Cleveland Cavaliers still a couple years away from being NBA playoff contender

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The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders.  There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going.

Year two of the post-LeBron James makeover in Cleveland is underway.  Led by reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, Kyrie Irving, the future is getting brighter for the Cavs but they are still a couple of seasons away from being a legitimate playoff contender.

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Portland Trail Blazers Need to Get Over Hump

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The Portland Trail Blazers are off to a 2-0 start this season.  They once again figure to be fighting for a middle of the pack Western Conference playoff team.  The challenge now is to get the monkey off their back by winning a post-season series; something they have not been able to do in more than a decade.

By: David Kay
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Orlando Magic Look to Keep Pace in Eastern Conference

Dwight Howard Magic

While that other Florida NBA franchise was making a commotion this off-season, forever changing the landscape of the league, the Orlando Magic quietly sat back and avoided making any panic moves.  And why should they have?  Orlando has established themselves as one of the elite teams in the league.  But do they have what it takes to beat out the Heat and Celtics in the Eastern Conference?

By: David Kay
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Will LeBron, Wade, Bosh Live Up to Hype?

LeBron Heat

The most anticipated NBA season in decades tips off tonight when the Eastern Conference Champion Boston Celtics take on the evil empire that most expect to dethrone the reining champs.  All the talk in the off-season centered on “The Decision” and tonight we get our first look at LeBron, Wade, Bosh, and NBA’s public enemy number one; the Miami Heat.  As Terrell Owens once said, “get your popcorn ready.”

By: David Kay
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Carmelo Handcuffing Nuggets to Start Season

Carmelo Anthony Knicks

Carmelo Anthony is going to get traded and will be playing for the New York Knicks in the very near future.  Until a deal is made, this cloud will hang over the Denver Nuggets franchise and leave numerous questions about the up-coming season and very near future.

By: David Kay
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Are the Grizzlies Ready to Take the Next Step?

Rudy Gay Grizzlies

I will admit it; I totally missed the boat on the Grizzlies last season.  I thought the Zach Randolph trade would terrorize the team.  Instead, Memphis was one of the pleasant surprised in the NBA even though they were still ten games back of the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference.  Can they build off last year’s performance or will they take a step backwards?

By: David Kay
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76ers Should Compete for Playoff Spot

Evan Turner 76ers

The 76ers are coming off their worst season in thirteen years.  And to think, two years ago they were the sexy pick to win the Eastern ConferencePhiladelphia made a splash head coach hire by luring Doug Collins out from behind the color commentary booth and added one of the top college players by drafting “His Royal Smoothness” Evan Turner.  Will that be enough to get the Sixers back in the Eastern Conference playoff picture?

By: David Kay
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Are the Knicks a Playoff Team This Season?

Amare Stoudemire Knicks

The New York basketball revolution has begun.  It did not receive the immediate boost this off-season as LeBron, Wade, and Bosh chose to join forces in South Beach rather than the Big Apple.  Still, the signing of Amare Stoudemire is the first piece to the puzzle for the Knicks to regain respectability in the NBA and compete for an Eastern Conference playoff spot.

By: David Kay
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Pacers Slowly Building for Future but Should Struggle this Season

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David Kay’s NBA season previews heads to Hoosierland where the Indiana Pacers are coming off their worst season in more than twenty years.  The future is looking up for Indy though there likely will not be a major improvement this season.
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It Can’t Get Much Worse for Nets in 2010-2011

Devin Harris Nets

David Kay’s NBA season previews continue in New Jersey.  The Nets failed in their attempt to land a marquee free agent but should certainly be more competitive than their abysmal finish last season.

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Sacramento Kings Taking Right Steps for Future

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David Kay’s NBA season previews continue in SacramentoThe Kings are taking all the right steps in building for the future and now have the star player to assemble a team around in reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, Tyreke Evans.  However, that approach means more growing pains in 2010-2011.
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LeBron-less Cavs Could Go from Best to Worst in East

LeBron James Heat

The Cleveland Cavaliers franchise may never fully recover from LeBron James leaving for the Miami Heat.  Look how long it has taken the Bulls to shake off the effects of Michael Jordan‘s retirement.  David Kay’s NBA season previews continues with a team that could very realistically go from the best in the Eastern Conference to the worst.

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