The Ultimate 2018-19 NBA Season Preview

It’s back!!!!!!! Unlike last year, we didn’t have the Kyrie Irving trade to keep us going through the slow days of August, so the NBA took a brief backseat to football. But no more! It’s time for the greatest sport on earth to get going again and of course, a sport as great as this needs an awesome season preview. So without further ado, here is the 2018-2019 NBA Season Preview!!!!!!!!!

Eastern Conference Standings:

1. Boston Celtics 61-21

2. Toronto Raptors 57-25

3. Philadelphia 76ers 56-26

4. Milwaukee Bucks 48-34

5. Indiana Pacers 46-36

6. Miami Heat 42-40

7. Washington Wizards 41-41

8. Detroit Pistons 39-43

9. Cleveland Cavaliers 35-47

10. Chicago Bulls 34-48

11. Charlotte Hornets 33-49

12. Brooklyn Nets 28-54

13. New York Knicks 26-56

14. Orlando Magic 21-61

15. Atlanta Hawks 15-67

Western Conference Standings:

1. Golden State Warriors 63-19

2. Houston Rockets 58-24

3. Utah Jazz 51-31

4. Oklahoma City Thunder 50-32

5. Los Angeles Lakers 49-33

6. New Orleans Pelicans 48-34

7. Denver Nuggets 48-34

8. Portland Trail Blazers 47-35

9. San Antonio Spurs 46-36

10. Minnesota Timberwolves 40-42

11. Dallas Mavericks 35-47

12. Memphis Grizzlies 33-49

13 Los Angeles Clippers 31-51

14. Phoenix Suns 29-53

15. Sacramento Kings 20-62

Playoff Predictions:

Eastern Conference

1. Celtics vs 8. Pistons, Celtics 4-1

4. Bucks vs 5. Pacers, Bucks 4-3

3. Sixers vs 6. Heat, Sixers 4-1

2. Raptors vs 7 Wizards, Raptors 4-2

 

1. Celtics vs 4. Bucks, Celtics 4-2

2. Raptors vs 3. Sixers, Sixers 4-3

 

1. Celtics vs 3. Sixers, Celtics 4-3

Western Conference

1. Warriors vs 8. Blazers, Warriors 4-0

4. Thunder vs 5. Lakers, Lakers 4-3

3. Jazz vs 6. Pelicans, Pelicans 4-2

2. Rockets vs 7. Nuggets, Rockets 4-1

 

1. Warriors vs 5. Lakers, Warriors 4-1

2. Rockets vs 6. Pelicans, Rockets 4-2

 

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

NBA Finals: 

Golden State Warriors vs Boston Celtics

Game 1 at GSW – Warriors come out and send a message in typical Golden State fashion, blowing out an inexperienced Boston team behind lethal shooting from KD and the Splash Brothers. GSW Win

Game 2 at GSW – And right back in typical Boston fashion, the Celtics pull of a huge road upset behind gritty defense and timely threes. Kyrie hits the dagger and Boston evens the series. Boston Win

Game 3 at Boston – While most would think that Golden State would respond to the upset in this game, I personally see this as another Boston shocker. Specifically, I see this as Jayson Tatum’s official coming out party, scoring 40 and outdoing KD in spectacular fashion. Boston Win

Game 4 at Boston – And here … this is where Golden State responds. The game isn’t a blowout, but a grind-it-out game where Golden State comes from behind in the 4th and crush Boston’s soul with multiple clutch shots from Durant. This is exactly what make s the Warriors arguably the greatest team ever–they keep their cool and respond in the darkest of times. GSW Win

Game 5 at GSW – Now, Golden State goes for the throat. A relentless barrage of three balls leads to a soothing blowout for the Warriors. The poor Celtics are scrambling at this point. GSW Win

Game 6 at Boston – Boston is a really great team. All 5 starting slots are filled by all-star caliber guys, their bench is loaded with other valuable pieces like Smart and Rozier, and Brad Stevens is the most innovative coach in the league by a wide margin. But they’re not there yet. They’re not transcendent like the Warriors are, and will still have to wait for their turn. GSW Win

Golden State Warriors will win the NBA Championship 4-2 over the Boston Celtics

Finals MVP: Kevin Durant

 

NBA Award Predictions: (Keep in mind, these are who I think will win the awards, not who I think should win. For example, I think Klay Thompson is a Top 15 player in the league and would never be left off my all-NBA team, but considering how much everyone hates GSW, and the constant underrating of Klay, I think he’ll get snubbed from that again this year.)

