I'm cool with this assessment. I don't think ESPN's ever been spot-on about this team in preseason forecasts. Ever.
Being pegged in at #9 in the east is fine with me, though. In general, expectations by those outside the organization will not be high. As Swedd (I think it was him) so astutely put in another thread, this team - despite interchanged parts - thrives best when they're being counted out.
As always, go Cats!