* – indicates playoffs
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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1. Los Angeles Clippers
They are the talk of the league after getting both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to come aboard.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis is now on board. Let’s see if that brings out the best in LeBron since LA hasn’t seen it yet.
3. Golden State Warriors
Not having Klay Thompson hurts them this year, but they should still make the playoffs regardless.
4. Sacramento Kings
Once again with a new coach on the bench what will their identity be with a young talented roster?
5. Phoenix Suns
The most dysfunctional team in the NBA not named the New York Knicks has another year of growing pains to deal with. Continue reading
1. Denver Nuggets
They boast the same team with a couple additions that should contribute immediately.
2. Portland Trail Blazers
They aren’t playing around and are going for it this season with the moves they made in the offseason.
3. Utah Jazz
Expectations fell short for them last year, but adding Mike Conley should raise those expectations again.
4. Oklahoma City Thunder
Realizing they were in a lose-lose situation, they maximized their assets in dealing Russell Westbrook and Paul George in separate deals.
5. Minnesota Timberwolves
They could be a sneaky good team, but there are too many questions surrounding the supporting cast around Karl-Anthony Towns. Continue reading
1. Houston Rockets
What they will accomplish in the regular season will be impressive, but can they duplicate that in the playoffs?
2. San Antonio Spurs
This is going to be a transition year for them, but we’ve said that before and they’ve surprised us.
3. Dallas Mavericks
It’s an exciting time in Dallas. Their future looks really good with Doncic and now Porzingis in the fold.
4. New Orleans Pelicans
They lucked out with getting Zion and have a tremendous foundation to build from with the Anthony Davis trade.
5. Memphis Grizzlies
The rebuild is in full swing and the pieces they’ve accumulated could pan out quicker than previous thought. Continue reading
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