With a new era in the NBA that features the league dictating the Clippers are blessed and the Lakers are not, it is obviously time for an advanced way of thinking that requires everyone to not only accept changes, but also embrace them.
I read many predictions before games began on Christmas Day and it was clear that the majority of media has yet to adjust to the new NBA. I will have to admit that I made it only halfway with my projections for MVP, Most Improved Player and league champions. My other guesses – and that’s what most sports predictions by media are – were more conventional and I have felt quite guilty since making them.
I can do better.
Since we are only in Day 2 of the 2011-12 NBA season, it’s not too late to right the ship (ah, the Clipper allusion) and acknowledge greatness where it has only rarely existed, and usually not on the court.
My updated predictions/guesses with a straight-forward approach that I’m sure will be recognized as common sense commentary:
1. Most Valuable Player — Chris Paul, LAC: He was supposed to be a Laker but David Stern made him a Clipper. If this guy is so good that the commissioner dictates him to be in a certain place, well it is pretty obvious he is the most valuable player in the league – at least as it relates to those with short-term contracts.
2. Most Improved Player — DeAndre Jordan, LAC: I keep reading and hearing that this guy is headed for greatness, even with career highs of 7.1 points and 7.2 assists. Perhaps the league office decided all he needed was a great point guard and magically Paul appeared on the scene. Good enough for me.