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NBA Preview: Awards, Hype, Prediction Edition

With the NBA Season getting ready to start it’s only right that we answer a few questions in regards to awards, playoff seeding, finals predictions etc…. Please be sure to sound off and voice your opinions and enlighten us on your predictions.

Statistical Predictions:

Who will lead the league in scoring?

  
Hornback: Kevin Durant

Fort: Kevin Durant

Carter: Kevin Durant

Who will lead the league in rebounds?

  Hornback: Andre Drummond

Fort: Hassan Whiteside

Carter: Deandre Jordan

Who will lead the league in assists?

  

Hornback: John Wall

Fort: John Wall

Carter: Chris Paul

Who will lead the league in PER? (Player Efficiency Rating)

    
Hornback: Anthony Davis

Fort: Anthony Davis

Carter: Chris Paul

Who will lead the league in usage percentage?

  Hornback: LeBron James

Fort: Carmelo Anthony

Carter: James Harden

What will be the top 5 offenses?

   
Hornback:

  1. Warriors
  2. Clippers
  3. Thunder
  4. Hawks
  5. Spurs

Fort:

  1. Warriors
  2. Clippers
  3. Thunder
  4. Hawks
  5. Spurs

Carter:

  1. Clippers
  2. Warriors
  3. Thunder
  4. Rockets
  5. Heat

What will be the top 5 defenses?

    
Hornback:

  1. Jazz
  2. Warriors
  3. Bucks
  4. Grizzlies
  5. Wizards

Fort:

  1. Warriors
  2. Wizards
  3. Cavaliers
  4. Bucks
  5. Thunder

Carter:

  1. Bucks
  2. Bulls
  3. Pelicans
  4. Warriors
  5. Jazz

Awards Predictions:

Who will be this season’s Coach of the Year?

  

Hornback: Alvin Gentry

Fort: Erik Spolestra

Carter: Jason Kidd

Who will be this season’s Executive of the Year?

  
Hornback: R. C. Buford (San Antonio)

Fort: Pat Riley (Miami)

Carter: John Hammond (Milwaukee)

Who will be the season’s Rookie of the Year?

  Hornback: Jahlil Okafor

Fort: Emannuel Mudiay (Winslow very close 2nd)

Carter: Karl-Anthony Towns

Who will be this season’s Most Valuable Player of the Year?

  Hornback: James Harden

Fort: Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook

Carter: James Harden

Who will be this season’s Defensive Player of the Year?

  Hornback: Rudy Gobert

Fort: Dwight Howard

Carter: Anthony Davis

Who will be this season’s Sixth Man of the Year?

  Hornback: Isaiah Thomas

Fort: Louis Williams

Carter: Isaiah Thomas

Who will be this season’s Most Improved Player?

  
Hornback: Derrick Favors

Fort: Jordan Clarkson

Carter: Rudy Gobert

All NBA 1st Team

Hornback:
Steph Curry
James Harden
LeBron James
Anthony Davis
Dwight Howard

Fort: 
Russell Westbrook
James Harden
LeBron James
Kevin Durant
Anthony Davis

Carter:
Chris Paul
James Harden
LeBron James
Blake Griffin
Anthony Davis

All NBA 2nd Team

Hornback:
Chris Paul
Russell Westbrook
Kevin Durant
LaMarcus Aldridge
DeMarcus Cousins

Fort: 
John Wall
Steph Curry
Paul George
Lamarcus Aldridge
Blake Griffin

Carter:
Steph Curry
Russell Westbrook
Kevin Durant
LaMarcus Aldridge
Demarcus Cousins

All NBA 3rd Team

Hornback:
John Wall
Jimmy Butler
Kevin Love
Blake Griffin
Marc Gasol

Fort: 
Chris Paul
Jimmy Butler
Kawhi Leonard
Chris Bosh
Marc Gasol

Carter:
John Wall
Jimmy Butler
Kawhi Leonard
Pau Gasol
Marc Gasol

All NBA Defensive 1st Team

Hornback:
John Wall
Tony Allen
Draymond Green
Anthony Davis
Rudy Gobert

Fort: 
John Wall
Jeff Teague
Kawhi Leonard
LeBron James

Carter:
Chris Paul
Jimmy Butler
Anthony Davis
Rudy Gobert

All NBA Defensive 2nd Team

Hornback:
Chris Paul
Jimmy Butler
Kawhi Leonard
Serge Ibaka
Marc Gasol

Fort: 
Chris Paul
Jimmy Butler
Paul George
Anthony Davis
Deandre Jordan

Carter:
Michael Conley
Tony Allen
Draymond Green
Serge Ibaka
Deandre Jordan

All NBA Rookie Team

Hornback:
D’Angelo Russell
Emmanuel Mudiay
Mario Hezonja
Stanley Johnson
Jahlil Okafor

