To speak fairly about what this NBA season has brought to basketball fans all over the globe is a long hard topic to touch upon. With the death of Kobe Bryant shaking up the league by storm finding a way to get back on track and showing fans that just like the “Mamba” showed us, the game always continues has not been easy. The NBA did come through with one of the best All Star Weekends we’ve seen in a long time. Two things pop up as soon as I remember that weekend. I don’t care what or who is responsible for grading the dunk contest, Aaron Gordon deserved to win by a landslide. The other being just how great the All Star game was. Lebron and Giannis’ teams knew they were playing to honor one of the hardest guys to ever play the game and his soon to be all-star daughter and they did not disappoint. With the second part of the season on the way let’s talk about a few predictions that will most certainly happen.
• Sorry LA Fans but Antetokounmpo will beat Lebron for MVP
Yeah sure, the idea of Lebron winning yet another MVP trophy sounds good. Hell, he puts in enough work to do it and if you turn on any and almost every single sports show that talks about the NBA Lebron is always a subject. But, what about Giannis Antetokounmpo? The “greek freak” has cemented the Milwaukee Bucks to be without a shadow of a doubt the best team in the NBA. He is a true leader in and out of the court for the Bucks and you can tell he is not really faced by the pressure or spotlight. Giannis will lead the Bucks into the NBA finals and he will put on an amazing performance there that could very well lead to the Championship.
• The New Orleans Pelicans WILL make the playoffs
I was one of the many fans that were ready to get taken by storm by the Zion Williamson era in the NBA. That didn’t happen and the Pelicans had to rely on their young core of talent to put up some valiant fights in the Western Conference to stay alive but then Zion came into play and now we’re talking a whole new game here. Williamson is something else, his pure dominance added to the help he can get from guys like Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram among others can help N.O. grab the final spot in the playoffs which right now is held by a Grizzlies team that have the hardest remaining schedule in the league.
• The Denver Nuggets Will Not Be the 2ND Seed in the West
It’s not because of lack of talent or skills but when you add up how hard the remaining schedule is for Denver and the fact that Houston has been playing some very good basketball even after downsizing their roster then there is a fair shot for the Nuggets to be the 3rd seed. If Russell Westrbrook continues playing at the level he is doing it, which is some of the best in his career and James Harden continues strong maybe the idea of playing without a center will pay off in bigger dividends than expected.
• The Knicks and Timberwolves Will Finish Last in their Conferences
I’ll start off by saying this, I’m a Knicks fan, have been my whole life, will probably remain a Knicks fan for the rest of my time in this world. Ok, cool, that felt good to let out, with that said, the Knicks are the biggest joke in all of professional sports. How they are not the last team in the east baffles me right now but they will end up there, it’s the Knicks way of life. On the other hand we have the Minnesota Timberwolves. How can you have such a good roster and yet be so bad, I’ll tell you how, it’s all about that defense man! Minnesota’s defense is abysmal at best and that will lead them to the last place in the western conference. Yeah joining Towns with Russell is a good idea, but they need to grow into each other in order to go for it all. It will happen, just before that they need to hit rock bottom.
• Lebron Will Be Back in the Finals
Yes, I can see it happening. This man can make any team great and can drive any team to the NBA Finals. Put him in a Knicks uniform and you’ll see, but for now he will take the LA Lakers back to the NBA Finals. Can you think of a better way for LJ to honor the GOAT of L.A. Kobe Bryant than by leading the Lakers to the final and maybe even winning the championship? The thing is who will join them there, if it’s the Bucks as I can see happening easily then maybe taking the Lakers to the finals will be the most Lebron does for LA this season, but hey, let’s just wait and watch.