* – indicates playoffs
MVP – Giannis Antetokounmpo – Bucks
Rookie – Luka Doncic – Mavericks
Coach – Mike Budenholzer – Bucks
Defensive Player – Kawhi Leonard – Raptors
Most Improved – Kawhi Leonard – Raptors
Sixth Man – Kyle Kuzma – Lakers
Executive – Magic Johnson – Lakers Continue reading
1. Milwaukee Bucks
Their superstar in ‘The Greek Freak’ could be primed for an MVP caliber year.
2. Indiana Pacers
They took Cleveland to the brink in the opening round last year and should be a major contender this year.
3. Detroit Pistons
With a different direction on the bench, they could be a surprise contender.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers
The second go-round without LeBron should be easier with a better roster than the first time.
5. Chicago Bulls
There’s plenty to build on, but it could be another long year in the Windy City. Continue reading
This team is just too damn good. That’s not a knock on them for the way they play or how this team was put together. It’s how the NBA operates these days.
You will need to either play perfect basketball every single time you play the Golden State Warriors or you will have to put together a ‘super team’ of your own. Continue reading
4. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 2. Golden State Warriors
I tried to warn you at the beginning of the season that this was likely to happen for a fourth consecutive year. Continue reading
2. Boston Celtics vs. 4. Cleveland Cavaliers
Players to Watch: F Jaylen Brown and F LeBron James
Who Wins: Cavaliers in 7 games
1. Houston Rockets vs. 2. Golden State Warriors
Players to Watch: G Chris Paul and F Draymond Green
Who Wins: Warriors in 6 games