This is going to be a very very interesting season for a multitude of reasons. Obviously including Kobe & Tim being retired as well as all of the old faces in new places.
With that being said, I see an incredible opportunity in one place, the Eastern Conf. The sad reason being is because the way I see it, there is no space for any Western conf team apart from the top 2 (SA & GS) to emerge legitimate...
So building off of that, the opportunities in the East are very exciting for a mass amount of teams & cities only barring a few.
Here's how I see it playing out in the East:
Cleveland doing just enough to stay on top (despite losing some of their smaller pieces that lead to chip success) while a bit of a surprise finishing close behind.
That's right, I have the Indiana Pacers finishing right behind the Cavs due to their very impressive new top six guys. That includes Teague, Ellis, George, Big Al and 2nd year Myles Turner with Thad Young most likely coming off the bench.
After that, I see the new Boston squad with Al Horford making a real run at the 3 seed while falling just short of the star-studded Chicago Bulls.
The Raptors then falling into 5th with their same team and the new New York Knicks "not a super team" following them in 6th. While team "all length" as in the Bucks finish right in front of Detroit to round out the East's seeding.
Then unfortunately for them:
9: Atlanta 10: Washington 11: Orlando 12: Charlotte 13: Miami 14:Philidelphia 15: Brooklyn