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NBA Predictions

These are my rough predictions I made for the NBA season. I think it is refreshing for people here to post original content rather than just news stories from other sites that we as basketball fans and posters on this site most likely all look at. If anyone wants to comment or leave their own, that would be great. If not, than I will continue living my life regardless :)

NBA Predictions

Regular Season Records

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

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

NBA Play-offs

Eastern Conference
1st Round
Cleveland over Chicago in 4
Boston over Miami in 5
Orlando over Washington in 6
Atlanta over Toronto in 6

Second Round
Cleveland over Atlanta in 5
Boston over Orlando in 7

Conference Finals
Boston over Cleveland in 6

Western Conference
First Round
Lakers over Suns in 4
Spurs over Hornets in 6
Nuggets over Jazz in 6
Mavericks over Blazers in 7

Second Round
Lakers over Mavericks in 5
Spurs over Nuggets in 6

Conference Finals
Lakers over Spurs in 6

NBA Championship
Lakers over Boston in 6

Top 10 Finals Contenders
1. LA Lakers
2. Boston Celtics
3. Cleveland Cavaliers
4. Orlando Magic
5. San Antonio Spurs
6. Denver Nuggets
7. Dallas Mavericks
8. Portland Trail Blazers
9. Utah Jazz
10. New Orleans Hornets

All-Star Predictions
Western Conference
C Amare Stoudemire
F Tim Duncan
F Carmelo Anthony
G Kobe Bryant
G Chris Paul
C Pau Gasol
F Dirk Nowitzki
F Kevin Durant
G Brandon Roy
G Chauncey Billups
G Deron Williams
G Tony Parker

Eastern Conference
C Dwight Howard
F Kevin Garnett
F LeBron James
G Vince Carter
G Dwyane Wade
C Shaquille O’Neal
F Chris Bosh
F Paul Pierce
G Joe Johnson
G Devin Harris
G Derrick Rose
G Andre Iguodala

Awards:
MVP: LeBron James
DPOY: Dwight Howard
6th Man of the Year: Manu Ginobili
ROY: Blake Griffin
MIP: Greg Oden

All-NBA 1st Team
C Dwight Howard
F Dirk Nowitzki
F LeBron James
G Kobe Bryant
G Dwyane Wade

All-NBA 2nd Team
C Amare Stoudemire
F Tim Duncan
F Carmelo Anthony
G Brandon Roy
G Chris Paul

All-NBA 3rd Team
C Shaquille O’Neal
F Chris Bosh
F Paul Pierce
G Deron Williams
G Chauncey Billups

All-Rookie 1st Team
F Blake Griffin
G Tyreke Evans
G Brandon Jennings
G James Harden
G Stephen Curry

All-Rookie 2nd Team
G DeMar DeRozan
G Jonny Flynn
F Tyler Hansbrough
G Rodrigue Beaubois
F DeJuan Blair

I do this before the start of every season, usually I go more in-depth, but I have not had time to make reports. If I do, I will post them. If anyone else wants to make theirs I would be interested. By the way, my heart wants Cleveland to win the championship and for Shaq to win a 5th ring, but I have been going with my head lately, and it just can not find a way for the Cavs to take down the Lakers, and is having trouble fathoming them taking down the Magic and Celtics. I hope that I am wrong, but I just think the Lakers went over the top with Artest and if they are healthy than it will be quite a task to take them down. The Celtics depth is fantastic, and while I tend to find the pre-season to be a horrible indicator of team success, it is still hard not to be impressed with how solid the Magic looked. At the same time, will Cleveland really fall off from their extremely solid regular season last year with a much better team? Not to mention that they are much deeper and addressed their are issues with some size to defend the perimeter (and I am not talking about Shaq of course). Well, I am hyped for the season, and I am sure I will have a lot more to say about it soon.


