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50 NBA Predictions For 2013-2014 (Part 1)
Posted By Joel Brigham On October 14, 2013 @ 9:00 pm In NBA | No Comments
This is the time of year when every single basketball pundit on the planet makes predictions about what is to come for the 2013-2014 NBA season. We pick award winners, championship contenders and statistical leaders, even though all we are really doing is making educated guesses. Then we let the season happen and hope that everyone forgets how often we were wrong.
The difference between me and every other professional predictor is that I hold myself accountable. Come spring, I’ll revisit these predictions and go through them all one-by-one to see how many I was actually able to get right. Usually it’s somewhere around half of them, but if you’re curious to see how last year’s predictions went, have a look for yourself. Be warned; they are ugly.
These new ones will probably look pretty ugly in a few months, too, but that won’t stop me from putting myself out on the line every year. We’ll start with the first 25 predictions today, which deal with individual and team accomplishments, and we’ll come back to the last 25, which deal with rookies, transactions and the playoffs, later in the week.
Here they are, the first half of this season’s 50 Preseason Predictions:
1. Kevin Durant will reclaim the scoring title this year, but will average fewer than 30 points per game.
2. Durant will also lead the league in turnovers.
3. DeMarcus Cousins will average a career-high in rebounds per game (over 11 boards a night) and finish in the top three in the league in that category.
4. JaVale McGee will lead the league in blocks per game.
5. Ricky Rubio will lead the league in steals per game.
6. LeBron James will win his fifth MVP trophy in six years, while leading the league in both PER and win shares.
7. Stephen Curry will be fantastic when he’s on the floor, but he will play fewer than 60 games this season.
8. Andrew Bynum, meanwhile, will play more than 60 games in his first year with Cleveland.
9. Andre Drummond will increase his scoring, rebounding and blocked shots by at least 25 percent this season.
10. Despite all the All-Star talent, nobody on the Brooklyn Nets will average 18 points per game or higher.
11. O.J. Mayo will finish in the top 10 in the league in points per game.
12. Jimmy Butler will be named the Most Improved Player.
13. Roy Hibbert will be named the Defensive Player of the Year.
14. Two or fewer players on this year’s All-Star teams will make it in as first-timers.
15. Stephen Curry will be one of them.
16. The Chicago Bulls will have the best regular season record in the league.
17. The Philadelphia 76ers will have the worst regular season record.
18. The New York Knicks, who won 54 games last season, will win no more than 46 games in 2013-2014.
19. The Charlotte Bobcats will win at least eight more games than they did a year ago.
20. The Denver Nuggets’ winning percentage will drop .150 or more points this year.
21. The Miami HEAT will once again boast the best home record in the NBA.
22. The Houston Rockets will lead the league in team points per game.
23. The Indiana Pacers will once again lead the league in team rebounds.
24. The L.A. Clippers will lead the league in three-pointers made per game.
25. The Denver Nuggets will lead the league in team turnovers.
Feel free to add a few predictions of your own here, and make sure you check back later in the week for Part 2 of these predictions. It’s impossible to get them all right, but let’s try to nail down as many of them as we can!
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