do whatever format you'd like pals
1. boston celtics2. philadelphia sixers 3. milwaukee bucks4. toronto raptors5. miami heat6. cleveland cavaliers 7. brooklyn nets8. atlanta hawks 9. new york knicks10. chicago bulls
12. washington wizards13. charlotte hornets14. detroit pistons15. orlando magic
we'll see what joe mazulla is all about in the playoffs but i feel like this boston team is pretty set it and forget it as far as the regular season goes. their depth is concerning but i think their best players will see the floor a lot. sixers and bucks will win a lot of regular season games, don't think there's a ton to say there. the bucks roster is a bit shaky (the degree to which they appear to be relying on jordan nwora is scary) so i have them a step below over 82. both the raptors and heat know how they want to play and have great coaches, i feel good about continuity carrying those two into the 4-5 above the hawks and cavs. the heat have looked clean as a whistle in the preseason.
i like the cavs over the hawks also due to continuity... i may be underrating the cavs based on what we saw last year. docking them slightly due to integrating mitchell, also their roster still feels a bit ill fitting to me. as for the nets i'm falling on the side of bad stupid shit happening to them again over the course of 82. hawks starting 5 looks nice on paper... we'll see if they can play a lick of defense. not a fan of their coach. knicks and bulls both feel like a solid bet to be around .500, don't have strong feelings on them either way.
wizards feel like the odd team out in between the top 10 and the bottom 3 or 4. i don't trust porzingis or beal... they have some other decent role players but a lot of bad young players. i think the hornets still have enough talent to not fully bottom out... magic and pistons i think ppl are over their skis thinking they might challenge for the play in.
1. denver nuggets2. memphis grizzlies3. golden state warriors4. los angeles clippers5. dallas mavericks6. phoenix suns
7. minnesota timberwolves8. new orleans pelicans9. los angeles lakers10. sacramento kings
11. portland trailblazers12. houston rockets13. okc thunder14. san antonio spurs15. utah jazz
i don't feel very good about my take on the west outside the top 4. i thought denver had a really nice offseason, KCP and bruce brown feel like great adds. i think they'll win a ton of games in the regular season. wouldn't surprise me if they had the best record in the NBA overall. memphis and golden state feel like they'll keep trucking along. i think the clippers are the best team in the west (spoiler alert) but i think they'll hold their guys back enough to be a hair below the others. i don't think they care about seeding or home court. i'm still high on dallas' team defense and luka... i think they're a clear top 6 team. i had no idea what to do w/ phoenix, putting them at 6 is basically me throwing up my hands. but they feel like this year's jazz to me where they start to slip down the standings as the season goes on before being embarrassed in the playoffs and then the team gets dismantled.
i'm not heavy on the wolves and pelicans like lots of people in the media, though if the wolves were a top 6 seed i wouldn't be surprised. i just don't believe in the KAT/gobert pairing and i don't like their roster outside of their top 3. i think there's a good chance they don't win any more playoff games than they did last year. the pelicans are the most overrated team in the NBA to me, i can't remember a team getting so hyped off winning two first round games where the other teams best players were hurt. i get why ppl like their roster but i think they have a lot to figure out in terms of how all their guys play together on both sides of the floor. also their three best players are always hurt.
i had no idea what to do w/ the lakers. ultimately they're both too old and too young. their roster is really patchy and they have a first time head coach. i think they're in the play in at least but building the argument for them as a top 6 seed is very hard. i think sacramento will be highly motivated to make the play in so i give them the nod over portland but both feel destined to be fighting for the 10 seed to me.
nothing really to say about the bottom 4 teams. i think houston has a fun roster that is crying out for a two way dominant force, feels like they have a lot of one way guys currently. my thoughts on the spurs are that i really liked keldon johnson and devin vassell in fantasy. okc and utah... no thoughts head empty.
east finals: bucks over celticswest finals: clippers over warriors nba finals: clippers over bucks
i think the bucks big three has enough to carry them to the finish line this year, but i think their roster still sags in too many places to win it all. the west is hard to peg but i think the clippers have the right combo of high end talent, depth, flexibility, and coaching to win the conference. no other team from the west is screaming out at me as a title winner. i think the sixers and nuggets go out in the second round bcuz of roster construction issues.
mvp: jayson tatumDPOY: giannis6MOY: malcolm brogdoncoach: michael malonemost improved: evan mobley
― J0rdan S., Tuesday, 18 October 2022 21:17 (one month ago) link
cross posting from the other thread
mvp: embiidcoy: malone6moy: pooledpoy: draymondroy: bancheromip: uhh maxey?
― Spottie, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 21:19 (one month ago) link
we're on the same wavelength w/ denver
― J0rdan S., Tuesday, 18 October 2022 21:22 (one month ago) link
i forgot to rank the pacers, needless to say i think they'll be last in the east
no other team from the west is screaming out at me as a title winner. ― J0rdan S., Tuesday, October 18, 2022 2:17 PM (two minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink
― J0rdan S., Tuesday, October 18, 2022 2:17 PM (two minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink
idk how you can watch what the warriors just did and not believe they can do it again? and they should be actually better this season.
