2020-21 NBA Season Predictions

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The NBA is back! Wait, did it ever leave? The Lakers return to action tonight which concludes the shortest off-season in NBA history at just 71 days since they won the championship in the NBA bubble.

This season is going to be interesting. First it is shorter than usual at only 72 games and it is starting in December rather than October. The teams will be travelling, but most arenas will not have any fans for the foreseeable future. It is a weird season to cap a weird year.

The biggest player news heading into this season was would Giannis sign the supermax extension or would he being playing out a final season before becoming a free agent? He signed and gives the Bucks some stability. Next, this year marks the return of Kevin Durant and the first time we will see him in action with Kyrie Irving? How will that play out, only time will tell. Perhaps the biggest player news is the unexpected headline that stole the show and could have a major impact on the predictions below. James Harden wants out of Houston. Will he get his wish and will it be during this season or after?

Now on to the predictions:

Atlantic Division:
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Philadelphia 76ers
Toronto Raptors
New York Knicks
Central Division:  
Milwaukee Bucks
Indiana Pacers
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
Detroit Pistons
Southeast Division:  
Miami Heat
Atlanta Hawks
Washington Wizards
Orlando Magic
Charlotte Hornets
Northwest Division:  
Denver Nuggets
Utah Jazz
Portland Trail Blazers
Minnesota Timberwolves
Oklahoma City Thunder
Pacific Division:  
Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Clippers
Phoenix Suns
Golden State Warriors
Sacramento Kings
Southwest Division:  
Dallas Mavericks
New Orleans Pelicans
Houston Rockets
Memphis Grizzlies
San Antonio Spurs


Eastern Conference:  
1. Bucks
2. Celtics
3. Nets
4. Heat
5. 76ers
6. Raptors
7. Hawks*
8. Pacers*
9. Wizards*
10. Magic*
*Play-in tournament
Western Conference:  
1. Lakers
2. Nuggets
3. Clippers
4. Mavericks
5. Jazz
6. Blazers
7. Suns*
8. Warriors*
9. Pelicans*
10. Rockets*
*Play-in tournament

Eastern Conference Finals: Nets over Bucks
Western Conference Finals: Lakers over Clippers
NBA Finals: Lakers over Nets


MVP: Kevin Durant (Nets)
Rookie of the Year: LaMelo Ball (Hornets)
Coach of the Year: Erik Spoelstra (Heat)
Defensive Player of the Year: Anthony Davis (Lakers)
Sixth Man of the Year: Michael Porter, Jr. (Nuggets)
Most Improved: Zion Williamson (Pelicans)
Executive of the Year: Sean Marks (Nets)

Hot Take: The Knicks will not be the worst team in the Eastern Conference (I say they just miss the 10th seed) this season and Obi Toppin will be in the mix for Rookie of the Year.

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