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NBA teams Preview: 2013-2014, Big 3′s, 4′s, 5′s

paul pierce and kevin garnett join the brooklyn nets

One of the biggest offseason moves in the NBA belonged to the Brooklyn Nets.

Their new team for the 2013-2014 season involves Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry, with new head coach Jason Kidd, who has never had any previous head coaching experience at any level. He may be a big help and calming influence to Deron Williams. The Nets could challenge the Heat because of their playoff experience, but that was never as a team, only with Boston where Pierce and Garnett won a title with Ray Allen as a big 3 combination. The Big 4 is Deron, Garnett, Pierce, and Joe Johnson.

The Houston Rockets brought over Dwight Howard. They could truly be a powerhouse because depending on how Howard meshes with the rest of the team and the chemistry established.
Dwight will have to mesh well and become a Big 4 with Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons, and James Harden. This could be a pretty exciting team and automatic Western Conference champion possibility.

Derrick Rose is back in Chicago. They were so close 2 years ago, before he went down with his grueling injury. The Eastern Conference is a lot more competitive at the top, now including the Bulls, and they won 45 games last year without Rose. Their coach brings a grittiness to the team and they always play hard nosed ball. The Big 4 here is previous MVP Derrick Rose and all stars Carlos Boozer, Deng, and Joakim Noah.

The Detroit Pistons now include Big Shot Billups, Brandon Jennings, and Josh Smith. This is a new big 3, and should reenergize the city of Detroit. They are hoping to get a little more production from 2nd year man Andre Drummond.

Martin Gortat is now on the Washington Wizards. A Big 3 includes Gortat, Bradley Beal, and John Wall. Wall has one of the best all around games in the league, Bradley Beal has a more beautiful and efficient stroke in his 2nd year, and Gortat brings a toughness inside while protecting the rim on the defensive end. Gortat also has a good stroke and post game.

The Golden State Warriors Have a Big 5 of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, David Lee, Andrew Bogut, and newly acquired Andre Iguodala. Bogut was a no. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft and needs to stay healthy, along with All-Star David Lee. Iguodala is also a previous all star. Harrison Barnes is a great small forward, and this team is extremely stacked. Can Marc Jackson take his team to a finals appearance?

The Charlotte Bobcats have a Big 3 of Kemba Walker, rookie Cody Zeller, and newly acquired Al Jefferson. Ben Gordon needs to continue to put up good offensive numbers.

The New Orleans Pelicans now have a Big 3 of Tyreke Evans, All Star Jrue Holiday, and previous Kentucky star Anthony Davis, the no. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. How well can they mesh together? They also have good scorers in Austin Rivers and Eric Gordon. Wouldn’t you like to see a lineup of Austin Rivers, Gordon, Holiday, Tyreke and Davis? Sounds like a pretty exciting team to me.

The Clippers biggest move was acquiring coach Doc Rivers. The Clippers have a Big 4 of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Deandre Jordan, and super scorer Jamal Crawford. Griffin and Jordan need to become better players and they have a chance to reach the finals. Otherwise, Griffin’s talent continues to disappoint because although exciting, he has yet to reach the finals. Same goes for Chris Paul. Great resume, still no finals appearance. J.J. Redick will help stretch the floor and new acquired Jared Dudley is also a good offensive player.

Metta World Peace, Andrea Bargnani, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, and Amar’e Stoudemire make up a Big 7 for the New York Knicks. How far can Mike Woodson lead his team and can Carmelo make all of these players better? If Carmelo can’t make others better, this team won’t go far. A tall order for Carmelo who wants to be in the elite class of James and Wade.

The Boston Celtics hope to have a Big 4 Complete with Gerald Wallace, Kelly Olynyk, Rajon Rondo, and Jeff Green. They also acquired MarShon Brooks and Kris Humphries. There is definitely some new talent infused here, and it is a measuring stick to see how well Rajon Rondo performs without Pierce and Garnett.

The Philadelphia 76ers have drafted Michael Carter-Williams and acquired Jason Richardson. Richardson is a proven veteran and the 76ers also have Evan Turner, who needs to step up his game with Jrue Holiday no longer on the team. It’s hard to predict how well they can be when Nerlens Noel joins the team next season, if healthy enough and ready for action.

The Toronto Raptors have exciting players D.J. Augustin, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Tyler Hansbrough, Kyle Lowry, and Terrance Ross. They will have to step it up to be playoff contenders.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have a big 4 in Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson, and Anderson Varejao. They also acquired Jarrett Jack and Andrew Bynum. Anthony Bennett was the no. 1 pick in last years NBA Draft. The Cavs also drafted a talent in Sergey Karasev, This sounds like a deep team and an actual “Big 8″ of Irving, Waiters, Jack, Karasev, Bennett, Thompson, Varejao, and Bynum. They also acquired Earl Clark and have a talented scorer in C.J. Miles. Mike Brown returns to the Cavaliers as Head Coach.

The Pacers have a tremendous Big 4 of Paul George, Danny Granger, David West, and Roy Hibbert. They acquired Luis Scola. They are major challengers to Miami and came very close to beating them in game 7 of last years 2013 playoffs.

