Top 5 Small Forwards Heading Into 2016-2017

*any stats come from ESPN.com & Basketball-Reference.com*

We are two positions in now as both the point guards and shooting guards article are available for viewing. I put this in the last article but I will reiterate once again; after I published my point guards article, I decided to change something up. For instance, James Harden was a shooting guard last year but will be a point guard this year. My original plan was to put him in the shooting guard list because most of his minutes and stats came from the two guard position last year. I then decided to change that because James Harden will not be a shooting guard this year so why would I put him in the shooting guards list? So, with that being said, James Harden’s name will not be seen in this article, nor will I change the first article to put his name in there. These rankings are based on two ideas. I compared all the stats from the point guards’ regular season and postseason. I also looked at their possibilities for them to improve this coming season, though it was not as important last year’s stats. Now that I put that for everyone to see, let’s dive into this article to answer the question; who are the top five small forwards heading into 2016-2017?

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Trending Upwards/Downwards/Neutral for Upcoming Season (Eastern Conference Edition)

It has been awhile since I published my Trending Upwards/Downwards/Neutral for Upcoming Season for the Western Conference. I’ve finally been getting to work on the Eastern Conference Edition. I will repeat some of my introduction in the Western Conference Edition in case you did not read it. Some factors go into my decision on whether teams are trending upwards, downwards, or neutral. My decision on what trending grade they receive, deals with how much better they will be from last year to this year. None of my trending decisions will factor on success in a couple years. It deals with, ‘will they improve from last season?’

*stats come from ESPN.com* 

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Comparing Teams’ Last Season’s Records vs This Season’s Records

* RECORDS COME FROM ESPN.COM Eastern Conference: Atlanta Hawks Last Season = 60-22 This Season = 48-34 (-12 wins) Boston Celtics Last Season = 40-42 This Season = 48-34 (+8 wins)  Brooklyn Nets Last Season = 38-44 This Season = 21-61 (-17 wins) Charlotte Hornets Last Season = 33-49 This Season = 48-34 (+15 wins) Chicago Bulls Last Season = 50-32 This Season = 42-40 … Continue reading Comparing Teams’ Last Season’s Records vs This Season’s Records

Beginning of Season Predictions vs End of Season Standings

My Beginning of Season Eastern Conference Predictions:

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. Chicago Bulls
  3. Atlanta Hawks
  4. Toronto Raptors
  5. Washington Wizards
  6. Milwaukee Bucks
  7. Miami Heat
  8. Indiana Pacers
  9. Boston Celtics
  10. Brooklyn Nets
  11. Detroit Pistons
  12. Charlotte Hornets
  13. Orlando Magic
  14. New York Knicks
  15. Philadelphia 76ers

End of Season Eastern Conference Standings:
(+or- represents difference from my prediction)

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers (+-0)
  2. Toronto Raptors (+2)
  3. Miami Heat (+4)
  4. Atlanta Hawks (-1)
  5. Boston Celtics (+4)
  6. Charlotte Hornets (+6)
  7. Indiana Pacers (+1)
  8. Detroit Pistons (+3)
  9. Chicago Bulls (-7)
  10. Washington Wizards (-5)
  11. Orlando Magic (+2)
  12. Milwaukee Bucks (-6)
  13. New York Knicks (+1)
  14. Brooklyn Nets (-4)
  15. Philadelphia 76ers (+-0)

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My Beginning of Season Predictions vs Actual Standings (Eastern Conference Edition)

At the beginning of the season I made predictions of where I thought the NBA teams would end up. I thought it would be fun to compare those predictions to where the NBA teams actually rank since the All-Star Break is upon us. This article will focus solely on the Eastern Conference with the Western Conference coming up shortly.

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Every Teams Most Likely All-Star

For most NBA teams, they have barely played double digits in games. It is only November and the All-Star’s are not until February, but it is never to early to talk about the All-Star’s. Not every guy that I list in this article has an actual chance to even make it to the All-Star Game. I just think it is going to be fun to … Continue reading Every Teams Most Likely All-Star

My Predictions for Final Eastern Conference Standings (Positions 10-6)

Atlanta Hawks Cleveland Cavaliers Chicago Bulls Toronto Raptors Washington Wizards Milwaukee Bucks Boston Celtics Brooklyn Nets Indiana Pacers Miami Heat Charlotte Hornets Detroit Pistons Orlando Magic Philadelphia 76ers New York Knicks Those were the final standings last season for the Eastern Conference. I predicted what teams I thought would finish 15-11 and now it is time to predict what teams will finish 10th through 6th … Continue reading My Predictions for Final Eastern Conference Standings (Positions 10-6)

My Indiana Pacers NBA Ranking + Trending Upwards/Downwards/Neutral for Upcoming Season

The Indiana Pacers finished the season 38-44 which left them tied with the Brooklyn Nets for the 8th seed of the NBA Playoffs. The Brooklyn Nets owned the tiebreaker which meant they would get the 8th seed and the Pacers would be watching the playoffs from home. Towards the end of the season the Indiana Pacers rarely used big man Roy Hibbert as they favored … Continue reading My Indiana Pacers NBA Ranking + Trending Upwards/Downwards/Neutral for Upcoming Season