It has taken a while to get to this point but we are only a couple of days away from the NBA's regular season openers on Christmas Day. Last year's NBA season was one of the best seasons ever. With a lot of player movement this offseason, there is a lot of excitement around this season. It took a while to get through the lockout to get here but the season is about to begin. Here is my preseason rankings, awards, and finals predictions.
1. Miami Heat
2. Oklahoma City Thunder
3. Chicago Bulls
4. Dallas Mavericks
5. LA Clippers
6. Boston Celtics
7. New York Knicks
8. Memphis Grizzlies
9. LA Lakers
10. Atlanta Hawks
11. Orlando Magic
12. San Antonio Spurs
13. Denver Nuggets
14. Indiana Pacers
15. Philadelphia 76ers
16. Portland Trail Blazers
MVP: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Kevin Durant will have another huge season this year. Durant will lead his team deep into the playoffs and Durant will average 30 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists per game this year. Numbers llike this and his leadership on the Thunder will let him win this award.
Coach of the Year: Frank Vogel, Indiana Pacers
Rookie of the Year: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
Breakthorugh Player of the Year: Toney Douglas, New York Knicks
Finals Prediction: Miami over Oklahoma City in 7
This year will be an exciting season. The title window has closed for San Antonio, and the Lakers. The Indiana Pacers will be better than expected and could get even the fourth or fifth seed in the East. Memphis is another team on the rise this season after a great postseason last year. Miami and Chicago will reign supreme throughout the season in the East while Oklahoma City is slightly better than Dallas and the Clippers. Oklahoma City and Miami will meet in the NBA Finals in a compelling battle of stars. Miami will win its first championship with the big three this season. NBA fans should be preparing for another exciting season.