Ultimate NBA 2017-18 Season Preview

The NBA season starts on Tuesday, and I can’t wait. It’s so great to know that we now live in a world where basketball is a year-long entity. It’s much more enjoyable for its fans, and gives it an advantage over other leagues like the NFL, where game play only encompasses 1/3 of the year. So here are all my statistical predictions, stats, opinions and other things. Now, this isn’t nearly as comprehensive as my edition from last year. The reason for that is that I am now an 11th grader. I have a ton of homework, I keep up in the sports teams I play for, and on top of all of that I am president of student council at our school. I would love to write out a full page about my full opinions for each team in the NBA, but it just wasn’t possible this year. I’ll still give you plenty of posts and I’ll give reviews of the teams individually throughout the year, but I hope you guys, my loyal readers, will accept that I couldn’t do as much as I wanted. I hope the joy of the starting season makes up for that. Make sure you comment all your disagreements with my predictions so I can give you my reasons and opinions for what I recorded. Other than that, I hope you enjoy this preview and are ready for the best time of the year: the start of the NBA season.

 

Record Predictions

Eastern Conference:

Cleveland Cavaliers 56-26

Boston Celtics 50-32

Washington Wizards 49-33

Toronto Raptors 48-34

Milwaukee Bucks 45-37

Miami Heat 43-39

Charlotte Hornets 41-41

Philadelphia 76ers 40-42

Detroit Pistons 40-42

Indiana Pacers 33-49

New York Knicks 32-50

Orlando Magic 27-55

Brooklyn Nets 25-57

Atlanta Hawks 24-58

Chicago Bulls 18-64

 

Western Conference:

Golden State Warriors 69-13

Houston Rockets 58-24

San Antonio Spurs 56-26

Oklahoma City Thunder 55-27

Minnesota Timberwolves 50-32

Denver Nuggets 46-36

Los Angeles Clippers 43-39

Memphis Grizzlies 42-40

Portland Trail Blazers 42-40

New Orleans Pelicans 40-42

Utah Jazz 38-44

Dallas Mavericks 35-47

Los Angeles Lakers 30-52

Phoenix Suns 29-53

Sacramento Kings 26-56

Playoff Matchups:

Eastern Conference:

#1 Cavaliers vs #8 Sixers, 4-0 Cavaliers

#4 Raptors vs #5 Bucks, 4-2 Bucks

#3 Wizards vs #6 Heat, 4-3 Wizards

#2 Celtics vs #7 Hornets, 4-2 Celtics

 

#1 Cavaliers vs #5 Bucks, 4-1 Cavaliers

#2 Celtics vs #3 Wizards, 4-3 Celtics

 

#1 Cavaliers vs #2 Celtics, 4-2 Cavaliers

 

Western Conference:

#1 Warriors vs #8 Grizzlies, 4-0 Warriors

#4 Thunder vs #5 Timberwolves, 4-1 Thunder

#3 Spurs vs #6 Nuggets, 4-2 Spurs

#2 Rockets vs #7 Clippers, 4-2 Rockets

 

#1 Warriors vs #4 Thunder, 4-3 Warriors

#2 Rockets vs #3 Spurs, 4-2 Rockets

 

#1 Warriors vs #2 Rockets, 4-2 Warriors

 

NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers, Part IV

Warriors over Cavaliers in 7: Finals MVP – Kevin Durant

 

Awards:

Rookie of the year – Ben Simmons

Runner Up: Jayson Tatum

Coach of the year – Tom Thibbedeau

Runner Up: Billy Donovan

Sixth Man – Eric Gordon

Runner Up: Tristian Thompson

Runner Up: Markelle Fultz (just announced that he won’t start, I think he’ll be much better as a bench scoring option)

DPOY – Rudy Gobert

Runner Up: Draymond Green

Most Improved – Devin Booker

Runner Up: Gary Harris

MVP – Kevin Durant

Runner Up(s): LeBron James, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard

