NBA Preview 1999-2000
The Power Of Two The formula for success in the NBA used to require a triumvirate of talent. In today's league, it just takes a pair
Rare Air It figures that Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady of the Raptors are comparable talents and kindred spirits. They're cousins! (Well, sort of)
Father Phil The high priest of the Triangle offense, Phil Jackson, has become a paternal figure to Shaquille O'Neal as he tries to lead the Lakers to the Promised Land
West Is Best With the sun having set on the Bulls' empire, the Western Conference is now the land of plenty
1 San Antonio Spurs Despite their shopping failures, the champs still have the goods to repeat
2 Portland Trail Blazers Only whining over minutes will keep this band of All-Stars from winning it all
3 Los Angeles Lakers Shaq and Kobe say that all is well, but Phil Jackson still has personnel issues
4 Utah Jazz Too old, too slow? You can say so, but Utah's vets will just say you're wrong
5 Minnesota Timberwolves The re-signing of Terrell Brandon and Joe Smith brings stability and depth
6 Sacramento Kings A new shooting guard could pay off big for the flashiest team in the league
7 Phoenix Suns They're dazzling on the outside, but do they have what it takes on the inside?
8 Houston Rockets A team seeking harmony says its new floor leader, little Stevie, is a wonder
9 Seattle SuperSonics If Vin Baker exacts vengeance for last season, this micro lineup won't be soft
10 Denver Nuggets Happy to leave Boston, Ron Mercer is even happier to show his stuff to Denver
11 Vancouver Grizzlies As a smaller Big Country shapes up in the middle, this team becomes a bigger threat
12 Golden State Warriors Antawn Jamison is the poster child for a team that's still in search of a star
13 Dallas Mavericks Little talent, no draft help. So it goes in Big D, where the rebuilding is perpetual
14 Los Angeles Clippers They've got a new arena and a new stud, but they're the same old NBA punch line
1 Miami Heat Even with Tim Hardaway healthy, will Miami have enough offense to win it all?
2 New York Knicks The question will linger for weeks: What will they be doing with Ewing?
3 Indiana Pacers Al Harrington doesn't want to be snubbed again come prom--er, playoff--time
4 Charlotte Hornets Eddie Jones proved a perfect fit for this team; now a rookie will follow in his shoes
5 Philadelphia 76ers Allen Iverson is looking for a scoring partner, and he's looking at Larry Hughes
6 Milwaukee Bucks Now that Sam Cassell is healthy, the question is: Will he dish or shoot?
7 Atlanta Hawks After a high-risk makeover, Atlanta enters a critical year with fingers crossed
8 Toronto Raptors Antonio Davis got his wish: a new home with the league's fastest-rising squad
9 Detroit Pistons Jerry Stackhouse is ready to work with Grant Hill, but not to worship him
10 New Jersey Nets After last season's debacle, things can't possibly get worse. Can they?
11 Cleveland Cavaliers The dullest offense in the league is now vowing to run. Thank goodness.
12 Washington Wizards Lots of very expensive talent just doesn't add up to a very talented team
13 Boston Celtics Rick Pitino says his team will make noise, but will it just be the sound of bickering?
14 Orlando Magic After revving his team into first, G.M. John Gabriel throws it in reverse
15 Chicago Bulls He lacks flash, but big things are still expected of Air apparent Elton Brand