NBA’s Top 3 Sleeper Teams to take title shot in 2012-2013 season
While the sleeper teams usually have the talent, other more pilling factors are usually pulling them down such as age, or even lack of veteran and the general lousiness that takes form with a slow starting season.
As financially damaging it can be to place a bet in the sleeper teams, there’s always some excitement to rooting for them.
But before you are caught up in the excitement and spontaneously take out your wallet to place a $20 bet on the against your buddy’s team, have a look at NBA’s top 3 sleeper teams.
The Memphis Grizzlies pose interesting possibilities. They could become contenders as a sleeper team defying all odds...or they’d terribly flop this season.
The Memphis Grizzlies have a solid front court in Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, who are amongst the league’s elite big men. Marc Gasol provides an especially promising season since he’s never been plague by injuries and has neither faced off court issues like Zach Randolph. The Memphis Grizzlies also have one of the Tony Allen, one of NBA’s best perimeter defenders. Nothing much can be said against Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley, or slasher/scorer from the arc, Rudy Allen.
And now that Los Angeles Lakers have acquired Dwight Howard, the Memphis Grizzlies can claim to have the top big-man duo in the West.
Now all that’s needed from the Memphis Grizzlies is a little effort, otherwise the parts are in place.
If Derrick Rose hadn’t gotten injured against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1, the Chicago Bulls would have been in a very different state. Sure the Miami Heat came out strong out of the West, but the Boston Celtics dragged them into a long series. Moreover, the Chicago Bulls were considered the No.1 seed out of West at the start of last season.
Derrick Rose could be out for the rest of the season, and if he does, the Chicago Bulls are a lost cause. But say Derrick Rose comes back slow and late and eventually picks up pace, this sleeping team could become a contender.
I admit, that’s easier said than done. We’ve witnessed the Chicago Bulls veterans struggle health issues over time. In fact, Derrick Rose’s replacement Kirk Hinrich too is currently dealing with groin issues.
But don’t count Derrick Rose out just yet…neither the Chicago Bulls.
The Denver Nuggets haven’t had the best of luck in the Western Conference. However, the Denver Nuggets could have made a No.3 seed in the East.
However, the Denver Nuggets made some smart moves by acquiring Andre Iguodala and giving an extension to Andre Miller. The same young Denver Nuggets that gave the Los Angeles Lakers some trouble last season now boast a has an elite starting player on defense and one of most toughest scoring point guards in the league.
Moreover the Denver Nuggets are deep this season, featuring two diverse lineups that can take an opponent off-guard. And with a healthy Danilo Gallinari, the Denver Nuggets may have control on both sides of court and post a threat from the arc.
The only downside is the Denver Nuggets’ inexperienced front court featuring Kenneth Faried and JaVale McGee who have promising futures but need more time to mature.