SH Staff Predictions for 2012-13 NBA Season

Predictions are like armpits. Everyone has them, and most of them stink.

I could have used a different anatomical reference than armpits, but my dad reads this site and calls me on the phone and yells at me when I use naughty words, so I am holding back.

But you get the idea.

The opening of the NBA season means writers at all the national Web sites and newspapers will be making predictions. Most of them will be wrong. But as long as the writer or broadcaster or commentator has given the matter some serious thought, it’s nice to see who everyone likes.

Myself, I think the Lakers are capable of winning 70 regular-season games — even in the tough Western Conference. And I’ll admit that prediction is something I’m going to hear about from my tweeps if it doesn’t happen. And that’s OK. I have thick skin.

But we are talking about the perfectly constructed team, with four future Hall-of-Famers in the starting lineup, and a fifth guy, Metta World Peace, who says they can win 73. Sometimes, you have to blindly follow Metta — as anyone who follows him on Twitter can relate to.

Anyway, we have about 100 years of NBA journalism experience accumulated among the staffers here, and they have been polled on their picks for East champs, West champs, NBA champs, and the various individual awards. Here they are:

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

 KYRIE IRVING, CLEVELAND

 

Chris Sheridan, Editor-in-Chief

 KEVIN DURANT, OKLAHOMA CITY

 

 Mark Heisler, Senior Columnist

 KEVIN DURANT, OKLAHOMA CITY

 

 Chris Bernucca, Managing Editor; Senior Columnist

 LeBRON JAMES, MIAMI

 

 Jan Hubbard, Senior Columnist

 CHRIS PAUL, L.A. CLIPPERS

 

 Moke Hamilton, Senior Columnist

 KEVIN DURANT, OKLAHOMA CITY

 

 Chris Perkins, Columnist

 LeBRON JAMES, MIAMI

 

 Adam Zagoria, Columnist

 LeBRON JAMES, MIAMI

 

 Jim Park, Blogger

 KEVIN DURANT, OKLAHOMA CITY

 

 Jeremy Bauman, Blogger

 LeBRON JAMES, MIAMI

 

 Joe Kotoch, Draft Guru

 RAJON RONDO, BOSTON

 

 Brian Geltzeiler, Executive Producer, SheridanHoopsRadio

Rookie of the Year   |   Coach of the Year   |     Defensive Player of the Year   |   Sixth Man Award    |    Most Improved Player    |    Executive of the Year   |    East Champs  |   West Champs  |   NBA Champion

 

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  1. Jim says

    I can see any of these but Rondo. He is still too much of a baby/moody jerk to be MVP. Case in point, the flagrant against Wade in the opener.

    I’d go with Durant though, as he will have to be even better without Harden this year, and I think he will be. He likes pressure and expectations.

  2. Arky says

    Picking Kyrie Irving for MVP is a way to get the site talked about I guess. Kyrie instantly became one of my favourite players outside of Miami last season, but he’s playing on a terrible team and it’s his 2nd year. Simply too early for him to be in the conversation.

    Oh, and the only way LeBron James doesn’t win MVP again is injuries or if Durant magically became an A-grade defender over the off-season (doesn’t look like it).

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