* – indicates playoffs
MVP – G Luka Doncic – Dallas Mavericks
Rookie – G Anthony Edwards – Minnesota Timberwolves
Coach – Lloyd Pierce – Atlanta Hawks
Defensive Player – C Bam Adebayo – Miami Heat
Most Improved – G Markelle Fultz – Orlando Magic
Sixth Man – F Montrez Harrell – Los Angeles Lakers
Executive – Travis Schlenk – Atlanta Hawks
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1. Miami Heat
The rest of the conference took notes from their run to the Finals last season. That doesn’t mean Miami won’t be able to replicate it.
2. Atlanta Hawks
Their roster rebuild is starting to take shape and it could result in a surprise playoff appearance.
3. Orlando Magic
Losing Jonathan Isaac will be a tough pill to swallow. If Markelle Fultz continues to improve they could move up in the standings.
4. Charlotte Hornets
They missed out on Gordon Hayward when he was a restricted free-agent. Now that they got him this last offseason will he be worth the wait?
5. Washington Wizards
As first John Wall wasn’t going to be traded. Then he was just as training camp got under way. I don’t see Russell Westbrook or Bradley Beal staying long-term. Continue reading
Well, you could make the case that it was meant to be when the Los Angeles Lakers made it to the Conference Finals with relative ease. On the other side the Miami Heat had an easy time until they got to the Conference Finals, but they certainly deserved to be in this position. If it was under normal circumstances, maybe Miami wouldn’t have made it this far and maybe the outcome would have been different. To me it doesn’t matter since the best team clearly was the Lakers. Continue reading
5. Miami Heat vs. 1. Los Angeles Lakers
This kind of reminds me of last years Finals. To an extent that one team wasn’t expected to get anywhere near this point and the other assumed to be the eventual champion. Continue reading
3. Boston Celtics vs. 5. Miami Heat
Players to Watch: F Jayson Tatum and F Jimmy Butler
Who Wins: Heat in 7 games
1. Los Angeles Lakers vs. 3. Denver Nuggets
Players to Watch: F Anthony Davis and C Nikola Jokic
Who Wins: Nuggets in 7 games