The NBA’s Top 10 Teams, and Their Biggest Weaknesses

February 13th, 2010 by John Frascella Leave a reply »
Parity has been a bullet point for the NFL in recent years, but that magic word has slowly but surely crept its way into the culture of the NBA. Last season, I was confident that the Lakers would win it all, and the Celtics the year before that, but it's anyone's guess in 2009-10.

One plausible explanation for parity is imperfection. While there are 10 (or so) possible contenders for this season's NBA title, none of them are a clear-cut favorite. Here, I'll rank those contenders and highlight their most glaring weaknesses.

The Top 10

10. Portland Trail Blazers (31-24)

Honorable mention goes to the Phoenix Suns, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Toronto Raptors in that order, but the Blazers get this spot because they've weathered the storm in the absence of their franchise player, Brandon Roy. The Blazers are currently seven games over the .500-mark, and one can only expect them to improve when Roy returns after the All-Star break. 

I'm a big fan of LaMarcus Aldridge, particularly his low-to-mid post game, and veteran Andre Miller seems to be finding his niche in Portland. When healthy, this team is pretty solid defensively ...

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