2008-09 NBA Season Preview

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2008-09 NBA Season Preview

Eastern Conference Standings


Atlantic

Boston Celtics*
Toronto Raptors*
Philadelphia76ers
New Jersey Nets
New York Knicks

 

Central
Detroit*
Cleveland*
Chicago*
Milwaukee
Indiana

Southeast
Orlando Magic*
Atlanta Hawks*
Miami Heat*
Washington Wizards

Charlotte Bobcats

Western Conference Standings

 

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

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

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


*playoff team

 

 

2009 Conference Finals
Eastern: Celtics defeat Cavaliers, 4-1
Western:
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

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