NBA Finals and Award Projections

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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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Southeast Division

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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

2020 NBA Playoffs Preview

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Eastern Conference

1. Milwaukee Bucks vs. 8. Orlando Magic

Players to Watch: F Khris Middleton and C Nikola Vucevic

Who Wins: Bucks in 5 games

4. Indiana Pacers vs. 5. Miami Heat

Players to Watch: F Domantas Sabonis and F Bam Adebayo

Who Wins: Pacers in 6 games

3. Boston Celtics vs. 6. Philadelphia 76ers

Players to Watch: F Jayson Tatum and C Joel Embiid

Who Wins: Celtics in 6 games

2. Toronto Raptors vs. 7. Brooklyn Nets

Players to Watch: F Pascal Siakam and G Caris LeVert

Who Wins: Raptors in 5 games

Western Conference

1. Los Angeles Lakers vs. 8. Portland Trail Blazers

Players to Watch: F Anthony Davis and G Damian Lillard

Who Wins: Lakers in 6 games

4. Houston Rockets vs. 5. Oklahoma City Thunder

Players to Watch: G James Harden and G Chris Paul

Who Wins: Rockets in 7 games

3. Denver Nuggets vs. 6. Utah Jazz

Players to Watch: C Nikola Jokic and G Donovan Mitchell

Who Wins: Nuggets in 7 games

2. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 7. Dallas Mavericks

Players to Watch: F Kawhi Leonard and G Luka Doncic

Who Wins: Clippers in 6 games

NBA Finals and Award Projections

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MVP – Damian Lillard – Trail Blazers

Rookie – Ja Morant – Grizzlies

Coach – Doc Rivers – Clippers

Defensive Player – Giannis Antetokounmpo – Bucks

Most Improved – Kristaps Porzingis – Mavericks

Sixth Man – Lou Williams – Clippers

Executive – Lawrence Frank – Clippers

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Southeast Division

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1. Miami Heat

This is the perfect time for them to retake the division and make some noise come playoff time.

2. Orlando Magic

They certainly stack up as a playoff team, but can they get out of the first round?

3. Washington Wizards

John Wall isn’t expected to play this season. Should they be expected to make a playoff push?

4. Atlanta Hawks

The rebuild continues and they came away with two excellent lottery picks to go along with Trae Young.

5. Charlotte Hornets

It’s going to be a painful, but necessary rebuild to get away from the bad contracts they’ve dolled out over the years. Continue reading