CP 2018 NBA PREDICTIONS

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Finals: GS VS THE FIELD 4-0

CLE's best shot was reloading and taking another swing with Kyrie. They get smaller and more injury prone, the matchup is even easier for Golden State now. Crowder is a nice player, but you don't become a better match up against GS by getting smaller at both guard spots. Steph now has a 3&D guy he can "reasonably" guard in Crowder , and Klay's 6'7 frame will swarm 5'8 Isaiah Thomas the way he did a 6'3 Kyrie Irving. Draymond will also be yelling out to the refs every time Isaiah Thomas carries the ball trying to get to the rim. Golden Empire begins.

MVP- Karl Anthony-Towns

Karl Towns is one of the greatest young players to ever play in the NBA, yet insanely underrated. He scores, rebounds, hustles, shoots abnormally high percentages from every where, has a great attitude and continues to get better. His second half of his sophomore season in tandem with the TWolves' off-season moves is what puts him here. With Minnesota trying to will themselves into their first playoff appearance in over a decade, KAT jumped his averages up accross the board. After the all star break, Towns averaged 28.3 PPG (59.7% FG 43.4% 3P 84% FT) and 13.4 RPG.

Towns as well as the newly acquired Jimmy Butler play and carry themselves with the win at all cost mentality upper-echelon teams have. So far Karl Anthony-Towns has improved drastically each year and this season he moves within reach of the top five in the NBA.

Side note- Kevin Durant was my 1B choice but I cannot ignore the breakout for Towns I'm expecting. The NBA is going to have to ignore Russell Westbrook averaging a triple-double again (He will), because he won't be the repeat MVP. After violating the "best player in the world" for five straight finals games, Durant is ready to turn the page and become the face of the league. This feels like the final straw for Lebron in Cleveland and this year could give him the reason necessary for him to bolt his hometown area a second time. If Towns doesn't win it, it's because it took all the pieces in Minnesota half the year to gel and Durant walks away with it.

Defensive Player Of The Year
Draymond Green (B2B)

Most Improved Player
Kristaps Porzingis (BREAKOUT ALERT BREAKOUT ALERT)

Sixth Man Of The Year
Rudy Gay (if hes not recovered from injury, Enes Kanter)

Coach Of The Year
Tom Thibideau

Rookie Of The Year
Markelle Fultz (Greenlight to score)

Breakout Players

NYK Kristaps Porzingis

The Unicorn being his nickname is so ironic. A unicorn is a unicorn because it's never seen, and that defines Kristaps Porzingis' FULL skillset two years into his career-- we haven't seen it. With Derrick Rose gone and Carmelo on the way out by the trade deadline at the latest, Porzingis officially runs the town. In my lifetime of playing and observing, I've never saw a prospect with as much potential. At 7'3 he shoots the ball off the bounce and spotting up with range, blows by wings on the perimeter, finishes layups acrobatically and above the rim over defenders. Defensively his lateral quickness is freak of nature for his size and his length allows him ridiculous range chasing blocks. His only negative aspects are his tendency to settle for jumpers and a lack of weight-- both a result of youth. In 2017, Porzingis is the unquestioned franchise guy in New York and we get our first official unicorn sighting.

Stat Predictions: 24.3 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.5 SPG, 2.9 BPG

PHX Devin Booker

Booker lit the second half of his sophomore season on fire. Offensively he exudes confidence, and it was on full display with a 70 point explosion against the Celtics-- while they were fighting for the top seed. Booker's game is beyond his years and at twenty years old his offensive repertoire could possibly be more sophisticated than any guard at the same age in recent memory. Simply put, Devin Booker does everything Klay Thompson wishes he could with a live dribble. Booker knows the team is his, and as he continues to work on his body as well as his free throw attempts his scoring will sky-rocket.

