2011-2012 NBA Season Predictions
THE NBA IS BACK! Those words were said all across the world by millions of people last month when the NBAPA and NBA Owners agreed to a new labor deal to save 66 games of the 2011-2012 season and end the lockout. The new CBA runs for 10 years but either side can opt out after six years. Most major free agents have signed and many teams got some major make overs.
The Los Angeles Clippers traded guard Eric Gordon, center Chris Kaman, forward Al-Farouq Aminu, and the Minnesota Timberwolves unprotected first round pick to the New Orleans Hornets for all-star point guard Chris Paul. The Clippers also signed forward Caron Butler, that when healthy is a very solid player. They also claimed Chauncey Billups off amnesty waivers from the New York Knicks and re-signed young center DeAndre Jordan. A starting five of Paul, Billups, Butler, rising star Blake Griffin, and Jordan is a very formidable team, and they also happen to have a decent bench too.
Also, the New York Knicks swooped in out of nowhere and signed free agent 7’1 center Tyson Chandler, who last year won the NBA Championship with the Dallas Mavericks and was one of the key players that were a big help in winning that title. Tyson isn’t a big scorer, he averages 10.1 ppg, but he plays great defense, averaging 9.4 rpg, and 1.1 bpg. He even said that he doesn’t have to score, he just wants to play great defense for the Knicks. The Knicks were a horrible rebounding team last year and now with a top five center, and all-star Amar’e Stoudemire playing his natural position of power forward full time, they automatically become one of the better defensive teams and become good at rebounding.
The Denver Nuggets re-signed center Nene and have a solid young team ready to make some noise out West. The New Jersey Nets, soon to be the Brooklyn Nets, have been rumored to be in talks to acquire the best center in the league in Dwight Howard, from the Orlando Magic, and rumors say that D12 wants a trade, and wants to be traded to the Nets and to be paired with all-star point guard Deron Williams going into Brooklyn next year. The Nets have yet to complete a deal and are looking to add a third and maybe even a fourth team into the trade to get Orlando what they want for Howard. The key piece in the deal, 7 foot center Brook Lopez, has a stress line fracture in his foot and had surgery and is out 6-8 weeks, so this hurts a Dwight Howard trade badly for the Nets, and gives the Lakers time to maybe swoop in and make a trade for Dwight Howard, as they have the definite pieces in power forward Pau Gasol and young center Andrew Bynum. I guess we’ll see March 15th at the NBA trading deadline to see where Dwight Howard is traded, if he is traded, which if he isn’t and he leaves Orlando in free agency this summer and the Magic are left with nothing in return, will be poor managerial decision making.
It is a shortened season and we are coming off the Dallas Mavericks beating the Miami Heat in six games in the NBA Finals. Should be a great season, with many back to back games for teams and back to back to back games for every team and two for a few teams. With lots of basketball games every night, it should be one of the funnest seasons to see. Now, it is time for this seasons NBA predictions. Hope you all enjoy, and if you disagree, leave a comment and voice your opinion.
1.New York Knicks (41-25)
2.Boston Celtics (39-27)
3.Philadelphia 76ers (33-33)
4.New Jersey Nets (20-46)
5.Toronto Raptors (16-50)
1.Chicago Bulls (49-17)
2.Indiana Pacers (27-39)
3.Milwaukee Bucks (27-39)
4.Detroit Pistons (24-42)
5.Cleveland Cavaliers (15-51)
1.Miami Heat (48-18)
2.Atlanta Hawks (37-29)
3.Orlando Magic (35-31)
4.Washington Wizards (28-38)
5.Charlotte Bobcats (13-53)
1.Oklahoma City Thunder (50-16)
2.Denver Nuggets (35-31)
3.Minnesota Timberwolves (27-39)
4.Utah Jazz (26-40)
5.Portland Trail Blazers (21-45)
1.Dallas Mavericks (45-21)
2.Memphis Grizzlies (37-29)
3.San Antonio Spurs (36-30)
4.Houston Rockets (20-46)
5.New Orleans Hornets (16-50)
1.Los Angeles Clippers (40-26)
2.Los Angeles Lakers (38-28)
3.Golden State Warriors (25-41)
4.Phoenix Suns (23-43)
5.Sacramento Kings (21-45)
3.New York Knicks
1.Oklahoma City Thunder
3.Los Angeles Clippers
4.Los Angeles Lakers
6.San Antonio Spurs
1 Chicago Bulls defeat 8 Washington Wizards in 6 games, 4-2.
2 Miami Heat defeat 7 Philadelphia 76ers in 5 games, 4-1.
3 New York Knicks defeat 6 Orlando Magic in 5 games, 4-1.
5 Atlanta Hawks defeat 4 Boston Celtics in 7 games, 4-3.
1 Chicago Bulls defeat 5 Atlanta Hawks in 6 games, 4-2.
3 New York Knicks defeat 2 Miami Heat in 7 games, 4-3.
1 Chicago Bulls defeat 3 New York Knicks in 6 games, 4-2.
1 Oklahoma City Thunder defeat 8 Minnesota Timberwolves in 5 games, 4-1.
2 Dallas Mavericks defeat 7 Denver Nuggets in 5 games, 4-1.
3 Los Angeles Clippers defeat 6 San Antonio Spurs in 4 games, 4-0.
4 Los Angeles Lakers defeat 5 Memphis Grizzlies in 6 games, 4-2.
1 Oklahoma City Thunder defeat 4 Los Angeles Lakers in 6 games, 4-2.
2 Dallas Mavericks defeat 3 Los Angeles Clippers in 7 games, 4-3.
1 Oklahoma City Thunder defeat 2 Dallas Mavericks in 6 games, 4-2.
NBA FINALS: 1 Oklahoma City Thunder defeat 1 Chicago Bulls in 7 games, 4-3.
MVP: Kevin Durant, OKC. 28.5 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.8 APG.
HM: LeBron James, MIA. Chris Paul, LAC. Carmelo Anthony, NYK. Derrick Rose, CHI. Dwayne Wade, MIA. Dirk Nowitzki, DAL. Kobe Bryant, LAL.
Defensive Player Of The Year: Dwight Howard, ORL. 23.1 PPG, 14.0 RPG, 2.6 BPG.
HM: DeAndre Jordan, LAC. Chris Paul, LAC. Rajon Rondo, BOS. Tyson Chandler, NYK. Joakim Noah, CHI. Andrew Bogut, MIL. Tony Allen, MEM.
Rookie Of The Year: Derrick Williams, MIN. 15.9 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 3.1 APG.
HM: Kyrie Irving, CLE. Kemba Walker, CHA. Jimmer Fredette, SAC. Klay Thompson, GSW. Iman Shumpert, NYK. Brandon Knight, DET. Ricky Rubio, MIN.
6th Man Of The Year: James Harden, OKC. 14.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.6 APG.
HM: Jamal Crawford, POR. Jason Terry, DAL. Lamar Odom, DAL. Tyler Hansbrough, IND. Taj Gibson, CHI.
Coach Of The Year: Scott Brooks, Oklahoma City Thunder
HM: Vinny Del Negro, LAC. Tom Thibodeau, CHI. Mike D’Antoni, NYK. Rick Adelman, MIN. Flip Saunders, WSH.