NBA Finals and Award Projections

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* – 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

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Southwest Division

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1. Houston Rockets

They were one win away from the Finals last year. They won’t change what worked for them last year.

2. San Antonio Spurs

Gone is Kawhi Leonard and replacing him is a perennial scorer in DeMar DeRozan who changes the focus of this team.

3. New Orleans Pelicans

Even without DeMarcus Cousins this team is capable of making a surprising run in the competitive Western Conference.

4. Memphis Grizzlies

Health is the biggest factor for them. Mainly with their point guard Mike Conley.

5. Dallas Mavericks

Getting Luka Doncic was exactly what this franchise needed. Continue reading

NBA Finals and Award Projections

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* – indicates playoffs

MVP – Kawhi Leonard – Spurs

Rookie – Ben Simmons – 76ers

Coach – Tom Thibodeau – Timberwolves

Defensive Player – Kawhi Leonard – Spurs

Most Improved – Blake Griffin – Clippers

Sixth Man – Lou Williams – Clippers

Executive – Sam Presti – Thunder Continue reading

Southwest Division

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1. San Antonio Spurs

There wasn’t any splashy moves, but their depth is what will help them stay as contenders.

2. Houston Rockets

Getting Chris Paul could put them into the top tier of the conference.

3. New Orleans Pelicans

A full season with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins should have them in the hunt for a playoff spot.

4. Memphis Grizzlies

The conference has gotten tougher for them to sneak into a low playoff seed.

5. Dallas Mavericks

There is some excitement surrounding their lottery pick Dennis Smith Jr. and what the future holds for this franchise. Continue reading

2017 NBA Playoffs Preview

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Eastern Conference

1. Boston Celtics vs. 8. Chicago Bulls

Players to Watch: G Isaiah Thomas and G Jimmy Butler

Who Wins: Celtics in 5 games

2. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 7. Indiana Pacers

Players to Watch: G Kyrie Irving and G Paul George

Who Wins: Cavaliers in 6 games

3. Toronto Raptors vs. 6. Milwaukee Bucks

Players to Watch: G Kyle Lowry and F Giannis Antetokounmpo

Who Wins: Raptors in 6 games

4. Washington Wizards vs. 5. Atlanta Hawks

Players to Watch: G John Wall and F Paul Millsap

Who Wins: Wizards in 6 games

Western Conference

1. Golden State Warriors vs. 8. Portland Trail Blazers

Players to Watch: F Draymond Green and G Damian Lillard

Who Wins: Warriors in 5 games

2. San Antonio Spurs vs. 7. Memphis Grizzlies

Players to Watch: F Kawhi Leonard and G Mike Conley

Who Wins: Spurs in 5 games

3. Houston Rockets vs. 6. Oklahoma City Thunder

Players to Watch: G James Harden and G Russell Westbrook

Who Wins: Rockets in 6 games

4. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 5. Utah Jazz

Players to Watch: G Chris Paul and G Gordon Hayward

Who Wins: Clippers in 7 games