2015-16 MUNTRADAMUS NBA PREDICTIONS
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2015-16 NBA PREDICTIONS
15. PHI 76ERS
76ers are a recess NBA team. All they do is run up and down the court playing no defense and taking the first open shot they can get. Joel Embid will not play this season, Robert Covington is already injured, and Tony Wroten will not be back until December. Slow start to the season is evident for the 76ers, they may pull off a few big upset wins.
14. NYK KNICKS
Phil Jackson is raping the state of New York with his GM moves. Derrick Williams/Arron Afflalo/Robin Lopez and Kristas PorzingBUST are not going to carry this team to the playoffs. It will be fun watching Carmelo Anthony BEAST for half of a season, but he is far less than 100% and the player he once was. His mid-range/1on1 game is still one of the best in the league, but his days of carrying a team like he did in Denver are done.
13. BOS CELTICS
Celtics might as well be in the NHL. They have enough players to play 3 different lines and they will likely have so many different lineup combinations that player chemistry will never be there like a true championship team. There is no doubt this team has a lot of strong role players, but no superstar and all players who have to buy into a system to make it work, will likely not work.
12. BRK NETS
Losing Deron Williams and relying on Jarrett Jack/Shane Larkin is asking for trouble. Thaddeus Young/Joe Johnson/Brook Lopez are the veterans that are going to have to carry this squad, and as good as it sounds on paper. It is a very long NBA season and if they lose any of these players, this team is not going anywhere. Bring back Jay-Z.
11. IND PACERS
Paul George is healthy and looking like a potential MVP candidate. Problem with this Pacers team is everything else. Monta Ellis does not look comfortable in the Pacers offense, George Hill is not comfortable with Monta Ellis, and Rodney Stuckey/CJ Miles is not enough consistent offense to make up for the fact that this team is very weak at Center. Paul George will have to carry this team nightly, and if Monta Ellis cannot figure this system out this Pacers team is done before it started.
10. DET PISTONS
Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond lead a team of 3PT shooters and a spread offense that should work wonders for Drummond. When Brandon Jennings comes back in December this team will have a lot of big-time play makers in what could be designed as one of the highest scoring offenses in the NBA if Van Gundy wants to run. Drummond will be a BEAST, question is will the rest of the team follow.
9. CHA HORNETS
Losing Lance Stephenson was important for the Hornets, adding Nicolas Batum was the best upgrade this team can ask for. Jeremy Lin and Kemba Walker make a nice back court and Al Jefferson always has the skills to be a BEAST post offensive option. However add age with bad leagues and a little gut, and this is the last productive season we may get from Big Al. Kemba Walker needs to go superstar mode for this team to win consistently.
8. ORL MAGIC
Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo gain another year of experience and confidence. This young Magic squad has enough to make a lot of noise as long as they stay consistent. Nikola Vucevic is one of the best post centers in the game today, and the Magic have a lot of talent surrounding him including 2nd year Poor Man Blake Griffin in Aaron Gordon.
7. ATL HAWKS
Hawks are all about team ball. Losing DeMarre Carrol was a big loss as he was a vital piece of the glue. They added Tiago Splitter at backup Center, but as long as Teague/Korver hold down the guard spot while Millsap/Horford stay consistent, this team will be battling. Most important player to this team is Kent Bazemore. If Bazemore has a big season with his super style flash then the Hawks will be soaring through the playoffs.
6. CHI BULLS
Derrick Rose comes into the season once again banged up, Pau Gasol/Joakim Noah are both a year older. This Bulls team is heading in the wrong direction if they want to win a Championship as their time is now. Jimmy “Buckets” Butler found an offensive game out of nowhere last season, and with Mike Dunleavy injured for a couple months, Butler will have to carry this team early. Rose has to stay healthy and the Declining Pau/Noah have to stay healthy. If all of that comes true, they will likely slow down in the Playoffs as the mileage starts to rack up. Nikola Mirotic and Pau Gasol are two of the biggest defensive liabilities in the NBA.
5. MIL BUCKS
The addition of Greg Monroe and the return of Jabari Parker in December has this Bucks team ready to BEAST in 2015-16. MCW (Michael Carter Williams) came over to the Bucks at the Trade Deadline and never got too comfortable with his spot on the team. Unfortunately this preseason did not help solidify that as he was very inconsistent. What makes the Bucks great is their depth. OJ Mayo and Jerryd Bayless are two of the best backup guards in the NBAs and the length of Khris Middleton and Giannis (Anti-Dikembe Mutombo) at the wing spots make this team lethal.
4. WAS WIZARDS
John Wall will always have the Wizards competitive. Otto Porter has big shoes to fill with no more Paul Pierce in town, luckily for Porter he has bigger feet and more upside. Bradley Beal is going to have to be the 3PT champion this season as the Wizards need his shooting nightly. Marcin Gortat will lead the way with one of the most stacked front courts in the NBA.
