Mo Williams has retired). Yes, Lebron can handle distributing the ball, but a lot of teams would rather have Lebron as a distributor, rather than someone who is attacking and driving the rim. Having Lebron as the distributor will also mean significant minutes with only one of Kyrie or Lebron on the floor, rather than both.

    Currently, J.R. Smith remains unsigned. Without J.R. Smith hanging out around the 3-point line, it allows that defender to assist in defending Kyrie's drives, or double down on Love in the post. The Cavs have brought in Mike Dunleavy, but while he can shoot the 3, he traditionally has shot only 3-4 three's per game, whereas JR has shot 6-7

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  • DanH
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    slaw wrote: View Post
    Why half? Why not 80% or 20%? Why not 100%? So, just for argument's sake let's say Boston got 10 rebounds last year our of a possible 10 rebounds. Sullinger got 4. Sullinger leaves. Boston gets 8 rebounds now out of those possible 10. How do we know that they won't get all 10? Why is it that only Sullinger can get those 2 rebounds?

    The Wallace example was simply to suggest that unless we know how many rebounds a team would not have gotten but for a specific player being on the floor, it's pretty hard to start say a team's rebounding will suffer without that player. Now, I have no idea how you possibly do that, but assuming half his impact won't be replaced is just guesswork.

    You may be right about the results, I'm just not sure the reasoning is sound....
    Yeah, it was just a rough number. It's a fair question. But surely your logic is not that good rebounders are valueless to team rebounding.

    If we instead use Sully's on-off court splits (how well the Celts rebounded with him on and off the court) and Horford's, that's another way to look at it. So, how much better were the Celts with Sully than without him, and how much better were the Hawks with Horford than without him? Using this method we are literally looking at how the team did without each player, to try to show how the team would do if they weren't there. Obviously there are muddying factors, but it's one more approach that probably holds more water than guessing a recovery percentage.

    Sully (+1.6% OREB, +0.7% DREB)
    Horford (-3.2% OREB, +0.0% DREB)

    So, if Horford makes his team's rebounding 3.2% worse offensively and breaks even defensively, and Sully makes his team 1.6% better offensively and 0.7% better defensively, then in theory the impact is 4.8% offensively and 0.7% defensively. That's a 5.5% total impact, far more than the 3.7% I assumed the first time through.

    If you compare to the raw individual numbers (4.3% offensive REB difference, 8.8% DREB difference), that suggests that most of an individual player's offensive rebounding impact is described by their individual offensive rebounding numbers (ie, removing that player means that the team will struggle to replace that production) while most of the DREB difference is washed out by the team's ability to gang rebound and general defensive system, though not entirely of course.

    If I re-do the ORTG and DRTG numbers from the first time through but with that more significant OREB swing and with the suppressed DREB swing, they come out like this:

    OREB% impact: -4.8%/2 (divided by two as we are again assuming only half the game is impacted)
    DREB% impact: -0.7%/2
    Original OREB%: 25.1%
    Original DREB%: 74.6%
    New OREB%: 22.7%
    New DREB%: 74.2% (25.8 Opp OREB%)

    Old ORTG: 106.8
    Old DRTG: 103.6
    New ORTG: 104.8
    New DRTG: 103.9

    That also shows a significant swing, especially offensively (obviously, as OREB had a far bigger change). It means they effectively need to play with a superpowered 108.8 ORTG to just maintain their offence (while their defence is not impacted much, need a 103.3 to maintain, still solid but not great).

    Again though, I point to all the other very conservative assumptions I tried to include, specifically that this impact would be restricted to Sully's 24 minutes, even though Horford is a lock to play 30+.

    In any case, using RPM and BPM to guess what Horford's impact could be over 48 minutes pegs him at (+0.9/48 ORPM, +2.1/48 DRPM; +1.5 OBPM/48, +2.6 DBPM/48), and Sully's (+0.3/48 ORPM, +2.5/48 DRPM ; -1.2/48 OBPM, +2.6/48 DBPM), and figure 30 minutes of Horford impact and remove 24 minutes of Sully's (this generously assumed the additional 6 minutes of playing time Horford is taking are net zero minutes), we can guess what that impact will be. Obviously lots of muddy water here with system and role, but it's a starting point.

    Horford's average impact per 48: +1.2 ORTG, +2.4 DRTG
    Sully's average impact per 48: -0.4 ORTG, +2.5 DRTG

    Horford's impact in 30 MPG: +0.75 ORTG, +1.5 DRTG
    Sully's lost impact in 24 MPG: -0.2 ORTG, +1.25 DRTG

    Net impact: +1 ORTG, +0.25 DRTG

    Note that the predicted needs from the REB analysis suggest that it would have to be on the order of +2 ORTG and +0.3 DRTG impacts to wash out the rebounding deficit. So at the least we can say that unless Horford has a significantly better impact with BOS than he did with ATL, BOS will struggle to make a leap forward based on the rebounding problem they created in upgrading offensively and defensively (slightly). And he might indeed have a significantly better impact, but we should understand that last year's Horford is not necessarily a windfall improvement for them.

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  • slaw
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    DanH wrote: View Post
    Did you read the whole post? We start assuming that, but then later assume that half of the apparent impact is eliminated by other players rebounding more.

    Wallace was a very good rebounder, but by no stretch was he in "best ever" territory. And he was already declining significantly by the time he left DET.
    Why half? Why not 80% or 20%? Why not 100%? So, just for argument's sake let's say Boston got 10 rebounds last year our of a possible 10 rebounds. Sullinger got 4. Sullinger leaves. Boston gets 8 rebounds now out of those possible 10. How do we know that they won't get all 10? Why is it that only Sullinger can get those 2 rebounds?

    The Wallace example was simply to suggest that unless we know how many rebounds a team would not have gotten but for a specific player being on the floor, it's pretty hard to start say a team's rebounding will suffer without that player. Now, I have no idea how you possibly do that, but assuming half his impact won't be replaced is just guesswork.

    You may be right about the results, I'm just not sure the reasoning is sound....

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  • Vykis
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    guyroch wrote: View Post
    Cavs assume are penciled in as 1st in the conference but I think motivation and over confidence and resting of Lebron may result
    in a season which this team may not reach the 50 win mark ..
    The Cavs dont need the number one seed to win it all (if healthy) that being said, if Lebron doesnt get injured for a veeeeery long period, there's no way the Cavs fall under 50W

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  • guyroch
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    WJF wrote: View Post
    I would have liked to see the Raptors and the Cavs as choices, not saying I would have chosen one of them, but I think they could be in the mix.
    Cavs assume are penciled in as 1st in the conference but I think motivation and over confidence and resting of Lebron may result
    in a season which this team may not reach the 50 win mark ..

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