2012-13 NBA Season Preview: One Final Set of Predictions


With the start of the 2012-13 NBA regular season nearing, You Only Blog Once is previewing the season with a series of "countdown" posts.

Tuesday: 7 storylines to watch for this season
Wednesday: 6 players on a ring-quest
Thursday: 5 League Pass Choice teams
Friday: 4 potential first-time All-Stars
Saturday: 3 non-LeBron MVP candidates
Sunday: 2 reasons these Lakers aren't the '03-04 Lakers
Today: 1 final set of predictions


Making preseason predictions is foolish. Particularly when one of the top contenders trades one of its key players just days before the season begins (seriously, everyone who picked James Harden as sixth man of the year is kind of screwed now). But it's a fun exercise, and relatively harmless, so here they are, my predictions for the 2012-13 season.

EASTERN CONFERENCE
W-L
1. Miami Heat 61-21
2. Indiana Pacers 52-30
3. Boston Celtics 51-31
4. Brooklyn Nets 51-31
5. Philadelphia 76ers 49-33
6. New York Knicks 47-35
7. Chicago Bulls 44-38
8. Atlanta Hawks 43-39
9. Cleveland Cavaliers 40-42
10. Milwaukee Bucks 33-49
11. Toronto Raptors 33-49
12. Detroit Pistons 27-55
13. Orlando Magic 25-57
14. Washington Wizards 23-59
15. Charlotte Bobcats 15-67

WESTERN CONFERENCE
W-L
1. Los Angeles Lakers 62-20
2. Oklahoma City Thunder 60-22
3. San Antonio Spurs 56-26
4. Denver Nuggets 55-27
5. Los Angeles Clippers 50-32
6. Memphis Grizzlies 45-37
7. Minnesota Timberwolves 44-38
8. Golden State Warriors 43-39
9. Utah Jazz 42-40
10. Dallas Mavericks 40-42
11. Houston Rockets 40-42
12. Portland Trail Blazers 29-53
13. Sacramento Kings 28-54
14. New Orleans Hornets 22-60
15. Phoenix Suns 20-62

NBA Finals: Heat def. Lakers, 4-2

MVPLeBron James
Rookie of the YearDamian Lillard
Defensive Player of the YearDwight Howard
6th Man of the YearJason Terry
Most Improved Player of the YearNikola Pekovic
Coach of the YearGeorge Karl

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