GP surveys the league and calls out the teams he thinks are built to reach the playoffs and those that will come up short.
SEATTLE - JUNE 14: Gary Payton #20 of the Seattle SuperSonics posts up against Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls in Game Five of the 1996 NBA Finals at Key Arena on June 14, 1996 in Seattle, Washington. The Sonics won 89-78. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1996 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)
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There's a new season on the way, and plenty of teams got an overhaul. Veterans on the move (see Garnett and Pierce), new coaches (say hello Brad Stevens), impact rookies (such as Anthony Bennett), they're all here.
Gary Payton looks around the league and weighs in on the season outlook in L.A. and Boston. The Glove also finds a few teams that will rise, like Toronto and Portland, and why. Yeah a lot can happen in the course of a season, but Gary's ready to forecast the future.