So with the draft done and the league yet to see any trades, who are the early favourites for the title? Which teams came out of the draft with the best shot at a title in year one?
My early tips for division champs: Atlantic - A lot of star power in the division (LeBron, Howard, Durant, Wade and Paul spread over the 5 teams) and I think Brooklyn gave Durant the best supporting cast. Central - Doesn't look like a strong division on paper but I think Detroit will be a good team. Southeast - Charlotte is stacked with veteran stars (Kobe, Dirk, Kidd) and has good depth. Probably the best example of the "win now" mentality in the league. Southwest - Big spending Dallas should be in the picture, but New Orleans is my pick for the division. Northwest - Denver has assembled a good team and I think they'll edge out the Thunder, Jazz and Timberwolves with my Blazers well off the pace. Pacific - With Nash, Gasol and Duncan, the Suns are another one going for it from day one and are my tip in another tough division.
PG: Kendall Marshall / Andre Miller / Jerome Randle
SG: DeMar Derozan / Elliot Williams
SF: Tobias Harris / Jimmy Butler / Victor Claver
PF: Tristan Thompson / Boris Diaw
C: Andre Drummond / Robin Lopez
Always hard to know how each team will play as a unit so preseason will be interesting and should clear a few things up unless teams send out their scrubs.
On paper not exactly thrilled by the guys we got to surround LeBron but DDS wise I'm pretty happy. Got plenty of shooters and a high percentage/ defensive anchor in Chandler. Also love our ball security.
PG: Pablo Prigioni SG: Jarrett Jack
SF: LeBron James PF: Thomas Robinson
C: Tyson Chandler
To be honest, no idea. This is my first experience with DDS3, and from what I've seen so far it has some differences with the previous version, specially in the offensive schemes and shot distribution. All I know is this will be a learning year for the Warriors, but we expect to be a pretty good team from the second season onwards.
ATLANTA HAWKS 1997/98
PG: Muggsy Bogues SG: Brent Barry SF: Detlef Schrempf PF: Charles Barkley C : David Robinson