2013-14 NBA Season Preview: Predicting the 2014 NBA Award Winners

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Western Conference Standings:

Oct 29, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash (10) guards Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) in the first half of the game at the at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

1)   Clippers

2)   Warriors

3)   Thunder

4)   Spurs

5)   Rockets

6)   Nuggets

7)   Lakers

8)   Timberwolves

9)   Grizzlies

10) Pelicans

11)  Kings

12) Trailblazers

13)  Mavericks

14)  Jazz

15)  Suns

Regular Season MVP: LeBron James

I think this will be LeBron’s best statistical year, which is very, very scary.

Scoring Leader: Kevin Durant

KD might average over 32 points when Westbrook is out. He’s in for a monster year.

Rookie of the Year: Ben McLemore

One of the most talented rookies in a weak class and will take advantage of open shots while Boogie Cousins gets double teamed in the post.

Bust of the Year: Zach Randolph

I just think the numbers start going down big time on him.

Most Improved Player: Greg Monroe

Has the tools to become an elite big man in this league and now has a team around him that will take defensive pressure off of him.

Defensive Player of the Year: Serge Ibaka

Serge comes into his own this season and grabs the award from a good pool of nominees.

Sixth Man of the Year: Jamal Crawford

Jamal will thrive under Doc Rivers.

Coach of the Year: Doc Rivers

I rank him the second best coach under Popovich and has a chip on his shoulder after the whole Boston thing. If he leads the Clippers as the best team in the West, he deserves this award. I expect the best statistical season from CP3 yet and a huge development on both sides of the ball from Blake Griffin.

Oct 8, 2013; Ontario, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant reacts during the game against the Denver Nuggets at Citizens Business Bank Arena. The Lakers defeated the Nuggest 90-88. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

West All-Star Team:

1)   Chris Paul

2)   Kobe Bryant

3)   Kevin Durant

4)   Kevin Love

5)   Dwight Howard

6)   James Harden

7)   Steph Curry

8)   Blake Griffin

9)   DeMarcus Cousins

10) LaMarcus Aldridge

11)  Ty Lawson

12)  Damian Lillard

East All-Star Team:

1)   Derrick Rose

2)   Paul George

3)   LeBron James

4)   Carmelo Anthony

5)   Joakim Noah

6)   Kyrie Irving

7)   Greg Monroe

8)   Brook Lopez

9)   Deron Williams

10)  Roy Hibbert

11)  Rajon Rondo

12)  John Wall

 

Surprise West Team: Minnesota Timberwolves

If they stay healthy, they will finally turn the corner.

Surprise East Team: Detroit Pistons

Not many surprised in the East this season because it’s very predictable for the top 5 teams, but I think the Pistons size can give team major problems in the first round depending on who they play.

First Coach Fired: Tyrone Corbin

There’s no hope in Utah

Few Names that will/might be traded: Rudy Gay, Al Horford, Dirk Nowitzki, Ryan Anderson, Omir Asik

Playoff Prediction:

First Round:

Heat over Cavs, 4-1

Pacers over Wizards, 3-1

Pistons over Bulls, 4-3

Knicks over Nets, 4-3

 

Clippers over Timberwolves, 4-1

Warriors over Lakers, 4-2

Spurs over Nuggets, 4-0

Rockets over Thunder, 4-3

Second Round:

Heat over Knicks, 4-2

Pacers over Pistons, 4-2

 

Clippers over Rockets, 4-3

Warriors over Spurs, 4-2

Conference Finals,

Pacers over Heat, 4-3

Clippers over Warriors, 4-2

Finals:

Clippers over Pacers, 4-2

 

Finals MVP: Chris Paul

Over/Under

Carmelo PPG 27.3: Under

Amar’e Games Played 44.5: Over

Knicks Wins 49.5: Over

Andrea Bargnani PPG 13.5: Over

J.R. Smith PPG 16.5 PPG: Under

Tyson 9.5 RPG: Under

Shumpert PPG 12.5: Over

Knicks Record against the Nets: 2-2

Record Against the Heat: 3-1

Is it Mike Woodson’s Last Year: Yes

Will Carmelo resign? If not, where does he go? He stays a Knick

Where will Wiggins go? – Celtics, Stern will STILL have his say

When does Kobe come back? A lot sooner then people think

Where does LeBron go? Cleveland

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