"A hit-or-miss team. The Sonics either make the playoffs as, say, a six seed, or they don't jell and have a disastrous year.... Desmond Mason was very underrated in the draft. Defensively he's a knockout, a strong, dive-on-the-floor kind of guy. He and Gary Payton are going to be tough together in the backcourt. Throw in Ruben Patterson and Rashard Lewis, and this is an athletic team that should defend well on the perimeter.... They should expect Patrick Ewing to play between 50 and 60 games. If he gives them more, fine, but they want him to have something left for the playoffs. He reaches more now on defense because he's lost quickness, but he can still give you more offensively than he gives up defensively.... Seattle doesn't have much in the way of big men off the bench.... Vin Baker looks in pretty good shape, and now that Ewing's there, Baker won't have to bang with centers as much. He could have a big year.... The keys to beating them I will be to attack inside and take care of the ball against their pressure."