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Predicting the 2022-23 NBA Season Like I’m Nostradamus or Something…

In which I look at the NBA Season 77 landscape and make guesses about the outcome that are certain to age atrociously.

Happy Opening Day!! The 2022-23 NBA season has finally arrived! It’s an exciting time for basketball fans, and the optimism compels us to make predictions about how the campaign will unfold. I’m not above this exercise, so I gleefully submit to you my contribution to this conversation.

I’m doing the full gauntlet of season preview guesses, because why not? Conference rankings, awards, playoffs, finals. I’m sure a few of these will turn out correct, but I’m setting my expectations low. Some of these takes are going to age like Whole Foods produce.

However, that’s the fun of this activity, isn’t it? The prediction is as much a reflection of you as it is of what you are predicting. The ups and downs of the long season will challenge those beliefs that were initially held when the leaves first turned and the ball was just getting tipped off. That roller-coaster experience brings another degree of excitement when watching the game.

While you read this article, don’t forget to let me know what some of your predictions for the season will be. Drop your thoughts on the season ahead in my replies on Twitter @rymndsmms!

EASTERN CONFERENCE

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

WESTERN CONFERENCE

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

AWARDS

Most Valuable Player: Joel Embiid, 76ers
Rookie of the Year: Paolo Banchero, Magic
Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert, Timberwolves
Sixth Man of the Year: Jordan Poole, Warriors
Most Improved Player: Tyrese Maxey, 76ers
Coach of the Year: Willie Green, Pelicans

PLAYOFFS

PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT

Raptors def. Bulls
Hawks def. Knicks
Bulls def. Hawks

Mavericks def. Suns
Lakers def. Trail Blazers
Suns def. Lakers

FIRST ROUND

Bucks def. Bulls
Cavaliers def. Heat
Celtics def. Nets
76ers def. Raptors

Warriors def. Suns
Timberwolves def. Grizzlies
Pelicans def. Clippers
Nuggets def. Mavericks

CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

Bucks def. Cavaliers
Celtics def. 76ers

Warriors def. Timberwolves
Pelicans def. Nuggets

CONFERENCE FINALS

Bucks def. Celtics
Conference Finals MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

Warriors def. Pelicans
Conference Finals MVP: Stephen Curry, Warriors

2023 NBA FINALS

Warriors def. Bucks
Finals MVP: Stephen Curry, Warriors