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Old 10-29-2012, 03:10 AM   #2
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Default Re: 2012-2013 Power Rankings

7. Milicic Mafia (0-0-0)

The two time defending Premier Basketball finalist is back in search of his elusive first Premier Basketball Title. The Milicic Mafia feature a fearsome trio in the backcourt of Rajon Rondo, Kyrie Irving, and Monta Ellis. However, up front, after Blake Griffin, questions galore. Can Javale McGee prove to be a necessary cog in the lineup that the Milicic Mafia will need him to be in order to make another deep run? Does Elton Brand have anything in the tank and is Tristan Thompson ready to contribute? I don't think all of this will work out and the Milicic Mafia will end up needing to use his surplus of riches in the backcourt to address the deficiencies in his front court. If he doesn't, the Milicic Mafia may find themselves looking from the outside all season long.

Most Important Player: Javale McGee, I'm not sure I'd ever be confident when Javale McGee is being counted on to provide meaningful production. Quite simply, he may be the dumbest athlete in professional sports. Currently backing up Kosta Koufus in Denver, he's currently not in position to provide the type of numbers the Milicic Mafia will need. If he can surpass Koufus and take a hold of the minutes, the Milicic Mafia could find themselves in positon to make a 3rd consecutive deep run. But you have to wonder about someone who cannot beat out Kosta Koufus in the first place.


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8. Big Poppa PUMP (0-0-0)

LeBron. Paul George. Al Jefferson. After that, it gets ugly. Big Poppa PUMP in a suitable ode to Steiner is a lot of PUMP up top with not much to back it up behind. Early season injuries to Manu and Tyson Chandler could really hamper early season results and foreshadow the issues all season long. Big Poppa PUMP is counting on too many below average, unproven players in his top 10 (Jameer Nelson, Devin Harris, Jonas Valanciunas, etc) to currently threaten for a playoff spot. However, any time you got Lebron, you got a chance. As currently constructed, this is a respectable roster lacking secondary punch, Lebron will give opposing owners headaches, but the uncertainty in the bottom half of the roster will fail Big Poppa PUMP time and time again.

Most Important Player: Manu Ginobli, Big Poppa PUMP is desperately going to need someone to step up outside his big three. Tyson Chandler should be solid once he returns, but he's more of an efficiency player rather than someone who can have a truly meaningful impact on a roster. Ginobli is capable of putting up monster statistics in every category, but he's getting older, San Antonio is getting deeper, and his body is beginning to betray him. Early season reports of back problems could provide head aches for Big Poppa PUMP all season long. If he does get over them and provide production though, he could allow PUMP to have a monstrous core that could carry them closer to title aspirations.


"I'll be ready for the playoffs boss!"

9. sizz (0-0-0)

Two time Premier Basketball Champion has vowed redemption is on his mind, after getting blasted in recent leagues, the key to this roster may be whether manager sizz can put in the time to lead it to the top. It's an unconventional setup, with Dwight Howard and a not so suitable surrounding cast. Though the pure talent level stacks up with the best of the best, there are major injury concerns galore on this roster. Can Curry and Eric Gordon get onto the court to provide the big numbers sizz will need in order to break back into the playoffs? Will Gerald Wallace' body hold up in Brooklyn? At this moment, team sizz has to many question marks and not enough answers, if things bounce his way, he should be in the thick of it. If notoriously prone players continue their ways, he may be looking at himself needing votes to get his redemption next year.

Most Important Player: Stephen Curry, a top 10 player when he's healthy and on the court, Curry has been hampered by ankle troubles again this season. If he can ever get over these problems, he could be a huge value coup for team sizz. However, recent history suggests that the body cannot hold up and that could end up sinking sizz' season before it begins. The performance of team sizz will live and die with that backcourt. As of right now, it's off to a shaky start.


"9th place! Yes!"

10. Rameek Soul CRUSHER (0-0-0)

The Soul CRUSHER has come under fire for preseason trades but boasts a strong backcourt of CP3, Felton, and Jeff Teague. Uncertainty but upside at the swing positions with Thaddeus Young, Jared Dudley and rookie MKG will be critical to team success. If Nene can get healthy, Rameek has a solid chance to surprise. If he cannot get a breakout performance from his swings and he struggles with injury, the Soul CRUSHER could find his soul CRUSHED. The potential is present in the roster though with depth pieces like Kirilenko and Felton potentially on the brink of comeback seasons.

Most Important Player: Nene Hilario, which at the moment, may not be a good thing. The big man has been battling injury problems all preseason and with a severe lack of depth, the Soul CRUSHER will need to address his center position if Nene is unable to give him productive minutes. However, if Nene can get past his issues and back to being the top 60 player he has been in the past, Rameek may have a lot of members eating crow.


"Out 4 weeks with a case of Yellow Fever"

11. Diaper Dandies (0-0-0)

The Diaper Dandies are going to make noise when Kevin Love and Dirk Nowitzki return. The reason they find themselves in this spot is simply the injury situation. If healthy, this is a playoff contender and probably a solid 5 spots ahead of it's current ranking, but as is, it's going to be a grind for the Diaper Dandies to win categories. If he can survive the 3-5 weeks without his stars, the Diaper Dandies are plenty capable of making a run. Critical to early season success will be Tim Duncan, Kris Humphries, and Tony Parker, the Dandies cannot afford them to struggle.

Most Important Player: Dirk Nowitzki, the big German and his surgery are on a longer and less certain rehab than Kevin Love. The Dandies will need a productive Nowitzki as fast as possible to challenge for a title, if he suffers any setbacks during his rehab, it could turn out to be a long season for the Dandies. If they both recover well, legitimate title contention is not out of reach.


12. Go Cows! (0-0-0)

Dunksby makes his premier debut with a less than flattering early season PR position. Some questionnable early draft selections along with an injury to John Wall has dunksby facing a trip back to the minors. If he can work around his depth issues, Go Cows! could push himself towards the middle of the pack. Go Cows! will have a chance to stuff it to me with a 1st round matchup.

Most Important Player: Demarcus Cousins, selected very high by Go Cows!, Cousins will need to improve the efficiency of his game in order to justify the selection. As it stands, questionnable shot selection are crushing to this uber talented big who shoots 44% from the field. If he can get to more advantageous spots on the court. He can be a force.


"No more fadeaway 20 footers coach, I promise"

13. Long Live ASAP 10/31 (0-0-0)


14. lilojmayo (0-0-0)

A questionnable preseason trade has left team lilojmayo lacking depth in his roster. He will be entirely dependant on Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams and Mike Conley to get himself out of the gutter. To achieve success and avoid a bottom four finish, lilojmayo will need to address his putrid front court. As currently constructed, with a front court constructed of Chris Kaman, Emeka Okafor, and Eddy Curry, optimism is difficult to find. If he can make some adjustments and find some value, lilojmayo may push himself up the ranks.

Most Important Player: Russell Westbrook, he made a big move to acquire the point guard, now for better or worse, he'll need Westbrook to up his game to an even higher level to experience success. The lack of production in the front court is downright frightening to the point where even a huge campaign from Westbrook may not be enough without adjustment.


"Why Not?

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