I decided to keep this topic on my blog too, as new threads about MVP competition will push this topic down the list quickly.
Knicks seem as the most experienced team come April. They know they have to pull up their sleeves and get to the work. Same expectations for years now, and same bitter start, mid and the end of the season. This time, some changes might actually happen. Tanking is same though. I'm impressed how the Heat had caught up. Two years after the title, they showed some creativity in giving absolutely no chance to win games. NBADL was there for a reason in Riley's mind.
These three doesn't seem to care much, but I don't think they actually tank. Trading Gasol, Garnett and Allen/Lewis is arguably another way of it, but I don't think these teams lose games on purpose. They just started their rebuilding and have weak rosters. All are looking forward to the draft and hope for a quick revitalization. Honorable mention for the Clippers here - who don't really belong to this group but were hit with several seasonwasting injuries, so they don't even count this year too.
Bucks insist that they won't tank. They feel they messed with the fate last year and insulted basketball gods thus fell from no3 to no6 on the lottery night. I want to believe them, but something's fishy here. First Yi and Bell, now Mo Williams get pulled - they might be injured, but Bucks can be jockeying for a position. Kings and Blazers took a goal to reach .500, saving their pride and confidence for the summer. They figured that they can't get too much pingpong balls by losing games as other teams lose by more than a fair rate of knots. Nontheless, I like teams trying to build on regular season, to establish winning mentality or stronghold at home. Charlotte are fairly new and have a record to beat every year, so this isn't too surprising. They feel they got stronger this year, but haven't had any luck with Adam 'Jim' Morrison and Sean May, and they even traded their last pick, so they don't care if it's no4 or no9, any will do.
These guys fought as much as they could not to be in this group, but the Hawks pulled it out. Hawks have a young core and 10 year drought from playoff, so they won't mind to be the floor on the other side of Celtics broom. Others just plain suck. To give all you got and to finish around 35 wins is a disgrace for perenial playoff teams. They shouldn't even be allowed to pick in the first round.