Friday, November 02, 2007

Money’s NBA season predictions

B. Anthony posted a nice write up of the upcoming season. My one gripe is that it is not bold enough. Anyone can predict the Patriots to win the superbowl or the Florida gators to win the national championship in basketball. Everyone does, and nobody remembers, therefore you get no credit. Money likes to put his neck out there and come up with some bold predictions. If I am wrong, then I am an idiot, but most of you feel that way anyway. If I am right, then I am, well….Money

NBA Champions: Detroit Pistons. They have such a good team, and an outstanding backcourt. Plus they added two great rookies; my favorite Bruin Aaron Afflalo and Rodney Stuckey. Stuckey has a broken hand, but will finish second in rookie of the year voting behind Durant.

MVP: Dwight Howard. This guy is 100% man. He is so dominant now, and he has done it so quickly. Expect many more MVP trophies.

Best record: Orlando Magic. This team, led by Howard, Lewis and Nelson will end the year with the best record in the NBA. It won’t translate to an NBA championship though.

Guess who’s not coming to dinner? Cleveland Cavaliers. There is no doubt that LeBron James is one of the best players in the league, if not the best. But the rest of his team is horrible and they did nothing in the off-season to improve this team. They won’t make the playoffs this year.

Division Winners:
Atlantic: New Jersey Nets
Central Detroit Pistons
Southeast: Orlando Magic
Northwest: Utah Jazz
Southwest: Dallas
Pacific: Phoenix

Warriors prediction: I am usually quite pessimistic when it comes to the Warriors and their chances for success, but this year, I like them. First of all, let me start off by saying the expectations for these guys is high. Will anyone be satisfied if they make the playoffs as an 8th or 7th seed and lose in the first round? No, you will be pissed. Frankly, that is another good season, but based on the ride they took us on last year, they have to do better. Do they need to be the 6th seed, or get out of the second round of the playoffs? That would be nice, but to me, not the most important thing. They just have to keep me interested. It has been about 13 years since I have cared about the Warriors and right now, I am interested. Make it fun, keep me interested and let’s see where this leads us. It better be into the second round though.

I predict a good year for them; 47-35 and a second place finish in the Pacific. This takes into account that Baron Davis stays healthy and happy, which is a huge assumption. They won’t succeed without Davis, but if he performs under Nellie’s system they can be good. They will always get killed on the boards, but their energy, shooting and passion can carry them a long way. If Davis gets hurts, sulks or quits on Nellie expect them to drift to the bottom of the pond and I will mention them this time again next year.

My favorite Warrior; Kelenna Azubuike. What a great signing this guy was over the summer. He is really versatile and can and will score when needed. Keep an eye on him. Runner-up; Brandan Wright. He could have been the #3 pick in the draft and that is saying a lot falling behind Oden and Durant. He won’t do much this year, but I think he will be great in the future.


Post a Comment

<< Home