This is one of my favorite times of the year, the start of a brand new NBA season.
We already have football going strong, but add the NBA into the mix and it’s almost too much for my chubby little heart to bear.
There was a ton of movement in the NBA this year. Carmelo Anthony and Paul George are with the Thunder, Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague joined up with the Karl Anthony-Towns and the promising Minnesota Timberwolves, Chris Paul left the bright lights of L.A. behind to join James Harden here in H-Town. While there isn’t much parity across the league, I still feel like there’s going to be a decent amount of competition.
So with the the beginning of NBA regular season action starting tonight, I wanted to give my 3 Total Bold NBA Predictions!
1. Milwaukee Bucks Make Eastern Conference Finals Vs. Cleveland
I’ll admit it, I am secretly in love with this Bucks team. I love their coach (duh.), I love Giannis Antetokounmpo, I love his supporting cast, hell I even love the state of Wisconsin. It’s beautiful there. There is everything to love about this young, athletic team. Antetokounmpo alone is the selling point for Milwaukee though. He’s a budding superstar with amazing length and freakish athleticism. Imagine if he ever develops a real three pointer. He’ll be unstoppable.
As to them being in the Eastern Conference finals, I just think they’re better all around than Boston. Boston lost a lot of depth and if you’re telling me it comes down to a battle between the Greek Freak and Kyrie Irving, I’m picking Giannis every single time.
2. Dennis Smith Jr. Will Win Rookie Of The Year
This is a completely biased take and I know that. I am a massive Mavericks homer so obviously I think Smith will win the ROY award, right?
WRONG. I mean at least partly wrong.
Smith has an amazing opportunity with Dallas to showcase his athleticism and skill set with no real competition at his position. No one can convince me that J.J. Barea is a real threat to steal minutes.
Add in the fact that Seth Curry is going to be sidelined to start the season and the Mavericks are going to be starting off with a deficit. So they will need Smith and his jumping magic to help fill out that suspect backcourt in Dallas.
3. The Spurs Will Make It To The Finals & Kawhi Leonard Will Win MVP
I know, I know. Golden State still has that powerhouse team. How in the world can I predict that they won’t be the top team in the West and face off against Cleveland in the Finals?
Easy, because they don’t have Gregg Popovich.
It’s already been 3 years since the Spurs were in the Finals and won, and I just don’t see a Popovich coached team, with this amount of talent, going four years without a Finals appearance.
The Spurs, as per the usual in any NBA season, are going to be a sneaky great team, flying under the radar. I can’t tell you how many people that I’ve talked to don’t realize that they signed Rudy Gay, who will be coming off of the bench for them.
Dejounte Murray is going to be back infusing this Spurs team with some youth at the point guard spot and when Tony Parker comes back I really think he’ll be coming off of the bench at this point in his career. So the Spurs second unit could potentially have Parker, Gay, and Manu Ginobili.
That’s the kind of 8 man depth most teams, aside from the Warriors, wished they could have.
Now for the “Kawhi Leonard Will Win The MVP Award” part. I know he’s not even ready to go to start the season. He’s still rehabbing an injured thigh and who knows when he’ll be done, but I don’t think we’ll have to wait too long before we see him on the court.
So once he can get himself healthy, I think Leonard’s path to the MVP is really that of little resistance this year.
In this era where every superstar has to band together to win a championship, Leonard has the chance to stand above the rest. Russell Westbrook will have Anthony and George taking away from him in OKC, James Harden won’t put up as many numbers with Chris Paul in the mix in Houston, and the NBA has decided Lebron has won enough MVP awards I guess.
So who do I think is going to win the MVP?
Yea… definitely this guy.