We are back folks. Time for some NBA predictions. And this time we have more “bloggers” to mercilessly punish after this season proves all of us wrong. Here are your contenders:
Me. Well…you know who I am. If you want to dig around the Front Office, you know what I think, so let’s move on.
Al Lowe. This master blogger did the MLB predictions with me. Looking at his MLB predictions, he is no doubt due for a ridiculous pick or two. See if you can find them below.
Soon-to-be Doctor Danny. Our medical expert who never posts anything ever! But you’re the best Dan-O. Don’t let anyone tell ya differently. In all seriousness though, he is a huge basketball fan (Bulls fan like the rest of us), and likes to think he is a bit of a player himself.
Matt Lydon. He’s the newbie of the bunch. He happens to be another big basketball fan that just doesn’t give a flying you-know-what about the other sports 90% of the time. But he knows his basketball.
Without further ado, let’s get to the picks, because we all know that the four of you reading this don’t care who we are. You just want to see how wrong we are.
|#1||Miami Heat||Chicago Bulls||Chicago Bulls||Chicago Bulls|
|#2||Chicago Bulls||Miami Heat||Miami Heat||Miami Heat|
|#3||Brooklyn Nets||Indiana Pacers||Indiana Pacers||Indiana Pacers|
|#4||Indiana Pacers||Brooklyn Nets||Brooklyn Nets||Brooklyn Nets|
|#5||New York Knicks||New York Knicks||New York Knicks||New York Knicks|
|#6||Atlanta Hawks||Detroit Pistons||Atlanta Hawks||Atlanta Hawks|
|#7||Detroit Pistons||Atlanta Hawks||Detroit Pistons||Detroit Pistons|
|#8||Washington Wizards||Toronto Raptors||Cleveland Cavaliers||Washington Wizards|
|#1||San Antonio Spurs||Oklahoma City Thunder||San Antonio Spurs||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|#2||Houston Rockets||Los Angeles Clippers||Los Angeles Clippers||Los Angeles Clippers|
|#3||Oklahoma City Thunder||Houston Rockets||Oklahoma City Thunder||San Antonio Spurs|
|#4||Los Angeles Clippers||San Antonio Spurs||Houston Rockets||Houston Rockets|
|#5||Golden State Warriors||Golden State Warriors||Memphis Grizzlies||Golden State Warriors|
|#6||Memphis Grizzlies||Memphis Grizzlies||Golden State Warriors||Memphis Grizzlies|
|#7||Dallas Mavericks||Los Angeles Lakers||New Orleans Pelicans||New Orleans Pelicans|
|#8||Denver Nuggets||Denver Nuggets||Los Angeles Lakers||Denver Nuggets|
|Conference Winner – East||Miami Heat||Chicago Bulls||Miami Heat||Indiana Pacers|
|Conference Winner – West||Houston Rockets||Los Angeles Clippers||Oklahoma City Thunder||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Dark Horse Team – East||Milwaukee Bucks||Cleveland Cavaliers||Boston Celtics||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Dark Horse Team – West||New Orleans Pelicans||Portland Trailblazers||Dallas Mavericks||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Worst Team Overall||Phoenix Suns||Philadelphia 76ers||Charlotte Bobcats||Orlando Magic|
|NBA Champion||Miami Heat||Chicago Bulls||Miami Heat||Indiana Pacers|
|Most Valuable Player||LeBron James||Chris Paul||Kevin Durant||LeBron James|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Dwight Howard||Joakim Noah||LeBron James||Dwight Howard|
|Rookie of the Year||Michael Carter-Williams||Otto Porter||Victor Oladipo||Victor Oladipo|
|Sixth Man of the Year||Jamal Crawford||J.R. Smith||Tyreke Evans||Manu Ginobili|
|Most Improved Player||Kawhi Leonard||Taj Gibson||Jimmy Butler||Demarcus Cousins|
|Coach of the Year||Tom Thibodeau||Kevin McHale||Doc Rivers||Frank Vogel|
Danny doesn’t like anything fun. When asked about the Defensive Player of the Year award, he tried to squeeze into the Excel spreadsheet, “Who cares? Marc Gasol won it last year.” Danny doesn’t seem to appreciate great underrated center play I guess. I will give him this though: he has the best MVP/DPoY combo logic out of all of us. He believes voter fatigue will kick in, as it tends to do after two straight MVP awards. So, the proverbial “king” will not get the MVP, but will instead receive his first DPoY award as a consolation prize. Let’s be honest. He has wanted that, and has probably deserved that award for some time now. Kevin Durant is of course the likely recipient of his first MVP if LeBron does not win.
Surprisingly, we all picked a different worst team this year, without any conferring. Phoenix was my pick, and as I see it, step one is already complete. They traded away center Marcin Gortat and will now trot out a lineup with two point guards and an injured Emeka Okafor or Channing Frye likely starting at center. Al picked the popular one, Philly…for obvious reasons…let’s move on. Danny picked Charlotte because despite their decent off-season of signings, they are still Charlotte until proven otherwise. Finally, Lydon picked Orlando, a team that is willfully trying to tank with the “let’s play Oladipo at the point” experiment.
If you would like to engage us in discussions about our picks, please feel free to leave comments below!