Fans React on Twitter to Best of NBA Offseason
Note: As a follow up to my Best of the Offseason feature (Click here), I compiled Tweets from readers who responded to the question: “What teams had the best offseason? Why?” Responders were not permitted to choose the Clippers and were restricted to one team from the East and one from the West. The responses were outstanding.
Many fans of the Clippers may not be equal partisans towards the Lakers, but they are fairly honest when it comes to their team’s intra-city rival. After two days of informal polling via Twitter about what teams in the league had the best offseason, the Lakers were most frequently mentioned.
Fans were asked to choose one team from the East and one from the West, excluding the Clippers. The acquisitions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash clearly swayed fan opinion. And for the most part, it was obvious which of the responders prefer the Clippers because they often opened their Tweets with something to the effect of: “I hate to say it but…”
Other teams out West that came up were Denver for adding Andre Iguodala to an already exciting lineup; New Orleans for drafting Anthony Davis to go along with newly re-signed Eric Gordon and forward Ryan Anderson; Minnesota for turning their roster into one of the most interesting collections of international players in the league; and Golden State because as one fan (@JN8K) put it: they should be “fun.”
The Eastern Conference was a little more wide open. The Heat, which added former Seattle teammates Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, were selected the most often. But the Celtics, 76ers, and Nets garnered numerous votes as well.
It seemed like fans felt Boston, despite losing Allen, bolstered their bench both in the front court and on the wing, while Andrew Bynum’s presence in Philadelphia also made an impression on responders. Former Clippers team writer Sean Nami (@SeanNami) called the enigmatic center and the 76ers “a match made in heaven—on paper.” As for the Brooklyn-bound Nets, losing the Howard sweepstakes was not as big of a factor as partnering Joe Johnson with superstar Deron Williams. One Clippers fan (@noahwhitaker) suggested that Williams and Johnson are arguably the “best 1 and 2 in the East.” The Knicks and Wizards also received minimal attention in the poll.
Check back Monday, Aug. 27 for the four worst offseasons. Also, start sending your responses now to @ericpatten #LACInsiderPoll, naming one team from the East and one from the West that you felt had the worst offseason (once again, excluding the Clippers).
Here are some more reader comments from Twitter:
@ericpatten I'll say Hornets and Sixers. Both got franchise C in Bynum and AD, and depth. NO kept EG and got Ryan Anderson and Austin Rivers
— Matt Tate (@A_NewLookRaider) August 23, 2012
@ericpatten denver (added iggy to a deep team), miami (added ray allen and shard to a deep team, plus they celebrated their nba title)
— DJ Fullzy (@fullzythebeast) August 22, 2012
@ericpatten West: Lakers East: Miami (Maybe Knicks depending on How moves pan out, some Underrated Moves, Filled Some Holes)
— Alan Lyampe (@H20Alan) August 22, 2012
— J. Nathan Kane (@JN8K) August 22, 2012
@ericpatten West: Denver did great picking up Iggy, Lakers obviously got big pieces. In the East the Heat adding Allen & Lewis for nothing.
— WestCoastRydaz.Com (@westcoastrydaz) August 22, 2012
— Phillip Gaughen (@Dr_Phil_Goode) August 22, 2012
@ericpatten unfortunately the Lakers and Miami. Acquired some very decent players without losing any key players
— Mozef (@Mozef_DoubleA) August 22, 2012
@ericpatten Nets,they kept Deron Williams & got Joe Johnson. Nuggets, kept Javale McGee, got Andre Iguodala, & got rid of bad contracts.
— Dilan Desai (@DDesai3) August 23, 2012
@ericpatten sixers in the east bcuz they landed a franchise caliber center and LAL in west because of nash/DH12 along w/ jamison and meeks
— Jesse B (@JBD30) August 23, 2012
@ericpatten I hate to say it but LA Lakers had best in the west (Nash Howard, kept pau) and the Heat got Allen and a confident LeBron James.
— Zack Porter (@z0rter) August 23, 2012