Bold Predictions for 2009-2010
I don't know if anyone has made this thread, but does anyone have any predictions for the 2009-2010 season. It doesn't have to be justified, but if you have a feeling something is going happen just say it.
I'm gonna go ahead and say it, Portland will trade Andre Miller or he'll be like Elton Brand on the Sixers where sometimes he just doesn't fit in.
There's an article if you guys want to read it.
Yea I made this thread about a week ago..
But I'll say one of them again: Andre Iguodala will average 20, 5 and 5 and be an All-Star reserve.
i think he will eventually be the full time starter in portland, or maybe portland wants him to be a leader with that 2nd unit. however it plays out Andre will get the majority of minutes and play those crunch time minutes, that is all that should matter to him!
Amare will become(or will be close) first since Shaq in 2003 to avarage 25/10
Will not get traded. He fits in so well with the 2nd unit and he will still be in the game in the 4th quarter when it really matters.
Derrick Rose will be the STARTING PG for the East during the all-star break
Anthony Randolph will be MIP
Kevin Durant will be top TWO in scoring
oh..and for the heck of it, Yankees will win World Series,....and i dont even like baseball
I was JUST about to post about this. I posted about Portland being "TOO deep" a couple of weeks ago. I saw chemistry problems due to playing time, especially in the backcourt. I said that Andre Miller wasn't happy coming off the bench. I'm not surprised at all by the information in the article.
I have a problem with how the team and the media are treating Miller. He's better than Blake... Period. They wanted an upgrade at point guard and they got one... Now they're trying to bring him off the bench? It doesn't make sense. He's been a starter his whole career. If Miller was told there was a chance he wouldn't be the starter, he wouldn't have signed. He's always been an underrated point guard, but I think it's almost disrespectful that he's having to prove himself to them. If Portland would've signed Steve Nash or Jason Kidd, there's NO way coming off the bench would've even been mentioned. Miller is 100% right about them not respecting his game.
I also have a problem with how the Portland media is portraying Miller. He's always been a shy and private guy. He's on a new team full of players that are much younger than him. It's going to take more than a half of a summer for him to get comfortable and find out what he has in common with his new teammates. All the media needs to be worried about is how he plays on the court. He's always played hard and been a great teammate.
Miller has missed three games his entire NBA career, so it was unfair how the media reported and portrayed how he failed his conditioning test. Other players failed too, but were not mentioned. As a matter of fact, some players who failed told Miller that they did and got their scores changed. The media also said that he was punished by the team for failing the test, but he wasn't. He chose to do extra conditioning with the strength and conditioning coach on his own. The city of Portland, fans and media seem to be a little obsessive and over the top about their team. This is the pros, not college.
I became a fan of Portland when they drafted Greg Oden. I thought they were a very classy and respectful organization. I thought they were just on point from top to bottom. A few things have started to make me raise my eye brows though:
1. The whole situation with Darius Miles and how they said they'd sue any team that signed him. That was BS.
2. How long they took to re-sign Brandon Roy, their franchise player, to a max contract extension.
3. How long they're taking to re-sign LaMarcus Aldridge to an extension.
4. Kevin Pritchard. He's only great at drafting. He should've traded Raef Lafrentz's unique $12.7 million expiring contract last year and added another piece to push them over the top. Instead, he decided to let the contract expire and wait until the summer to add a player via free-agency. He ended up getting burned twice by missing out on Hedo Turkoglu and Paul Millsap.
5. The way they're treating Andre Miller.
the suns and hornets sink. A 3 way trade happens where cleveland get stephen jackson and etan thomas, OKC get big Z and GSW gets jeff green and jj hickson and OKC and GSW make the playoffs
He put it the best. Portland is mistreating Andre Miller and I agree with everything you said. Blake is no where near Miller. Miller is consistent and he can do everything better than Blake, maybe except for shooting, but who needs that when you have Roy/Aldridge/Webster/Oden, you just need a consistent PG to mesh everything together which would be Andre Miller. Miller coming off the bench is just crazy talk.
Miller has a quite demeanour and Tezo83 when you said the media is punishing Miller for failing the test and which was completely false, that is just wack and they're just beating on Miller. Miller has been a unappreciated PG his whole entire career while he has put up solid numbers, I think if he isn't starting in Portland then Miller will do something about it. He is 33 and he wants to be apart of something special in his career, not become a 6th man on a great team. And everything Portland has done in the past, with what Tezo83 stated above, I wouldn't be surprised if they mishandle this situation and Miller becomes one unhappy camper on this team and he either starts being a bad seed on this team or he'll demand a trade.
Blake is going to start. Could that change? Absolutely. Blake has done a fine job as the starting PG. Miller is a better PG, but for now, Blake is going to start. Of course it's going to change. By the end of the season, Miller will clearly be the teams starting PG.
I just feel that Miller meshes well with the 2nd unit. Oden is going to be in the second unit as well as Rudy and I think Andre could help both of them with his good vision.
Andre is going to be just fine. Don't overreact. The regular season hasn't even started yet.
I still think KP is an overrated GM. He knew Roy loved to handle the ball and basically plays point guard in the 4th, but still went out and signed a point guard who basically needs the ball in his hands to be effective. That's the only reason Miller isn't starting. Roy has more chemistry with Blake at this point because Blake doesn't need to handle the ball and can spot up on the perimeter while Roy isolates. In my opinion, they shouldn't have signed Miller. They should've left minutes in the backcourt for Fernandez and Bayless. Since Roy loves and needs to handle the ball so much, they could've move him to the point during stretches of the game and played Bayless or Fernandez more minutes at the two.
I think that Roy needs to learn to play off the ball better and that Miller should start, but I think Miller will play well regardless of if he starts or not. I actually prefer that he play with Oden anyway. Blake's lack of perimeter defense does nothing, except put Oden at risk of getting into foul trouble.
Kevin Durant and Westbrook will average combined 45 ppg, 13rpg, 10 apg, Oklahoma will be 9th in the West
Oden will be an All Star reserve averaging 15 ppg, 9rpg and 1.5 bpg
Cavs will finish 3rd in the east, but win the championship, next season Big Z and Shaq will leave and Cavs will have a downfall, maybe Bron leaves too, then Cavs will be 14-15 in the East
Even though he's already elite to me Rajon Rondo will finally be dubbed by EVERYONE as an elite PG
Derrick Rose Will Become A Top 3 PG FOR SURE
Lebron James Starts His Legacy As Being The Best Player in The NBA, Even Though I Think He Already Is
Atlanta Hawks Will Make Some Noise Again, Even Though I See Jamal Crawford Not Being Able To Be In Atlanta For Long.
Rodrigue Beaubois Will Turn Heads This Year
Hasheem Thabeet Will Be A Bust LOL
Boston Will Win It All
Kobe Bryant And Ron Artest Wont Get Along
Dwayne Wade will win his first MVP.
Mike Beasley will win most improved player.
Phoenix will make the Western Conference Finals.
Jrue Holiday will be atleast 2nd team all rookie team.