2010-11 NBA Season - Predictions



I’m going to do a list on what I’d expect on the citations to be handed down during the 2011 NBA Playoffs.

So without further adieu...

Game starts now.


MVP: DERRICK ROSE
Let’s see... D-Rose played for a team under a new coach as well as new reinforcements. The difference here is that he blossomed under the new coach and the new reinforcements kind of suck at times. I mean no disrespect to Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer but Chicago was fine even if those two were injured for extended periods of time.


NBA ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM:
DERRICK ROSE, KEVIN DURANT, LEBRON JAMES, DIRK NOWITZKI, DWIGHT HOWARD
Rose is here because he’s my hands down MVP. Kevin Durant is spearheading little-known Oklahoma City’s drive to the top of the rankings. Lebron James had four triple-doubles this season and he still managed to get his stats despite having two other superstars in his team. Dirk Nowitzki is Dallas’ major boytoy at the moment and while I doubt if Dallas can score the title, he is giving his team a strong showing. Dwight Howard is a very strong force in the inside and he led the league in double-doubles this season. Sure, the Daily Double is a technical foul magnet – you are allowed to be emotional if he plays insanely good and awesomely aggressive.


NBA ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM:
KOBE BRYANT, DWYANE WADE, AMAR’E STOUDEMIRE, PAU GASOL, CHRIS PAUL
Kobe Bryant could see himself in the first team but with Rose, James, and Durant bringing in significant contributions, I doubt if they’ll have a fourth slasher in the Mythical 5. Dwyane Wade had a strong showing for the Heat even if he became second fiddle for LBJ. Amar’e Stoudemire gave New York a playoff spot which have eluded them ever since the Allan Houston era. Eww. Pau Gasol gave the Lakers stability in the frontline even if Kobe sometimes diss him for lack of offensive productivity. And as for Chris Paul – CP3 is in a team that has no right to be in the playoffs and yet it did – and this speaks volumes on his leadership and potential to succeed once he moves out of NOLA.  


NBA ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM:
CARMELO ANTHONY, BLAKE GRIFFIN, RUSSELL WESTBROOK, LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE, MANU GINOBILI
Carmelo Anthony was able to bridge a great time in Denver as well as an awesome time of New York. Blake Griffin is a monster and he gave a valid reason to watch the Clippers in action. Russell Westbrook gave the Thunder another go-to-guy. LaMarcus Aldridge placed the Blazers to the playoffs despite missing Brandon Roy and Greg Oden. Manu Ginobili is the saving grace of San Antonio despite the injuries to Tony Parker and the aging of Tim Duncan.


ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: BLAKE GRIFFIN
Griffin is an amazing talent and this season he wanted to tell everyone that he not a mere hype. He wowed everyone with his skills and hell, he even jumped on a car. John Wall played like a top pick but Griff played better. He is the only choice to win the plum.


DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: DWIGHT HOWARD
The Daily Double is a monster on the boards and while his scoring is up, his defense is what makes him stand out. He has size but he also has speed to swat blocks and snatch boards. He is like a speedier version of Dikembe Mutombo and that’s awesome.


MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: RUSSELL WESTBROOK
For OKC to get to where they are right now, they must find a way to take the load of Kevin Durant and Westbrook did just that. All of a sudden, Westbrook joined the ranks of Rose, Paul, Deron Williams, and Steve Nash as the league’s top quarterbacks.


COACH OF THE YEAR: GREGG POPOVICH
It’s not that I can’t spell the Bulls’ coach. That Tom guy made Chicago a contender. However, it was elementary for a squad with that talent to reach the top of the standings regardless of the injuries. San Antonio on the other hand is basically an old team but with retooled combinations. Tim Duncan’s minutes have become less and less and the old guys are playing well with more pronounced roles. Gregg Popovich is a genius.


So here it is. Hopefully most of my predictions come up right.

Until then...

Game over.

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