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good list i agree with

good list i agree with everything

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I think Cle. would have

I think Cle. would have trouble with Orl. but I don't see the Celts doing what other people believe they will do, personally I hate their pickup of Wallace, a downgrade from BigBaby at this stage, and honestly can Pierce guard LeBron?.......Are they too old?........Will Sheed play like Sheed?.......What will happen with the Rondo situation?............Can everyone stay healthy?

I think if Iverson starts for Mem. and has good/very good averages, i see him making the ASG no problem , I would take out Billups, also I think Durant is a lock for the ASG and the Thunder will improve significantly along with Mem. and Gay.

I see Cle. or Orl. winning the championship.

My all-stars

West

Stoudamire
Nowitzki
Melo
Bryant
Paul

Bynum
Durant
Williams
Nash
Iverson
Duncan
McGrady(I know...)

East

Rose
Wade
LeBron
Bosh
Howard

Rondo
KG
VC
Pierce
Johnson
Granger

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I did put KD on the All-Star team, as far as Iverson goes, I see slim to no chance. Unless he is somehow voted in as a starter over Chris Paul, he does not make the All-Star team. With Gay, Mayo and Randolph, they already have enough people that need the ball to be effective, not to mention take plenty of shots. With Allen I, the person who needs the ball to be effective more than any other player in the league, I just do not see it happening and see him at best getting 18-20 off the bench, though Memphis will still struggle like crazy on defense. Randolph has no desire to D up, Allen I is a liability even with his quickness and maybe couple of steals a game and Hasheem Thabeet may be somewhat of a disruption, but I see him getting pushed around quite a bit, not to mention I doubt he gets much playing time. As intriguing as the Grizz may be, I do not see a team that will put things together, definitely not this year. The Thunder on the other hand are a team on the rise, but they still are very weak up front and are missing the bangers needed to help them contend. Give the Thunder one more year, they will make the play-offs, but the Grizzlies are a team with a lot of issues and with much less upside than the Thunder.

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I added to my

I added to my post...............But insert Roy for the ASG , I accidentaly slighted him
and for the East I'd give Shaq the fans edge to make the team.

Yeah I see the concerns with Mem. and his playing time(Iverson), but at the end of the day fans vote, and if he averages decent #'s and Mem looks like even a boarderline playoff team with a decent record , I think its possible we could see him, but I could be wrong.

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Celts/Cavs

Also, with the Celtics and Cavs, yes, Paul Pierce can not guard LeBron James. Neither could anyone on Orlando last year. Bill Russell could not guard Wilt Chamberlain. You catch my drift. It is a team game, and I think their are more questions this point about the team behind LeBron James than the team behind Paul Pierce. The versatility provided by Rasheed Wallace honestly dwarfs anything Big Baby could do, not to mention that they could really compliment each other as far as a secondary unit. I feel that Cleveland has some great depth as well, but they now have just as many if not more questions about age and injury as the Celtics. As much as I think Shaq will help the Cavs tremendously, and the Big Fella always seems to grind himself into the post season ready, they have an old and injured Zydrunas Ilgauskas, not to mention a definitely untested bench, with a few players that are expected to contribute but seem to pull up short. Wallace will be a match-up nightmare for them off the bench, plus Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will still get theirs. LeBron will indeed have his way and be the best player on the court, but it is the rest of the Cavs that worry me, as I think the Celtics bigs could give them fits similar to how the Magic did last year. If Leon Powe is healthy, he could be a huge piece for the Cavs, as he is a beast and to me is a better player and much more versatile than Glen Davis, although Baby's strength and intangibles made it worth keeping him, not to mention that Powe has been riddled with injuries. I love that you believe Cleveland is good enough to beat Boston, and I think they have a legitimate chance, but I just think Rasheed will be a big problem for them come the play-offs. He is just an incredibly talented basketball player, and he seems willing to accept his role, not to mention the guy is battle tested in the play-offs and I just do not like the idea of anyone on Cleveland covering him. You may be right with him, as he shows time and time again he can lose all composure and just melt down, but with other guys carrying the burden I think it will allow Rasheed to maintain his emotions quite well. Artest and Rasheed are huge wild cards, and either could negatively affect their two championship contending squads at any time, but I really feel that they will just love the situations they are in and contribute to the point where both of them will make their teams that much better than their competitors.

