2008-09 NBA Season Preview

Austin DrakeSenior Analyst IOctober 6, 2008

Eastern Conference Standings


Boston Celtics*
Toronto Raptors*
New Jersey Nets
New York Knicks



Orlando Magic*
Atlanta Hawks*
Miami Heat*
Washington Wizards

Charlotte Bobcats

Western Conference Standings


Portland Blazers*
Utah Jazz*
Denver Nuggets*
Oklahoma City Thunder

Los AngelesLakers*
Phoenix Suns*
Los Angeles Clippers
Golden State Warriors
Sacramento Kings

Dallas Mavericks*
New Orleans Hornets*
San Antonio Spurs*
Houston Rockets
Memphis Grizzlies

*playoff team



2009 Conference Finals
Eastern: Celtics defeat Cavaliers, 4-1
Hornets defeat Lakers, 4-3



2009 NBA Finals


Celtics defeat Hornets, 4-2


2009 Season Awards


MVP: Chris Paul, PG Hornets


This guy is the entire package. With his abilities to score, pass, and run a game with the best of them, this rising star came close to the MVP award this spring, and he will take the hardware home next season. I predict him to average about 22 points, 12 assists, and three steals per game.


Runner Up: Kevin Garnett, PF Celtics




Rookie of the Year: Greg Oden, C Blazers


This big man sat out last season with an injury, so this is actually his rookie season. Oden, along with Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge, will lead his Portland team to a playoff run. The Blazers played great last season without Oden—just imagine what they could do with him.


Runner Up: Michael Beasley, PF Heat


Defensive Player:
Tayshaun Prince, SF Pistons


The long arm of the law will prevail again in Detroit. Tayshaun Prince is undoubtedly one of the stiffest defenders in the game today. With speed to defend a guard, strength to take on a big man, and arm length and timing to block any shot on the court, Prince is a freak of nature.


Remember that block on Reggie Miller to save the playoffs for the Pistons in 2004? Expect more of that—much more.


Runner Up: Dwight Howard, C Magic




Most Improved: Kendrick Perkins, C Celtics

Perkins played very well last season, but went unnoticed with Garnett, Pierce and Allen getting all the hype. He averaged near seven points and six rebounds per game, but played great against good defensive teams like the Pistons. He could be a main piece on the way to another Celtic championship.


Runner Up: Jason Maxiell, PF Pistons




Sixth Man: Mickael Pietrus, SG Magic


Pietrus came over from Golden State in the offseason. He didn’t play a ton with the Warriors, but played well when he got a chance.


The Frenchman could be a nice compliment behind the free-shooting JJ Redick. I think the Magic will make it to the second round of the playoffs, and Pietrus could be a big reason why.


Runner Up: Paul Millsap, PF Jazz




Coach of the Year: Mike Woodson, Hawks 


Woodson came over from the Pistons before the 2007-08, season and look what he did. Atlanta was arguably one of the better teams in the league, unlike the multiple years before he came in.


With upcoming stars like Josh Smith, Al Horford and Marvin Williams, his team is definitely one of the best, young teams in the entire NBA.

Runner Up: Nate McMillan, Blazers


    CP3 Not Worried About Hamstring

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    CP3 Not Worried About Hamstring

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    SFs Most Likely to Be Traded This Offseason

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    via Bleacher Report

    Cavs Down 3-2, but LBJ Is King of Elimination Games

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    Cavs Down 3-2, but LBJ Is King of Elimination Games

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    Stevens Still Wants the C's to Play Like It's 0-0

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    Stevens Still Wants the C's to Play Like It's 0-0

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