― Spottie, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 21:23 (one month ago) link
i think the records in the top 6-8 of the west are gonna be tight
― Spottie, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 21:24 (one month ago) link
also lol i left out the nets, thought i typed them.. put them in 5th and bump everyone else down a slot
― Spottie, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 21:25 (one month ago) link
― Spottie, Tuesday, October 18, 2022 5:23 PM (three minutes ago)
yeah. i just think repeating is gonna be a bear for them. that group has accomplished basically everything you could possibly imagine. i also think they had a really easy draw in the conference last year
― J0rdan S., Tuesday, 18 October 2022 21:30 (one month ago) link
a lot of people predicted dallas would beat them, and memphis.
― Spottie, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 21:31 (one month ago) link
i think if you were gonna rank the final 8 teams in last year’s playoffs phoenix, dallas, and memphis would be in the bottom 4 with philly. and then memphis lost ja
― J0rdan S., Tuesday, 18 October 2022 21:33 (one month ago) link
the suns were the title favorites. or do you mean on a re-rank? the grizz had ja to start the series and the dubs were blowing them out during the swing game that he went down, which ended the series more or less. i think the grizz last year with healthy ja and jjj were as good as anyone.
― Spottie, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 21:41 (one month ago) link
yeah i just mean looking back on those teams in retrospect. i think the final 4 in the west this year is gonna be a lot stronger
― J0rdan S., Tuesday, 18 October 2022 21:44 (one month ago) link
was thinking the bucks to win but then i read that middleton is gonna miss the beginning season cause of surgery and started to feel like is this team about to fade, obvs a tough year to predict i was looking at the west and i dont like any of the teams to have the best record idk
― lag∞n, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 22:01 (one month ago) link
i think the bucks have the best top 3 in the east, prob the best backbone of any team in the league. but yes on middleton and also their roster isn’t really improved from last year when i think they got exposed in that boston series. and yet they still almost won and would’ve beaten miami! helps to have the undisputed best player in the world
― J0rdan S., Tuesday, 18 October 2022 22:12 (one month ago) link
yeah giannis is showing no sign of slowing but the rest of the team idk
― lag∞n, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 22:20 (one month ago) link
mavs and wiz will overperformhawks and twolves will underperform
nuggets will win the nba playoffs
― ciderpress, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 22:26 (one month ago) link
mvp lukadpoy bamroy ivey
celtics > bucksnugs > dubsceltics > nugs :)
finals mvp jayson tatum
― lag∞n, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 22:30 (one month ago) link
was thinking that with the intensified tanking this year more good players than usual might be available for trade which could change the race
― lag∞n, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 22:33 (one month ago) link
cross posting from the other threadnuggetswarriorssunsclippersgrizzlieswolves------pelsmavskingslakersceltics76ersbucksheatcavshawks------raptorsbullsknicksmagic?mvp: embiidcoy: malone6moy: pooledpoy: draymondroy: bancheromip: uhh maxey?― Spottie, Tuesday, October 18, 2022 5:19 PM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink
― Spottie, Tuesday, October 18, 2022 5:19 PM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink
Not going to make a prediction because I'm not enough of a head, especially out West, to make it really informed. As a Sixers fan, I just hope for team health (especially Embiid) heading into and through the playoffs and the rest will take care of itself (i.e. another second round exit).
― sometimes you have to drink to kill the paranoia (PBKR), Tuesday, 18 October 2022 22:39 (one month ago) link
i'm not makin any picks this year bc i have too much credibility to lose
j/k nuggets champs, giannis mvp, lots of ugly tanking, lots of major injuries, blazers bad, zion good, lakers medicre
― per Ham (Clay), Tuesday, 18 October 2022 22:45 (one month ago) link
if the blazers are out of it by mid year i think we might finally see dame get moved.
― Spottie, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 22:48 (one month ago) link
with that contract? i mean cheers if so but he's owed $67m in his age 37 season
― Clay, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 22:51 (one month ago) link
sorry, $63m. a bargain!
― Clay, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 22:52 (one month ago) link
someone might still pull the trigger but the clock is ticking
― lag∞n, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 22:53 (one month ago) link
wld be weird to give him that extension then immediately trade him tho
― lag∞n, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 22:55 (one month ago) link
yeah i should preface it by saying if the blazers are out of it and dame looks good...