3. TOR RAPTORS
Kyle Lowry may be the best PG in the NBA coming into the season if you take jumping out of the gym as a determining factor. Lowry/DeRozan combo is one of the most lethal in the NBA and the addition of DeMarre Carroll will instantly have this team winning more games. Jonas Valanciunas has always looked good, but never reached his potential. No more Amir Johnson should lead to more PT, however watch out for the BEAST DOME LEGEND Bismack Biyombo.
2. CLE CAVALIERS
The Cavs are easily the best team in the East once again. This season Lebron and company start with a lot of injuries. Kyrie Irving could be out until December rushing off of serious knee surgery, Iman Shumpert is out until January, and Kevin Love is really struggling this preseason come off of shoulder surgery. Lebron James will have to carry this team on his back, which is also injured coming into the season. Will be an interesting season but the addition of Mo Williams to go with a healthy Anderson Varejao should be good enough pieces to push this team until they get 100%.
1. MIA HEAT
Goran Dragic and Dwayne Wade was a back court combo that cannot be stopped. Luol Deng is aging but the addition of Gerald Green who is one of the most explosive players in the NBA will be huge for this team. Justice Winslow is good as well and has a lot of promise to be in the defensive Rudy Gay type of conversation. What sets this team apart is their size down low with Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside. When you add Amar’e Stoudemire as the backup this Heat team is covered from all angles.
EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS
MAGIC (8) @ HEAT (1)
Battle for Florida is in place. Magic have a nice future, but their future is not now against a star driven Miami Heat squad that has plenty of depth. Vucevic does not get his BEAST numbers in this series against Whiteside and Dwayne Wade shows Victor Oladipo a thing or two about what it takes to be a Champion.
HAWKS (7) @ CAVALIERS (2)
The loss of DeMarre Carroll will be felt in this series. The Hawks have nobody that can guard Lebron James, and with a healthy Kevin Love on the court to go with Kyrie Irving and all the Cavs Pieces, the Hawks do not stand a chance in this series. Lebron moves on.
BULLS (6) @ RAPTORS (3)
By the time this series comes along, Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah will not have much left in the tank. Luckily for them that does not matter as the Raptors bigs are non athletic at all. Kyle Lowry goes off on Derrick Rose, but Rose managers to get his. Carroll is big in shutting down Butler, and Butler has trouble slowing down DeRozan. In the end, the veterans of Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah with the deep Bulls bench is enough to push the Raptors out of the playoffs. The loss of Lou Williams will be felt in this series for the Raptors.
BUCKS (5) @ WIZARDS (4)
Bucks have the athleticism and size to take down the Wizards. Problem is John Wall can get his whenever he wants off of MCW, and that will make things interesting. Bradley Beal does have a size issue himself against Middleton and the Bucks are a lot more athletic with their front court. In the end, I like the Bucks with their depth to take this game over when the Wizards rest Wall or Beal. Bucks advance.
BUCKS (5) @ HEAT (1)
Bucks have a lot to make this a series, but the length of the Bucks is not that big of an advantage as the Heat are very long themselves. Keep in mind that the Heat have way better offensive players and more dominant forces in this game. The Bucks bench is not enough as the Heat bench is even stronger. Wade and his Heat advance to the Finals.
BULLS (6) @ CAVALIERS (2)
Dream matchup for the Cavs as the Bulls are not athletic enough to compete with the Cavs. Pau and Noah will definitely be done with their knees at this point of the season, and Jimmy Butler cannot realistically guard Lebron James. Cavs have way too many options and easily advance to the Eastern Conference Finals once again.
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
CAVALIERS (2) @ HEAT (1)
The matchup the NBA wants as this would bring in a Superbowl size audience for a 7 game series. Lebron James against Dwayne Wade. Luol Deng is the Lebron stopper, he has stopped him time after time in his career. Kyrie Irving can shake Dragic, but in return Kyrie’s knee cannot keep up with Dragic when he has the ball. Wade owns the Shumpert/J.R. combo at the SG position and the bigs of Miami with Bosh and Whiteside kill the slow motion Love/Mozgov.
EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS
EASTERN CONFERENCE AWARDS
EAST ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Jahlil Okafor (76ers)
EAST 6th Man
Gerald Green (Heat)
EAST 1st TEAM
PG. John Wall (Wizards)
SG. DeMar DeRozan (Raptors)
SF. Lebron James (Cavaliers)
PF. Paul George (Pacers)
C. Hassan Whiteside (Heat)
15. DAL MAVERICKS
Losing DeAndre Jordan was big for this team. They replaced him with Zaza Pachulia and Javale McGee. McGee has a long ways to go before we can picture him being a good center again. Deron Williams has to be a star, he is injured. Wesley Matthews has a bad achilles and the Blazers rejected to re-sign him. Dirk is comparing his speed to Peyton Manning, while Chandler Parsons has a bad knee and will probably not be 100% all season. Mavericks fans can go home early.
