The NBA season is just around the corner and we’re just as excited as you, especially because, with not much happening these days, we’ve had a lot of time in our hands to take a look at the big picture and go ahead and make our picks on what may or may not happen next season.
This is where amazing happens, so obviously, we can’t have it all figured out, and we’re definitely going to be heavily surprised by one or more moves GMs manage to do without anybody even suspecting it.
Every NBA fan and insider makes bold predictions before the start of the season. So now, we’re going to share some of ours with you guys.
10. Dirk Nowitzki Will Play His Last Season
We hate to say this, but yes. It’s been a hell of a ride for the German, one of the greatest power forwards ever, and one of the most beloved guys in the NBA. For over 2 decades, Nowitzki became a city idol a league MVP, a perennial All-Star, an NBA, the best player in Mavericks history, and one of the most consistent scorers ever, but all things must come to an end, especially with Dallas trying to get younger for the future.
9. Minnesota Timberwolves Will Trade Wiggins and Butler
It’s pretty safe to state that trading for Andrew Wiggins was not a good move by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Wiggins is good, but he’s not nearly half as great as everybody thought he would be. To make things even worse, they risked most of their future in order to get Jimmy Butler on board, but he rejected to sign a contract extension and is keen to go back to the East. Naturally, they need to get as much as they can in return for both of them before the deadline.
8. Russell Westbrook Will Win the Scoring Title
Russell Westbrook is sick and tired of not winning an NBA Championship and now that he doesn’t have to deal with Carmelo Anthony anymore and that he’s understood that triple doubles don’t mean squat, he’s likely to enter full-killer mode and shoot the rock as many time as he can. Westbrook is a deadly scorer and he can put up 35 on a nightly basis, even though he’s not the most efficient guy. Anyway, there’s a Scoring Title on the way for the Brodie.
7. Anthony Davis Will Request a Trade This Season
Anthony Davis keeps on having MVP caliber season but all of his talents seem to be going to waste with the New Orleans Pelicans, a team that’s doomed to barely making the playoffs and getting knocked out in the 1st or 2nd round at best. Davis is arguably the best big man in the league and teams would wait in line to get his services, so he’s likely to demand to be traded at some point of the season.
6. Toronto Raptors Will Play in the ECF
The Toronto Raptors made a couple of really bold decisions this offseason after firing Coach Casey and trading away DeRozan to get Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green on board. They’re looking like one of the most solid teams in the East and even though they’re definitely going to choke as they always do, they’re a lock to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals with the Klaw as their leader.
5. Los Angeles Lakers Will Get One More Star Until the February Deadline
The Los Angeles Lakers made a huge splash in the market by signing LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley during the offseason, but they definitely need another All-Star on their ranks if they want to dethrone the Golden State Warriors. Having said that, expect Magic Johnson to pursue top-notch talents before the trade deadline, even if that means parting ways with Lonzo Ball. John Wall, Damian Lillard or Jimmy Butler may be a handful of the guys the Lakers try to get.
4. Boston Celtics Will Play in the NBA Finals
We’re pretty much saying that the ECF will be Raptors vs Celtics here. The Boston Celtics were extremely solid the prior campaign and had Hayward or Irving been able to play in the playoffs, perhaps they would’ve won the NBA Championship. They’re heavily loaded with young talents and veteran scorers, not to mention the fact that they have one of the best coaches in the league and such a winning culture.
3. Ben Simmons Will Win ROY Again
3. Bradley Beal and John Wall Will Play Their Last Season Together
The Washington Wizards made a huge strid by signing Dwight Howard, but let’s be honest here: even though he’s still more than capable of being a major factor in both ends of the glass, he’s not the guy he once was. Beal and Wall just don’t get along and even despite the fact that they found a way to play together, the Wizards would be better off just trading one, if not both of them, in order to rebuild instead of just barely making the playoffs.
2. LeBron James Will Win the MVP Title
It’s been a while since LeBron James won his last MVP award, even though he’s always been among the top 5 in voting. He’s coming off arguably the best season of his career and even carried a subpar Cleveland Cavaliers team to the NBA Finals against all odds, and now that he’s finally going to have a nice support cast again and won’t have to do everything on his team and be gassed out at the end of the season, not to mention the fact that he’ll most likely put an end to the Los Angeles Lakers playoff drought, we expect him to become yet another member of the Lakers to win an MVP.
1. Warriors Will Win the NBA Championship
We hate to say this. Not because we hate the Dubs, but because we want the league to be competitive again. Even so, we just can’t think of a team that could dethrone the Golden State Warriors. Barring injury, the Dubs are virtually unstoppable, especially amid DeMarcus Cousins’ arrival. This team will feature 5 All-Stars in their starting lineup, and they’re the strongest dynasty we’ve seen since Jordan’s Bulls.