Let’s Fastforward to June

26 Oct

SO WHO’S IT GOING TO BE?

We don't pretend to be experts or even ESPN analysts (LOL), but we all sat down and came up with our top four teams in each conference, who we think will win the East, West, and the Ship… Feel free to weigh in:

Darius’ East:

1: Miami
2: Orlando
3: Boston
4: Atlanta

Darius’ West:

1: LA
2: Oklahoma City
3: San Antonio
4: Dallas

Miami over Boston in 6
LA over San Antonio in 5
Champs: LA in 7

Breakdown:
Eastern Conference Champs – Mia has the new big 3. They have to live up to the hype surrounding the trades and the talent they have all on one team. With the pressure to win and succeed they will make it to the East Finals. Bos- has continued to… play top level even with the aging players on the roster. With experience and one of the top defenses they will make it back to the Eastern Conference Finals for the 3rd straight yr. Mia will take it in 6… Too much power and young legs.

Western Conference LA – having the best team in the league made a few changes but still have the core team that won the ship last year. Kobe going in to tie Jordan’s record; and will be a force to be reckoned with. SA- Giving it one last push. Team has had a chance to play together for a few years and can finally get over the slump they’ve been in. If Parker and Ginobili stay healthy they have a good chance to make it to the Western Conference Finals. LA will win in 5. Again the experience the team has and being the best last year they want to give Phil another ring and another 3 peat to definitely secure his legacy as the best ever.

McCoy’s East:

1: Miami
2: Orlando
3: Boston
4: Chicago

McCoy’s West:

1: LA
2: Oklahoma City
3: Portland
4: Dallas

Miami over Chicago in 6
LA
over OKC in 7
Champs: LA in 6


The Breakdown:
While Orlando’s the second best team, if they finish with less wins than Miami, they’ll be the 4th seed at best and lose to Miami in the second round. Chicago will beat those old ass Celtics, and then lose to Miami in the Conference Championship.

LA vs. OKC is pretty much a no brainer… watch out for Portland on the low though. LA’s got the better roster, they’ll beat Miami in 6… Kobe’s got one more ring in him!

Jumaane’s East:

1: Miami
2: Boston
3: Chicago
4: Orlando

Jumaane’s West:

1: LA
2: Oklahoma City
3: Dallas
4: Portland

Boston over Miami in 7
LA over Dallas in 6
Champs: Lakers in 6

The Breakdown:
Why? Because that’s how I feel, no reasoning or anything. Take that MF!

Karim’s East:

1: Orlando
2: Boston
3: Chicago
4: Miami

Karim’s West:

1: LA
2: Oklahoma City
3: Dallas
4: Portland

Boston over Miami in 7
LA over Oklahoma City in 6
Champs: Lakers
in 6

Breakdown:
Due to Miami’s injuries I have them finishing in fourth. Orlando and Miami are in the same division and the highest they can finish is 4th despite their record if Orlando wins the division. Boston likes to take regular seasons off but due to Boozer being out they finish second by default.

The Lakers are number 1 no doubt. No one out west can match their depth experience and talent. Dallas will have a great record but they just can’t close the deal in the playoff and Portland is already starting the season with injury concerns. It’s hard not to pick OKC to finish second. Durant and Westbrook are unstoppable and another year of experience with this young team will go a long way. They cause mismatch problems with all the other contenders out west.

Amar’s East:

1: Miami
2: Orlando
3: Boston
4: Atlanta

Amar’s West:

1: LA**
2: Dallas
3: Oklahoma City
4: Utah
**Lakers of course but don’t sleep on the Clips bitch!!

Miami over Orlando in 6
LA over Dallas in 5
Champs: Miami in 6

The Breakdowm:
I’ve got Miami taking the top spot in the east. I’m aware of the injuries but I’m also aware that LeBron and Bosh are still healthy and Wade is at least 80-85% healthy. If LeBron can take the Cav’s to back-2-back 60 win records with their suspect roster he could take Miami to 60 with Bosh and 13 D-leaguers. I have Orlando in the 2nd spot due to them being young and with a chip on their shoulders from getting embarrassed last year in the playoffs. Boston get’s a solid 3rd spot b/c they are old and will get hurt naturally and their prime players are declining except rondo. Atlanta will shock everyone and as long as their healthy that 4th spot is theirs over Chicago due to not having Boozer for 8 weeks. Otherwise they’d be right up there.

In the West of course I got LA with an asterisk depending on Kobe’s knee. As you can tell I really like Dallas this year b/c they’re loaded at the 5 spot in the west and will be competing on a nightly basis. OKC will be a terror but they are still weak at the 5 position and Cole Aldrich isn’t gonna be a threat right away. Lastly I think Utah will be a problem like normal in the west and will lock down the 4th spot.

Ultimately Miami will Peak at the right time and coast through the playoffs and L.A. will have its core tested but will eventually beat Dallas in the WCF. Miami Vs LA with Miami with the home court advantage. LeBron has help and that’s all there is to it. Miami in 6 over a gimpy Kobe and beat up LA team.

Dom’s East:

1: Orlando
2: Boston
3: Chicago
4: Miami

Dom’s West:

1: LA
2: Oklahoma City
3: Dallas
4: Utah

Miami over Boston in 7
LA over Oklahoma City in 5
Champs: Miami in 7

Breakdown:
I have the Magic at the top spot in the east because they have the least going against them now. The guy that cant make a free throw will be able to give his team the best record in the East come April. However i dont think he will have the support to deal with Boston or Miami. The Celtics will basically cruise control as usual, and peak when it counts in the playoffs, but I dont think the green giants can overcome the new powerhouse especially being that they may have some long series before the conference finals. I really like the Bulls, even with the clumzy Boozer tripping over a gym bag in the beginning of the season; they basically took all of utah’s players, which means they will end up the same fate. Finally, for the east, The Heat are in the default 4 because of the division winners, and the growing pains of the new big 3 working on that chemistry.

As far as the West, no explaination needed for anyone in the Western Hemisphere as to why the Lakers are first….but the Thunder will be ballin again with Durant, Westbrook and Co, enough to get the edge over the Mavs for the 2 spot. The Mavs possibly could have gotten #2, but i was counting on them having Beaubois for that extra push and he will probably be gone til November (no pun intended). Now the Jazz edged over the Spurs because their team is still solid, and much younger, but in the end all the teams are just waiting to be axed out by LA.

I think that Kobe’s 14th year in the league will get the best of him, no matter how much they try and rest him during the season. It will be like last years finals, down to the wire. But by this time, 3 the hard way (owww) will be in sync, and smell blood. And then the southbeach party will commence…

My guess on this years theme is the passing of the torch. All the guys that have been in the league since the memorable nineties will all start to shut down their careers. Some will be doing victory laps, others may pull up as they hit the turn on that 200. In conclusion, especially with the new collective bargaining agreement up, our NBA may never look the same as it did growing up. So enjoy this year, who knows when the next one is coming or what it looks like.

**As an added bonus (because who doesn’t love surprises), here are our MVP and ROY winners:**

Darius:
MVP: Kevin Durant
ROY: John Wall

McCoy:
MVP: LeBron James
ROY: Blake Griffin

Jumaane:
MVP: Kevin Durant
ROY: DeMarcus Cousins

Karim:
MVP: Kevin Durant
ROY: Blake Griffin

Amar:
MVP: LeBron James
ROY: Blake Griffin

Dom:
MVP: Kevin Durant
ROY: John Wall

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