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Old 10-29-2012, 02:10 AM   #1
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Default 2012-2013 Power Rankings

Edition 1: Preseason

Included in each write up is who I deem to be the most important player to that team at the time of the writing. Note, this is not to say it's the best player, it's the player I believe can really make a significant impact, positive or negative, on the teams results this year.

1. D.R.A.K.E. (0-0-0)

Back to back championships, I get this spot by default even if my current team doesn't deserve the placing (it doesn't). D.R.A.K.E. heads into a season with a core of 6 stars surrounded by some intriguing and not so intriguing pieces. Depth will need to be addressed if hopes for a three peat are to be accomplished. However, the core 6, pending health, should ensure playoff contendership at the very least.

Most Important Player: Klay Thompson, the sophmore guard for the Warriors is being counted on to produce primetime numbers at the guard position for D.R.A.K.E. If Thompson can build off his late season emergence of last year, it will go a long way to making the three peat a reality. If he slumps or takes a backwards step, team D.R.A.K.E. will struggle to recover.

"Banging Threes and Cali Sluts est. 2011"

2. Keep Floatin' (0-0-0)

Keep Floatin' has been less than active in the trade market so far this year but has still been able to locate some deals that has rounded out his roster nicely. A key pickup already in getting the newly boosted Rocket James Harden should solidify his status among the early season title contenders. A well balanced roster anchored by Wade, Harden, Lee, and Noah should ensure a top finish is within reach.

Most Important Player: Tyrook Lovans, yes that is the bastard child of Tyreke Evans and Brook Lopez. Unable to figure out who is the most important piece, I decided to name both. Both are unquestionably talented players coming off bad seasons in uncertain situations (Sacramento crowded backcourt, Lopez lots of options in Brooklyn). If both rebound to prior form, Keep Floatin' could have a monster team, if both continue putrid efforts like last year, Keep Floatin could find himself lacking secondary punch behind his big stars.

"Where da BBQ at?"

3. DZW (0-0-0)

The guy who seems like he's 80 but is just your standard 20 something conservative, together, polite Asian is back for another year. Perrenial contender and former Premier Champion DZW finds himself in familiar situation, with a stacked roster and an early claim for title favourite. Doing fine work once again inside the draft room, DZW came out with arguably the best draft in 2012. A balanced, deep roster headed by his own Jailblazers LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum, DZW should find himself in the thick of it once again. For anyone who has played Premier, DZW's roster has a very "DZW" type feel to it, out of context that makes no sense, but if you've played with him, you should know, it's just solid. A roster full of value, upside, predictable production, and room for growth should ensure a spot in the playoffs for the Godfather.

Most Important Player: Jrue Holiday, DZW picked him high, and another 13/5/3 type year won't be sufficient if DZW is going to capture his 2nd premier title. Holiday will be depended on to make a significant leap in his production and efficiency as he leads a thin group of PGs (Darren Collison, DJ Augustin). If Holiday flops, DZW will have to put in a lot of leg work in the trade market to recover.

"I really hope I don't let the Jedi Master down!"

4. iamgine (0-0-0)

A well defined strategy put in place to this manager's teams can create consistency. In his first season of Premier Basketball, he surprised everyone with a consistent, 2nd place regular season followed by a disappointing playoffs. The aim is the same once again as this roster is built to shoot the long ball and put up points, whether last year was a fluke or not, only time will tell. iamgine will present matchup problems for many rosters in Premier with it's overload on guard related stats. If players like Jeremy Lin and Ryan Anderson can replicate production of last year to insulate studs Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony, iamgine should find himself back in the playoffs for the 2nd straight year, hopefully this time, with better results.

Most Important Player: Jeremy Lin, and arguably the most polarizing figure in the NBA. He exploded onto the scene last year with the New York Knicks, put up disgusting (good and bad depending on which category) numbers, then bolted for the Houston Rockets in the offseason. Now he takes over a young team that just acquired James Harden. Lin has had a horrible preseason and iamgine selected him very high so he needs production of last year to show itself once again. If not, iamgine could be hearing the whispers that he was simply a one hit wonder last season.

"Cashing cheques and making Asian Bitches Wet"

5. STAT (0-0-0)

STAT gets some early season dap following back to back disappointing Premier Basketball seasons. Making the biggest move of the preseason by unloading LeBron James in a blockbuster deal will undoubtedly define his season and provide lots of opportunity for second guessing. As a result of the trade, his team is deep in talent and upside. Now anchored by Brandon Jennings and Goran Dragic, he will need rebound seasons from the likes of Danilo Gallinari and Amare Stoudamire if he hopes to contend among the Premier elite. With arguably the deepest roster and some savvy preseason pick ups, STAT is currently in a very flexible position with where he can take his roster moving forward.

Most Important Player: STAT, Amare Stoudamire, taken early in the draft in what many would consider a reach, if he can wash the sand out of his ****** and get back to the intimidating force he used to be, it would be a massive boost the title chances of team STAT. However, if he continues to struggle to stay on the court and play ineffective when he does, it could spell trouble for STAT with a front court that has lots of question marks. Among them, will Omer Asik emerge as a consistent producer? Can Enes Kanter get the minutes in a stacked Jazz front court? Is Michael Beasley sober enough to put the ball in the hoop? How is David West' body going to hold up? Dynamic production from Stoudamire can put alot of these worries to rest.

"Don't worry STAT, cleanin my vag next!"

6. Minnesota White Boys (0-0-0)

A man who has struggled in years past, Vapid makes a preseason appearance among the top 6 of Premier. The roster this year is more appealing than in years past, but it's not without it's own concerns. At the moment, Andrew Bynum and his notorious health concerns will decide whether the Minnesota White Boys, whom oddly enough, are quite black, will succeed or flop. Huge optimism for Damian Lillard and an opportunity for Glen Davis in Orlando could provide the needed support to help the core of Nash, Igoudala, Smith, and Bynum and the rest of the Minnesota White Boys get over the hump and into the playoffs.

Most Important Player: This should be Andrew Bynum, because it's difficult to recover from having your 1st rounder not produce, but I'm going to go off the board a bit in honour of the team name and select the Minnesota White Boy himelf, Nikola Pekovic. Pekovic was a hot commodity in fantasy leagues last season and optimism on him had kind of simmered prior to draft day. If Pekovic can expand his game and production with the early season absence of Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio, the Minnesota White Boys could get off to a quick start that could fuel them the entire way. If Pekovic struggles in what should be a breakout year, a lack of certainty (Bynum - injury, Favors - playing time, Davis - talent) at the center position could potentially send the Minnesota White Boys searching for answers once again.

"Nikola make basket"

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