NBA Is Back: 5 Predictions for the 2011-2012 NBA Season
The NBA Season is back! I am excited for this upcoming season and I hope you are too.
Free agency is here, and the season isn't to far off, players are practicing and it looks like trades are coming soon, so a lot of crazy is going to go down.
I have 5 predictions (which are sure to go wrong) and I hope you enjoy looking at this slideshow and I hope a good and I hope this season does not disappoint.
5. Kemba Walker Will Win the Rookie of the Year Award
I think the two best out of this draft class will be Kyrie Irving and Brandon Knight, but they won't play like the best two rookies this season.
I think it will be Kemba Walker. I like his abilities as a player, I think he will be a star for the Bobcats and he will be second on his team in scoring, but first among the rookies with 20 points per game and he will average 6 assists per game, which will be second among rookies.
I think the Bobcats will make the playoffs, which will make his case for rookie of the year even stronger.
4. Pistons Will Make the Playoffs for the First Time in 2 Seasons
For the record, this is not because I am a Detroit Piston fan, because as a fan, I think they will win championship. But as a writer for Bleacher Report, I feel that I have to look at things more realistically, and I believe that this team has so much talent and now they have an experienced head coach, that I believe will help this team get back to the playoffs.
Brandon Knight was the biggest steal in the draft and he will be handed the keys to the car so to speak. I think he will average 16 points per game and he will lead all rookies in assists with nine per game.
Rodney Stuckey will play his natural position and will have a breakout year, along with Greg Monroe and I wouldn't be shocked if Ben Gordon started playing like he did in Chicago.
3. Celtics Will Miss the Playoffs
No, hell did not freeze over. The Celtics are aging, and it hasn't caught up with them the past couple of years, but this year it will.
Rajon Rondo is a great point guard, but he's not the point guard that will carry a team and average 20 points a game.
He will improve, but the rest of the team will regress and they will just miss the playoffs.
2. 76ers Become a Top 3 Seed in the Eastern Conference
Am I crazy? Probably. But crazy and unexpected things can happen in the NBA and I think the 76ers will surprise people and have the third or second best record in the Eastern Conference.
I believe Jrue Holiday will step up and become an elite point guard, Evan Turner will play better than he did last season, and Andre Iguodala will step up and be that superstar the 76ers have expected him to be when they traded Allen Iverson.
Doug Collins is a great head coach and I think that this team can only get better on defense and offense.
1. Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals
Everybody is picking the Heat to win the championship and you can't blame them. They made the finals last year and (in my opinion) that's amazing because they have three great players, but they don't have a team.
When the Celtics went on to win a championship, they had three great players, but they had the best bench players in the NBA; guys who could step up when they were called upon. The Miami Heat doesn't have those kind of players, and yet they still made it to the finals.
I think this year the Heat will start off slow, and everybody will start to question whether or not they will win a championship or not, and then of course the Heat will start winning and make the playoffs as the No. 1 seed, and then get back to the Finals.
Oklahoma City is a deep team and very dangerous, they have Kevin Durant leading them and Russel Westbrook is the best Robin that a Batman can have in the NBA.
Lakers and Mavericks are always going to compete in the West, but I think the youth and the chemistry the Thunder have will be just enough to win the West in the regular season and represent the West in the Finals.
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