Fort: 
Emmanuel Mudiay
D’Angelo Russell
Justice Winslow
Karl-Anthony Towns
Jahlil Okafor

Carter:
Emmanuel Mudiay
Mario Hezonja
Stanley Johnson
Karl-Anthony Towns
Jahlil Okafor

Playoff Predictions

  
DeShawn Hornback:

  1. Warriors
  2. Spurs
  3. Rockets
  4. Clippers
  5. Thunder
  6. Grizzlies
  7. Pelicans
  8. Jazz

Ryan Fort

  1. Thunder
  2. Warriors
  3. Rockets
  4. Spurs
  5. Clippers
  6. Grizzlies
  7. Pelicans
  8. Mavs

Tyler Carter:

  1. Spurs
  2. Warriors
  3. Clippers
  4. Rockets
  5. Thunder
  6. Grizzlies
  7. Suns
  8. Kings

  
Hornback:

  1. Cavaliers
  2. Hawks
  3. Wizards
  4. Bulls
  5. Raptors
  6. Heat
  7. Bucks
  8. Detroit

Fort:

  1. Cavaliers
  2. Hawks
  3. Wizards
  4. Heat
  5. Bulls
  6. Raptors
  7. Bucks
  8. Pistons

Carter:

  1. Cavaliers
  2. Bulls
  3. Heat
  4. Raptors
  5. Wizards
  6. Bucks
  7. Hawks
  8. Pacers

Final Four

Hornback: 

Spurs vs Warriors
Cavaliers vs Wizards

Fort: 

Thunder vs Rockets
Cavaliers vs Heat

Carter:

Spurs vs Clippers
Cavaliers vs Heat

Finals Predictions:

  
Hornback:

Spurs vs Cavaliers Cavaliers in 7

Fort: 

Thunder vs Heat Thunder in 6

Carter:

Spurs vs Cavaliers Cavaliers in 6

Top 10 NBA Coaches of All-Time

Coaching is what leads players to greatness. Without Pat Riley there is no Showtime Lakers, without Red Auerbach the Celtic franchise isn’t what it is today, and without Phil Jackson there is no Michael Jordan. But which one rises above the rest? Which one orchestrated the greatest teams in history? Which coach helped guide greatness? Let’s find out.

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10. Red Holzman

Career:696 wins 604 losses Win%.535
Accolades:1969-70 Coach of the Year. 2x NBA Champion(’70,’73)

Holzman is without a doubt the greatest coach New York has ever seen. He won coach of the year honors and a championship in 1970 and another championship in ’73. Those Knick teams beat out the Los Angeles Lakers both times who were stacked with talent including Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, and Jerry West. Overcoming the odds in ’70 when Willis Reed made a heroic comeback in game 7 of the finals to win the championship.

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9. Jerry Sloan

Career: 1221 wins 803 losses Win%.603

The pick & roll is the simplest play in basketball. Sloan perfected that play and used it for 22 years. He took a team to back to back Finals appearances in the 90s with Karl Malone and John Stockton. Sadly, they ran up against Jordan, nullifying Sloan’s best chance at ever having a ring. Later on the Jazz picked up Boozer and drafted Deron Williams to become a good team that had potential, but they kept running into the Lakers who went on to win championships. Despite that Sloan was able to hold a job in one place and do that for 22 years never really having bad years.

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8. Jack Ramsay

Career:864 wins 783 losses Win%.525
Accolades:NBA Champion (’77)

Ramsay lead the Blazers with Bill Walton to a championship overcoming many odds. He was a GM for the Sixers for Wilt’s first championship. He later got the chance to coach and things just went from there. His teams’ offenses were always near the top and he made bad teams contenders. His impact on the league extended past that season though as he became a mentor to all players. Many were felt by his passing last year coaches and players throughout the league.

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7. Chuck Daly

Career:638 wins 437 losses Win%.593
Accolades:2x NBA Champion (’89,’90)

Daly lead the “Bad Boy” Pistons to back to back championships. The team was about mentally taking down their opponents and physically draining them. He also was the coach of the ’92 Olympic team also, referred to as the “Dream Team”, and managed what was the greatest assembled talent basketball has ever seen.

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6. John Kundla

Career:423 wins 302 losses Win%.583
Accolades:5x NBA Champion (’49-’50,’52-’54)

He was the coach of the Minneapolis Lakers and helped to create the first true dynasty. Kundla alongside the first true big man George Mikan won 5 championships in a 6 year stretch. Even though he had six Hall of Famers on those teams, you cannot deny his impact on the game. Everything about the post game started on his team and became the formula for success for the next 50 years.