Projected Stats: 25.2 PPG, 4.1 APG. 3.2 RPG



PHL Joel Embiid


As it stands, injuries are currently his only flaw. Embiid can shoot the ball from anywhere on the court, can put it on the floor using combination dribbles, plays face up, back-to-basket and willingly gives up his body to aggressively defend the rim. If he can stay relatively injury-free for an entire year he is a generational talent. During the months of December and January the talent stricken 76ers actually flirted with a playoff berth, as Joel Embiid was dominant all while being relegated to minute restrictions. Perhaps most impressive though was how he performed against the elite NBA centers. After their matchup Demarcus Cousins became a believer:

"I don't give a lot of people props, but I like that kid. I like him a lot. He's gonna be the best of man in the league..........after I retire"

Embiid is as intertwined with the city of Philadelphia as any athlete since Brian Dawkins of the Eagles. He has the entire city at his fingertips and the only thing that can stop it is another injury.

Projected Stats: 26.3 PPG 11.1 RPG 2.1 BPG


Eastern Conference:
CLE
BOS
WAS
TOR
MIL
CHA
MIA
DET

Philly is the sexy pick these days among people that were haters as recent as last year, but they aren't ready just yet. It will take a full season for the young talent to gel. This year they compete with everyone and possibly get close, but next year is when they make the playoff jump. Detroit had a tough season one year removed from the playoffs. A lack of progression from Drummond and a Reggie Jackson injury was the main issue, but SVG is too good a coach with enough roster talent to win at least 40 games.

Western Conference:
GS
MIN
SAS
OKC
HOU
NO
DEN
LAC

So tough to call, but MIN makes major leaps led by now blossomed superstar Karl Anthony-Towns. SA has too much know-how and Rudy Gay should thrive off the bench. OKC becomes one of the best defensive teams in the league. The Paul to Houston trade is overrated, how much better can they be on offense? Theoretically they are more talented, but Harden with the ball in his hands was just the 1b MVP. NO has too much talent and productive role players to not figure out 44-48 wins, DEN has a nice corps and I LOVE the bench but the Jokic hype is a little overrated. The Clippers holds on to the last spot with the Lou Williams and Galinari pick ups. Damian Lillard said the Blazers play scared and he was right. McCollum and Lillard try to keep them in it scoring the ball in bunches, but Nurkic continues to accrue nagging injuries and they miss the playoffs. The only thing that changes their fortune is Carmelo Anthony. Rudy Gobert is being grossly overrated as a premier player, sorry Utah back to the lottery.

BEST PLAYERS AT POSITIONS (in order):

PG
S.Curry
R. Westbrook
K. Irving
C. Paul
J. Wall

SG
J. Harden
J. Butler
K. Thompson
D.Derozan
D. Booker

SF
K. Durant
L. James
K. Leonard
G. Antetokounmpo
P. George

PF
A. Davis
B. Griffin
D.Green
P. Millsapp
K. Porzingis

C
D. Cousins
K. Anthony-Towns
M. Gasol
H. Whiteside
J. Embiid

SIDEBAR- I want to change all of this because if Joel Embiid stats healthy he's winning a lot of awards and might be in running for MVP.​
 
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TOP 40 players in NBA

Durant
James
Curry
Westbrook
Kawhi

Harden
AD
Boogie
Paul
Irving

PG
Wall
Butler
Klay
Giannis

Lillard
IThomas
Anthony-Towns
Derozan
Griffin

Green
Whiteside
Melo
Hayward
Kemba

MGasol
Millsapp
Booker
Porzingus
Embiid

Jordan
McCollum
Lowry
Wade
Love

Aldridge
Conley
Gobert
Beal
Drummond
 

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Giannis is a 4 not a 3 and likewise Butler will be the 3 while Wiggins plays the 2.

I agree with much of what you said, but I gotta go with Zach LaVine for MIP. He will be healthy when the season starts, and with no other options in Chicago will have the greenest of lights to go out and show that he's a cold blooded assassin when it comes to scoring the ball. His game gets criminally underrated due to the high usage of KAT and Wiggins and Thibs unwillingness to change the offense to fit the players in it.

I wouldn't be surprised if Porzingis breaks out, he certainly has all sorts of talent, but he's been a whole lot of flash without substance thus far and as easily as I can see him break out I can see him being the guy who continually flashes brilliance but never puts it all together on a level to be a star.

I do expect the Warriors to win again, but I think this Cleveland team makes it a closer series this time around. What killed them last year was no one who could slow down Durant, Crowder is up to that task imo. KD will absolutely get his still, but Crowder is too good of a defender to not make KD work harder to get his on offense. Cleveland will hide LeBron on Draymond defensively because they need the villain Heatles LeBron offensively to be in the game.
 
