Opening week of the NBA season has started. This means it’s time to make some early season predictions.
Who will be the Executive of the Year?
Given how much the Clippers gave up in the Paul George trade – and that he and Kawhi Leonard can be free agents in the summer of 2021, Lawrence Frank’s front office has received too much credit. However, you can also argue, the Clippers are poised and ready to have their best season in franchise history.
The Clippers acquired two players – who are in their prime – just a couple years after dismantling the core of their team. They went from a roster that could miss the playoffs, to a team ready to become a dynasty. Executives who vote for anyone other than Frank will be seen as just petty.
Who will be Coach of the Year?
Quin Snyder has been on the verge of winning this award for a couple of years now. After an offseason where the Jazz acquired Mike Conley, it all seems as though everything is coming together for the young Utah team.
Who will be the Most Improved Player?
Lonzo Ball has finally escaped the prison cell that LeBron James kept him in! Ball has been given a wonderful opportunity where he is able to play the creative passing style that has made him such an interesting prospect.
With pieces like rookie sensation Zion Williamson, sharpshooter JJ Redick, and Brandon Ingram, Ball is ready to have a year that will make him stand out and be acknowledged as one of the best point guards in the Western Conference.
Who will win Sixth Man of the Year?
Anyone who knows the NBA knows exactly who will win this award. Just to clarify, I am talking about Louis Williams. He has won the award for the past two seasons, and it’s hard to pick against him winning it for the third year. He is one of the best scorers in the league. It is almost unfair that he gets to terrorize opposing benches for most of the game. He then plays most of the fourth quarter for the Clippers and usually leads them to victory. The difference this year is that Williams will be joined by George and Leonard – two guys who have MVP potential.
Who will win Defensive Player of the Year?
Rudy Gobert has been the favorite for this award for the past three years. His rim protection is unlike anything we have seen in the NBA since Shaquille O’Neal was in his prime. He is the reason why Utah was the best defensive team in the league last season. However, voting fatigue is a real thing in the NBA. If he is truly the best option, you have to give it to the French center.
Who will win Rookie of the Year?
This is a hilariously easy prediction at the end of the day. Williamson is generational talent. After being the top pick in the last draft, Williamson will have his opportunity to dominate in this league for a long time. If you made an argument that he is a possible MVP candidate, I might agree with you. People will have to wait around seven more weeks unfortunately for the debut of the number-one pick since he is sidelined with a knee injury.
Who will win Most Valuable Player?
Stephen Curry never really lost his crown if you think about it. He willingly gave it up in order to make Kevin Durant happy. Thanks to Durant’s departure to Brooklyn, Curry is ready to pick things back up from where he left them. With Klay Thompson out, Curry will be able to pad his stats like never before. With pieces around him like Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell, Curry will get all the help he needs to have a stunning solo performance this season in order to win his third MVP award.
Who will be the winner of the NBA Finals?
I believe the NBA Finals will consist of the Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks. In my opinion, the series will not even be close. I see the Clippers sweeping the Bucks and taking home their first ever NBA title.
Despite having the reigning MVP, the Bucks simply do not have enough weapons – especially after losing Malcom Brogdon in the offseason – to beat the Clippers. Los Angeles has a plethora of two-way players, including their superstar forwards.
The season is young, so many things can and will change. The NBA season is a lengthy one, so we all have to sit back and enjoy.