NBA scouts are prone to bold predictions.This week, Sports Illustrated got unnamed league scouts to write up scouting reports for all 30 teams in the NBA, and they’re great.
One guy ripped poor Kyle Lowry, one said Anthony Davis is going to get hurt, and another wrote a love letter to Ricky Rubio.
We compiled the 16 most surprising predictions before the season gets underway next week.
He's injured now, but the scout absolutely loves him.
He says Rubio is better than Nash defensively already, and his basketball IQ is right up there. All he needs now is to learn how to shoot.
The Thunder are stagnating — they won't win a title in the next two years if they don't make changes
The scout says the Heat and Lakers are continuing to evolve while OKC is sitting on its hands.
He says Kendrick Perkins is getting worse, Serge Ibaka has hit a ceiling, and Kevin Durant isn't going to get all that much better than he is now.
The scout says they'll be unstoppable on the glass. If they play OKC in the Western Conference finals, he thinks LA will 'kick their butts,' and if they play Miami in the finals, he thinks they'll win because of their size.
One scout likes Amar'e Stoudemire to have a bounce-back year because Kidd will get him the ball in good spots.
The scout thinks the Knicks can win the Atlantic division if Kidd stays healthy.
Lots of people love Golden State. This scout doesn't, at all. Here's what he said, 'This is a bad team with an unproven coach and a bad mix of players. All of their players are overrated with the exception maybe of Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry.'
One scout says Bynum isn't ready to be the focal point of a team yet.
He also says the team lacks backcourt depth.
The 76ers were the #8 seed last year, so he's predicting that they'll miss the playoffs.
The scout says Goran Dragic is better, and Lin will turn the ball over and struggle against pressure.
Still, he thinks Lin will put up numbers because he'll be orchestrating the offence and taking so many shots.
The scout says Nuggets coach George Karl is the perfect guy to deal with the notoriously odd McGee.
'McGee's strengths are blocking shots, rebounding and defending. He could be a different-level star if he just concentrated on those things,' he says.
Johnson had been 'the guy' in Atlanta. Typically when someone like him is traded to a team with another entrenched star, there is a power struggle.
But one scout says Johnson's laid-back personality is such that he'll fit it perfectly.
Great sign for the Nets.
A lot of people think the Celtics upgraded at the shooting guard position this offseason by signing Jason Terry and Courtney Lee to replace Allen.
But one scout says Boston could struggle in late game situations without him. Ray spaced the floor and had a quick trigger, and the Celtics always went to him in the final seconds.
Brutal words for Lowry, who is now on the Raptors after playing great in Houston last year, 'Some people really like Kyle Lowry, though I haven't heard too many of his coaches say they really like him. He seems to have a high opinion of himself -- the word is he's very obstinate -- but he is tough and he's been productive.'
The decline of the Blazers came quickly last season, and the scout doesn't think things are going to turn around this year.
He likes LaMarcus Aldridge, but behind him the team is really thin.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist might be the No. 2-overall pick, but he's destined to be nothing more than a starter
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