By: Trisity Miller
Atlanta Hawks are my dark horse of the season. The formula that they have is Miami Heat-ish, but with a presence down low in Horford/Smith, an aggressive guard in Teague and a bevy of shooters they’ll likely win 45 games.
Blake Griffin will put Dwight Howard on something we haven’t seen him on in years: a poster. He won’t be the only one either. After seeing Thomas Robinson dunk on D12, you have to think more will be in store for him this season.
Carmelo Anthony will FINALLY lead the league in scoring. For someone who’s been regarded as the “best pure scorer in the NBA” it’s past due.
DeAndre Jordan will average a 10 points, 10 boards and 2 blocks per game and win Most Improved Player of the year.
Eric Gordon will play at least 65 games this season. Unfortunately, the New Orleans Hornets still won’t make the playoffs.
Four Lakers will make the All-Star team. Three Heat players will start on the All-Star team. Two Thunder players will make the All-Star team and one Cavalier will win All-Star MVP.
Gerald Green gonna participate in the dunk contest this year? It’s clear that he’s the best dunker in the NBA not including James White. And after last year’s atrocity, we deserve some quality from none other than Green.
Harrison Barnes will win Rookie of the Year. Though he hasn’t played a game in the NBA, I’m pegging his a Kevin Durant-lite. The similarities coming out of college are similar and in Golden State’s offense he’ll have plenty chances to prove himself.
Jamal Crawford will win 6th Man of the Year with James Harden’s move to Houston. This’ll be the second time he’s won the award in the last 4 years.
Kyrie Irving will join Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook and Rajon Rondo as a top-5 point guard in the NBA by season’s end. He’s got superstar written all over him.
Lebron James is well on his way to winning his 4th league MVP. After stating that he wants to be the greatest of all-time, it’s clear that he’s on a path of destruction and everyone in the NBA is in his way.
Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings don’t mesh well. Jennings plays much better when Ellis isn’t on the floor. And with an ETO next year, don’t be surprised if Ellis is traded at the deadline again.
Nikola Pekovic is going to be fantastic this year. He’s still creeping up on teams also and with Kevin Love out for some time he’s going to produce some quality numbers (averaged 14/7 last season).
O.J. Mayo will play well enough to get a multi-year contract next summer and return to the O.J. Mayo we’ve all grown to know and hate in 2013-14.
Paul George is going to be good. And with Danny Granger hobbled with a knee injury, we could be seeing the development of a future star shooting guard. And at 6’10 (growth spurt), he’ll cause matchup problems on both sides of the ball.
Question: who shoots a higher percentage from the three this year? Ray Allen, Steve Novak, Kyle Korver or Klay Thompson?
Russell Westbrook will finish 1st team All-NBA this season. With Harden gone he’ll have to step up in several areas and as he does it his numbers will show for it.
Steve Nash will be the first player to average 13 assists since John Stockton did it in ’91-92. He averaged 10.7 with less talent last season so surrounding him with Dwight, Pau and Kobe makes this highly possible.
Tristan Thompson was drafted 4th overall last season. Though big men need more time to develop, he will be showing more progress with Kyrie and Waiters opening the floor for him.
Udonis Haslem gonna find his jumper again? Of all the power forwards that played 40+ games and at least 20 minutes per game, Haslem shot the 4th worst percentage from 10-15 feet.
Vinny Del Negro will not be fired and will win Coach of the Year.
Wesley Matthews is going to average 20 points, 5 assists and 6 rebounds per game with the Phoenix Suns after being held back by the Minnesota Timberwolves…Nah, I’m kidding, it’s Wesley Matthews.
Xavier Henry of the New Orleans Hornets kind of sucks (He’s the only X in the league).
You think this is the year we get two inner-city playoff series between the Clippers/Lakers & Nets/Knicks. And there is a lot of tension between the two teams whether they like to admit it or not. It’s setting up for something nice come May.
Zach Randolph gets back his normal self by averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds per game.