14. UTA JAZZ
Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors is not enough offense to win in the West. Rudy Gobert is BIG, but he is not as talented on the offensive end as people think. Trey Burke and Alec Burks is not enough offense from their guards and their bench will not get much going either. Jazz can use this season to remember the Stockton/Malone days and how good they used to have it.
13. POR TRAILBLAZERS
Damian Lillard is just one man. If the Blazers are going to do anything, he needs to play for about 5 of them. The Blazers are very small and thin in their front court as Mason Plumlee and Ed Davis are too lanky to compete with real bigs. Aminu/Henderson were two nice additions, but they lost everything else including their entire starting 5 besides Damian. Blazers have a very bad team and C.J. McCollum is not good enough to carry the slack of what they lost. Not a good season for the, ‘Portland Damian Lillards.’
12. PHX SUNS
Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight. This team will need these guys to carry this squad every night as the Suns finally got rid of their amazing depth they have always had, and replaced it with nothing. Tyson Chandler is big at center, but he does not score enough points and the prolific high scoring Suns become a defensive minded team. Markieff Morris will likely be traded as he is not happy about his twin brother being traded when they took a brother discount to play together.
11. MIN TIMBERWOLVES
The loss of Flip Saunders is a sad one. He did a great job building a Young T-Wolves team that is ready to explode, but the problem is the team was all his vision. With nobody there to lead the vision he created, it is going to be hard for this team to be on the right page and make a run into being a competitive playoff team this season.
10. MEM GRIZZLIES
Marc Gasol is only getting older, and Zach Randolph is ready to break down with knees that are cashed. Mike Conley is the most overrated PG in the league as a star in his position would be averaging 20+ a game easy with more assists in an offense that has no scoring out of their guards. Jeff Green has a lot of weight on his shoulders, but his PT is always inconsistent. When Zach Randolph goes down, Jeff Green does not have enough to carry this team into the playoffs.
9. DEN NUGGETS
Mike Malone is a great Head Coach and has a lot of talent on this Nuggets team to be a huge surprise in the West. They have trimmed some of the fat and got rid of Ty Lawson to add superstar rookie PG Emmanuel Mudiay. Jameer Nelson heads one of the best benches in the West that has a lot of athleticism and defense. Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari have a lot of offensive weight on their shoulders, but they also have very bad knees running in the D’Antoni offense in New York. Kenneth Faried leads a very nice front court that has a lot of depth. Nuggets will surprise a lot of teams.
8. LAL LAKERS
Lakers made a lot of upgrades this off-season. Brandon Bass and Lou Williams are two very dependable veterans. DeAngelo Russell is still figuring out his role, but the upside looks very promising. The biggest upgrade is Roy Hibbert who has led his Pacers to the Playoffs year after year. Even with a garbage squad last season with no Paul George until the very end, the Pacers finished in 9th Place. Not many teams are deeper than the Lakers with Nick Young on the bench along with Bass/Lou. Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle are for real and Kobe Bryant is still a shade of Kobe. Lakers sneak into the playoffs.
7. SAC KINGS
George Karl has a great combo of Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins. The Kings did a good job adding Willie Cauley-Stein and Kosta Koufos at Center Depth to help keep Cousins out of foul trouble. Even though that DeMarcus is long gone. Rajon Rondo and Marco Belinelli are two big upgrades as well and the Kings have the weapons to make the playoffs.
6. NOP PELICANS
Future is here for the Pelicans. Early injury to Tyreke Evans does hurt, but the addition of coach Alvin Gentry will have Eric Gordon playing like his old Clipper self. Jrue Holiday appears healthier than most thing and he will play enough minutes to give Anthony Davis all the support he needs for the Pelicans to BEAST most teams. Pelicans will win a championship the day they give Anthony Davis a BEAST center to play with.
5. GSW WARRIORS
The Splash Brothers with Draymond and company can win any game. Problem is the Warriors did not do much to improve their team while everyone else did. Literally every team below this team upgraded tremendously. If it is not broken, don’t fix it. However if you have an Apple 4 and there is an Apple 5, it is time to upgrade. If this team gets stuck in a big deal with Harrison Barnes, they will be stuck in a bad phone contract that will keep them with the Apple 4.
4. OKC THUNDER
Billy Donovan is a big addition to the NBA and he is working with the best team in the NBA on paper. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook can both win MVP, and the team is stacked with bench stars including Enes Kanter and Dion Waiters. Health is key, but talent is there for this squad.
