Crushed Optimists

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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

NBA Preview: Reckless Predictions

Nothing scientific about these picks. This is the NBA. I have abosolutely no ego about putting these picks over anyone else, not even Tim Legler, who I firmly believe ESPN hired simply to make Stephen A. Smith sound faintly respectable.

A note about where I put the Sonics. I believe that the Sonics will be hard pressed to go over 50 wins this season due to the lackluster nature of Vlade's play and the next step needed of Luke Ridnour and Nick Collison. I think they are a solid team, just a team that will take some time to gel to the new system of Bob Weiss and understand the rotations needed for success. This is an overly deep team, which might cause some frustrations, especially on the part of Reggie Evans and Flip Murray. Thus, I believe that the Denver Nuggets might be better constructed for a 50 win season.

However, I ALSO believe that the Sonics are a better playoff team then Denver. George Karl has never seemed to deliver playoff success whereever he has landed. I don't trust Carmelo Anthony or Marcus Camby in the clutch the way I would trust Ray Allen or even Nick Collison, strangely enough.

Basically, in the Eastern Conference, there are four, perhaps five, teams to be reckoned with. Miami, Indiana, Detroit, New Jersey, and Cleveland. Count on one of those teams making it to the NBA Finals, most likely Miami, Indiana, or Detroit, and MORE than likely Miami (Shaq and Wade) or Detroit (Billups, Wallace, total team cohesion).

The Western Conference is easy to give to the San Antonio Spurs. However, I'm not sure that more stars was really what this team needed. It's easy to predict 60 wins for them in the regular season, but I'm not sure that they are the sure NBA winners most experts predict. Several teams have the talent to upset them, including Phoenix (with Amare), Dallas (if Dirk wakes up in the postseason), Houston (looks like Yao has grown up), Denver (if Carmelo HAS grown up), and Seattle, who might have won last year with a healthy Rashard and a healthy Vlade. Any of those teams have a chance, however small, to upset the titans on the way to the NBA Finals.

Here we go. Be forewarned.

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
1. New Jersey (3)
2. Philadelphia (7)
3. Boston
4. New York
5. Toronto

Central Division
1. Indiana (2)
2. Detroit (4)
3. Cleveland (5)
4. Chicago (6)
5. Milwaukee

Southeast Division
1. Miami (1)
2. Washington (8)
3. Orlando
4. Atlanta
5. Charlotte

Playoff Picture
Miami over Washington
Indiana over Philadelphia
New Jersey over Chicago
Detroit over Cleveland

Miami over Detroit
Indiana over New Jersey

Miami over Indiana

Western Conference
Northwest Division
1. Denver (2)
2. Seattle (6)
3. Minnesota
4. Utah
5. Portland

Pacific Division
1. Sacramento (3)
2. Phoenix (7)
3. Golden State (8)
4. LA Clippers
5. LA Lakers

Southwest Division
1. San Antonio (1)
2. Houston (4)
3. Dallas (5)
4. Memphis
5. New Orleans/Oklahoma City

Playoff Picture
San Antonio over Golden State
Phoenix over Denver
Seattle over Sacramento
Houston over Dallas

Phoenix over San Antonio
Seattle over Houston (blatant homer pick)

Phoenix over Seattle

NBA Champions:
Phoenix Suns

GAVIN'S PICKS... BY THE POWER OF THE PUMA-MAN

The above is a blatant Mystery Science Theater 3000 reference, by the way. Anyways, as I have said multiple times, I really don't care yet. But it is the preseason, and the picks must be made.

Before getting to the league champions and such, I thought I might make some additional presesason picks myself.

Pick #1:
Every week TNT, ABC, or ESPN will show one of the following three teams... Miami, Houston, or LA Lakers, because they have a deal that Kobe, Shaq, and Yao/McGrady must be seen ad nauseum, even if the games normally suck (Houston, LA Lakers).

Pick #2:
Announcers refer to the new dress code every time they talk to players like Allen Iverson for the first month.

Pick #3:
Greg Anthony will look over at Tim Legler at some point this season with a "What the Hell are you talking about, cracker?" face.

Pick #4:
Bill Walton's commentary will make me physically ill.

Pick #5:
The Tim Duncan Sad Face will make several solid reappearances.

Pick #6:
We will watch game after game of unappealing basketball, marked by poor mid range shooting, whining about calls/non-calls, arguing with coaches, posing for the crowds, and ending with an 86-79 score. FAAAANTASTIC.

Alright, on to the real picks.

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
1. New Jersey (3)
2. Philadelphia (6)
3. Boston
4. Toronto
5. New York

Central Division
1. Indiana (1)
2. Detroit (4)
3. Cleveland (5)
4. Chicago (7)
5. Milwaukee

Southeast Division
1. Miami (2)
2. Orlando (8)
3. Washington
4. Atlanta
5. Charlotte

Playoff Picture
Indiana over Orlando
Miami over Chicago
New Jersey over Philadelphia
Cleveland over Detroit

Indiana over Cleveland
Miami over New Jersey

Indiana over Miami

Western Conference
Northwest Division
1. Seattle (2)
2. Denver (7)
3. Minnesota
4. Utah
5. Portland

Pacific Division
1. Sacramento (3)
2. Phoenix (6)
3. Golden State (8)
4. LA Clippers
5. LA Lakers

Southwest Division
1. San Antonio (1)
2. Houston (4)
3. Dallas (5)
4. Memphis
5. New Orleans/Oklahoma City

Playoff Picture
San Antonio over Golden State
Seattle over Denver
Phoenix over Sacramento
Houston over Dallas

Houston over San Antonio
Phoenix over Seattle

Houston over Phoenix

NBA Champions:
Indiana Pacers

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