2019 NBA Preview

As we get ready for a new and exciting NBA season there are many questions.  Can anyone beat the Warriors……  What will happen in the East without LeBron……  Can the Lakers make some noise in the tough Western Conference…… and that is just the beginning.

Let’s take a look at how I think it will play out, then sit back and enjoy another crazy NBA season.

Eastern Conference

  1. Celtics
  2. Raptors
  3. 76ers
  4. Bucks
  5. Wizards
  6. Pacers
  7. Pistons
  8. Cavs
  9. Heat
  10. Hornets
  11. Knicks
  12. Bulls
  13. Magic
  14. Nets
  15. Hawks

Western Conference

  1. Warriors
  2. Rockets
  3. Thunder
  4. Lakers
  5. Jazz
  6. Pelicans
  7. Blazers
  8. Spurs
  9. Timberwolves
  10. Nuggets
  11. Mavericks
  12. Kings
  13. Clippers
  14. Grizzlies
  15. Suns

Finals Matchup

Rockets vs. Raptors

2019 NBA Champion: Houston Rockets

Finals MVP: James Harden

Awards

MVP: LeBron James – Los Angeles Lakers

Let’s be honest, we could give LeBron the MVP every season.  We have noticed a trend that voters do not like giving it to the same player year after year but a few seasons removed from his last MVP I feel safe that this will be the year for LeBron James fifth MVP Trophy and first since 2013.

Rookie of the Year: Luca Doncic – Dallas Mavericks

We often see the ROY award go the most NBA ready player not necessarily the player with the highest ceiling.  That is Doncic.

Defensive Player of the Year: Joel Embiid – Philadelphia 76ers

He will need to stay healthy but with so many strong defensive bigs not getting the minutes in certain match ups it should lineup well for a player like Embiid who is versatile enough to stay on the floor and put up numbers.

Sixth Man:  Eric Gordon – Houston Rockets

Volume scorer on a contending team.  This is another guy that will need to stay healthy and we will also need to see if Carmelo Anthony comes off the bench.  If Anthony comes off the bench that could hurt his volume but I see Anthony in the starting lineup with Gordon carrying the second unit.

Most Improved Player:  Dejonte Murray – San Antonio Spurs

I see Murray taking a big jump.  He has showed with a smaller role that he can produce.  This season they will be looking for Murray to take on a larger role offensively as well as a bigger leadership role with so many veterans gone.

Coach of the Year:  Mike Budenholzer

This one was simple for me.  We are looking at Budenholzer going into his first season with a team that will be on the rise in the weak Eastern Conference.

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