Monday, August 01, 2005

Power Rankings? In August?

Actually, in July.

DIME Magazine released its first "NBA Hit List" a few days ago, though we have just come across it today thanks to Amar at Cavalier Attitude.

DIME has the Kings at 13th, behind seven Western Conference teams, along with the Pacers (fair), Pistons (fair), Heat (fair), Cavs (ha-ha), Bulls (umm...what?) and the Nets (fair).

The Bulls at 10 are the most surprising on the list. Quick: name one starter for the Bulls that will be better than his counterpart on the Kings this season.

You can't and be reasonable, with one possible exception. Chandler is good and improving, but Brad Miller is a proven center with high efficiency ratings and 15/10/5 capabilities. Luol Deng? Hi, Peja. Eddy Curry? He's showed signs of life, and is a much better long-term option than any PF signing by Sac right now. But this year, we'd take KT. Kirk Hinrich, meet Mike Bibby. Is Chris Duhon still on the roster? If not, Ben Gordon and Bonzi Wells is a potential wash.

Please, find me somebody who wants to bet that the Bulls will be better than the Kings this year. I could use some cash.

(Oh, and not to be the resident grammar-and-spelling Nazi of the basketblogosphere, but Petrie has an `e' on the end, DIME editors.)


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Tom Ziller

The Sacramento Kings are a tough act to follow, literally.

SKB does the dirty work so you can forget about the blood, sweat and tears.

Oh, you'll still need the tears in April, though.

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