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Today is the day. We have finally reached the day of the year in which we can put the entire NBA offseason behind us and tune into some quality NBA basketball games. I’m a huge basketball fan and I personally think have a few predictions for this upcoming NBA season. Who do I think is going to end the season as champions? Who will win MVP? Rookie of the Year? Sixth Man? All of my predictions to those, a preview to the season, and more are coming up in this NBA season preview and predictions article.
Predicting the Conference Standings and Playoff Teams for the East and West in the 2017-2018 NBA Season:
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Boston Celtics
- Washington Wizards
- Toronto Raptors
- Milwaukee Bucks
- Miami Heat
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Charlotte Hornets
- Golden State Warriors
- San Antonio Spurs
- Houston Rockets
- Oklahoma City Thunder
- Minnesota Timberwolves
- Los Angeles Clippers
- Memphis Grizzlies
- Portland Trail Blazers
Western Conference Playoff Predictions
WCQF: #1 Warriors over #8 Trail Blazers
WCQF: #4 Thunder over #5 T-Wolves
WCQF: #3 Rockets over #6 Clippers
WCQF: #2 Spurs over #7 Grizzlies
WCSF: #1 Warriors over #4 Thunder
WCSF: #3 Rockets over #2 Spurs
WCF: #1 Warriors over #3 Rockets
Eastern Conference Playoff Predictions
ECQF: #1 Cavaliers over #8 Hornets
ECQF: #5 Bucks over #4 Raptors
ECQF: #3 Wizards over #6 Heat
ECQF: #7 76ers over #2 Celtics
ECSF: #1 Cavaliers over #5 Bucks
ECSF: #3 Wizards over #7 76ers
ECF: #1 Cavaliers over #3 Wizards
#1 Cleveland Cavaliers will win the 2017-2018 NBA championship with a 4-3 series win over the #1 Golden State Warriors.
2017-2018 NBA Regular Season Award Predictions and Rankings:
NBA MVP is… Cavaliers F LeBron James
Why: James is one of the greatest players in NBA history and he now has to cover up the absence of former Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving. But I believe that the Cavaliers did more to help their team in getting rid of Kyrie than they did to hurt it. The team is more stacked than ever and James is the inevitable leading man in Cleveland. He will once again be an MVP this season, putting up unbelievable numbers alongside Dwyane Wade, Isaiah Thomas, and Kevin Love. I am also predicting James leads the Cavaliers to their second NBA title in just three seasons with a NBA Finals series win over their cross country rival Golden State Warriors.
The next men up (in order): Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Giannis Antetokounmpo.
NBA ROY is… Jazz G Donovan Mitchell
Why: Alright here’s my boldest prediction of this article, the NBA Rookie of the Year will be Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell. Yes, that’s right, not Lonzo Ball, Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz, or any top ten pick in this past draft. Mitchell broke out in his sophomore season at Louisville and was the 13th overall pick in the draft. He was a summer league star and looks to be a solid fill in piece for departed all-star Gordon Hayward. He is a pure scoring guard, with a very solid shot and has the ability to aggressively attack and finish at the rim. He’s explosive and his athleticism helps him cause opposing players to have problems when he is guarding them.
The next men up (in order): Lonzo Ball, Dennis Smith Jr., Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz, De’Aaron Fox.
NBA Most Improved Player is… Nets G D’Angelo Russell
Why: D’Angelo Russell was a major name who was dealt this offseason as the Lakers traded the young guard to Brooklyn for Brook Lopez and a first round pick. The move presents the young Russell with an opportunity to shine as the star of a rough Nets organization. He is capable of producing loads as a scorer, which he will be asked to do, and he will also floor out as the Nets best overall player this season. He will almost certainly increase on his numbers from his two seasons in Los Angeles.
NBA Defensive Player of the Year is … Spurs F Kawhi Leonard
Why: Leonard is easily a top five defensive player in the NBA heading into this season and why wouldn’t he be. He’s a two time DPOY with length and quickness that separates him from other defenders in the league. He also will get plenty of chances to shine on defense in the stacked and starloaded Western Conference in which he will be asked upon to defend guys like James Harden, Paul George, Kevin Durant, and more.
Next men up (in order): Draymond Green, Marc Gasol, DeAndre Jordan, Anthony Davis.
NBA 6th Man of the Year is … Cavaliers F Jae Crowder
Why: The Cavs were able to acquire Crowder in the Kyrie Irving deal this past offseason and I think it was a huge acquisition. Crowder will play a lot off the bench for the Cavaliers as a combo forward. He will produce offensively and defensively when Tyronn Lue calls upon his services in Cleveland and he helps out big time as a sidekick defensively on the wing to LeBron James.
Next men up (in order): Eric Gordon, Lou Williams, Derrick Rose, Jamal Crawford.
Note: Coach of the Year is wide open and won’t be opened for my discussion until midway through the NBA season.
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed! Hit me up on Twitter @TristanBeckmann to let me know how you feel about my predictions and even give me your predictions for the NBA season. Peace!