All Star Selections (Starters in Bold)

Eastern Conference

Backcourt – Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons, Victor Oladipo, Kyle Lowry, Bradley Beal,

Frontcourt – Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, Joel Embiid, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Andre Drummond, Kevin Love

Western Conference

Backcourt – Stephen Curry, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, DeMar DeRozan, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Klay Thompson

Frontcourt – LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Nikola Jokic, Karl-Anthony Towns

All-NBA First Team

G – James Harden, Houston Rockets

G – Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

F – LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers

F – Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors

F/C – Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans

All-NBA Second Team

G – Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics

G – Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

F – Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

F – Kawhi Leonard, Toronto Raptors

C – Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

All-NBA Third Team

G – Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers

G – Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers

F – Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics

G/F – Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers

C – Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets

All-Rookie First Team

G – Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks

C – DeAndre Ayton, Phoenix Suns

F – Wendell Carter Jr., Chicago Bulls

F – Miles Bridges, Charlotte Hornets

G – Colin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers

All-Rookie Second Team

F – Mikal Bridges, Phoenix Suns

F – Kevin Knox, New York Knicks

G – Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

C – Mo Bamba, Orlando Magic

F – Marvin Bagley, Sacramento Kings

All-Defensive First Team

G – Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers

G – Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors

F – Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans

F – Kawhi Leonard, Toronto Raptors

C – Al Horford, Boston Celtics

All-Defensive Second Team

G – Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics

F – Giannis Antetokoumnpo, Milwaukee Bucks

C – Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz

C – Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

F – Robert Covington, Philadelphia 76ers

Individual Awards:

Most Improved Player: G – Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets

Runner(s) up: F – Brandon Ingram (Los Angeles Lakers), G – Markelle Fultz (Philadelphia 76ers)

Coach of the Year: Brad Stevens, Boston Celtics

Runner(s) up: Mike Budenholzer (Milwaukee Bucks), Luke Walton (Los Angeles Lakers)

Sixth Man of the Year: G – Terry Rozier, Boston Celtics

Runner(s) up: G – Lou Williams (Los Angeles Clippers), G – Will Barton (Denver Nuggets)

Rookie of the Year: G – Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks

Runner(s) up: G – Colin Sexton (Cleveland Cavaliers), C – DeAndre Ayton (Phoenix Suns)

Defensive Player of the Year: C – Al Horford, Boston Celtics

Runner(s) up: F – Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), G – Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors)

Most Valuable Player: F – Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans

Runner(s) up: G – James Harden (Houston Rockets), F – Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors)

Predicted Stat Leaders:

Points Per Game – (HOU) James Harden – 29.5 ppg

Assists Per Game – (OKC) Russell Westbrook – 10.3 apg

Rebounds Per Game – (DET) Andre Drummond – 16.3 rpg

Steals Per Game – (IND) Victor Oladipo – 2.4 spg

Blocks Per Game – (UTA) Rudy Gobert – 2.3 bpg

Turnovers Per Game – (OKC) Russell Westbrook – 5.1 topg

3-pt% – (UTA) Joe Ingles – 47.2%

FG% – (HOU) Clint Capela – 71.5%

3-pt Made Per Game – (GSW) Stephen Curry – 4.4 3-pt Made Per Game

FT% – (GSW) Stephen Curry – 93.4%

PER – (HOU) James Harden – 29.8 PER

  • That’s all my predictions for the season, but I know, you might be looking for something more in depth. Over the week I’ll be posting my full opinion on each team in short articles in order to help explain my predictions. Until then, enjoy the Ultimate 2018-2019 NBA Season Preview!!!