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THE NBA IS BACK!! MY 2013-2014 NBA PREDICTIONS!!

29 Oct

nba-logoWell kids, the NBA season is finally upon us…happy opening night!!  Last time we left the league, ‘Bron and company were hoisting Mr. O’brien’s trophy….again.  Well, what will this season bring.  For my predictions, I wanted to make it as simple as possible.  So, I am going to give you the teams that will make the playoffs, the conference winners and title winner….with only one reason why each will happen.  Enjoy this years picks and let me know who you think is taking home to title!!

EASTERN CONFERENCE

1.  MIAMI HEAT – Reason:  LeBron James.

2.  BROOKLYN NETS – Reason:  Added a more than serviceable Paul Pierce, KG, J. Terry and AK47 to a team already featuring Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson, Reggie Evans, Andra Blatche and company…very deep, veteran squad.

3.  INDIANA PACERS – Reason:  Combining the now truly elite Paul George with the Roy Hibbert we saw in the playoffs = lots of wins and a deep playoff run.

4.  CHICAGO BULLS – Reason:  D Rose is back and this team might have been a D Rose away from winning the East last year.

5.  NEW YORK KNICKS – Reason:  If STAT is healthy, this team will challenge anyone in the conference.

6.  DETROIT PISTONS – Reason:  Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, Brandon Jennings and Andre Drummond make up a very nice top four…and the East really falls off after the top 5 teams.

7.  CLEVELAND CAVALIERS – Reason:  Well first, there will be no ping pong magic next year Mr. Gilbert!  But the real reason is that this team has a very nice combo of young talent and savvy vets to crack the top 8…and if Bynum comes up back…the Cavs will be back on the NBA map!

8.  WASHINGTON WIZARDS  – Reasons:  A healthy backcourt of John Wall and Brady Beal will carry this team into the playoffs…and a chance to be swept by Miami.

WESTERN CONFRENCE

1.  SAN ANTONIO SPURS – Reason:  Because they are the best run NBA franchise in the last 25 years, that’s why!

2.  L.A. CLIPPERS – Reason:  This team is absolutely loaded after signing Jared Dudley, JJ Redick, Darren Collison, Antwan Jamison and even Byron Mullens…oh and a certain Glenn Rivers will make sure this team is ready to win every single night.

3.  OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER – Reason:  The emergence of Serge Ibaka will keep this team towards the top of the standing until Westbrook comes back from injury.

4.  HOUSTON ROCKETS – Reason:  They legitimately have 14 players that would be in anyone’s rotation…and the combination of Dwight Howard and James Harden will give this team the ability to finish anywhere between 1-4.

5. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS – Reason:  A healthy Andrew Bogut adds a new dimension to Steph Curry’s team.

6.  MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES – Reason:   Z-Bo and company have the pieces to compete every single night…but they are just not getting passed the top 5 in the conference this season.

7.  PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS – Reason:  Lilliard, Aldridge, Wesley Matthews and Batum are a very solid four that will get help from a very nice bench that feature rookie CJ McCollum.

8.  DALLAS MAVERICKS – Reason:  Monta Ellis and Dirk will be able to share enough shot to just squeak into the playoffs over the Denver Nuggets.

CONFERENCE FINALS

EAST:  INDIANA PACERS over MIAMI HEAT – Heat because they still have the big 3 and Indy because if Granger ever stays healthy, he is the missing piece.

WEST:  L.A. CLIPPERS over HOUSTON ROCKETS – Both teams are overloaded with talent…and will both get past the Thunder and Spurs…but Clippers have just a little more.

FINALS

L.A. CLIPPERS over INDIANA PACERS – Great coaching and inside/outside talent that can surround CP3.  Congrats Clipper Nation you are no longer L.A.’s second team!!!

