So with the NBA season coming up, there are a lot of questions to be answered. What goofy outfit will Russell Westbrook wear? Does James Harden really get his basketball powers from his beard? How long until LeBron joins BBB (Big Baller Brand)? All those questions will be answered maybe expect for James Harden, you get a pass. I’m here to give you my predictions for this NBA season and season-ending awards.
Starting with Coach of the Year I have none other than the G.O.A.T of coaching, Steve Kerr. Tell me who do you really think is gonna have a better record than the Warriors, I’ll wait. The Warriors are the most complete team in the NBA. They have exceptional players along with a championship winning coach. People think you could place any coach on the Warriors and they will win a championship but, what they fail to realize is that Steve Kerr is a champion as a player, he knows what it takes to get a ring and no I don’t mean have Michael Jordan on your team. Here are little highlights to remind you how good Steve Kerr really was.
My prediction for Most Improved Player is Buddy Hield. Yes, he only averaged 13.5 points per game last year but, you have to think, he’s on a rebuilding Sacramento team. He has shown the ability to score in college where he averaged 25 points and winning the John Wooden Award for best player in the NCAA. He has so much untapped potential yet to be shown. I believe this is the year, this is his coming out party. Hopefully, he proves me right wins MIP (Most Improved Player) because a big contract could follow.
Sixth Man of the Year; this was such a hard decision. Originally I had Lou Williams winning but then again he’s on a sorry Clippers squad which means he will be starting. So my pick for Sixth Man of the Year is Eric Gordon. Eric Gordon came in second place last year in voting for Sixth Man of the year. He’s bound to be that third scoring option because Lord knows Carmelo isn’t gonna be. I can see Gordon averaging around 18 or 19 points per game on that Houston second unit. He’s a former 20 points per game scorer, and he’s in his prime. Look out for him and Houston to give Golden State some trouble in the Western Conference.
My pick for Rookie of the Year is Luka Doncic. He is the most complete rookie of 2018-2019. Coming from the Euro league, he can shoot, he can pass, not to mention he can handle the ball also. Alongside Dennis Smith Jr and veteran and future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki, he can prosper in this Dallas offense. Get ready to see some of his highlights play on ESPN Top 10 plays.
Now you can call me crazy but I am 100% behind what I’m about to say. Giannis Antetokounmpo will win Defensive Player of the Year and MVP in the same season. Yes, you heard it here first Giannis will be the first since Michael Jordan to win both awards in one season. Giannis is stepping into his prime, no one can stop him one on one and if you get in his way, he will dunk all over you and just offense. Defensively he’s a stud. Long arms which will lead to blocking, steals, and rebounds. Besides Kawhii, he the best two-way player we have in the NBA. My prediction is he will average 25 plus points, 12 rebounds, 5 assist, 2 steals, and two blocks. Those are MVP and Defensive Player of the year type stats. Laugh at me now but we will see who’s laughing in June when the awards ceremony comes about.
All-Rookie First Team
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All-Defensive First Team
All NBA First Team