― Spottie, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 22:56 (one month ago) link
would look weird yeah but gotta let him free.
mvp: tatumcoy: kidd6moy: brogdondpoy: embiidroy: mathurin
finals: LAC vs MILchamps: LAC
― micah, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 23:25 (one month ago) link
the westbrook contract and the two lakers unprotected picks is the only obvious dame trade that makes sense to me. but that feels like a very light return for portland. i think the lakers would somehow need to find other assets to spin into the deal
― J0rdan S., Tuesday, 18 October 2022 23:26 (one month ago) link
worst PR move the blazers could make on the planet is trading the beloved son and arguable best blazer ever to the villainous lakers, simply not going to happen for the sake of the front office not getting immediately burned to the ground
― Clay, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 23:28 (one month ago) link
wow two mvp votes for tatum idk even if he does play at an mvp level feel like guys usually dont get it the first year they do that, tho the media has been on his nuts since day one so maybe, i would support it tho
― lag∞n, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 23:29 (one month ago) link
almost picked steph tbh
― micah, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 23:30 (one month ago) link
my feeling on the MVP is that jokic is effectively eliminated this year and so it’s almost certainly gonna go to a player in the east unless steph or luka grab it. embiid or giannis are prob the safer bets but i think tatum’s chances are being heavily discounted given that he’s the best player on a team that easily could finish first in the east & everyone just spent the entire playoffs talking about how great he is (even as he sometimes didn’t play all that great)
― J0rdan S., Tuesday, 18 October 2022 23:39 (one month ago) link
embiid has been knocking on the door theyll give it to him if he looks like he did the last two seasons and no one else goes supernova
― Spottie, Wednesday, 19 October 2022 00:04 (one month ago) link
that’s prob true. there’s always the chance embiid doesn’t hit whatever arbitrary games played threshold exists to win
― J0rdan S., Wednesday, 19 October 2022 00:37 (one month ago) link
new prediction - scoring will be way up league wide this year
― ciderpress, Wednesday, 19 October 2022 00:43 (one month ago) link
mvp: tatumroy: keegan murraycoy: mike malone6moy: reggie jacksonroy: paolo
finals: mil over gsw
― terence trent d'ilfer (m bison), Wednesday, 19 October 2022 00:53 (one month ago) link
lmao i couldnt decide ROY so now theres two, jk jk its paolo
guess that settles it tatum is mvp, congrats to him
― lag∞n, Wednesday, 19 October 2022 00:54 (one month ago) link
also michael malone running away with ILH COYreggie jackson is a great 6MOY pick bison
― J0rdan S., Wednesday, 19 October 2022 00:55 (one month ago) link
nice move giving the best draft odds to the spurs kudos
― Clay, Wednesday, 19 October 2022 01:01 (one month ago) link
im wacky 4 wembanyama
― terence trent d'ilfer (m bison), Wednesday, 19 October 2022 01:08 (one month ago) link
MVP: GiannisCoach: Jenkins, Grizz6th Man: PooleDefensive POY: GiannisRookie: No ideaMost Improved: Brogdon
― “Cheeky cheeky!” she trills, nearly demolishing a roadside post (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 19 October 2022 19:16 (one month ago) link
everyone tatum mvp predictions looking pretty good
He’s averaging nine free throw attempts per game, nearly three more than his previous career high. He’s shooting 80 percent from inside of four feet. He has averaged 11.1 points in the paint per game, which would also be a career-high. He has scored at least 31 points in five of the six games during the current winning streak.
― lag∞n, Monday, 14 November 2022 17:21 (three weeks ago) link
first quarter corrections?
― “Cheeky cheeky!” she trills, nearly demolishing a roadside post (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 6 December 2022 16:37 (yesterday) link
― lag∞n, Tuesday, October 18, 2022 6:30 PM (one month ago) bookmarkflaglink
― lag∞n, Tuesday, 6 December 2022 16:40 (yesterday) link
i was too low on the cavs which i knew i was but i was just being stubborn. was too low on the pelicans. everyone was too low on the suns tho i still think that's a house of cards that crumbles in the playoffs. maybe a bit too high on denver tho i think they could go on a big second half run. def too high on the clippers as far as the regular season goes. everyone was too high on the sixers and tho there's some obv some mitigating factors there that they just don't seem to be the team ppl were expecting to see
tatum as mvp is looking pretty good tho
― J0rdan S., Tuesday, 6 December 2022 17:08 (yesterday) link
celtics and suns shaking offseason drama to top their conferences for the first quarter of the season should be commended for sure. thats not usually how this stuff works out.
pels gotta be the best story so far. jazz and blazers got all the praise to start the season but have slowly come back to earth and the pels are just steady even with big starters in and out of the lineup. kings also looking good.
warriors look like themselves once they demoted wiseman and stopped forcing the youth movement. but their defensive issues are real and they need to make a trade.
clips, grizz, 76ers, who knows they've all been too injured
heat, mavs, warriors biggest disappointments
― im a beacon of light (Spottie), Tuesday, 6 December 2022 19:38 (yesterday) link
crazy thing about the pelicans is zion is just starting to find his groove if he really gets rolling they could be dangerous
― lag∞n, Tuesday, 6 December 2022 19:41 (yesterday) link
they have solid and versatile two-way role players too with trey/herb/nance/jose and other borderline all star talents in cj/jonas that can get you 20+ any given night. and cj has been really bad so far so he should improve.
― im a beacon of light (Spottie), Tuesday, 6 December 2022 19:46 (yesterday) link
yeah none of their stars have even played that good
― lag∞n, Tuesday, 6 December 2022 19:49 (yesterday) link