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You know that fans votes have nothing to do with being an All-Star reserve. They are voted on by the coaches of each conference. I did put B-Roy and Durant on my All-Star team, it will be a major up hill battle for T-Mac, and I think Shaq Daddy will play well enough to earn a spot like last year in his ASG co-MVP performance, and the fact that this is most likely his last year will probably catapult him into the game. I think it is safe to say that even Brooke Lopez would not mind seeing Shaq out there (I guess I sound like Bob Costas saying that, but hell, Brook Lopez would just not be as much fun to watch in an All-Star game as Shaq, EVER.)

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BTW i hear Clevland is close

BTW i hear Clevland is close to signing Daniels which could mean the end of West in a Cavs uniform

honestly, i think Orlando is the best team in the East, and possibly the whole league right now, I was watching them in the preseason, anduntil i had watched hat game i hadn't realized just how much depth they actually had, and this saw without Lewis. I mean this team is a complete upgrade over last years team. roster spots 1-12 could contribute on a consistent basis, and they have the most overwhelming player in the league with Howard, he truly has an incredible suppotring cast.

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T-Mac has been working out

T-Mac has been working out with Grover, the man is the god of rehabilitation, he turned Wade into a monster last yr.

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Grover

He may be, but he has a long list of clients, plus T-Mac is much more banged up than Wade. Also, did you know Darius Miles used to work out with Grover? The man obviously has credentials, and MJ is the gold standard of testimonials, but I think T-Mac falls short of Wade status. Way short. If he is anywhere close to where he used to be, than it is POSSIBLE (not probable) that he makes an All-Star team, especially considering the fact he has made 7, but I think with the combination of talented guards in the West, along with Houston's most likely below .500 record along with T-Mac not coming back until late November at the earliest, it means he will be sitting front row watching the game in Dallas, in civilian clothes.

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Yea... T-Mac is much more

Yea... T-Mac is much more banged up than Wade was. He's coming off of microfracture surgery. Add that to the fact he won't return until late Nov - early Dec and it makes him a longshot to make the All-Star team. I hope he comes back strong though... He's one of my favorite players.

As far as Cleveland goes... They added Shaq, Parker, Moon, Powe and apparently now Daniels, but I still don't think it'll be enough to get them past Boston or Orlando in the playoffs. They'll have a great regular season record again, but I see them struggling versus elite defensive teams in the playoffs. I know LeBron will do his thing, but I just don't trust Mo Williams as his second option. I also don't trust Shaq. He and Illguaskas are super old and I don't see them stopping Howard. Pierce has KG and Ray. Howard has VC and Lewis. Kobe has Pau, Bynum, Artest and Comp. LeBron has Mo and Shaq? This isn't the Shaq from 2000 and we saw what happened to Mo versus Orlando last season.

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Al jefferson is an all star

Al jefferson is an all star this year... 100%..

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Al Jefferson

I think he very well could make the team, and since they try to go with "true" centers he has to be the odds on favorite for his numbers, but with how many solid PGs there are on winning teams, it could turn out Al does not make the team once again. Last year I feel he was snubbed in favor of a guy like David West, who was on a worse team putting up worse numbers (than the year before, not than the T-Wolves), but I think he might not hook it this year once again due to the Wolves being bottom feeders and the fact that Parker and Williams just flat out deserve it more than a guy like Al Jefferson in my opinion. To me, Tony Parker and Deron Williams are All-Stars, period, and for one of them not to make the team due to a guy who puts up numbers on a team that is absolutely awful leaves kind of a bad taste in my mouth. Al will put up numbers, and if they have to choose a true center than he would make the team by all means, but if Tony Parker and Deron Williams do close to what they did last year and get left off the All-Star team, it is definitely ridiculous.

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