It's finally the time of year that basketball enthusiast have been waiting for. The NBA regular season! This off season was probably the busiest of all time. So many changes and so many predictions. I'm just so excited about the new crop of talent that has entered the league and the move forward to a more competitive balanced league. The next step is to do away with analytics, because those numbers can't determine a teams cohesiveness. Individual numbers don't benefit a teams outcome. Playing together does.
This new crop play the game different. No fear, no favor, relentless with flair. They're go getters! Hungry young go getters. They're going to save the game! When this next class goes out, the league will be in good hands.
Everyone is looking forward to the opener Lakers vs Clippers. Most think this will be the Western Conference Championship. That would be great!! But I'm here to tell you about an upset that is sure to prevent that from happening. One of these teams will meet the Spurs or Utah, and they're going to spoil the party. Predictions are personal guesses. Any of this can change with one key injury. That's why the numbers you see beside the teams indicate how many players can contribute to each team and the parenthesis is bench depth. Those things will be key this season. Health is everything! Get ready to enjoy one of the best seasons of this era!
My favorite teams, players and picks of this season.
Favorite players and players I'll be watching closely all season (in no order);
KD, AD, Kyrie, Rondo, Lonzo, Cam Reddish, Zion, De'Andre Hunter, Ja Murrant, De'Angelo Russell, De'Jaunte' Murray, Booker, PG, Kawhi, Terrence Mann, Luka Doncic, Ricky Rubio, Kevin Porter, Michael Porter Jr., Jamal Murray, Wiggins and Taco Fall.
MVP: Steph Curry
ROY: Michael Porter Jr.
DPOY: Anthony Davis
6th Man: Lou Will
Best Player at Every Position:
PG: Steph Curry
SG: James Harden
SF: Kawhi Leonard
PF: Anthony Davis
C: Nikola Jokic
\n1. Clippers - 9 (5) - Best team in the league. 4 bonifide defenders and 3 flat out offensive DAWGS! Kawhi, PG and Lou. Only team that will have 3 players drop 30 in the same game this season.
\n2. LA Lakers - 10 (6) - Deepest team in the league. Have to put it all together and leave the antics to the internet. Will post the biggest lineup in the League, but will have to defend the perimeter with it. Interested in seeing the guard rotation. Some feelings may be hurt when Kuz return.
\n3. Milwaukee - 9 (5) - The Greek is probably the 3rd most dominant player ever behind Wilt and Shaq, but if he can't hit jumpshots, he won't be playing in February again!!
\n4. Boston - 7 (4) - I truly don't know what to expect from the C's. A lot of talent and a young team the Coach is going to have to reel them back in after last year's disappointment. Consistency and showing up every night will be their biggest challenge.
\n5. Denver - 10 (4) - Young and talented team, but I don't believe they're ready to contend. May not ever be. Hard to keep a team together for 4+ years with no title.
\n6. Houston - 9 (4) - Will put up incredible numbers and be very difficult to defend, but the two best players are the two worst finishers under the brightest lights.
\n7. Toronto - 8 (3) - Remember they were really good without Kawhi before. They will try to RUN IT BACK!
\n8. Utah - 9 (4) - Utah has a bunch of "prove it" guys. They're a good team but won't contend for a title.
\n9. Brooklyn - 9 (4) - Shocked a lot of people last year and gotten better. The East isn't like the West, it's a lot of talent but the throne has no names on it. Waiting for someone to take a seat, don't be surprised at BK in the East Championship.
\n10. San Antonio - 7 (3) - Welcome back Mr. Murray! The Spurs will be back in the race. Whoever they play in the first round, remember I said it first, they will upset them.
\n11. Detroit - 8 (5) - The team you don't want to play in the playoffs. Good pieces and good vets. Will be interested in seeing this teams identity. Good coaching and floor leadership, could produce a good run.
\n12. Philadelphia - 4 (4) - Just a lot of questions. Embiid health, Ben's jumper, how deep is the bench? Big losses in JJ Reddick and Jimmy Butler. Great pickup in Al Harford. Can't wait to see them and the Lakers matchup. Two biggest and best frontlines in the League! Finals matchup?
\n13. Orlando - 8 (3) - They have the talent, but do they have the coach? To young for February.
\n14. Dallas - 7 (3) - IWe finally get to watch Porzingis and Doncic do their things, but it's not enough room in the West for this team to make the playoffs.
\n15. Atlanta - 9 (2) - One of the best young teams in the league. Young Trae is already one of the best PG's in the league. Runs the pick & roll better than most, and has a young group around him that loves playing with him.
\n16. Indiana - 7 (3) - This team was ready to make some noise in the East, then lost their top Dawg! Now Oladipo has to return to his old self and try again.
\n17. Miami - 6 (2) - Miami has a hard leader in Jimmy Butler. He has a lot of hungry young players that will follow him. But I don't think Miami is good enough to get it done. Can Jimmy pull a Kawhi and get them in the playoffs?
\n18. Golden State - 5 (3) - Steph Curry, enough said
\n19. Phoenix - 5 (2) - No playoffs, but it will be fun to see how many times Cook Book(er) drops 50 this season.
\n20. Memphis - 8 (3) - Waiting on all the Ja Morant highlights, that's all.
\n21. Minnesota - 7 (3) - Wiggins and Towns have to grow up and be leaders if this is going to be their team.
\n22. Portland - (3) - Will never doubt Dame and McCollum when it comes to the playoffs, but they are not contenders.
\n23. New Orleans - 8 (5) - Jj Reddick has made the playoffs every year of his career (14 years). Will that streak end? If healthy, Golden State, watch ya back for that 8th spot.
\n24. Washington - 6 (3) - Same org, new players, same results. Beal got his money, Wall out, and Mighty IT has something to prove. If the rookie can step up, the east has a 8th spot open.
\n25. Chicago - 6 (3) - Very talented young team. Lead back a very talented Zach Lavine... That's the problem.
\n26. Sacramento - 6 (1) - Here comes Bagley III ! This will be his breakout season. The Kings will be a tuff out! Another young team that will be fun to watch.
\n27. Oklahoma - 5 (2) - I'm just interested to see if CP will have any fun this season.
\n28. New York - 8 (3) - NY is the basketball version of the "Odd Couple." Personally I don't think any of it's parts goes together. Struggle much?
\n29. Cleveland - 6 (2) - Not sure who plays there othere than Love
\n30. Charlotte - MJ going to be in the rebuilding stage every year.
2. LA Lakers
5. Golden State
7. San Antonio
9. New Orleans
12. New York
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