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NBA Predictions

By The Gentleman
We are just hours away for the 2008-09 season tips off, so I took a moment to put together my predictions for the upcoming season. I won’t go thru all my selections just a chosen few and also some disclaimers.

Lebron James has stated that “anything less than a championship will be a disappointment” expect Lebron to put up even better numbers then he did last year. Kevin Garnett will repeat as defensive player of the year as he continues to anchor the league’s best defensive team the Boston Celtics.

A number of good rookies are debuting in the league this season, this could be the most intense rookie of the year race the league has ever seen with the NBA age rule forcing a number of players to play a year in college, Greg Oden being hurt for the entire season last year as well as seasoned college players who entered the draft as well. Rookie of the year will go to OJ Mayo simply because I believe he will be allowed to take as many shots as he wants and put up the best numbers. Greg Oden will put up terrific defensive numbers which will propel him into the all-rookie team.

Most improved player I think will be Andrew Bogut, he finished last season strong averaging a double double in the second half of the season (in April Bogut averaged 17.6ppg and 11.4rpg) and I expect the Aussie to average a double double this season but if Bogut doesn’t get it, I wouldn’t be surprised if Al Thorton of the Clippers receives the honor, he too had terrific second half of the season, in 31 starts Thorton averages 15.6ppg

The Boston Celtics I believe will repeat as champions, despite the loss of their sixth man James Posey to the New Orleans Hornets. Also I think the Lakers will win the west resulting in another showdown between the Lakers and Celtics. Celtics in seven.

MVP: Lebron James
Defensive Player of the Year: Kevin Garnett
Most Improved Player: Andrew Bogut
Rookie of the Year: OJ Mayo
Sixth Man of the Year: Travis Outlaw
Coach of the Year: Phil Jackson

PG – Chris Paul
SG – Kobe Bryant
SF – Lebron James
PF – Amare Stoudemire
C – Yao Ming

All NBA Second Team
PG – Deron Williams
SG – Tracy McGrady
SF – Paul Pierce
PF – Kevin Garnett
C – Dwight Howard

All NBA Third Team
PG – Tony Parker
SG – Brandon Roy
SF – Josh Smith
PF – Pau Gasol
C – Tim Duncan

NBA All Defensive Team
PG – Bruce Bowen
SG – Kobe Bryant
SF – Ron Artest
PF – Kevin Garnett
C – Marcus Camby

NBA All Defensive Second Team
PG – Shane Battier
SG – Lebron James
SF – Josh Smith
PF – Tim Duncan
C – Tyson Chandler

NBA All Rookie Team
PG – Derrick Rose
SG – OJ Mayo
SF – Rudy Fernandez
PF – Micheal Beasley
C – Greg Oden NBA All Rookie Second Team
PG – DJ Augustin
SG – Eric Gordon
SF – Russell Westbrook
PF – Kevin Love
C – Brook Lopez

Playoff Picture - EAST
1. Boston Celtics
2. Detroit Pistons
3. Orlando Magic
4. Toronto Raptors
5. Cleveland Cavaliers
6. Philadelphia 76ers
7. Atlanta Hawks
8. Washington Wizards

Also battling for 8th and final playoff spot: Milwaukee Bucks, Charlotte Bobcats

Playoff Picture – WEST
1. LA Lakers
2. New Orleans Hornets
3. Utah Jazz
4. Houston Rockets
5. Dallas Mavericks
6. San Antonio Spurs
7. Portland Trailblazers
8. Phoenix Suns

Also battling for 8th and final playoff spot: Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers

Finals Prediction Celtics 4 Lakers

2008 NBA Champions

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