The staff’s NBA preseason predictions

The most anticipated NBA season is among us. With the super-team era officially dead and reincarnated as a new-age era of dynamic duos, this season will be one for the books.

Our Suave Report NBA experts spent plenty of time compiling this season’s predictions, forecasting how this season will play out from teams most likely to have dysfunction, to conference standings.

The categories the staff predicted on was first-time NBA all-stars, top three teams that will endure turmoil, top five MVP candidates, top five rookie of the year candidates, top five title contenders, and last but not least, conference standings predictions.

First-Time All-Stars

Eastern Conference

  1. Jayson Tatum
  2. Trae Young
  3. Pascal Siakam
  4. Myles Turner
  5. Tobias Harris

Western Conference

  1. Zion Williamson
  2. Luka Doncic
  3. Devin Booker
  4. Donovan Mitchell
  5. Rudy Gobert

Top 3 NBA Turmoil by A.J. Bussey

  1. Houston Rockets
  2. New York Knicks
  3. New Orleans Pelicans

Top 5 for MVP by Alberto Bodei

  1. Giannis Antetekounmpo
  2. Stephen Curry
  3. James Harden
  4. Kawhi Leonard
  5. Lebron James

Top 5 for Rookie of the Year by Shannon Blake

  1. Zion Williamson
  2. Ja Morant
  3. Tyler Herro
  4. Darius Garland
  5. Matisse Thybulle

Top 5 Title Contenders by Megan Hines

  1. Milwaukee Bucks
  2. Philadelphia 76ers
  3. Los Angeles Clippers
  4. Los Angeles Lakers
  5. Golden State Warriors

Western Conference Standings by Addam Francisco

  1. Denver Nuggets (55-27)
  2. Houston Rockets (53-29)
  3. Los Angeles Clippers (52-30)
  4. Los Angeles Lakers (51-31)
  5. Utah Jazz (50-32)
  6. Portland Trail Blazers (48-34)
  7. Golden State Warriors (46-36)
  8. Dallas Mavericks (44-38)
  9. New Orleans Pelicans (42-40)
  10. San Antonio Spurs (42-40)
  11. Oklahoma City Thunder (37-45)
  12. Sacramento Kings (37-45)
  13. Minnesota Timberwolves (35-47)
  14. Phoenix Suns (31-51)
  15. Memphis Grizzlies (27-55)

Eastern Conference Standings by Addam Francisco

  1. Philadelphia 76ers (54-28)
  2. Milwaukee Bucks (53-29)
  3. Boston Celtics (51-31)
  4. Indiana Pacers (47-35)
  5. Toronto Raptors (45-37)
  6. Miami Heat (43-39)
  7. Brooklyn Nets (42-40)
  8. Orlando Magic (40-42)
  9. Atlanta Hawks (38-44)
  10. Detroit Pistons (36-46)
  11. New York Knicks (34-48)
  12. Chicago Bulls (31-51)
  13. Washington Wizards (30-52)
  14. Charlotte Hornets (28-54)
  15. Cleveland Cavaliers (25-57)

A. Suave Francisco

Founder & Editor-in-Chief. National Association of Black Journalists. University of Central Oklahoma.

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