NBA Finals and Award Projections

* – 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 “NBA Finals and Award Projections”

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Pacific Division

1. Golden State Warriors

Until they are dethroned, they are still the favorites to win again.

2. Los Angeles Lakers

The best player in the league has decided to take his talents out west.

3. Los Angeles Clippers

They’ve rebuilt this roster into a very cohesive and complimentary team.

4. Sacramento Kings

There’s plenty of talent, but what is the direction of this franchise?

5. Phoenix Suns

This will be a crucial year for this team that has a good core to build around. Continue reading “Pacific Division”

Northwest Division

1. Oklahoma City Thunder

Russell Westbrook has a full commitment from Paul George. Now let’s see how this will play out.

2. Utah Jazz

They have a star in Donovan Mitchell and they will take advantage of his talents.

3. Denver Nuggets

As long as Nikola Jokic continues to improve they should have no problems getting to the playoffs this year.

4. Portland Trail Blazers

There’s no reason to think they’ll be in playoff contention, but this conference is stacked.

5. Minnesota Timberwolves

An offseason with a trade demand from Jimmy Butler only adds to the dysfunction in the organization. Continue reading “Northwest Division”

Southwest Division

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 “Southwest Division”

Southeast Division

1. Washington Wizards

The window is starting to close, but with a healthy John Wall and Bradley Beal, they should remain contenders.

2. Miami Heat

They were sneaky good last year and could make a sizable jump in the East.

3. Charlotte Hornets

Without a true identity it could become an interesting year with Kemba Walker in a contract year.

4. Orlando Magic

Yet another coaching change has me wondering exactly what this franchise wants to do.

5. Atlanta Hawks

The rebuild is in full swing and they’re off to a good start with Trae Young. Continue reading “Southeast Division”