NBA Predictions

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It’s September, and that means the NBA season is just around the corner. After many changes to every team’s roster, this should be one of the most interesting seasons of all time. Although anything could happen in the world of sports, here are all of my predictions for the 2016-2017 NBA season.

 

Rookie of the Year

Buddy Hield

Drafted 6th overall by the New Orleans Pelicans, Buddy has shown plenty of talent out of Oklahoma. He is one of the greatest shooters college basketball has ever seen. In an away game against the #1 ranked Kansas Jayhawks, Hield drained 8 three pointers, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, and 46 points in the triple overtime thriller. Although the Sooners lost the game 106-109, the home Kansas crowd gave Hield a standing ovation for his incredible performance. He ended the season averaging 25 PPG (Points Per Game) and 5.4 RPG (Rebounds Per Game). Hield is the most dominant player to come out of Oklahoma since Blake Griffin in 2009. If I had to compare him to an NBA legend, I would say he reminds me of the great Ray Allen.

 

MVP

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis is a freak of nature. He was drafted number 1 overall by the New Orleans Pelicans out of the University of Kentucky. In 2015, Davis made the All-NBA Team and the All-NBA defensive team. Making the all-star team in three seasons, Anthony Davis has been unstoppable. Although he has been playing on a struggling Pelicans team, he led them to the playoffs in 2014. With the new outstanding shooter Buddy Hield, this Pelicans team is going to be a real contender in 2016. Though Davis hasn’t shown his MVP talent yet, but  I have a feeling this season he will go off averaging nearly a triple double at the end of the season. He can score very well and he is incredibly powerful so getting boards won’t be a problem for him, and with Hield now on the team it will be really easy to find him open anywhere on the court to get the assist.

 

Western Conference Champions

Golden State Warriors

Come on now, was there ever any doubt? With the new addition of Kevin Durant to the already talented Warriors squad, I can see them winning at least 75 out of 82 games, but this time, they WILL finish the job. They will sweep the 8th seed in the first round. Win in 5 games the second and third round to win their third straight Western conference title. With OKC and San Antonio both losing impact players, the only team I can see coming close to the Warriors are the LA Clippers. With Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, and Deandre Jordan, the Clippers definitely have the star power to put up a fight, but in the end they will fall short, once again, of the NBA finals.

The Warriors are just too good.

 

Eastern Conference Champions

Cleveland Cavaliers

Call me crazy, but I believe, for the third straight year, that LeBron James and his Cleveland squad will once again face Stephen Curry and the Warriors in the NBA finals. The East is weak, simple as that. There is a reason we keep seeing LeBron in the finals, besides him being one of the greatest players of all time. Although the Knicks have had a strong offseason bringing in Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah to combine forces with Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis, as long as Lebron is in the East, he will be in the finals as well.

 

2017 NBA Champions

Golden State Warriors

In another hard fought 7 game series. I expect the dub nation to finish the job at home. Giving Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green their second NBA title together. While Kevin Durant will finally be getting that well deserved ring, he will also be the Finals MVP, as he puts up incredible numbers.

More Predicted Awards     

All NBA First Team
G Russell Westbrook OKC
G Chris Paul LAC
F LeBron James CLE
F Anthony Davis NO
C Deandre Jordan LAC
All-NBA Second Team
G Stephen Curry GS
G Damian Lillard POR
F Carmelo Anthony NY
F Kawhi Leonard SA
C Jahlil Okafor PHI
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