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5. Larry Brown

Career:1327 wins 1011 losses Win%.568
Accolades:Coach of the Year(’01) NBA Champion (’04)

If Larry Brown could have had like 4 or 5 championships I would have named him the greatest coach of all-time. The reason behind that is because he was the best at making the most of nothing. In the 2000-01 season he took a team that had Iverson and nobody all the way to the Finals and stole a game from the Los Angeles Lakers. He took the Detroit Pistons, who’s best player was Chauncey Billups (hardly a superstar talent), to a championship beating those same Los Angeles Lakers. Larry Brown was a perfectionist and strived for nothing less. He even took the Bobcats to their first Playoff appearance. Larry Brown will go down as one of the greatest basketball minds and teachers the sport has ever seen. He is the only coach to ever win a championship in both college and the pros. I wish he would stop trying to do something at SMU and step back up to the big leagues, but with his intolerance to owners, GMs and players getting money, that will more than likely not happen.

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4. Pat Riley

Career:1210 wins 694 losses Win%.636
Accolades: 3x Coach of the Year (’90,’93,’97) 5x NBA Champion (’82,’85,’87,’88,’06)

Pat Riley guided the Lakers to become what we know they were in the 80s. He lead the team to 4 championships. He did not stop there though. He later lead the New York Knicks to be arguably the 2nd best team of the the entire 90s decade. Just seemed like a roadblock was always in their way. If it wasn’t Jordan and the Bulls it was Hakeem and the Rockets. Despite that they were a tough outing for any team and their series’ against the Bulls are still recalled today. Riley later (in 2006) led Dwayne Wade and Shaq to a championship beating the Dallas Mavericks in 6. Nowadays Pat Riley is trying to build a team from the front office in Miami to make up for the loss of LeBron James.

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3. Greg Poppovich

Career:969 wins 445 losses Win%.685
Accolades:3x Coach of the Year (’03,’12,’14) 5x NBA Champion (’99,’03,’05,’07,’14)

Pop alongside Duncan created what we know of the Spurs today. Every fan wishes their team was like the Spurs. Players come in and do their job without any off-court drama. Pop had a losing season his first year in, but never looked back after that. After his first season he proceeded to have 16 seasons with over 50 wins and the only season he did not get 50 wins was in a lockout year where only 50 games were played. He led the Spurs to 5 championships and 6 finals appearances. Those are the only championships and appearances the Spurs organization has ever had. It’s crazy to think that Pop was very heavily criticized when he was the GM for the Spurs and fired Bob Hill and appointed himself as the head coach. I don’t think anybody is looking back on that decision as a bad one anymore.

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2. Red Auerbach

Career:938 wins 479 losses Win%.662
Accolades:Coach of the Year(’65) 9x NBA Champion (’57,’59-’66)

His 9 rings and complete domination of the 60s led the Celtics to become the most historical franchise in the NBA. He did everything in the organization. He got Bill Russell, he got Bob Cousy, Heinson he got all of them. The man knew talent, and he knew how to use it. He had a record of 8 straight years with championships and was regarded as the greatest coach of All-Time undoubtedly without any competition for 30 years.

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1. Phil Jackson

Career:1115 wins 485 losses Win%.704
Accolades:Coach of the Year(’96) 11x NBA Champion (’91-’93,’96-’98,’00-’02,’09-’10)

As much as I want to disputes this it’s very hard arguing with a guy who has 11 championship under his belt. I would love to see what Phil could do as a coach when he does not have a top 3 player in the league. Despite that he helped get Jordan and the Bulls over the hump and they became arguably the greatest dynasty in basketball ever. He also made Shaq and Kobe the most unstoppable duo of the early 2000s, and helped get Kobe the rings he needed to solidify his career without Shaq.

Are You Talking About Kobe Bryant?

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Kobe Bean Bryant.

The name it’s self carries a lot of weight. The individual who has that name happens to be a five time Champ, former MVP and a legend! I repeat a legend!!!

By the time he retires he’ll be considered as one of the five greatest players in NBA history. Hell he might even be one of those now!

Ever since 2000 there hasn’t been a season where Kobe wasn’t a top three player. Yes I said TOP 3! ( He was overlooked playing alongside Shaq.)

At age 35, coming off an Achilles injury Kobe will still be better than most! To say otherwise would be blasphemous.

I mean seriously when did Chris Bosh become better than Kobe? Where is John Wall better than Kobe? When did these third tier guys become better than Kobe!!!!!!

These questions aren’t rhetorical!!!!

How many players averaged 27.3ppg 5.6reb and 6.0ast last season? Don’t worry I’ll wait.

