Bold Prediction from me: One of Washington and Cleveland will win a playoff series this year.
- I'm optimistic that Bynum will actually see the court at some point this season, and his addition immediately vaults the Cavaliers into the playoff pack.
- The Wizards looked really good with Wall back last year. Okafor/Nene is a very solid frontcourt, especially defensively, and I think they've gone the right route by not looking to be too splashy in free-agency. From a Wall/Beal core if you add a decent defensive wing like a Singleton or a Webster and you've got a very nice starting 5. A settled core coming back for another year should mean that the team is familiar with each other and will likely be able to maintain the groove they got into last year.
- As I see it, there are only three teams in the East who are ahead of the pack: Miami, Indiana and Chicago (assuming Rose comes back as good as he was before). That means there's a conference semi-final spot up for grabs, and while the Nets and Knicks are frontrunners on paper, in practice those are old teams and I can see them breaking down over the course of the season.