Top 5 Centers Heading into 2017-2018

Top 5 Point Guards Top 5 Shooting Guards Top 5 Small Forwards  Top 5 Power Forwards  The Miami Heat started off the season playing as one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference. After the All-Star break, the Miami Heat absolutely caught fire and sustained one of the best records in the second half of the season. A big contributing reason to this team … Continue reading Top 5 Centers Heading into 2017-2018

Western Conference Predictions

September is upon us. We are almost a month away until the NBA regular season begins. This season looks to be a good one with quite a few top players wearing new jerseys next season. There are a few cuts and additions to make (and an impending decision on Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony that may impact teams like the Houston Rockets) that likely will not move the needle for teams that much. With that being said, here are predictions for the Western Conference on where I believe, seeding wise, the teams will finish.

** Stats come from ESPN.com **

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

As I am sure you read in the title, this article will be my opinion on whether teams are trending upwards, downwards, or neutral for this coming season. Now, some factors go into this decision. 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 be better than last season?’ So, with that being said, it is time to get right into my opinion for Western Conference Teams. 

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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 (Western Conference Edition)

At the beginning of the season I made predictions of where I thought the NBA teams would end up in their respective conferences. 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. With the Eastern Conference Edition already published, it is time to compare for the Western Conference.

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

Golden State Warriors Houston Rockets Los Angeles Clippers Portland Trail Blazers Memphis Grizzlies San Antonio Spurs Dallas Mavericks New Orleans Pelicans Oklahoma City Thunder Phoenix Suns Utah Jazz Denver Nuggets Sacramento Kings Los Angeles Lakers Minnesota Timberwolves I have already made my predictions for who I think will finish 15th-11th in the Western Conference and you can find that here: https://thethreepointer.wordpress.com/2015/10/24/my-predictions-for-final-western-conference-standings-positions-15-11/ Now it is time to … Continue reading My Predictions for Final Western Conference Standings (Positions 10th-6th)

My Utah Jazz Power Ranking + Trending Upwards/Downwards/Neutral for Upcoming Season

They finished 11th in the Western Conference with a record of 38-44, a win percentage of .463%. After trading Enes Kanter and starting Rudy Gobert, their defense was among the elite. Rudy Gobert exploded last season and figures to have a breakout season this season as well as this is his first time starting a whole season. Dante Exum will likely miss the whole season … Continue reading My Utah Jazz Power Ranking + Trending Upwards/Downwards/Neutral for Upcoming Season