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SCOUTING REPORTS

Oct. 25, 2004
Oct. 25, 2004

Table of Contents
Oct. 25, 2004

SCORECARD
LETTERS
SI Players
Baseball Playoffs
PRO FOOTBALL
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
College Football
NBA Preview 2004-05
NBA Preview 2004-05: Scouting Reports
Inside College Football
Inside The NFL
Departments

SCOUTING REPORTS

HOW WE RANK THEM

EASTERN CONFERENCE

This is an article from the Oct. 25, 2004 issue Original Layout

 

ATLANTIC DIVISION

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (4)*

NEW YORK KNICKS (6)

NEW JERSEY NETS (8)

BOSTON CELTICS (9)

TORONTO RAPTORS (12)

 

CENTRAL DIVISION

DETROIT PISTONS (1)

INDIANA PACERS (2)

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (5)

MILWAUKEE BUCKS (11)

CHICAGO BULLS (13)

 

SOUTHEAST DIVISION

MIAMI HEAT (3)

ORLANDO MAGIC (7)

WASHINGTON WIZARDS (10)

ATLANTA HAWKS (14)

CHARLOTTE BOBCATS (15)

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

 

NORTHWEST DIVISION

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (2)

DENVER NUGGETS (7)

UTAH JAZZ (8)

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (11)

SEATTLE SUPERSONICS (12)

 

PACIFIC DIVISION

SACRAMENTO KINGS (3)

LOS ANGELES LAKERS (5)

PHOENIX SUNS (10)

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (14)

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (15)

 

SOUTHWEST DIVISION

SAN ANTONIO SPURS (1)

HOUSTON ROCKETS (4)

DALLAS MAVERICKS (6)

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (9)

NEW ORLEANS HORNETS (13)

*Conference ranking, 1 to 15

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

PISTONS OVER HEAT

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

SPURS OVER T-WOLVES

NBA FINALS

PISTONS OVER SPURS

PLAYER VALUE RANKINGS (PVR): We ranked the NBA's players from 1 (the best) to 400 based largely on our projections of their statistical production this season as well as other factors related to past performance and potential. The categories considered were points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocked shots, field goal percentage, free throws made and three-pointers made. We also took into account each player's career stats as well as his role on the team, his prospects for improving or declining, his injury history and his physical condition. Using these criteria, we determined each player's PVR, which appears next to his name in his team's projected lineup.

NBA scores and stats, complete PVR listings, and news and analysis from Jack McCallum and Marty Burns at si.com/basketball.

PROJECTED LINEUPS, FAST FACTS AND PVRS COMPILED BY DAVID SABINO

 

COLOR PHOTOPhotograph by John W. McDonoughFLYING SOLO Without his sizable sidekick Shaq, Kobe Bryant won't make it back to the Finals with the Lakers, but the well-knit Spurs and their team defense will make their second trip in three years.