I’m done waiting. Only LeBron and Durant did something similar!!! An even better question would be how many players ranked ahead of Kobe averaged 20pts a game before?  How many has averaged 25?

    To have Kobe ranked behind Parker, Wade, Love, Rose, Westbrook, Hibbert, Noah, Williams, Wall, Bosh, George, Harden, Dwight and etc is just disrespectful. Comical to say the least. To even have some of them ranked ahead Dirk and Rondo is a bit hard to swallow. 

Either way it goes, Kobe will have all of yall looking foolish at season’s end! He is the BLACK MAMBA! And he’ll continue to prove yall wrong like he has done the past couple of years!

Vino!
#DontDoubtKobe

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The worst Problem for the Lakers is?

As i stated in an earlier post Kobe, Nash, Gasol, Dwight and Mike D’antoni are the Lakers problems. Time after time they blame each other for the struggles. Here and there they’ll have times where one may own up, but most of the time they’ll just point the finger. Kobe, Nash, Dwight and Gasol have all been the leader at one point of time in their careers. Nash led the Suns, Dwight led the Magic and Gasol led the Grizzles once upon a time. Even Metta World Peace and Antwan Jamison were leaders for some of the teams they were on. As of right now the Lakers lack a true leader. The leader of the team doesn’t necessarily have to be the best player, but a guy who’s vocal, been in the league for awhile and knows how to get players to listen. That’s where guys like Derek Fisher, Jason Kidd and Chauncey Billups come in. When the Lakers won back to back titles Derek Fisher was their spokesman. When Pistons won the championship Billups was their leader. Right now for the Clippers Billups is their leader along with Chris Paul and Grant Hill. Jason Kidd did it for Dallas the Nets and is currently providing leadership for the Knicks. The Lakers lack guys like them. After the leadership issue chemistry becomes a problem. Due to injuries (Nash, Gasol, Dwight and D’Antoni, ) the Lakers haven’t been able to truly grasp the offense and get a good a feel on how to play with and off each other. out of the 40 games being played Dwight has missed (3) (plus got ejected in two), Gasol has missed (13) and Nash has missed (24). Failure or inability to stay on the court hurts when you’re trying to develop chemistry. Lack of chemistry results in turnovers. Turnovers result in easy baskets for the opposition. Kobe averages 3.4 turnovers and Nash averages 2.8. Not including everyone else their 6.2 turnovers typically results in 12 fastbreak points for the other team which puts the Lakers in a hole defensively. In the halfcourt set they continue to miss assignments. Dwight may be late coming over or Nash may not get back on defense in time or Kobe gets beat. When things like that continue to happen there is no way you can stop anybody. Despite the transition defense or halfcourt defense the Lakers are all ready in a disadvantage. When playing guards like Westbrook, Parker, Chris Paul, Deron Williams etc, Kobe has to waste and expend extra energy guarding those guys because Nash can’t do so. Another reason why the Lakers defense is lackadaisical is because they spend so much energy on offense. As of right now the Lakers are tied for 4th most points per game at 103.3 per game. When Mike D’Antoni first came he said he wants them to score at least 116 a game. After that he raved  about how this team is going to be like showtime. Instead of developing a system that will help maximize the talents of Dwight and Gasol he develops a run and gun up tempo offense that has very little post-ups. In this system he has Gasol shooting 16 to 19ft jumpers all game long as if he’s Dirk or Kevin Garnett. The system has Nash and Dwight running the Pick and Roll that hasn’t been very effective. The only good thing this offense has done is produce a more efficient Kobe Bryant who leads the league in scoring at 29.6pts per game. But is that really a good thing. He averages 22.2 shots per game and makes 10 a game. Everytime he shoots and misses a long jumper it makes it harder for the Lakers to get back and defend. A couple days ago after losing to Miami Kobe came out and said he needs more help offensively. If Kobe decides to feed Dwight ( who averages 17pts on 10 attempts) and Gasol (12pts on 11 attempts) more he’d have more help. But then again when he feeds them they’ll either turn it over (Gasol 1.9 turnovers and Dwight 3.2 turnovers a game) or miss the shot as is the case with Gasol who is having his worst year offensively. Last but not least Dwight Howard and the teams horrid freethrow shooting has been a major concern. They rank 29th in the league at .694% ahead  of only the Nuggets who sit at .681% . In the game against Miami, Dwight could’ve made two crucial freethrows that would’ve changed the complexion of the game. Instead of making them he missed them and ultimately the Lakers lost. When games get tight teams should be able to make the freethrows when they matter most but the Lakers have failed to do so on multiple occasions this season…. When it’s all said and done the Lakers’ worst problem is being able to contently look at themselves in the mirror thinking they have time.