I see the Bulls and...? There are a couple of top-heavy teams like the Cavs and Wizards, but this roster is now like a poor man's Spurs. Not title worthy, but any discussion on ESPN or elsewhere about favorites in the East that doesn't mention the Hornets should be ignored.
(This thread can be deleted or merged, I somehow didn't see a thread almost exactly like it directly under mine.)
Anyone know? Think about how different this offseason would have been if we had let Hardy go and had much more cap room to spend during the beginning of free agency. Instead, we tagged Hardy, missed most players we targeted, and now Hardy is facing a suspension and still getting paid AND will almost certainly be gone in 2015. Woo!
While we all talk about how much we liked or didn't like this year's draft class as do the "experts", please check out this illuminating article about what the draft experts said about the Seattle draft class of 2012 which helped propel them to a Lombardi trophy in February:
To be fair, he judges "the draft process" not "the players." Kiper wrote that the Seahawks could have drafted Bruce Irvin and Bobby Wagner later on, and that they didn't really need Russell Wilson since they already had Matt Flynn. All of that is probably true.
Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke gave them a C. He called the Irvin pick "spit take-inducing" and wrote, LB "Bobby Wagner (47) and RB Robert Turbin (106), both from Utah State, will help, and QB Russell Wilson (74) has a bright future, even if Seattle didn’t really need him. Everything else was … very … blah."
The NFL Network team of analysts gave them a C. Michael Lombardi criticized them, saying they took "a lot of chances."
Irvin, Wagner, Jeremy Lane, and Daye Howard are significant players on defense, Wilson has been a revelation, and running back Robert Turbin is #2 on the depth chart behind Marshawn Lynch.