 

All-Star Predictions:

 

Eastern Conference:

Kyrie Irving, G Boston Celtics

John Wall, G Washington Wizards

DeMar DeRozan, G Toronto Raptors

Bradley Beal, G Washington Wizards

Kemba Walker, G Charlotte Hornets

Goran Dragic, G Miami Heat

LeBron James, F Cleveland Cavaliers

Kevin Love, F Cleveland Cavaliers

Giannis Antetokoumnpo, F Milwaukee Bucks

Gordon Hayward, F Boston Celtics

Joel Embiid, C Philadelphia 76ers

Kristaps Porzingis, PF/C New York Knicks

 

Western Conference:

Stephen Curry, G Golden State Warriors

Russell Westbrook, G Oklahoma City Thunder

James Harden, G Houston Rockets

Klay Thompson, SG/SF Golden State Warriors

Chris Paul, G Houston Rockets

Kevin Durant, F Golden State Warriors

Kawhi Leonard, F San Antonio Spurs

Jimmy Butler, SG/SF Minnesota Timberwolves

Karl-Anthony Towns, C Minnesota Timberwolves

Paul George, F Oklahoma City Thunder

Nikola Jokic, C Denver Nuggets

Anthony Davis, F/C New Orleans Pelicans

 

All-NBA First Team:

G – Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

G – Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

F – LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

F – Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors

C – Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves

 

All-NBA Second Team:

G – James Harden, Houston Rockets

G – John Wall, Washington Wizards

F – Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs

F – Giannis Antetokoumnpo, Milwaukee Bucks

C – Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans

 

All-NBA Third Team:

G – Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics

G – DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors

F – Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves

F – Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder

C – Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

 

All-Rookie First Team:

G – Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers

G – Dennis Smith Jr., Dallas Mavericks

G/F – Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers

F – Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics

F – John Collins, Atlanta Hawks

 

All-Rookie Second Team:

G – Markelle Fultz, Philadelphia 76ers

G – Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz

F – Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers

G – De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings

G – Milos Teodosic, Los Angeles Clippers

 

Stat Leaders Predictions:

Points – Russell Westbrook, 30.2 ppg

Assists – John Wall, 11.1 apg

Rebounds – Hassan Whiteside, 13.9 rpg

Steals – Robert Covington, 2.07 spg

Blocks – Rudy Gobert, 2.84 bpg

Turnovers – James Harden, 5.3 topg

3 Pointers total – Stephen Curry, 396

3 point % – Otto Porter Jr., 46.8%

FG % – Rudy Gobert, 70.2%

Free Throw % – Stephen Curry, 91.2%

 

Top 20 Players entering the season:

  1. LeBron James
  2. Kevin Durant
  3. Stephen Curry
  4. Kawhi Leonard
  5. Russell Westbrook
  6. James Harden
  7. Anthony Davis
  8. Giannis Antetokoumnpo
  9. John Wall
  10. Klay Thompson
  11. Jimmy Butler
  12. Paul George
  13. Draymond Green
  14. Kyrie Irving
  15. Chris Paul
  16. Karl-Anthony Towns
  17. DeMar DeRozan
  18. DeMarcus Cousins
  19. Marc Gasol
  20. Damian Lillard

 

2 thoughts on “Ultimate NBA 2017-18 Season Preview

  1. Joel

    I don’t see the Sixers hitting 40 wins this season. I think they need at least a year of the same group to gain chemistry before they can start consistently winning.

    I predict they get 34 wins, with Embidd getting the All Star nod, and Fultz averaging 12 points.

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    1. nbaeverydaysite

      I know what you mean and you might be right, but I feel like 40 wins is possible if, and only if, Embiid can play 70 full games. I think he’s that special that his health is the difference between the Sixers winning 40 and 25 games. If he plays under 50 games, the Sixers will be in the lottery again.

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