NBA Finals and Award Projections

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* – 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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Atlantic Division

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1. Philadelphia 76ers

A lot of money has been invested in their starting lineup to deliver a trip to the Conference Finals or better.

2. Toronto Raptors

They are the defending champs and they will defend that title without Kawhi, but the world will realize how good Pascal Siakam is.

3. Boston Celtics

Last year was a disappointment and they hope Kemba Walker is better than Kyrie was.

4. Brooklyn Nets

Even without Kevin Durant for his first season aboard this Nets team has a lot of intriguing pieces to build on.

5. New York Knicks

Sure signing four power forwards was a strange move, but they weren’t massive long-term deals. Continue reading

NBA Conference Finals Preview

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Eastern Conference

1. Milwaukee Bucks vs. 2. Toronto Raptors

Players to Watch: F Giannis Antetokounmpo and F Kawhi Leonard

Who Wins: Bucks in 7 games

Western Conference

1. Golden State Warriors vs. 3. Portland Trail Blazers

Players to Watch: G Stephen Curry and G C.J. McCollum

Who Wins: Warriors in 6 games