3. HOU ROCKETS
The addition of Ty Lawson could be the only thing this Rockets team was missing. Losing Josh Smith hurt as he was a nice fit off the bench, but the Rockets remain very deep now that Beverly goes to the bench with the energizer go bunny in Corey Brewer and the big hook in Donny Darko. Key is health for Dwight Howard and Ty Lawson meshing well. Enough time in the season to get it done.
2. SAS SPURS
The addition of LaMarcus Aldridge was huge, along with David West. This Spurs team is deeper than most and their offensive system is nearly flawless. Only thing that can slow down this team is age as the NBA season is very long and the demand it takes on your body is only growing as the game is faster than ever. Spurs will always run the pace, but the pace is a long one.
1. LAC CLIPPERS
No more excuses for the Clippers. Grabbing DeAndre Jordan back from the Mavericks to go with Lance Stephenson and Josh Smith is easily the biggest Free Agent Frenzy any team can ask for. Wesley Johnson is a nice add to replace Matt Barnes and this Clippers team is beyond stacked. Chris Paul will lead the NBA in assists and they will have a different leading scorer almost every night.
WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS
LAKERS (8) @ CLIPPERS (1)
No traveling needed for either team as the entire series will be at Staples Center. The Clippers are stronger and deeper at nearly every position. This is not even a matchup, the Clippers BEAST.
KINGS (7) @ SPURS (2)
Nice for the Kings to make the Playoffs, but this is where they go home. Cousins is schooled by all the bigs the Spurs have in store, and Rudy Gay has trouble against Kawhi Leonard. Spurs dominate the paint and win the series.
PELICANS (6) @ ROCKETS (3)
Anthony Davis has a chance to make a statement against Dwight in this series. James Harden will ball in this series no doubt. Ariza will make things tough for Tyreke to get going, and Ty Lawson is too quick for the less than 100% Jrue Holiday. Anthony Davis does not have enough in the tank as Terrence Jones makes life rough for AD. Rockets Advance.
WARRIORS (5) @ THUNDER (4)
Russell Westbrook is not guardable in this series. Kevin Durant is not guardable in this series. Anthony Roberson is the Klay stopper, Curry will not have enough to beat this high scoring team. Thunder advance.
THUNDERS (4) @ CLIPPERS (1)
This is the series for the decades. Kevin Durant will see a lot of Wesley Johnson in this series, Durant will still dominate him. Chris Paul will not be able to guard Westbrook. Ibaka will do a good job semi-limiting Blake. The real key is can the Thunder stop DeAndre Jordan from controlling the paint. High scoring back and forth, guaranteed 7 game series. In the end. I will give the edge to the Clippers who should be the more organized team and have more ways of winning every game. Clippers reach the Western Conference Finals.
ROCKETS (3) @ SPURS (2)
Duncan/Aldridge/West and Kawhi Leonard is a lot for the Rockets to handle. On the other end Ty Lawson and James Harden will dominate against the Spurs guards, putting a lot of pressure for LMA to go to his vintage Blazers form. He is able to do it, the Rockets lose the battle of the paint. They also lose the series and the Spurs advance.
WEESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
SPURS (2) @ CLIPPERS (1)
The Clippers went through a lot to beat the Thunder, now they face the Spurs. Clippers have a huge edge in this series as they have a deeper bench and a lot more athleticism. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin cannot be stopped, DeAndre Jordan controls the paint. Redick and Jamal Crawford is too much for Danny Green and Ginobili to handle, Josh Smith and Lance Stephenson off the bench is the deal breaker. Size does not matter for the Spurs, Clippers are bigger.
WESTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
WESTERN CONFERENCE AWARDS
WEST ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Karl Anthony Towns (MIN)
WEST 6th Man
David West (SAS)
WEST 1st TEAM
PG. Chris Paul (Clippers)
SG. James Harden (Rockets)
SF. Kevin Durant (Thunder)
PF. Blake Griffin (Clippers)
C. DeMarcus Cousins (Kings)
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS @ MIAMI HEAT
The Clippers have the more mature Hassan Whiteside in DeAndre Jordan. Blake Griffin will kill Chris Bosh no questions asked. Bosh will get his buckets as well. Paul Pierce and Loul Deng are both past their prime. JJ Redick has a challenge guarding NBA Finals Dwayne Wade. Redick will get his 3s. Chris Paul and Goran Dragic will go back and forth, easy advantage to CP3. Throw in a deeper Clippers Bench and the fact that Chris Paul will run circles setting up alley-oops to Blake and DeAndre or wide open 3s for whoever is in the game. The Miami Heat go down to the LA Clippers.