5. Golden State Warriors (50-32)
Additions: Toney Douglas; Andre Iguodala; Jermaine O'Neal; Marreese Speights.
Subtractions: Andris Biedrins; Jarrett Jack; Richard Jefferson; Carl Landry; Brandon Rush.
NBA Draft: Nemanja Nedovic.
Comment: The move for Iguodala made little sense. Beyond the $12 million per season the Warriors are shelling out, why bring in another wing to threaten the court time of rising studs Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes?
6. Memphis Grizzlies (48-34)
Additions: Josh Akognon; Kosta Koufos; Mike Miller.
Subtractions: Darrell Arthur; Austin Daye; Donte Greene; Fab Melo; Tony Wroten.
NBA Draft: Jamaal Franklin; Janis Timma.
Comment: Losing coach Lionel Hollins will hurt. Maybe not as much in the regular season. But don't expect Memphis to get back to the conference finals.
7. Dallas Mavericks (47-35)
Additions: DeJuan Blair; Jose Calderon; Samuel Dalembert; Devin Ebanks; Wayne Ellington; Monta Ellis; Devin Harris; Fab Melo.
Subtractions: Josh Akognon; Elton Brand; Darren Collison; Jared Cunningham; Mike James; Chris Kaman; O.J. Mayo; Anthony Morrow.
NBA Draft: Shane Larkin; Ricky Ledo.
Comment: Everyone seems to be sleeping on Dallas this year. Perhaps we are too with a mere six-win improvement projection despite Dirk Nowitzki healthy to start the year.
8. Minnesota Timberwolves (45-37)
Additions: Corey Brewer; Kevin Martin; Ronny Turiaf.
Subtractions: Andrei Kirilenko; Malcolm Lee; Luke Ridnour; Brandon Roy; Mickael Gelabale; Greg Stiemsma.
NBA Draft: Shabazz Muhammad; Gorgui Dieng; Lorenzo Brown; Bojan Dubljevic; Robbie Hummel.
Comment: Kevin Love played 18 games last year. Ricky Rubio appeared in 57. So long as those two stay healthy this season the Wolves will snap their nine-year playoff drought.