2016-17 NBA Season Preview

After the history associated with last year’s NBA season, we are a little over 50 days from starting the new conquest to see who will be holding the Larry O’Brien trophy come June. But like the regular and post season, the off-season in the NBA turned a lot of heads and caused a lot of commotion.

Now that the dust has settled a little and teams are filling out their training camp rosters, it may be time to start looking at how both the eastern and western conference will pan out during the 2016-17 NBA season.

First we’ll focus on the Eastern conference.

 

The standings in the East after last year’s regular season were as follows:

Cleveland Cavaliers 57-25

Toronto Raptors 1 GB

Miami Heat 9 GB

Atlanta Hawks 9 GB

Boston Celtics 9 GB

Charlotte Hornets 9 GB

Indiana Pacers 12 GB

Detroit Pistons 13 GB

Chicago Bulls 15 GB

Washington Wizards 16 GB

Orlando Magic 22 GB

Milwaukee Bucks 24 GB

New York Knicks 25 GB

Brooklyn Nets 36 GB

Philadelphia 76ers 47 GB

Taking a look at some of the key transactions that happened in the East for each team (note players drafted, players who resigned, or opted into their deal are not included in team additions):

ATLANTIC DIVISION:

BOS:

Additions – Al Horford, Gerald Green

Subtractions – Jared Sullinger, Evan Turner

BKN:

Additions – Trevor Booker, Jeremy Lin, Greivis Vasquez, Randy Foye

Subtractions – Wayne Ellington, Thaddeus Young, Jarrett Jack

NYK:

Additions – Derrick Rose, Brandon Jennings, Courtney Lee, Joakim Noah

Subtractions – Aaron Affalo, Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon

PHI:

Additions: Jerryd Bayless, Gerald Henderson

Subtractions: No major subtractions

TOR:

Additions: Jared Sullinger

Subtractions: Bismack Biyombo, Luis Scola

CENTRAL DIVISION:

CHI:

Additions: Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo

Subtractions: Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah

CLE:

Additions: No major additions

Subtractions: No major subtractions

DET:

Additions: Boban Marjanovic

Subtractions: No major subtractions

IND:

Additions: Jeff Teague, Thaddeus Young, Al Jefferson

Subtractions: George Hill, Jordan Hill, Ian Mahinmi

MIL:

Additions: Mirza Teletovic, Jason Terry

Subtractions: Jerryd Bayless, Greivis Vasquez, O.J. Mayo

SOUTHEAST DIVISION:

ATL:

Additions – Dwight Howard, Jarrett Jack

Subtractions – Jeff Teague, Al Horford

CHA:

Additions – Roy Hibbert, Marco Bellineli

Subtractions – Al Jefferson, Courtney Lee, Jeremy Lin

MIA:

Additions – Wayne Ellington, James Johnson, Dion Waiters, Derrick Williams

Subtractions – Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Gerald Green

ORL:

Additions – Jeff Green, Serge Ibalka, Bismack Biyombo

Subtractions – Victor Oladipo, Brandon Jennings, Ersyan Ilyasova

WAS:

Additions – Trey Burke, Ian Mahinmi

Subtractions – Jared Dudley, Alan Anderson, Ramon Sessions

 

With all that movement, here is how I think the East shapes up:

Cleveland Cavaliers 55-27

Boston Celtics 2 GB

Indiana Pacers 5 GB

Toronto Raptors 6 GB

Atlanta Hawks 7 GB

New York Knicks 9 GB

Miami Heat 10 GB

Chicago Bulls 11 GB

Detroit Pistons 13 GB

Orlando Magic 16 GB

Charlotte Hornets 19 GB

Washington Wizards 19 GB

Milwaukee Bucks 20 GB

Philadelphia 76ers 28 GB

Brooklyn Nets 34 GB

 

But it seems like during the off-season, all of the attention was on the western conference. After the historic season Golden State had, they had a historic post-season after being involved in the good and the ugly of a 3-1, best of seven series. Here is how the West looked after 82 regular season games:

Golden State Warriors 73-9

San Antonio Spurs 6 GB

Oklahoma City Thunder 18 GB

Los Angeles Clippers 20 GB

Portland Trail Blazers 29 GB

Dallas Mavericks 31 GB

Memphis Grizzlies 31 GB

Houston Rockets 32 GB

Utah Jazz 33 GB

Sacramento Kings 40 GB

Denver Nuggets 40 GB

New Orleans Pelicans 43 GB

Minnesota Timberwolves 44 GB

Phoenix Suns 50 GB

Los Angeles Lakers 56 GB

Here’s a look at what happened for every team in the west (Again note draft choices, players re-signing or opting into their option were not included in additions).

 

SOUTHWEST DIVISION:

DAL:

Additions – Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut

Subtractions – Chandler Parsons, Zaza Pachulia, David Lee, Raymond Felton

HOU:

Additions – Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon, Nene

Subtractions – Dwight Howard, Jason Terry

MEM:

Additions – Chandler Parsons

Subtractions – Matt Barnes

NOP:

Additions – No major additions

Subtractions – Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon

SAS:

Additions – Pau Gasol, David Lee

Subtractions – David West, Boris Diaw, Tim Duncan

NORTHWEST DIVISION:

DEN:

Additions – No major additions

Subtractions – No major subtractions

MIN:

Additions – Jordan Hill

Subtractions – No major subtractions

OKC:

Additions – Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova

Subtractions – Kevin Durant, Dion Waiters, Serge Ibalka

POR:

Additions – Festus Ezeli, Evan Turner

Subtractions – Gerald Henderson

UTA:

Additions – George Hill, Boris Diaw, Joe Johnson

Subtractions – Trevor Booker, Trey Burke

PACIFIC DIVISION:

GSW:

Additions – Kevin Durant, Zaza Pachulia, David West

Subtractions – Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli

LAC:

Additions – Alan Anderson, Brandon Bass, Raymond Felton, Maurice Speights

Subtractions – Jeff Green

LAL:

Additions – Luol Deng, Yi Jianlian, Jose Calderon

Subtractions – Roy Hibbert, Brandon Bass

PHX:

Additions – Leondro Barbosa, Jared Dudley

Subtractions – Mirza Teletovic, Ronnie Price, Jon Leuer

SAC:

Additions – Aaron Affalo, Matt Barnes, Ty Lawson

Subtractions – Rajon Rondo, Marco Bellineli

 

After the major transactions that happened out west, here is what I think the West will look like at the end of the season:

Golden State Warriors 69-13

San Antonio Spurs 3 GB

Los Angeles Clippers 6 GB

Oklahoma City Thunder 7 GB

Portland Trail Blazers 10 GB

Houston Rockets 11 GB

Dallas Mavericks 13 GB

Utah Jazz 15 GB

Memphis Grizzlies 18 GB

Minnesota Timberwolves 20 GB

Sacramento Kings 23 GB

Phoenix Suns 27 GB

Denver Nuggets 29 GB

Los Angeles Lakers 32 GB

New Orleans Pelicans 36 GB

One thought on “2016-17 NBA Season Preview

  1. Great preview, I like how you did the additions and subtractions for each team. If you want to check out my blog I’d appreciate it, I did an NBA preseason ranking last Sunday and will be doing an Individual Awards Predictions article tomorrow, with more to come weekly. I also write about the Minnesota Timberwolves and my co-blogger writes about the Minnesota Wild, if you’re into either one. Again, nice preview and thanks if you go read or follow my blog!

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