Jun 24, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James and Juwon Howard ride through downtown Miami during the Heat Championship celebration parade. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

It's Time: 2013-14 NBA Season Predictions

It’s here ladies and gentlemen. After a long summer of debating whose better between Michael Jordan and Lebron James, debating the merits of Chris Paul and speculating the return of Kobe Bryant, the 2013-14 NBA season is here.

With that said here are my predictions on the season which will include seedings in each conference, playoff predictions, NBA Awards predictions and three bold picks coming into the season.

Western Conference seeding:
1 – Los Angeles Clippers
2 – San Antonio Spurs
3 – Oklahoma City Thunder
4 – Houston Rockets
5 – Golden State Warriors
6 – Memphis Grizzlies
7 – Minnesota Timberwolves
8 – Dallas Mavericks
9 – Portland Trail Blazers
10 – New Orleans Pelicans
11 – Los Angeles Lakers
12 – Sacramento Kings
13 – Denver Nuggets
14 – Utah Jazz
15 – Phoenix Suns
Eastern Conference Seedings:
1 – Chicago Bulls
2 – Miami Heat
3 – Indiana Pacers
4 – Brooklyn Nets
5 – New York Knicks
6 – Detroit Pistons
7 – Atlanta Hawks
8 – Toronto Raptors
9 – Washington Wizards
10 – Cleveland Cavaliers
11 – Orlando Magic
12 – Milwaukee Bucks
13 – Boston Celtics
14 – Charlotte Bobcats
15 – Philadelphia 76ers
Western Conference Finals: Spurs over Clippers in 7
Eastern Conference Finals: Heat over Bulls in 6
NBA Finals: Heat over Spurs in 6.
Teams around the NBA have improved ten-fold. Especially in the Eastern Conference. But a factor that remains the same is Lebron James being a member of the Heat. And until someone can prove they’ll knock them out over a course of seven games, I’ll stick to the known quantity.

NBA Awards

Most Valuable Player – Kevin Durant
Defensive Player of the Year – Roy Hibbert
Most Improved Player - Eric Bledsoe
Sixth Man of the Year – Andrei Kirilenko
Coach of the Year – Doc Rivers
Teammate of the Year – Shane Battier
Executive of the Year – Daryl Morey

Three Bold Predictions

  1. Heat center Greg Oden plays AT LEAST 40 games this season:
    His impact will be seen most in the postseason a la Mike Miller in the past three seasons, but Oden will make occasional appearances throughout the regular season against some of the bigger teams (Brooklyn, Indiana, San Antonio, Memphis) in the NBA.
  2. Omer Asik finishes out the season on the Houston Rockets.
    Immediately after the Rockets nabbed Dwight Howard it was a foregone conclusion that Asik would be moved. But after seeing the duo perform against the Grizzlies this past week, albeit the preseason, the Howard-Asik could be beneficial against all of the size in the Western Conference. Of course I’ll likely be wrong as the move him for a floor-spacing big.
  3. Kendrick Perkins will be benched for Steven Adams
    This is more of a plea. No one expected Adams to make much of an impact this season, but after seeing him in the preseason it’s a matter of time before he’s the starting center for the Oklahoma City. It’s more of an indictment to how bad Perkins is more-so than the level of player Adams is.

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