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Finals: Cavs 4-3 over Warriors
Why? because hungry vets, deeper roster, and fuck GSW

MVP: LeBron
Why? Because Harden will never be anything more than a runner up. Warriors are going to be the top seed in the west so KD & Curry steal votes from each other. Same deal with Westbrook in OKC, PG is gonna take some votes here. Kawhi possibly, and as much as I’d hate to say it, if CLE coasts and Boston gets top seed in the east, it could be Irving’s. But I like a motivated LeBron James, who just lost his sidekick, and without Isaiah Thomas for much of the season, with no one else significant enough on his roster to take any shine from him. The MVP narrative is set.

Rookie Of The Year: Ben Simmons
Why? Because Ben Simmons would’ve been hands down the #1 overall pick in this year draft if he came out this year. Missing all of last season didn’t make me forget that.

Defensive Player of the Year: Draymond *rolls eyes*

Most Improved Player: Jusuf Nurkić

Honestly, these Trail Blazers are gonna surprise some people, and this man is why. I fully expect the way they ended last season with the Lillard, McCullom, Nurkic trio to roll into this one.

Side note: I really wanted to put D’angelo Russell here, but that’ll be his award next season.


Sixth Man: Eric Gordon

Easy money

Coach of the Year: Eric Spoelstra
Don’t believe me just watch

Eastern Conference Playoff Seeding

1. Cleveland (ECF)
2. Boston (ECF)
3. Toronto
4. Washington
5. Miami
6. Milwaukee
7. Charlotte
8. Philadelphia

With Dario and Joel healthy together, the Sixers were a .500 Team. Now Add Simmons, Fultz, and Reddick. Sure they’re young, and embiid’s health is always in question, but let’s be real, they probably won’t even need to win 41 games to get in.

Western Conference Playoff Seeding

1. Golden State (WCF)
2. San Antonio
3. OKC (WCF)
4. Houston
5. Utah
6. Minnesota
7. Portland
8. Memphis

Gordon Hayward left but that defense didn’t leave with him. Also I just feel like Minnesota isn’t going to breakout like everyone expects.







Last but not least for @d11king ...KOBE

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NBA PREDICTIONS DONT @ ME

NBA FINALS:
Cavs 4-3 over Warriors (Lebron MVP)

Season MVP: Lebron, Kawhi or Giannis (not biased)

Rookie of the Year: Dennis Smith Jr. The only person i see winning besides him is Ben Simmons and thats because the man is an all around player aside from jump shooting

Sixth Man of the Year: Jamal Crawford

Most Improved Player: Jonathan Simmons or Kristaps Porzingis

Defensive Player of The Year: Kawhi Leonard

Coach of the Year: Tom Thibadeou (idk how to spell his name)

EASTERN CONFERENCE SEEDING:
1. Cavs
2. Celtics
3. Wizards
4. Bucks (if Jabari can stop being a glass)
5. Raptors
6. Sixers
7. Heat
8. Hornets


WESTERN CONFERENCE SEEDING:
1. Warriors
2. Spurs (CP)
3. Rockets
4. Thunder
5. Twolves (CP AGAIN)
6. Grizzlies
7. Trailblazers
8. Pelicans (maybe the pels and trailblazers can switch)
 
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East:
1. Cavs
2. Wizards
3. Celtics
4. Raptors
5. Bucks
6. Pistons
7. Heat
8. 76ers (unfortunately)

West:
1. Warriors
2. Spurs
3. Rockets
4. Nuggets
5. Timberwolves
6. Thunder
7. Pelicans
8. Trail Blazers

Finals: Warriors go 16-0 in Playoffs ez work

MVP: LeBron James (Only way Cavs make it to 1 seed in East is if LeBron puts these bums on his back.)
ROTY: Lonzo "BBB" Ball
MIP: 3'Angelo Russell
DPOY: Giannis Antetokounmpo (No spell check needed)
COY: Mike Malone (HUGE FAN OF DENVER THIS YEAR)
6MOY: Will "The Thrill" Barton
 
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