Team with the biggest improvement
I'm looking at the Memphis Grizzlies to have the biggets improvement next year. The Grizzlies just acquired Allen Iverson, Zach Randolph, and Hasheem Thabeet. OJ Mayo, Marc Gasol, and Mike Conley have had another year of experience and Rudy Gay has yet to reach his full potential. Needless to say, they have a strong young core and a lot of talent. The one thing they lack is leadership. Will AI bring that to the team? That is a question that will be answered throughout the season, but this is a 24-win team that just added 37 ppg (Z. Randolph with 20ppg and AI with 17ppg). You have got to think this team will make an impact. I look for them to be competitive the entire season for the 8th spot and win 36 games.
Team to have the best start
I'm picking the Spurs to go 17-3 in the first twenty games of the season. They are a rejuvenated team with a new sense of purpose. They know that their window for winning a championship is closing, and if they want to grab one more title, this is the year to do it. Richard Jefferson will only help that mission. They are the most dangerous team in the league.