2012-2013 NBA Season Preview


After a long and grueling summer of anticipation, here are my early predictions for the upcoming 2012-2013 NBA Season. For a more in-depth take on the NBA offseason transactions, check out my Offseason Grades for the East and the West.

 

Eastern Conference:

1. Miami Heat 65-17

2. Indiana Pacers 54-28

3. Boston Celtics 49-33

4. Chicago Bulls 48-34

5. New York Knicks 47-35

6. Atlanta Hawks 44-38

7. Philadelphia 76ers 41-41

8. Toronto Raptors 40-42

9. Milwaukee Bucks 40-42

10. Brooklyn Nets 38-44

11. Washington Wizards 37-45

12. Detroit Pistons 33-49

13. Cleveland Cavaliers 32-50

14. Orlando Magic 24-58

15. Charlotte Bobcats 22-60

 

Sleeper Teams: Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards

 

Western Conference:

1. Oklahoma City Thunder 62-20

2. L.A. Lakers 61-21

3. San Antonio Spurs 58-24

4. L.A. Clippers 55-27

5. Denver Nuggets 54-28

6. Memphis Grizzlies 50-32

7. Dallas Mavericks 44-38

8. Minnesota Timberwolves 42-40

9. Golden State Warriors 39-43

10. Utah Jazz 38-44

11. Phoenix Suns 33-49

12. New Orleans Hornets 31-51

13. Sacramento Kings 31-51

14. Portland Trailblazers 30-52

15. Houston Rockets 28-54

 

Sleeper Teams: Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors

 

Individual Awards: Winner, Runner Up

 

MVP: Kevin Durant, LeBron James

ROY: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Anthony Davis

6th: Jason Terry, Ray Allen

MIP: Goran Dragic, Evan Turner

DPOY: Dwight Howard, Tyson Chandler

COY: Scott Brooks, Dwane Casey

 

NBA Finals Prediction:

L.A. Lakers vs Miami Heat

 

Winner:

L.A. Lakers

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2 comments on “2012-2013 NBA Season Preview

  1. waughste says:

    Stephen Waugh here,

    I thought you’d like to read this:
    The Annual GM Survey: A Reminder That Conventional Wisdom and Experts Are Often Pretty Stupid
    http://www.behindthebasket.com/btb/2012/10/28/the-annual-gm-survey-a-reminder-that-conventional-wisdom-and.html

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