The Milwaukee Bucks have a new Big 4 in Carlos Delfino, O.J. Mayo, Caron Butler, and Brandon Knight, the 8th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. This team is radically changed and Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis, J.J. Redick, and Mike Dunleavy are all off the team.

The Atlanta Hawks have a big 4 of Jeff Teague, Lou Williams, Al Horford, and Elton Brand, but Williams is hurt. They hope to see big things out of rookie Dennis Schroder and acquired Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap.

The Miami Heat are stacked once again and hope Greg Oden can contribute and be a force in the middle. Even if Oden is not healthy, the Heat and their super Big 4 of Lebron, Wade, Bosh, and Allen are favorites to win the championship and in turn become a 3-peat. They also picked up Michael Beasley, who is a talented and hard to guard player if he can focus and squash the off the court issues. Mario Chalmers continues to impress, and has remarkably become better every single year, a true workhorse for the Heat. Norris Cole is a proven leader who the team trusts. Shane Battier is a calming influence and can hit big shots come playoff time. The bigger the stage, the better he performs. The “birdman” Chris Anderson continues to bring energy and tenacity.

The Orlando Magic have some talent in Glen Davis, rookie Victor Oladipo, Hedo Turkoglu, Jameer Nelson, and Doron Lamb. They are hoping Oladipo can become a point guard in the NBA and make the transition from shooting guard, where he excelled at Indiana as a college player. He is also a tenacious defender.

The Sacramento Kings are looking to get major production from hot head DeMarcus Cousins. Everyone thinks he has the talent to get the job done, including Shaquille O’Neal. They drafted Ben McLemore, who is a silky smooth athlete looking to make significant contributions.

The Phoenix Suns now have the Morris Brothers, Markieff and Marcus. That is some pretty cool versatility, along with exciting newcomer Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic, and Channing Frye. Alex Len looks to make an impact as a 7 foot 1″ center in the middle.

The Los Angeles Lakers acquired Nick Young and Jodie Meeks. Pau Gasol looks to regain his touch and craftiness around the post area. Kobe Bryant is demonstrating his “stubbornness” per say (because he wants to come back so quickly) and will stop at nothing to get the job done. The Dwight Howard experiment clearly did not work as planned. Steve Nash is now 39 years old and will be 40 in February 2014. Nash, Kobe, and Pau still formulate a Big 3.

The Utah Jazz have a Big 4 of Derrick Favors, Trey Burke, Gordon Hayward, and Enes Canter. Trey Burke is a rookie from Michigan, who is known to perform in clutch situations. Hayward is an exciting player to watch and is very similar to Chandler Parsons in Houston.

Oklahoma City has a a big 5 of Westbrook, Durant, Sefolosha, Serge Ibaka, and Kendrick Perkins. Derek Fisher is the steady presence and playoff performer. They haven’t make many new moves and their “window” to reach the finals may be closing. Reggie Jackson performed well in last years playoffs when Westbrook went down with an injury. Durant is a super scorer and top 5 NBA player.

The Portland Trail Blazers brought in Mo Williams, Earl Watson, Thomas Robinson, and Robin Lopez. This is similar to the total overhaul of the Milwaukee Bucks. Their rookie C.J. MacCollum showed promise in the pre season. Damian Lillard is one of the leagues most exciting young players, performs well in the clutch, and was the 2012-2013 rookie of the year. Their perennial all star is talented big man LaMarcus Aldridge. This team has the pieces to create their own big shots in 4th quarters.

The Timberwolves have a big 3 with Kevin Martin, Ricky Rubio, and all star Kevin Love. They drafted Shabazz Muhammad from UCLA, Gorgui Dieng from Louisville, and Robbie Hummel from Purdue.

The Denver Nuggets end the George Karl era and begin the Brian Shaw era. They have talented players in Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler, Randy Foye, Danilo Gallinari, JJ Hickson, Ty Lawson, Nate Robinson, Andre Miller, and JaVale McGee. This is definitely a deep team that looks to be more than a 1st round exit in the playoffs. They lost to the Golden State Warriors without a healthy David Lee in last years playoffs.

The Spurs bring back their big 3 of Parker, Ginobili, and Duncan. They lost to Miami in last years finals, in one of the most epic finals ever played. Duncan is turning back the hands of time and may be better than ever. They picked up Marco Belinelli and Kawhi Leonard is shaping up to be a superstar.

The Memphis Grizzlies have a Big 4 of Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, Tayshaun Prince, and Zach Randolph. They look to make strides after getting swept by the Spurs in last years playoffs. This team is very steady and has a great combination of Gasol and Randolph. Conley, Prince, and Randolph are all left handed players.

The Dallas Mavericks have a Big 3 of Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon, and Dirk Nowitzki. Monta Ellis has always been a proven scorer, but needs to step up and be an all around player. Vince Carter continues to play along with veteran Shawn Marion.
Can the Mavs surprise in the West and make the playoffs with their new roster?

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