Lob City Reigns
Blake and CP3 lead the Clippers to win the Pacific Division title
Many are predicting the Clippers will make the NBA Finals. We won’t go that far — they have yet to prove they can beat San Antonio. But a Pacific Division title is all but assured for the most talented team in the NBA.
They have it all, everything you need to win 55-60 games during the regular season. Blake Griffin plays as hard as anyone, and no one can dominate the game from his position the way CP3 can. The other parts — DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes, Doc Rivers — all fit perfectly.
To top it all off, the Paul-Griffin combo has never been closer. They know exactly what the other wants from them.
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'Melo State of Mind
‘Melo will led the league in scoring
While Golden State’s Splash Brothers will lead the league in combined scoring, there’s no better offensive player than Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks will struggle to get wins while adjusting to Phil Jackson‘s Triangle, but that won’t stop ‘Melo from leading the league in scoring. Think about it. Durant is out for up to two months and who knows how he’ll look when he eventually returns. LeBron is in Cleveland sharing shots with two other high-volume stars. James Harden seems to have maxed out at around 25 points per game. Other than that, no one is touching Anthony.
Carmelo won the 2012-13 scoring championship with nearly 29 points per game. We are betting he raises that this year to almost 30. Remember how dominate Jordan was in the post in the Triangle? Anthony will be just as good there.
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Finally, the NBA is back. The season tips off tonight in what is expected to be a wild year after the chaotic offseason in which we saw franchise-altering signings, epic trades, and welcomed in a whole new talented crop of fresh faces.
The product on the floor will, as expected, be extremely entertaining–from LeBron James’ greatness to Derrick Rose’s high-flying ability to Kevin Durant’s (eventual) scoring prowess, the league is spectacular. Kobe Bryant will make his comeback in an attempt to prove the critics of the Lakers wrong and shake things up in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.
In the Eastern Conference, LeBron and Kevin Love have teamed up with Kyrie Irving to try to help the Cavaliers win their first-ever title, while Rose and the Bulls look to contend with Cleveland for the conference’s top spot. Of course, there are other respectable competitors such as the Wizards and Raptors that will look to surprise in the playoffs this season.
Yet what the players do on the court is only half the fun. Although it may be easy to forget at certain moments, these superhuman athletes are people, too, filled with emotion, humor, and everything else us “average people” feel. Whether it is their goofy outfits or their rhymes on the mic, it is interesting to see what our favorite players do away from the hardwood.
In preparation for the wildly fun and memorable season we are about to witness, here are our 10 Predictions to Define This NBA Season.
Words. Matthew Hochberg and Sean Sweeney
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