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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.


  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


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


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


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

Western Conference 


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


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


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

Drew Porter

Boston Celtics Opportunity

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The 2012 season for the Boston Celtics has been anything but easy. Tumultuous? Maybe. Frustrating at times? Definitely. However, as the playoffs continue to play themselves out, the Celtics are right where they want to be.

All season long rumors have swirled around Celtics coach Doc Rivers and his job security, as well as Rajon Rondo and his future with the team. Boston has seen losing streaks reach 8 games amidst the turmoil. They’ve seen key players such as Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett miss significant time due to injury. But somehow, someway, they pulled together and won 38 games in the lockout-shortened season, good for 5th best in the Eastern Conference.

After a 4 games to 2 first round series win over the pesky but upbeat Atlanta Hawks, things finally seem to be clicking for Boston as they lead their 2nd round series 2 games to 1 over the young 76ers.

As tragic as Derrick Rose’s injury was not just for Chicago but for NBA fans everywhere, it opened the door for Boston. Because of Rose being out, the 8th seeded 76ers bounced the overmatched Bulls in shockingly dominating fashion, advancing to take on the Celtics. During the regular season, the Celtics went undefeated against the 76ers, outscoring Philadelphia by a 49 point margin in 3 games.

Not a single player on the 76ers roster had won a playoff series prior to this season’s improbable victory over Chicago in round one. 5 players currently on Boston’s roster have won an NBA championship. Boston has home court advantage, experience, and talent all to their advantage as they find themselves in possession of a commanding 2-1 series advantage.

This is likely to be the last opportunity Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Rajon Rondo have to bring championship number 18 to Beantown. And don’t think they don’t know and understand that. Boston will continue to play with desire and desperation, especially on the defense end where they take pride in holding their opponents significantly below their scoring average.

In their championship run in 2008, the Celtics played lockdown defense on Kobe Bryant in the finals en route to their 17th title. While the Celtics do have offensive firepower with Pierce and Rondo, they love nothing more than frustrating teams on the defensive end.

The Celtics have caught their fair share of breaks this postseason, but perhaps the most important one is the injury of Heat forward Chris Bosh. Without Bosh, Miami has looked completely disoriented as they trail the surprising Indiana Pacers 2 games to 1 in their 2nd round series. If the Celtics were to get past Philadelphia, Indiana likely awaits.

Boston also dominated Indiana in the regular season, winning both games by 8 and 13 points. Storylines for that series would be extremely intriguing. Pacers GM Larry Bird is a Boston Celtic icon. Indiana is another extremely young team, so if the teams were to meet in the Eastern Conference Finals Boston would likely be the favorite to advance to the finals.

Some would argue that no team left remaining in the NBA playoffs has a better chance of winning the NBA title than the Boston Celtics. Boston has experience, talent, and urgency all on their side this postseason. Sometimes, things fall your way. Players get injured, and outgunned cinderallas advance. That’s how the NBA playoffs work. But the Boston Celtics don’t own 17 NBA championships based purely on coincidence.

Tyler Howard