Best Photos From Media Day Across the NBA

    Before NBA teams actually begin training camps for the 2013-2014 season, each one has to step up in front of the cameras, microphones and fans on media day. Only after the necessary posing and formalities can they actually begin with their preseason preparations.

    Atlanta Hawks

    Horford, Coach, Millsap

    Projected starting five: Jeff Teague, Lou Williams, Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap, Al Horford.

    The Hawks finished with a 44-38 record last season, once again getting knocked out in the first round of the playoffs, this time by the Indiana Pacers. Should be gunning for one of the 6-7-8 spots once again.

    Boston Celtics

    Bradley, Rondo

    Projected starting five: Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, Kris Humphries.

    The Celtics managed to make it into the playoffs last season with a 41-40 record; they lost to the Knicks in the first round. They’re going to be one of the worst teams in the NBA in the riggin for Wiggins season.

    Brooklyn Nets

    Kevin Garnett Media Day

    Projected starting five: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez.

    The Nets finished with a 49-33 record last season, but despite home court advantage lost in the first round to the Chicago Bulls. The Nets are aiming high this season, but anything beyond a conference semifinal will be a big surprise.

    Charlotte Bobcats

    Cody Zeller

    Projected starting five: Kemba Walker, Gerlad Henderson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cody Zeller, Al Jefferson.

    The Bobcats improved to a 21-61 record last season, second-worst in the East. They’re only looking to improve a bit on that, with 30 wins being a huge success.

    Chicago Bulls

    Derrick Rose Media Day

    Projected starting five: Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah.

    The Bulls finished with a 45-37 record last season, making it to the conference semifinals. This season, with Rose back, they’re thinking about titles, but it’ll be surprising to see them making it to the conference finals if they have to go through the Heat or the Pacers.

    Cleveland Cavaliers

    Kyrie Irving

    Projected starting five: Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Earl Clark, Tristan Thompson, Andrew Bynum.

    The Cavs finished with a 24-58 record last season. They’re hoping to be good enough for the playoffs this time, but don’t be surprised to see them finishing just outside the top 8.

    Dallas Mavericks

    Optimistic Dallas Mavericks

    Projected starting five: Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis, Shawn Marion, Dirk Nowitzki, Samuel Dalembert.

    Finished with a 41-41 record, missing out on the postseason. Should be back in the top 8 this year, but the West is incredibly crowded. In any case, won’t manage to reach further than the first round.

    Denver Nuggets

    Kenneth Faried

    Projected starting five: Ty Lawson, Evan Fournier, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried, JaVale McGee.

    Finished with a 57-25 record last season, but were knocked out in the first round of the postseason. Might be slightly weaker this year, which means they won’t go further than last season.

    Detroit Pistons

    Billups, Coach, Jennings

    Projected starting five: Brandon Jennings, Chauncey Billups, Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond.

    Finished with a 29-53 record last season, but should be good enough to pierce through into the top 8 this season, but not go further than the first round.

    Golden State Warriors

    Kent Bazemore, Curry

    Projected starting five: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, David Lee, Andrew Bogut.

    The Warriors finished with a 47-35 record last season, making it to the conference semifinal. They look slightly better this season, but the conference semifinal shall remain their ceiling most likely.

    Houston Rockets

    Chandler Parsons, Dwight Howard, James Harden,  Jeremy Lin

    Projected starting five: Jeremy Lin, James Harden, Chandler Parsons, Donatas Motiejunas, Dwight Howard

    The Rockets finished with a 45-37 record last season – enough for the first round, nothing more. This season they’ll be going a bit further, but the conference finals look like the most they can get to.

    Indiana Pacers

    Danny Granger

    Projected starting five: George Hill, Paul George, Danny Granger, David West, Roy Hibbert

    The Pacers finished with a 49-32 record last season, making it to the 7th game of the conference finals. Should do just as well, and possibly even better this season as well.

    Los Angeles Clippers

    Clippers Media Day

    Projected starting five: Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Jared Dudley, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan

    The Clippers finished with a 56-26 record last season, getting knocked out of the first round despite having home court advantage. They should do better this season, but probably not more than the semifinals.

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant Media Day

    Projected starting five: Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Nick Young, Pau Gasol, Chris Kaman

    The Lakers squeaked into the playoffs with a 45-37 record, only to get swept in the first round of the playoffs. This season, they won’t even make the playoffs.

