Who did best in the James Harden trade? Kyrie Irving for MVP?

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Who do you think won the James Harden trade?

We have two widely varying opinions today in new items posted on the site — the first, by Chris Bernucca, skewering the Thunder for breaking up a key member of a potential championship threesome; the other an examination by Jeremy Bauman of how Kevin Martin’s game might be successfully worked into the Thunder’s offensive schemes.

Both are very good articles, and they exemplify how hard it is to make a full judgement on a deal so soon after it happens.  But that’s why we all have opinions … and that is why we have basketball Web sites … and that is all part of what comes with the territory when talking about the NBA.

Spaking of which, did you see some whacko picked Kyrie Irving to win the MVP award? Oh yeah, that was me. You can check out all of the SheridanHoops staff’s awards picks, beginning here with MVP selections. We’ve got a big staff, and a ton of divergent opinions.


SH Staff Predictions for 2012-13 NBA Season

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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

 

SH Staff Predictions: Rookie of the Year

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Sheridan Hoops staff predictions, continued.

In this installment, we make our predictions for Rookie of the Year. At the bottom of the page, you can click over to our choices for Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man, Most Improved Player, and Executive of the Year.

We also made picks for East champ, West champ and NBA champion.

Your comments are welcome in the comments section.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

 HARRISON BARNES, GOLDEN STATE

 

Chris Sheridan, Editor-in-Chief

 DAMIAN LILLARD, PORTLAND

 

 Mark Heisler, Senior Columnist

 DAMIAN LILLARD, PORTLAND

 

 Chris Bernucca, Managing Editor; Senior Columnist

 ANTHONY DAVIS, NEW ORLEANS

 

 Jan Hubbard, Senior Columnist

 ANTHONY DAVIS, NEW ORLEANS

 

 Moke Hamilton, Senior Columnist

 BRADLEY BEAL, WASHINGTON

 

 Chris Perkins, Columnist

 ANTHONY DAVIS, NEW ORLEANS

 

 Adam Zagoria, Columnist

 ANTHONY DAVIS, NEW ORLEANS

 

 Jim Park, Blogger

 ANTHONY DAVIS, NEW ORLEANS

 

 Jeremy Bauman, Blogger

 ANTHONY DAVIS, NEW ORLEANS

 

 Joe Kotoch, Draft Guru

 THOMAS ROBINSON, SACRAMENTO

 

 Brian Geltzeiler, Executive Producer, SheridanHoopsRadio

Most Valuable Player   |   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

 

SH Staff Predictions: Defensive Player of the Year

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Sheridan Hoops staff predictions, continued.

In this installment, we make our predictions for Defensive Player of the Year. At the bottom of the page, you can click over to our choices for Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, Sixth Man, Most Improved Player, and Executive of the Year.

We also made picks for East champ, West champ and NBA champion.

Your comments are welcome in the comments section.

DEFENSIVE  PLAYER OF THE YEAR

 KOBE BRYANT, L.A.LAKERS

 

Chris Sheridan, Editor-in-Chief

 DWIGHT HOWARD, L.A. LAKERS

 

 Mark Heisler, Senior Columnist

 DWIGHT HOWARD, L.A. LAKERS

 

 Chris Bernucca, Managing Editor; Senior Columnist

 SERGE IBAKA, OKLAHOMA CITY

 

 Jan Hubbard, Senior Columnist

 DWIGHT HOWARD, L.A. LAKERS

 

 Moke Hamilton, Senior Columnist

 SERGE IBAKA, OKLAHOMA CITY 

 

 Chris Perkins, Columnist

 DWIGHT HOWARD, L.A. LAKERS

 

 Adam Zagoria, Columnist

 DWIGHT HOWARD, L.A. LAKERS

 

 Jim Park, Blogger

 DWIGHT HOWARD, L.A. LAKERS

 

 Jeremy Bauman, Blogger

 SERGE IBAKA, OKLAHOMA CITY

 

 Joe Kotoch, Draft Guru

 DWIGHT HOWARD, L.A. LAKERS

 

 Brian Geltzeiler, Executive Producer, SheridanHoopsRadio

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

 

SH Staff Predictions: Sixth Man Award

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Sheridan Hoops staff predictions, continued.

In this installment, we make our predictions for the winner of the Sixth Man Award. At the bottom of the page, you can click over to our choices for Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player, and Executive of the Year.

We also made picks for East champ, West champ and NBA champion.

Your comments are welcome in the comments section.

SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR

 MANU GINOBILI, SAN ANTONIO

 

Chris Sheridan, Editor-in-Chief

 MANU GINOBILI, SAN ANTONIO

 

 Mark Heisler, Senior Columnist

 RAY ALLEN, MIAMI

 

 Chris Bernucca, Managing Editor; Senior Columnist

 MANU GINOBILI, SAN ANTONIO

 

 Jan Hubbard, Senior Columnist

 WILSON CHANDLER, DENVER

 

 Moke Hamilton, Senior Columnist

 TAJ GIBSON, CHICAGO 

 

 Chris Perkins, Columnist

 J.R. SMITH, NEW YORK

 

 Adam Zagoria, Columnist

 JAMAL CRAWFORD, L.A. CLIPPERS

 

 Jim Park, Blogger

 MARSHON BROOKS, BROOKLYN

 

 Jeremy Bauman, Blogger

 JASON TERRY, BOSTON 

 

 Joe Kotoch, Draft Guru

 ANDRE MILLER, DENVER

 

 Brian Geltzeiler, Executive Producer, SheridanHoopsRadio

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