NBA Primetime's 2009-2010 Season Predictions Part Deux
For sports fans there is absolutely nothing more satisfying than the anticipation for the start of a new season.
For NBA fans the time has finally come and the opportunity to capture all the glory is up for grabs.
Whether you're far out on the West coast or down south on the East side, a die-hard Lakers fan or a bandwagon Orlando fan, the official start of the NBA season, which does indeed begin tomorrow, brings all basketball fans together for one rare moment to experience the beginning of the 2009-2010 season.
NBA Primetime's Official 2009-2010 Season Predictions, Part Deux (Click here for Part 1)
The Top Two in the West
The Los Angeles Lakers enter the season as the defending champions and arguably as the strongest core in the league. With the acquiring of Ron Artest, the Lakers get the opportunity to improve on the defensive end of the court, while maximizing to their fullest potential on the offensive end.
Kobe Bryant will ultimately lead his team to another 60 plus game season, but the other organizations in the West will undoubtedly put up a tougher dog fight than last season.
NBA Primetime ranks the San Antonio Spurs as the second best team in the West. Forward Richard Jefferson will fit into Gregg Popovich's system particularly well, inevitably emerging as a serious threat in the West.
Tim Duncan will attempt to bring his team to victory this season, after ending last years playoffs during the first round.
The emergence of youngin's George Hill and DeJuan Blair should amplify this team and without a doubt contribute heavily to the Spurs overall success this season.
The Two Beasts in the East
The Magic ended the preseason as the only team to go undefeated. They're already in mid-season form and the six newly acquired players have fit into head coach Stan Van Gundy's system quite well.
With possibly the deepest bench in the league, Orlando will seek vengeance on any team that attempts to cross their path and that will ultimately lead them right back to the NBA Finals for another shot at the title.
A healthy Boston Celtics team is one heckavu scary team. With KG back on the floor and the signing of veteran Rasheed Wallace, this Boston team should be just about on top of the NBA rankings throughout the entire season.
Point-guard Rajon Rondo will make the leap into All-Star status and help carry this "old core" all the way to the Finals, that is if they stop the Magic.
MVP (Most Valuable Player)
What separates an MVP from a superstar is the ability to completely take over a game and bring your team to victory.
Another aspect of an MVP is the capability of bringing your team deep into the playoffs.
In this case, Kobe Bryant's name should be swarming around the MVP trophy for the upcoming season, but not in NBA Primetime's eyes.
LeBron James is arguably the best players in the NBA today, and what will separate LJ and Kobe Bryant this season will be the continuous heroic acts on James' part that will absolutely astonish any human being that turns on a Cleveland Cavaliers game.
James will improve practically each and every statistic (aside from possibly rebounding) this season and make the question, that fans have debated upon season after season, into a definite statement.
LeBron James will prove this season that he is the best player in the NBA today, period.
MIP (Most Improved Player)
Golden State Warriors forward Anthony Randolph showed flashes of super stardom throughout his rookie campaign last season.
With a starting job and up to 35 MPG, Randolph will quickly emerge as one of the most dynamic athletes in the league today.
Standing 6'10", Randolph is a true freak of nature, with arms the length of his legs and the arsenal of an absolute powerhouse.
For those of you who are unaware of Anthony Randolph, you definitely won't be by mid-season.
Jamal Crawford was acquired by the Atlanta Hawks during the offseason. Since the point-guard and shooting-guard positions are locked up by Mike Bibby and Joe Johnson, Crawford will be forced to come into games off of the bench.
With that being the case, Crawford will still get close to 30 MPG, leading him to averaging close to 18 PPG and giving him the opportunity to compete for the Sixth Man Award this season.
ROY (Rookie of the Year)
Many people think this one is a complete given and if you're one of those believers than you are 100 percent right!
Blake Griffin is without a doubt the most elite athlete out of the 2009 NBA Draft and will certainly prove it this season.
Whether he obtains a starting job or not, Griffin will average starters minutes and contribute in immense measures to the Clippers success.
16 PPG and 8 RPG looks like pretty good averages for the rook.
DOY (Defensive Player of the Year)
Predicting the Defensive Player of the Year is just as simple as forecasting who will be the best in the West this season.
DWIGHT HOWARD people! Being just 23 years of age, Howard is in for another scary season, both offensively and defensively.
After averaging league bests in RPG and BPG, Superman heads into next season with every intention on winning his belt once again and emerging as the most dominate player in the NBA.
Coach of the Year
Nate McMillan takes the Coach of the Year prediction Award for the upcoming season because of the teams massive potential to rise into serious contention for the years postseason.
Shooting-guard Brandon Roy, power-forward LaMarcus Aldridge, and center Greg Oden each have the upside to take this Blazers team and turn it into NBA champions.
Last seasons record: 54-28
This seasons ending record: 59-23
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