2009-10 NBA Season Preview

The NBA has seemingly been trailing behind the NFL and MLB in national perception and water cooler buzz for some time, but this year it may be as strong as it has been in years. Not only are there good players, but finally there are starting to be good teams, and teams on the rise, and simply teams with an identity. All of that is bad news for the Cavaliers because they are still a team whose identity is one person. That just isn’t going to cut it in this year’s NBA. Conventional wisdom is that there are only 5 teams that can win a championship this year, and I am no different in my opinions, but the season will not just hinge on those for me. There are many subplots of intrigue, not the least of which is if Oklahoma City (that hotbed of street ball) makes their first (of many to come, I assure you) trip to the playoffs and if Kevin Durant wins his first (of many to come, I assure you) scoring title. And that just emphasizes why I think the league could be so good this year. The talent that keeps rising is just better and better. I mean the age 25 and Under starting lineup could beat any team in the league (I took the liberty of putting Durant at the 4 since he is 6’10). Proof? Chris Paul, Brandon Roy, Lebron James, Kevin Durant, & Dwight Howard (and while you are at it, a bench that contains Derrick Rose, Deron Williams, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, Brook Lopez, & Eric Gordon is pretty good as well). When you have stars that are that good and that young there is an energy, excitement, and enthusiasm that comes with it that can’t help but propel the league to heights we haven’t seen this decade. Oh, in case you wonder who the Big 5 are, it’s Boston, Orlando, Cleveland, Los Angeles (Lakers, of course), and San Antonio.

But anyway, here are my predictions for how this season will play out:

Eastern Conference:
1. Orlando Magic
2. Boston Celtics
3. Cleveland Cavaliers
4. Atlanta Hawks
5. Chicago Bulls
6. Miami Heat
7. Washington Wizards
8. Toronto Raptors
9. Philadelphia 76ers
10. Detroit Pistons
11. Charlotte Bobcats
12. New York Knicks
13. Indiana Pacers
14. New Jersey Nets
15. Milwaukee Bucks

Western Conference:
1. Los Angeles Lakers
2. San Antonio Spurs
3. Utah Jazz
4. New Orleans Hornets
5. Dallas Mavericks
6. Houston Rockets
7. Denver Nuggets
8. Oklahoma City Thunder
9. Portland Trailblazers
10. Los Angeles Clippers
11. Phoenix Suns
12. Golden State Warriors
13. Memphis Grizzlies
14. Minnesota Timberwolves
15. Sacramento Kings

Eastern Conference Finals: Orlando over Boston
Western Conference Finals: San Antonio over Los Angeles

NBA Finals: San Antonio over Orlando

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Categories: Basketball

1 reply

  1. unfortunately I am a celtic fan . It’s a long season so we’ll see how it turn’s out in april, or may or june?
    gpa, Ed

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