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TOP 10 WORST NBA LOTTERY PICKS IN THE PAST 10 YEARS

25 Jun

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With the NBA Draft just days away, I thought that this week’s Top 10 should focus on just that.  So here are my top 10 worst NBA lottery picks in the past 10 years.  Of course its easy for mnba draft logoe to go back now and bash a GM or a player…but some of these seems like no brainers!  Let me know who you think is the worst lottery pick of all time!

 

darko2003 #2 Darko Milicic – Detroit Pistons:  Oh Darko…the Human Victory Cigar.  I don’t want to put too much on Joe Dumars for taking Darko with the second pick in one of the best drafts in NBA history…almost every team in the league had Dark #2 on their draft boards.   But you just can’t ignore his mediocre career numbers (although he did have a few solid years), the fact that he is no longer in the league and the players that were selected after him.  As in a few guys named Carmelo, D-Wade, Bosh, Kirk Hinrich, David West…ok, ok…I’m being too harsh.  Sorry Dumars!

araujo2004 #8 Rafael Araujo – Toronto Raptors:  At this point you might asking yourself “who?”.  The Brazilian center had two good years at BYU, but played just 3 years in the league and averaged a robust 2.8ppg and 2.8rpg.  All the Raps did was pass on the likes of Kris Humphries, Al Jefferson, Josh Smith, Jameer Nelson and more.

robert swift2004 #12 Robert Swift – Seattle Sonics:  This high school center was taken 12th overall and played 4 injury plagued seasons for SEA/OKC before calling it quits at just 23 years old.  I don’t know…maybe should have grabbed any of the players listed directly above…

fran2005 #11 Fran Vasquez – Orlando Magic:  Where to even start with this one…for a team that was rebuilding like Orlando, to not have your lottery pick ever play a single game for you is NBA Tragedy.  Vasquez is still roaming the courts of Spain and Otis Smith is still waiting for Fran’s agent to call him back.

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2005 #12 Yaroslav Korolev – L.A. Clippers:  Two season in the NBA and he scored 39 points more than I did!  Has there ever been two worse back to back lottery picks than Vasquez and Korolev?  Guess the Clips and Magic both didn’t want Danny Granger, Jarrett Jack or David Lee!

patrick obryant2006 #9 Patrick O’Bryant – Golden State Warriors:  The big man put up great per 36 minute stats, but could never get more than 11.3mpg.  After playing for three teams in four season and banking $7.4million, O’Bryant hung up the high tops.  I guess Redick, Rondo, Kyle Lowry or Paul Milsap didn’t test high enough to draft over Pat…or the next guy…

Seattle SuperSonics v Denver Nuggets2006 #10 Mouhammed Sene – Seattle Sonics:  This makes two bust picks in three drafts for Seattle…no wonder they packed up and headed to OKC.  Sene played an underwhelming 3 years in the league, made a cool $6.3million and was out of the league by 22.  Don’t we all wish we were 7footers?!

joe alexander2008 #8 Joe Alexander – Milwaukee Bucks:  Joe had a nice all around career at West Virginia, but just couldn’t put it together in the pros.  After playing for the Bucks and Bulls over two seasons Joe couldn’t cut it with the big boys and hung it up.

hasheem thabeet2009 #2 Hasheem Thabeet – Memphis Grizzlies:  Four year, four teams and career averages of 2.3ppg and 2.8rpg make Thabeet possibly the worst lottery pick in NBA history.  The shot blocking center fromUCONN has never lived up to…well to even Darko numbers!!  And now, since he is 7’3 and still just 26 years old, he gets a shot with one of the league’s best young teams:  OKC.  Oh to be young, tall and in the NBA.  Hasheem has made $15million and has played in just over 2,100 minutes.  Keep working hard my man!

The 10th spot on this list is reserved for the next lottery bust.  Who will it be?  Will Jan Vesely ever be as good as his girlfriend looks?  Or will someone take a chance on the next great foreign born player in this year’s draft, only to have him never come to the league?  Stay tuned!