Join me as I count down my predictions of the regular season finishes for the 2012-13 NBA season, at a rate of three teams per day. Tell me why I’m wrong in the comments.

6. San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio: Where the past (Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili), the present (Tony Parker and Tiago Splitter) and the future (Kawhi Leonard) combine to keep the Spurs relevant in the championship discussion for the 15th straight season. I learned long ago to never count this team out as long as Gregg Popovich is still their coach.

In case you forgot, the Spurs were ridiculously dominant during the 2011-12 regular season — they outscored their opponents by 7.7 points per 100 possessions. Tim Duncan used to anchor the stingiest team defense in the NBA for about a decade, but now they’re all about the run-and-gun. Last season, they had the league’s best offense and three-point percentage, and they were seventh in pace. They have a seemingly unlimited number of deadly long bombers — Danny Green, Matt Bonner, Gary Neal and Ginobili each shot at least 125 trey attempts and made at least 41.3 percent of them. This team likes to make it rain on them pros.

5. Los Angeles Lakers
I despise this team. They’re eminently more unlikable than the 2010-11 Miami Heat were. Kobe Bryant’s a sociopath, Dwight Howard is a two-faced, narcissistic liar, Metta World Peace is a borderline psychopath, and Steve Nash turned down more money and broke the hearts of millions of Canadians by spurning my Raptors. I have no beef with Pau Gasol, though. He’s cool.

Before the preseason, I was prepared to put this team at the very top of this list, but there appears to be some issues. Kobe and Nash will probably both have to sit out some games this season, and the Lakers’ bench frankly looks like hot garbage. That doesn’t change the fact that they should be considered the favorite to represent the Western Conference in the 2013 NBA finals. Also, Nash looks ridiculous in a Lakers uniform and his haircut looks stupid and he’s stupid and he should feel bad.

4. Boston Celtics
Hey, how about all this Rajon Rondo MVP buzz! Wanna know what I think about it? I think it’s ridiculous. The only way Rondo wins MVP this season is if the Celtics finish with the best record in the NBA. Can you say that has a realistic chance of happening with a straight face?

The Celtics are still very, very strong. They’re a virtual lock to be the best defensive squad in the league, they’re highly motivated (as usual) and they’ve got some nice depth with the return of Jeff Green and the additions of Jason Terry, Jared Sullinger and Leandro Barbosa. Plus, you know that no team hates the Heat and Lakers as much as these guys do. Every Celtics-Lakers and Celtics-Heat game is going to be absolutely epic.

Previously in the countdown: 30-28 | 27-25 | 24-22 | 21-19 | 18-16 | 15-13 | 12-10 | 9-7

Comments (24)

  1. Wow, Rasheed must have really put the Knicks over the top.

  2. Nuggets, Thunder, Heat? Really? C’mon!

  3. Now tell me how you really feel about the Lakers

  4. “I despise this team, and they lost meaningless games by putting Reeves Nelson and Greg Somogyi on the floor. Therefore I’m going to rank them below the Celtics somehow.”

    Good, good, let the butthurt flow through you.

  5. I am so excited about seeing the reaction to the Nuggets in the top 3. PELTON 5EVER!

  6. *darth sidius voice* Yes yes… let the hate flow through you
    ^(regarding the laker’s post which I assume is sarcasm lol…)

  7. Let me start by saying I have no love for the Lakers. But seriously, you can’t say that they are the favorites to come out of the west and then put them below the Thunder, which arguments could and should be made for, and far more ridiculously the Nuggets. When the Nuggets win a playoff series I would be willing to put them above the Spurs… if were talking where teams finish in the west then you have the Nuggets finishing first or second? Ah, no.

    • He’s obviously trolling for hits, scared to death that his ranking will be the same as all others, really lost me on this one Scott, what were you thinking?

  8. So now we are knocking guys for taking less money now? I am a Raps fan too (and a Lakers hater. Nash being surrounded by my 2 least favorite players kills me. I am 99% sure Garnett will land on this team just to spite me more) but I am not sure why he would want to play for the Raps at this point. He wants to win. And he wants to stay close to his kids.

    We have an athlete who took less money to win and be with his kids. Let’s all hate him for that. I really can’t believe Nash didn’t make life decisions based on your needs. If only Nash was a money hungry, absentee parent. The NBA needs more of those.

    I have irrational sports hate just like everyone else, but taking less money is a pretty rediculous reason to hate on someone, at least in this instance (I temper the statement in case I want to hate on someone for the same reason in the future).

  9. How do you list Barbosa over Courtney Lee?

  10. Wow, how butthurt can you be Carefoot? I get that you don’t like the Lakers, as you have proved time after time here on TBJ, but getting on Nash because he turned down more money, that’s a new low. So now we’ll piss on a player because he joins a contender instead of a lottery team? I’m sorry but that’s just idiotic.

    I could point out 156 different reasons why your rankings are completely bogus, but that’s pointless. You wouldn’t understand. You wouldn’t differentiate a good team from a bad team even if you had the choice between the ’92 Dream Team and last year’s Bobcats.

    • Let’s also remember that Nash turned down a bigger financial offer from the Raptors so he could join a team that is closer to his family.

      I’m a born & bred Suns fan, I hate the Lakers, but let’s be real: Nash’s decision is so honorable I kind of have to root for him this season.

    • The Nash stuff wasn’t serious. He’s joking.

  11. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the offspring of octoblogger Kelly Dwyer: Scott Carefoot.

  12. Nuggets ahead of the Lakers and Spurs? Come on now…

  13. Let’s put this list in perspective. Scott is not a basketball player nor a basketball whiz. But Scott IS an over-employed sports commentator who proves exactly why he’ll never get past a lolly blog on The Score, because he lets his biased rants spill into his ‘fact based’ rankings turning them useless; like when a ten year old tries to tell me why his team is better than mine.

    • Lakers’ fans just get a special kind of mad. I mean most people would’ve tried to put forth an argument why Scott was wrong but it seems that personal attacks are the weapon of choice instead.

      Though I do think it is odd that he expects the Lakers to represent the West in the finals, but ranks the Thunder ahead of them. I guess it just means that the Thunder should finish with a better record but would be the inferior team… Makes sense I suppose.

  14. Nuggets. Very high and unfair expectations of a young team that will only reach their full potential as a team in a year or two+.

  15. Sick, bunch of whiners going full retard. If you don’t like what he’s saying, that’s fine, but be respectful about it and don’t bitch lke he killed your dog. Nobody said you had to agree with his rankings, nobody gives a fuck what any of you think about his rankings, that’s why he is blogging and you’re bitching about it.

  16. I don’t know if i can trust any of the blog posts anymore, nor should i read them anymore; especially after seeing how biased it is against the Lakers.
    Only basketball related part is, Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant will be sitting out a lot of games.
    Everything else is just rant and despising every player (other than Gasol) on the Lakers team
    surprised you didn’t rank them at 30 with all that hate. There was literally not one good thing in Lakers post except ” I have no beef with Pau Gasol, though. He’s cool.”

  17. I stopped reading Tbj for a while, but decided to start reading again, but i come back to more personal bias articles than real basketball analysis which tbj use to be all about and why I loved it more than all the other major sport network. Im sad to see something that was so great lose its soul. :/

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