50 NBA Predictions For 2013-2014 (Part 2)
On Monday, we released the first half of this year’s 50 NBA preseason predictions, and today we’ll wrap up the final 25. The first part dealt with individual and team predictions, but today we’re going to have a look at playoff predictions, rookie predictions, trade predictions and a few miscellaneous one at the end.
In the spring, once we can establish exactly how many of these ended up proving correct, we’ll revisit them and lambaste me for the ones that I missed. In the meantime, enjoy the second half of these predictions, and get ready for the start of the NBA season in just a couple of weeks!
26. The Memphis Grizzlies will not have homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
27. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors, both of whom missed the Eastern Conference playoffs last year, will both make the postseason this year.
28. The Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards, despite preseason rumblings that they would both be playoff teams, will miss out.
29. The L.A. Lakers will make the playoffs, but will not enter them with a seed higher than No. 7.
30. New Orleans will also make the playoffs in their first season as the Pelicans.
31. The L.A. Clippers will be the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
32. Miami HEAT will not make it back to the NBA Finals this year.
33. Nor will the San Antonio Spurs.
34. The Chicago Bulls will win the NBA championship. Not a homer pick. Totally objective. Scout’s honor.
35. Victor Oladipo will win Rookie of the Year.
36. Anthony Bennett will be in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ starting lineup by the end of the season.
37. Michael Carter-Williams will lead
the league all rookies in turnovers.
38. Alex Len will make the All-Rookie First Team.
39. Cody Zeller will lead all rookies in rebounds.
40. Rajon Rondo, very likely the subject of more trade rumors than any other player, will not be moved from the Boston Celtics this year. He’ll finish the year in Beantown.
41. The Chicago Bulls also will not trade Luol Deng at any point this season.
42. The Denver Nuggets will at some point make a relatively splashy trade involving at least Andre Miller and perhaps more players.
43. The Houston Rockets will at some point trade Omer Asik.
44. While it’s likely true that the Indiana Pacers will explore trading Danny Granger, they will not be able to find a capable suitor and will keep him through the season and just take the cap space his expiring contract will create at season’s end.
45. Orlando will trade Jameer Nelson, who doesn’t fit with the Magic’s rebuilding plan, before the end of the season.
46. The Phoenix Suns will trade center Marcin Gortat before the deadline, as well.
48. The Utah Jazz will be awarded the No. 1 overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft. Welcome to Utah, Andrew Wiggins!
49. The Charlotte Hornets will use teal in their new color scheme.
50. And for my layup prediction, which I make every year: the Chicago Bulls will lead the league in attendance.
If you’ve got any predictions of your own, make sure you add them in the comments section, or feel free to hit me up on Twitter if you want to have further conversation about why I made some of the predictions that I did. Otherwise, we’ll come back to these in June.
Until then, enjoy watching what should be a very entertaining season so that we can see just how right (or how wrong) I actually am.