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It's that time of year. Free agency is over. A few minor trades dot cyberspace, some so small even Woj wasn't interested enough to break them. So it's time for predictions and rankings and depth charts and myriad of other crystal-ball gazing that will be forgotten when the first ball goes up in October.

But to humor everyone, we will post them. (We learned last year not to take them all so seriously.)

The biggest, we guess, is the NBA.com "blogtable" or blog roundtable. It asks writers and pundits employed by the league's website to choose between the Pacers, winners of 49 games and two playoff rounds, and the Nets, winners of 49 games period. The vote is a landslide for Indiana who added C.J. Watson, Luis Scola and get Danny Granger back. The Nets are just too old and the Pacers have too much chemistry are the reasons cited.

There are other predictions, etc. out there, too. SI's Rob Mahoney and Ben Golliver look at the flaws among the contenders (the Nets are old and Jason Kidd, despite enough assistant coaches to form a choir, may not be ready for prime time.)  ESPN predicts the Heat will be good and Brian Geltzeiler thinks the Nets had two of the four biggest moves of the off-season, including the biggest. (Brian, of course, predicted Billy King would be fired.)

We can hardly wait for the season to begin so we can grade these swamis.