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.
Eastern Conference Finals: Heat over Bulls in 6
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.