2013 NBA Predictions

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2012 NBA Predictions

Free Agency- With Free Agency set to begin today, some of the biggest stars in the league are predicted to sign with other teams. High budget teams have to be careful about the money that they spend, especially because of the luxury tax that was passed in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The new luxury tax still lets teams go over the salary cap to resign players, but now a team pays an extra $1.50 to the league for every dollar that the team is over the cap. So now, teams such as the Heat, Knicks, Celtics, etc. will have to be more cautious in free agency. Now that the Nets have officially moved to Brooklyn, they are ready to have a big splash in free agency. This year’s free agency is stacked at every position so the small market teams can finally have an advantage over the large market teams.

Point Guard:

  1. Deron Williams- Prediction: Nets. Deron Williams is one of the top free agents on the market, if not the most. Williams has basically narrowed his choices down to either the Nets or the Mavericks. The bottom line is that Williams is one of the purest shooters in the game, and he basically chooses whatever team he wants. My prediction is that Deron Williams becomes the highest paid point guard in the league. He may be the most talented, but it will not be his talent, or his attractive age (28). His bargaining chip will be Mike Bibby. Bibby has said that he wants to follow Williams to his future team. Teams will be very attracted to buying in on this package deal.
  2. Steve Nash- Prediction: Knicks. Nash is hungry for his first ring. Nash, a pass-first player, has managed to rake up 3 MVP’s, and many magnificent plays in his long career. Nash suggests that he has 3 more good years left in him. He has gotten some very big paychecks in his career, and at his age, money is the least of his worries. Steve Nash will look through every offer that is given to him, but at the end of the day, he isn’t going to sign with the team that gives him the most money. Nash is going to sign with the team he believes has the best chance at winning a championship. Nash will share time at point guard with Jeremy Lin, and do his best to get superstar, Carmelo Anthony the ball.
  3. Chauncey Billups- Prediction: Hornets. The Hornets are an up-coming team. Last week, the Hornets selected college standouts, Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers with their 2 first round picks. Billups may turn out to be the final piece to the puzzle on the Hornets team. The Hornets need to pursue Billups with everything they have to make sure that Davis and Rivers have a good first year. He would bring a true point guard to the team along with much needed experience.

Shooting Guard:

  1. Eric Gordon- Prediction: Mavericks. The Mavericks are going to try to make one last push for a championship. Dirk is aging, but he is still the player he was 5 years ago. So, the only way the Mavs can make a final push is by signing a proven shooting guard in Gordon. However, it won’t be easy because Eric Gordon will be demanding high dollars and he will try to get the most out any team interested.
  2. O.J. Mayo- Prediction: Clippers. Mayo is looking to win now. There is no doubt about that. Last year, the Clippers brought Chris Paul to L.A. in a big trade. Mayo will strongly consider joining Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to form yet another big three in the NBA. It will be interesting to see how much money Mayo demands.
  3. Ray Allen- Prediction: Heat. It looks as though the Celtics big three will finally break up. Ray Allen is at a point in his career where is has enough money so he is just looking to win. So why wouldn’t he sign with the defending champions? That is the million-dollar question for Allen. He could walk onto the Heat, and no doubt, would make them instantly better, but the Hall-of-Famer is only allowed to sign a contract under 3 million dollars. Ray Allen has the most 3-pointers in NBA history and is one of the best scorers in the league. However, he just wants to win and he is going by the motto, “if ya can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” With new news that the Celtics offering 2 years $12 million he faces a tough decision on which team to pick.

Small Forward:

  1. Nicolas Batum- Prediction: Wizards. The Wizards will have a tough time prying Batum out of Portland’s hands, but the Wizards must do all they can to make it happen. Last year, the Wizards drafted standout point guard, John Wall, and this year they took standout, shooting guard Bradley Beal. Also, before the draft, the Wizards traded for Emeka Okafor and Nené. If Washington decides to bribe the young superstar to come to the Wizards, they could be a very good team for years to come.
  2. Jeff Green- Prediction: Cavaliers. The Cavs have a very similar situation as the Wizards. They have their franchise point and shooting guards. However, the Cavs are way under the cap and have plenty of room to sign whomever they want.

Power Forward:

  1. Tim Duncan- Prediction: Spurs. Duncan will go into next season with a chip on his shoulder because he and the Spurs got handled by the young and inexperienced Thunder in the semi-finals. Duncan is not quite ready to throw in the towel yet, so he and Tony Parker will look to make another run for the title next season. I think Duncan will take less money to persuade the Spurs to buy another player to go along with the big two.
  2. Kris Humphries- Predicition: Nets. Humphries is in a great spot in Brooklyn. Everybody wants to go there. Deron Williams and Mike Bibby are looking to sign together, Dwight Howard is requesting a trade to Brooklyn, and the owner is willing to open his wallet to make sure these moves happen.

Center:

  1. Roy Hibbert- Prediction: Pacers. The Pacers made a great run last year in the playoffs and it looks as though they will repeat again next year. The Pacers don’t have any overpowering superstar, but they also don’t have a serious need. Indiana has a very balanced team, and it will do everything necessary to keep the team intact.
  2. Brook Lopez- Prediction: Magic. Dwight Howard will not stay with the Magic. Even after catering to his request that the Magic fire their head coach and general manager, Dwight Howard drama continues. Howard’s most recent stunt is requesting that the Magic trade to Brooklyn. Not only does Howard shift up the coaching staff and upper management, and quit on the Magic when they need him in games, but after all of that, he still requests a trade? If I were the Magic GM, I would figure out Howards least favorite team, and trade him for cash considerations. Whether or not they keep Howard, the Magic need a dependable center when Howard decides to quit in an important game again.

2012-13 Season Predictions

Eastern Conference

Atlantic

  1. New York Knicks
  2. Brooklyn Nets
  3. Boston Celtics
  4. Philadelphia 76ers
  5. Toronto Raptors

Central

  1. Chicago Bulls
  2. Indiana Pacers
  3. Cleveland Cavaliers
  4. Detroit Pistons
  5. Milwaukee Bucks

Southeast

  1. Miami Heat
  2. Washington Wizards
  3. Atlanta Hawks
  4. Orlando Magic
  5. Charlotte Bobcats 

Western Conference 

Northwest

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder
  2. Utah Jazz
  3. Denver Nuggets
  4. Portland Trail Blazers
  5. Minnesota Timberwolves

Pacific

  1. L.A. Clippers
  2. L.A. Lakers
  3. Phoenix Suns
  4. Sacramento Kings
  5. Golden State Warriors

Southwest

  1. San Antonio Spurs
  2. Dallas Mavericks
  3. Memphis Grizzlies
  4. Houston Rockets
  5. New Orleans Hornets

Drew Porter

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2 thoughts on “2013 NBA Predictions

    Alan aka tophatal said:
    July 2, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Deron Williams may not move if the Dwight Howard trade takes place but that is still dependent upon GM Rob Hennigan and the Magic’s front office and their desires .

    Tex said:
    July 10, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Clearly have no knowledge of the NBA, based on your season predictions. Do you really think the Jazz are better than the every team in that division other than the Thunder? Minnesota has a better roster. By the way, Bibby is not enticing to anyone at this point in his career.

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