Top 5 Shooting Guards Heading into 2017-2018

In case you are reading this specific article before the Top 5 Point Guards Heading into 2017-2018 article, I will explain everything stated in the previous article. I have gone through each position and came up with my top five for each position heading into the new season that starts October 17. There are a couple things that came into the thought process of deciding … Continue reading Top 5 Shooting Guards Heading into 2017-2018

Top 5 Point Guards Heading into 2017-2018

This article is article number one out of five that will be released in a short time span. I have gone through each position and came up with my top five for each position heading into the new season that starts October 17. There are a couple things that came into the thought process of deciding the top five for each position. Continue reading “Top 5 Point Guards Heading into 2017-2018”

Eastern Conference Predictions

A couple days ago, the Western Conference predictions was published. Finally, the Eastern Conference predictions have been finished. The regular season is only a little over a month away so the excitement about the season is buzzing. Take a look at the Eastern Conference predictions. If you did not get a chance to read the Western Conference predictions, you can find those here.  

** Stats are from ESPN.com **

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Top 5 Shooting Guards Heading Into 2016-2017

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

Top 5 Point Guards heading into 2016-2017? Check. Top 5 Shooting Guards heading into 2016-2017? In progress. 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 shooting guards 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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My Predictions for 5th-1st in Eastern Conference Standings at the End of the Season

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 15-6 and now it is time to predict what teams will finish 5th seed to … Continue reading My Predictions for 5th-1st in Eastern Conference Standings at the End of the Season

My Washington Wizards Power Ranking + Trending Upwards/Downwards/Neutral for Upcoming Season

The Washington Wizards finished with a record of 46-36 at the end of last season. That’s good enough for a win percentage of .561% and the 5th seed in the NBA Playoffs. They were tasked with facing the 4th seeded Toronto Raptors led by Kyle Lowry. The Raptors struggled the entire series and it shows since they were swept, 4-0. Washington then advanced the play … Continue reading My Washington Wizards Power Ranking + Trending Upwards/Downwards/Neutral for Upcoming Season