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Around The NBA: Season Predictions

 

The 2011-12 season tips off on Sunday, so now is the time to go on record with all my picks for the upcoming year.  I’ll take a shot at everything from MVP to All-Rookie 2nd Team to of course what team will be hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy this summer.  Feel free to leave some of your winners in the comments section below.   We’ll start with team accomplishments followed by individuals awards.

WESTERN CONFERENCE:

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder
  2. Memphis Grizzlies
  3. Los Angeles Clippers
  4. Los Angeles Lakers
  5. Dallas Mavericks
  6. Portland Trail Blazers
  7. San Antonio Spurs
  8. Denver Nuggets

Western Finals: Thunder over Clippers

EASTERN CONFERECE:

  1. Miami Heat
  2. Chicago Bulls
  3. Boston Celtics
  4. New York Knicks
  5. Indiana Pacers
  6. Atlanta Hawks
  7. Orlando Magic/ New Jersey Nets (whoever Howard plays more for)
  8. Milwaukee Bucks

Eastern Finals: Heat over Celtics

NBA Finals: Heat over Thunder

Eastern Conference All-Stars

F – LeBron James, Heat

F – Carmelo Anthony, Knicks

C – Dwight Howard, Magic/Nets?

G – Dwyane Wade, Heat

G – Derrick Rose, Bulls

Reserves:

  • Deron Williams, Nets
  • Amare Stoudemire, Knicks
  • Rajon Rondo, Celtics
  • Paul Pierce, Celtics
  • Chris Bosh, Heat
  • Danny Granger, Pacers
  • Al Horford, Hawks

Western Conference All-Stars:

F – Kevin Durant, Thunder

F – Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks

C – Marc Gasol, Grizzlies

G – Kobe Bryant, Lakers

G – Chris Paul, Clippers

Reserves:

  • Russell Westbrook, Thunder
  • Rudy Gay, Grizzlies
  • Blake Griffin, Clippers
  • Pau Gasol, Lakers
  • Steve Nash, Suns
  • Kevin Love, Timberwolves
  • Eric Gordon, Hornets

Rookie of the Year: Kemba Walker, Bobcats

All-Rookie 1st Team:

  • Kemba Walker, Bobcats
  • Ricky Rubio, Timberwolves
  • Jimmer Fredette, Kings
  • Enes Kanter, Jazz
  • Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers

All-Rookie 2nd Team:

  • Derrick Williams, Timberwolves
  • Brandon Knight, Pistons
  • Iman Shumpert, Knicks
  • Kawhi Leonard, Spurs
  • JaJuan Johnson, Celtics

Defensive Player of the Year: Dwight Howard, Magic/ Lakers?

All-Defensive 1st Team:

  • Dwight Howard, Magic
  • LeBron James, Heat
  • Rajon Rondo, Celtics
  • Serge Ibaka, Thunder
  • Dwyane Wade, Heat

All-Defensive 2nd Team:

  • Chris Paul, Clippers
  • Shawn Marion, Mavericks
  • Tyson Chandler, Knicks
  • Andre Iguodala, 76ers
  • Darren Collison, Pacers

6th Man of the Year: James Harden, Thunder

Most Improved Player: DeMarcus Cousins, Kings

Coach of the Year: Lionel Hollins, Grizzlies

MVP: Kevin Durant, Thunder

All-NBA 1st Team:

  • Kevin Durant, Thunder
  • LeBron James, Heat
  • Dwight Howard, Magic/ Mavs?
  • Chris Paul, Clippers
  • Dwyane Wade, Heat

All-NBA 2nd Team:

  • Blake Griffin, Clippers
  • Carmelo Anthony, Knicks
  • Marc Gasol, Grizzlies
  • Derrick Rose, Bulls
  • Russell Westbrook, Thunder

All-NBA 3rd Team:

  • Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks
  • Amare Stoudemire, Knicks
  • Al Horford, Hawks
  • Deron Williams, Nets
  • Kobe Bryant, Lakers

Rich Keefe is the Celtics Reporter for 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston and also serves as a fill-in host.  He will be on the air before, during, and after tonight’s preseason finale against the Raptors as well as from 2-6pm on Christmas day following the C’s season opener vs. the Knicks.  You can follow him on Twitter @Keefe21.

  • http://www.youtube.com/andrewjr903 andrew

    i dont see the celtics taking the 3 seed. just my opinion though.

    • janos

      is good point Andrew. Celtics #1.

    • Zee

      agreed

  • janos

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  • rondeezy

    you crazy of you think the celtics can beat the bulls with this current squad

    • Batman

      we definitely can

  • e2-wonton moore

    jajuan as a second team all rookie?? i dont think so

    • pam

      haha thats a major homer prediction. jj (who will be good for the c's in the future) will barely get any playing time with the number of pfs we have.

  • tbunny

    Compacted season is going to make it hard to get a read on the Celtics. I think it's likely they won't kill themselves to get a three seed.

  • Kricky

    Agree that OKC will take the West. Looking awesome in the preseasons by thumping the champs in back 2 back games.

    And Perk looks great. Lots of lift on after losing the weight. He even threw down a revere two handed slam in last night.

    I really look forward to watching them on leaguepass. And to laughing my ass off at the red state commercials.

  • ElRoz

    Not enough respect for the champs – Dallas.

    Too much respect for Carmelo Anthony.

  • Batman

    Celtics over Heat in the ECF and Celtics over Clippers in the finals :D
    Gotta believe

    • janos

      Hi Batman!!

      • Batman

        Janos! My good friend how are you?
        Excited for Celtics basketball?

        • janos

          HI BAtman! I am so excite yes! i am not ready for the christmas yet i have make a shop my son and daughter. i like disappoint them when i give the good one and get back shit tie.

  • Morpheus

    I think this is a tad bit biased if you ask me. I don't see the Cs finishing 3rd in the East.

    And you also failed to mention Zach Randolph as a WC All Star. Barring injury, he will make the All Star team.

    I would also swap Wade with Iggy on the All Defensive 1st Team.

    My Finals prediction: Mavs over Heat.

    • Morpheus

      East

      Miami
      Chicago
      NY
      Philly
      Atlanta
      Boston
      Indiana
      Milwaukee

      I think Orlando are done and dusted

      West

      OKC
      Memphis
      Clippers
      Mavs
      Lakers
      Portland
      Denver
      Phoenix

      Most Improved

      Marcus Thornton

  • I_Love_Green

    JaJaun isn't going to be making any all rookie team. And I don't see us getting the 3rd seed, not because of lack of talent or anything, but because of the rest over wins thing that should go on this year.

    Oh and C's in 5 over the Griz in the finals! Or maybe Thunder over Heat in 7.

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