2019-2020 NBA Preview

Not a football article? You bet because it’s officially time for the 2019-2020 NBA season to tip-off!

With so much player movement this summer in free agency, this should be one of the most exciting seasons in a while. Will Lebron and AD win a title for LA, or will the new duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George earn that honor? How will Westbrook and Harden co-exist? Can Giannis win MVP again? Are the Hornets worthy of being a professional basketball team?

All of these questions will be answered soon, but now is time for my official predictions. These include standings predictions (with projected record and seed starred next to team), an NBA Finals prediction, and award winners:

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic Division

  1. Philadelphia 76ers (54-28) *2
  2. Toronto Raptors (47-35) *3
  3. Brooklyn Nets (47-35) *4
  4. Boston Celtics (46-36) *5
  5. New York Knicks (31-51)

 

Central Division

  1. Milwaukee Bucks (55-27) *1
  2. Indiana Pacers (45-37) *7
  3. Detroit Pistons (41-41)
  4. Chicago Bulls (31-51)
  5. Cleveland Cavaliers (24-58)

 

Southeast Division

  1. Miami Heat (46-36) *6
  2. Orlando Magic (44-38) *8
  3. Atlanta Hawks (29-53)
  4. Washington Wizards (25-57)
  5. Charlotte Hornets (21-61)

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Northwest Division

  1. Denver Nuggets (57-25) *1
  2. Utah Jazz (48-34) *5
  3. Portland Trail Blazers (47-35) *6
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder (41-41)
  5. Minnesota Timberwolves (37-45)

 

Pacific Division

  1. Los Angeles Clippers (55-27) *2
  2. Los Angeles Lakers (52-30) *3
  3. Golden State Warriors (45-37) *7
  4. Sacramento Kings (42-40)
  5. Phoenix Suns (27-55)

 

Southwest Division

  1. Houston Rockets (51-31) *4
  2. San Antonio Spurs (45-37) *8
  3. Dallas Mavericks (36-46)
  4. New Orleans Pelicans (35-47)
  5. Memphis Grizzlies (25-57)

 

NBA FINALS PREDICTION

LA Clippers def. Milwaukee Bucks 4-1

 

2019-2020 AWARDS PREDICTIONS

Most Valuable Player: Giannis Antentokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz

Sixth Man of the Year: Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers

Rookie of the Year: Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies

Most Improved Player: Markelle Fultz, Orlando Magic

Coach of the Year: Mike Malone, Denver Nuggets

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