NBA 2021/22 Thread

Given the 2021/22 NBA season is a matter of days away, appropriate that we have a new topic for this. Prediction time for the upcoming season:

Eastern Conference Champion: Nets
Western Conference Champion: Mavs
NBA Champion: Nets in 6
MVP: Luka
Rookie of the Year: Jalen Green (Rockets)
DPOTY: Giannis
6MOTY: Derrick Rose
When will Ben Simmons get traded, and to where?: November/Sacramento

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Eastern Conference Champion: Bucks
Western Conference Champion: Denver
NBA Champion: Bucks
MVP: Giannis
Rookie of the Year: Jalen Green
DPOTY: Giannis
6MOTY: Tyler Herro
When will Ben Simmons get traded, and to where?: January - Pelicans

I like the idea of the settled teams like the Bucks/Denver/Jazz being prime contenders.

Don’t like the Kyrie saga for the Nets… Luka can’t carry that Mavs side on his own… Lakers are a mystery…

Eastern Conference Champion: Nets
Western Conference Champion: Suns
NBA Champion: Nets in 6
MVP: Steph Curry
Rookie of the Year: Scottie Barnes(Raptors)
DPOTY: Simmons if traded early- otherwise Gobert
6MOTY: Derrick Rose
When will Ben Simmons get traded, and to where?: Portland in December

Eastern Conference Champion: 76ers
Western Conference Champion: LAL
NBA Champion: LAL in 7 after Embiid gets injured
MVP: Giannis
Rookie of the Year: Evan Mobley
DPOTY: Giannis
6MOTY: No idea
When will Ben Simmons get traded, and to where?: December/Minnesota

Im intrigued.
Why the Mavs?
Im not even sure they’ll be good enough to get home court in the first round.
I thought they’d challenge for WCF last season, but I think their playoff exit dented my trust in them and their reliance on Luka.

Eastern Conference Champion: Nets
Western Conference Champion: Lakers (Clippers will push them)
NBA Champion: Nets in 4 (they are just too good)
MVP: Giannis
Rookie of the Year: Cunningham (I have seen very little of the rookies, so this is a guess).
DPOTY: Gobert
6MOTY: Derrick Rose (only because I don’t know anyone else)
When will Ben Simmons get traded, and to where?: December/Minnesota (who knows, they could package D’Angelo or KAT and build around Edwards.

Most Improved Players…
Ja Morant
Zion
SGA
Lamelo

At least two of these will be legitimate All Stars.

It’s going to be Luka’s year. He will win the MVP. I’ve liked what I’ve seen from them, admittedly it’s only pre-season. KP is looking good, if he’s back physically and most important mentally he will give you 20 and 10 a night. Best U25 duo in the NBA IMO. I think the west is full of teams that have question marks. Can’t see the Suns repeating what they did last year with CP3 a year older. Clips have no Kawhi, Lakers are a 2013 all-star team, Blazers same old same old, Nuggets I’m not sold on. I don’t think they’d beat either of Brooklyn or Milwaukee if they made the Finals, but I can see them getting out of the west. Luka is gonna have a special year.

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Eastern Conference Champion: sixers
Western Conference Champion: Suns
NBA Champion: Sixers
MVP: Embiid
Rookie of the Year: Cunningham
DPOTY: Matisse
6MOTY: Tyrese Maxey
When will Ben Simmons get traded, and to where?: Cleveland… soon

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I agree with you on the West.
I think it’s at its weakest it’s been since the 80s.
And I forgot that Kawhi is out for the year…
Dallas is a very good one to go with then.

Eastern Conference Champion: Bucks
Western Conference Champion: GSW
NBA Champion: GSW
MVP: Curry
Rookie of the Year: Cunningham, with Giddey in the top 3
DPOTY: Gobert
6MOTY: Patty Mills
When will Ben Simmons get traded, and to where?: Houston, Mid December

gonna be hard when he has to be starting point guard.

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I know it’s only been preseason, but they haven’t started him so far.

You’d hope, but a broken foot with no clear timetable for return, and carrying a bunch of kilos doesn’t give me heaps of confidence.

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Eastern Conference Champion: Brooklyn
Western Conference Champion: Lakers
NBA Champion: Lakers in 6
MVP: Giannis
Rookie of the Year: No idea, unfortunately the Lakers don’t do rookies.
DPOTY:
6MOTY: Patrick Mills
When will Ben Simmons get traded? And where?: boston or Brooklyn mid December. I would not mind him at the Knicks though.

I must admit, I haven’t followed the injuries much.
Still think he should improve.

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I left a most improved player out…
D’Aron Fox will make a big jump.

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I’m now regretting drafting him in my fantasy comp. That comparison of Zion 2019 v 2021, people back before he played an NBA game were worried about his size, he looks a good 20-30 lbs heavier than that, and it doesn’t look like he’s put on muscle. These injuries, especially to his feet and knees/ankles, are going to hold him back. Needs a dietician to keep him on the straight and narrow.

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He’s had playing comparisons to Larry Johnson, injury/career trajectory currently on the same path.

Not much love for the Jazz…

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