NBA Season Predictions

27 10 2008

Whew… finally finished the mammoth NBA Season Previews for each team. 19,487 words worth of NBA goodness – it almost killed me 😉 Not quite, but you get the idea. For the past week I’ve been sick off work and it’s been a real effort to get them done – hell I haven’t even done my own writing over the same period. Still, got it done and that’s the main thing 🙂

Before we get back to the regular programming, my picks for the NBA award winners:

MVP: LeBron James – he’ll be utterly dominant this season and I expect him to lead the Cavs to second in the East. That should ensure he gets the trophy.

Runners up: Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Deron Williams


Defensive Player of the Year:  Kevin Garnett – he won it last season and he should win it again. The Boston Celtics will have the best defence in the NBA once again.

Runners up: Ron Artest, Josh Smith, Greg Oden


Rookie of the Year: Greg Oden – he’ll struggle for the first couple of months to get used to the pace of the NBA game but sometime late in December he’s going to figure it out and be a dominant force, especially on the defensive end.

Runners up: Michael Beasley, Rudy Fernandez, Kevin Love


Sixth Man of the Year: Rudy Fernandez – the Spanish rookie shapes as the next coming of Manu Ginobili, a game changer off the bench and with Ginobili sidelined until mid December, Fernandez should shine.

Runners up: Manu Ginobili, Tony Allen, Leandro Barbosa


Coach of the Year: Jerry Sloan – it’s a travesty that Sloan has never won Coach of the Year. If the Utah Jazz are as good as I expect then he should get it this year.

Runners up: Rick Adelman, Gregg Popovich, Nate McMillan


Most Improved Player: LaMarcus Aldridge – probably the biggest beneficiary of a healthy Greg Oden is Aldridge who should benefit with a bit of open space around him to launch his slingy jumpshots.

Runners up: Devin Harris, Jordan Farmar, Randy Foye


Also my predictions for the season ahead:

Eastern Conference

  1. Boston Celtics
  2. Cleveland Cavaliers
  3. Detroit Pistons
  4. Orlando Magic
  5. Philadelphia 76ers
  6. Toronto Raptors
  7. Miami Heat
  8. Chicago Bulls
  9. Atlanta Hawks
  10. New York Knicks
  11. Milwaukee Bucks
  12. Washington Wizards
  13. Indiana Pacers
  14. Charlotte Bobcats
  15. New Jersey Nets

Western Conference

  1. LA Lakers
  2. New Orleans Hornets
  3. Utah Jazz
  4. San Antonio Spurs
  5. Houston Rockets
  6. Portland Trailblazers
  7. Phoenix Suns
  8. Dallas Mavericks
  9. Denver Nuggets
  10. Minnesota Timberwolves
  11. Golden State Warriors
  12. LA Clippers
  13. Sacramento Kings
  14. Memphis Grizzlies
  15. Oklahoma City Thunder


Round 1

(1) Boston Celtics defeat (8) Chicago Bulls in 4 games

(2) Cleveland Cavaliers defeat (7) Miami Heat in 5 games

(3) Detroit Pistons defeat (6) Toronto Raptors in 6 games

(5) Philadelphia 76ers defeat (4) Orlando Magic in 6 games

(1) LA Lakers defeat (8) Dallas Mavericks in 5 games

(2) New Orleans Hornets defeat (7) Phoenix Suns in 6 games

(3) Utah Jazz defeat (6) Portland Trail Blazers in 4 games

(4) San Antonio Spurs defeat (5) Houston Rockets in 7 games

Round 2

Boston Celtics defeat Philadelphia 76ers in 6 games

Cleveland Cavaliers defeat Detroit Pistons in 7 games

LA Lakers defeat San Antonio Spurs in 7 games

New Orleans Hornets defeat Utah Jazz in 7 games

Conference Finals

Boston Celtics defeat Cleveland Cavaliers in 7 games

New Orleans Hornets defeat LA Lakers in 6 games

NBA Finals

Boston Celtics defeat New Orleans Hornets in 5 games

Paul Pierce is awarded Finals MVP


And there’s my picks. Let’s see how they pan out 😛




One response

17 04 2009
NBA Season Awards « Future Ramblings

[…] for interest here are my picks from the beginning of the season. I got one right. […]

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