2014-2015 NBA Season Preview and Predictions

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The NBA season is under way so without further ado, here are the top 5 storylines heading into this season and playoff and MVP predictions.

The Return of Kobe Bryant

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Kobe is back, and while he may be an aging superstar on the decline, this will be a critical season for both his career and the future of the Lakers. LA did make some offseason moves by swapping Pau Gasol for Carlos Boozer and signing Jeremy Lin along with resigning Nick Young. However, the Lakers still don’t look like a playoff team and the loss of Steve Nash for the season doesn’t help either. Tensions could boil over in Los Angeles this season if the Lakers can’t turn it around, so this will certainly be something to keep an eye on.

Big 3 in Cleveland

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Lebron James pulled a decision 2.0 this summer by once again switching teams and acquiring a “Big 3” of superstars. Cleveland will be a contender this year with a starting lineup featuring Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and James, but the question is how far this team will go. Cleveland will need to deal with chemistry issues at the beginning of the season, as well as adjusting to a new coach, and the lack of depth on the bench. This team could look much different at the end of the season than the beginning, so it is definitely something to watch as the season progresses.

The Rookie Class

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The NBA welcomed one of the stronger draft classes in recent years this past June, and there are several that could make a big time impact this season. Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker highlight the class, going to the Timberwolves and Bucks, respectively. Arizona star Aaron Gordon went to the Orlando Magic while Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart went to the Celtics. Dante Exum and Julius Randle went to Utah and the Lakers, respectively, while Kansas big man Joel Embiid joined the Philadelphia 76ers. 3000 point sharpshooter Doug McDermott went to the Chicago Bulls. All of these players, with the exception of Randle and Embiid who are battling injuries, should see significant playing time for these teams that don’t figure to be very good this season. It will be fun to watch and interesting to see who lives up to the hype.

Can Derrick Rose stay healthy?

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Derrick Rose has not played significant time since his MVP campaign back in 2011. However, the Bulls star point guard is still just 26 years old and has the potential to play at an MVP level. Rose’s health could play a major role in helping the Bulls, #4 in the East last year, make a deep playoff run.

Who wins the West?

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The Spurs are the defending champions, but the Western Conference is still loaded with great teams and figures to produce some great games this season. Kevin Durant and the Thunder, Dwight Howard and the Rockets, Chris Paul and the Clippers, Damian Lillard and the Blazers, and Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks all look to take down the reigning champs. Teams like Phoenix, Memphis, Golden State, and Denver will also be looking to get in on the fun. Prime time games on the West Coast will certainly be must watch basketball for NBA fans.

EASTERN CONFERENCE PREDICTIONS

1. Chicago Bulls
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Miami Heat
4. New York Knicks
5. Washington Wizards
6. Indiana Pacers
7. Toronto Raptors
8. Charlotte Hornets

WESTERN CONFERENCE PREDICTIONS

1. Los Angeles Clippers
2. San Antonio Spurs
3. Oklahoma City Thunder
4. Houston Rockets
5. Dallas Mavericks
6. Golden State Warriors
7. Phoenix Suns
8. Portland Trail Blazers

FINALS PREDICTION: Clippers over Cavaliers in 6

MVP: Anthony Davis

Thanks to everyone who read this post. Please like the post if you enjoyed reading, comment with feedback, and share with others.

Thanks,

Jeff

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