    Memphis Grizzlies

    Mike Miller

    Projected starting five: Mike Conley, Tony Allen, Tayshaun Prince, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol

    The Grizzlies finished with a 56-26 record, making it all the way to the conference finals before getting swept by the Spurs. They won’t make it so far this time, although they will be in the playoffs.

    Miami Heat

    LeBron James

    Projected starting five: Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Udonis Haslem, Chris Bosh

    The Heat finished with the NBA’s best record at 66-16, going all the way to the NBA finals and winning a second consecutive title. Odds are they’ll be in the same position – four wins away from a title, in 8 months once again.

    Milwaukee Bucks

    Bucks Media Day

    Projected starting five: Luke Ridnour, O.J. Mayo, Caron Butler, Ersan Ilyasova, Larry Sanders

    Finished 8th in the East with the 38-44 record, the only .500 team in the postseason. They got swept in the first round by the Heat, and won’t get that far this season.

     Minnesota Timberwolves

    Pekovic, Rubio, Love

    Projected starting five: Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Chase Budinger, Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic

    The Timberwolves finished with a 31-51 record. They might be a lot closer to the playoffs this season, but it’s not going to be surprising to see them looking at the top 8 from the outside.

    New Orleans Pelicans

    Tyreke Evans

    Projected starting five: Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon, Tyreke Evans, Anthony Davis, Jason Smith

    Finished with a 27-55 record, missing the playoffs. They should be a lot closer this time, but probably not enough to finish in the top 8.

    New York Knicks

    Projected starting five: Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony, Andrea Bargnani, Tyson Chandler

    Finished with a 54-28 record, making the conference semifinals. They won’t get any further than that this time as well.

    Oklahoma City Thunder

    Russell Westbrook

    Projected starting five: Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins

    Finished with a 60-22 record, but fell in the conference semifinals after five game to the Memphis Grizzlies. Even a healthy Russell Westbrook won’t get them further this season if they don’t have a third scoring option.

    Orlando Magic

    Magic Media Day

    Projected starting five: Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo, Tobias Harris, Glen Davis, Nikola Vucevic

    The Magic finished with the NBA’s worst record last season, 20-62; It won’t be much better this year.

    Philadelphia 76ers

    Nerlens Noel

    Projected starting five: Michael Carter-Williams, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, Lavoy Allen, Spencer Hawes

    Finished with a 34-48 record last season; they won’t be anywhere near that in 8 months, probably aiming to be the worst team in the NBA.

    Phoenix Suns

    Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe

    Projected starting five: Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe, Geral Green, Marcus Morris, Marcin Gortat

    Finished with a 25-57 record last season, the worst in the Western conference. Should do pretty much the same this year, looking to trade Gortat at some point and continue the rebuild.

    Portland Trail Blazers

    Blazers Media Day

    Projected starting five: Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge, Robin Lopez

    The Blazers collapsed at the end of last season, finishing with a 33-49 record. They are good enough to make the postseason this time after making significant improvements in free agency and the draft.

    Sacramento Kings

    John Salmons

    Projected starting five: Greivis Vasquez, Ben McLemore, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Jason Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins

    Finished with a 28-54 record last season. Will probably do slightly better this year, but not by much, and won’t reach the playoffs.

    San Antonio Spurs

    Ginobili on Camera

    Projected starting five: Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter

    Finished with a 58-24 record last season, making it all the way to the 7th game of the NBA finals. Have a good shot at the conference finals once again, but it mostly depends on how good Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili will be.

    Toronto Raptors

    Rudy Gay Raptors

    Projected starting five: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas

    Finished at 34-48 last season. This year will be more of the same, but the Raptors are still going to miss out on the playoffs.

    Utah Jazz

    Trey Burke

    Projected starting five: Trey Burke, Alec Burks, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter

    Weren’t far from making the playoffs with their 43-39 record, but things will be tougher this season, and the Jazz will fall by 5 to 10 wins.

    Washington Wizards

    Wizards Media Day

    Projected starting five: John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter Jr., Nene, Emeka Okafor

    Finished with a 29-53 record last season, but if John Wall is healthy for the entire season, the Wizard should find themselves in the playoffs.

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