Early Predictions for the 2019 NBA Season

The NBA regular season begins in about two months. Right now, all of the bigger offseason names have either found new homes or remained in their old ones. And like every year, there will be some teams who disappoint, some who will exceed expectations, and some who will stay just the same. This goes for the players as well. Some players are going to shock us with an MVP run and others might regress. And same for the rookies. You get the point. So without any further bullshit, let’s dive into this way-too-early predictions article, where I’ll be depicting this year’s playoff teams, player awards, and all of that good stuff. Take a look.


Most Valuable Player

Anthony Davis

31.2 PPG, 12.1 RPG, 2.4 APG  –  53.7 FG%, 35.5 3P%, 81.6 FT%  –  1.1 SPG, 2.6 BPG

The last two seasons, Davis has shown us what he can do when healthy. Now that he’s the lone man again in New Orleans, I think he gets even better and takes home his first ever MVP.

Rookie of the Year

Trae Young

17.7 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 5.9 APG  –  41.2 FG%, 33.3 3P%, 82.4 FT%  –  0.9 SPG, 0.2 BPG

This is way more a guess from me since I don’t watch a ton of college ball, but even then, everybody knows about Young’s scoring ability. I think despite being on a tanking Hawks team, Young goes off for a solid rookie season.

Defensive Player of the Year

Anthony Davis

1.1 SPG, 2.6 BPG (Yes, I know there are a lot more defensive metrics out there)

I’m taking a risk here as Davis’ energy will be spent being “the guy” on offense this season, but fuck it. I think he goes balls out this year and uses every bit of effort inside him on both ends. So he’ll take home two awards.

Sixth Man of the Year

Carmelo Anthony

15.4 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.5 APG  –  42.1 FG%, 34.9 3P%, 80.1 FT%  –  0.5 SPG, 0.4 BPG

I’m definitely taking another risk with this choice, but again that’s the fun of this. I think Melo will actually play well off the bench. Still having ability to score in bunches, Melo will be the best sixth man out there in 2019.

Most Improved Player

Dejounte Murray

14.2 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.9 APG  –  45.6 FG%, 33.2 3P%, 74.9 FT%  –  1.8 SPG, 0.8 BPG

When Murray got starting time last season, he played very efficiently for the Spurs. And now with both Parker & Kawhi gone, I think Murray plays very well as the third option behind DeRozan & Aldridge, improving even more.


Standings

Eastern Conference

1. Boston Celtics

(56-26)

They placed second last year with Hayward missing the entire season & Irving playing just 60 games. Now they’re healthy.

2. Philadelphia 76ers

(50-32)

It didn’t end well for them in the playoffs, but the Sixers were a good story last year. I expect them to keep improving.

3. Toronto Raptors

(49-33)

If Leonard is healthy and motivated, the Raptors will easily be a top (regular season) team in 2019.

4. Indiana Pacers

(49-33)

They’ll keep playing solid basketball as long as Oladipo keeps on keeping on. I’m a huge Myles Turner fan too.

5. Milwaukee Bucks

(44-38)

I do expect the Bucks to improve but not much. They’ll still be an inconsistent & mediocre team like they were last year. Frustrating.

6. Detroit Pistons

(43-39)

With a full year of Blake & Andre, the Pistons will reach the playoffs as the sixth best team in the conference. They’ll be good, just not great.

7. Washington Wizards

(42-40)

The Wizards do have some good players but they never end up maximizing their potential. I don’t see too much changing for them in 2019.

8. Miami Heat

(40-42)

The Heat are kind of boring. They do have Whiteside, and D-Wade might return, but like a lot of Eastern Conference squads they’ll be average.

Western Conference

1. Golden State Warriors

(61-21)

Even if Cousins is unhealthy and a shell of himself, does that even matter? This team is a goddamn powerhouse.

2. Houston Rockets

(59-23)

After adding Melo, the Rockets will continue being an offensive juggernaut. They won’t place first, but second will be enough.

3. Oklahoma City Thunder

(52-30)

I think George & Westbrook are much better off without Melo. They can focus more on each other now and will click much better.

4. Minnesota Timberwolves

(49-33)

I was disappointed with the Wolves last season and thought they would do a lot better. They have amazing talent, so I think they bounce back in 2019.

5. Portland Trail Blazers

(48-34)

They’ll be good but won’t improve that much from last season. It will be more of other teams stepping up than it is them declining though.

6. Los Angeles Lakers

(46-36)

LeBron James will bring the Lakers to the playoffs. They won’t be a dominant team but they will be a playoff team.

7. San Antonio Spurs

(45-37)

The Spurs were the seventh seed last year as well. Even though Kawhi is gone, it’s still hard envisioning Pop miss the playoffs.

8. New Orleans Pelicans

(45-37)

I guess if I have Davis winning the MVP then I need to have the Pelicans somewhere in the mix.

 


NBA Finals

Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics

When it comes down to it, I think we’ll finally see the matchup some were expecting last year.

NBA Champions

Golden State Warriors

The Warriors will take the Celtics down, winning their third championship in a row and fourth in the last five seasons.

 

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7 thoughts on “Early Predictions for the 2019 NBA Season

  1. You were right , pretty spot on. You got AD having a monster year! Which could really happen but my only question is why do you have the pelicans so low ? Has there been an MVP that was in the 8th seed? Or do you believe the MVP is all about a story? Because if it’s the 2nd one then yes AD should win mvp

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    1. Yeah, good question about the Pelicans. I don’t think I put much thought into this article. Would probably change a few things if I were to edit.

      But to answer your question about the theme of your page, it’s all in the settings. Gotta go to the sidebar and click on themes>customize and play around with it from there. That will take you the actual site too.

      Thanks for the support.

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  2. Anthony Davis winning MVP and DPOY!? I’m all for it, I would love to see him dominate all season long like that. I’m interested in how you said Trae Young will win ROTY. I didn’t watch too much of him in college, and also don’t catch too many Hawks games. How’s is he defensively? From what I understand his offensive skillset is what will really cements him as a decent player, but am interested to know if his defense will play into him getting ROTY.

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