Hey gang. The BaB Playoff bracket contest has been completed with dmes, kellenx and prevenge rounding out the top 3. Before posting the complete results, let me just say a few words about the state of the league and the Bulls chances at a championship.
There is no dominant team in the NBA. Seeing the Spurs in the Finals is a nice way of saying that there is no one in the West capable of seizing the throne. They are the Patrick Quinns of the western conference, leader's by default. I actually admire them for their sustained near-brilliance and yes, occasional actual brilliance (see games 1,3,5), but they have never truly pummeled the competition and are typically champions when the vacuum demands this.
In the East, the Heat proved just how truly flawed they are. They stink. I know that it is hard to say this about the Champions, but they have truly deep flaws and a strong team can take them down. The only teams to fear this year in the East are Indiana and Miami and, with the right moves, they can both be made to be very mortal.
This brings us to the Bulls. As it stands, they are a top-3 team in the East. I think that they can compete for a title in 2013 but it will require the actual expenditure of cash. If the Bulls can make a move for the #13 pick, and I mentioned in this fanpost that it is truly possible, then they can probably add KCP and Dieng and really fill out their rotation. Any such marginal move can make the difference between this team dethroning Miami, dashing the Pacers aspirations and winning that ring. It is up to the management to part with the money to do this. When you are this close, you have to spend.
There is the lingering question of Carlos Boozer's place in all of this. Like many BaBer's, I have accepted Boozer as well as his limitations and have come to appreciate what he brings to this team. Toughness, professionalism and yelling. That being said, I am skeptical as to whether this team can win a championship with him on the roster. His game just doesn't fit in with the system. We lack the scoring to cover up his defensive deficiencies. A trade such as a Ben Gordon - Hump - Boozer merry-go-round might just be what we need, assuming that Ben is still a good basketball player. The right moves are out there, it is up to management to make them.
Here are the results. One sad take-away from this is that Cowraiser, the entrant who foolishly cast the Bulls as going all the way, took last place. That's pretty depressing.
Have a good off-season you guys. I think that the Bulls can win it all next year but I would like to hear your input.
|Dmes' Bracket, Dmes||310||Heat||View|
|xkellenx's bracket, xkellenx||300||Heat||View|
|I-hope-not bracket, odwallajuicish||285||Heat||View|
|THEKILLERWHALE's Bracket, THEKILLERWHALE||265||Heat||View|
|Otherface NBA Bracket, otherface||265||Heat||View|
|Patty Mills, Juicy Dengler||260||Spurs||View|
|JGB bracket, JimmehGBuckets||255||Heat||View|
|Doshi 1, Doshi||235||Heat||View|
|The Butler did It's Bracket, The Butler Did It||235||Heat||View|
|Shortkid99's Bracket, Eric Feigin||230||Heat||View|
|Fake Bracket for Test Purposes., JDW||220||Heat||View|
|This Bracket Stinks, windycitywarrior||215||Spurs||View|
|B Smurf, Basketball Smurf||205||Heat||View|
|The worst bracket, metalkiwis||165||Thunder||View|
|tuff-gong's baracket, tuff-gong||150||Bulls||View|
|It's gonna happen!!!!, masputo||135||Bulls||View|
|Spyder007's Bracket, Spyder007||115||Bulls||View|
|Mitch Stevens Bracket, Mitch Stevens||85||Clippers||View|