Michael Carter-Williams (1) drives against the Denver Nuggets
With 2014 finally here, many teams will try to change their overall course to strive for a championship (or a draft pick). Here are my predictions for the rest of the NBA season.
1). New Orleans will make the playoffs
It may sound crazy, but it will probably happen. With already too many injuries, the Pelicans will finally get the 7th or 8th seed and make the playoffs in the debut season of their new name. The sophomore Anthony Davis has been performing like an All Star, averaging a double double of 19.2 points and 10.3 rebounds. He is also the leader of blocks in the NBA, with average 3.22 bpg. With all the injuries finally healed, I think its time for the Pelicans to take flight.
2). New York and Brooklyn do not improve
Things are not looking good for the state of New York. The Knicks and Nets have defied all hopes of a championship in New York, and the Nets' hype of the 'All Star Starting Lineup' hasn't fulfilled up to its hopes. The Nets, who are 10-21, have only 2 players scoring over 15 points per game. Correction, had. Brook Lopez, who is now out with an injury was the leading scorer with 20.9 points per game. Joe Johnson, the other player averaging above 15 ppg, is still a solid player with 15.5 ppg, but cannot support the downfall of all the other players.
3). Melo leaves NY
With frustration embedded in each of the Knicks minds, Carmelo Anthony is probably going to leave, most likely to someplace like Chicago or maybe even Cleveland. Right now, Melo isn't even concerned about the team, and just focusing on the scoring title. Known for his high temper and low patience, i'm afraid Anthony is going to leave the team sometime in the near future.
4). The MVP goes to...
Lebron James has had a very impactful season, with a plethora of points (avg 25.5), assists (6.6) and rebounds (6.9). Pretty good for a 4 time MVP and 2 time finals MVP. However, he won't take the MVP this year. Its going to KD. Kevin Durant, often overlooked is making quite a tantrum this year for MVP, and he has numbers to prove it. Currently the scoring leader in the NBA, he will need to put up more points, assists and rebounds with the loss of teammate Russel Westbrook. And thats something Durant can handle.
5). MCW takes the prize
Bill Simmons ranked the 76ers as the worst team in the league this season. One rookie wanted to prove him wrong. Ok the 76ers are not that good but still, but Michael Carter-Williams is certainly performing. With only 1 game this season below the average NBA points per game, MCW is averaging 17.8 points per game, along with a side of 7.5 assists. Not bad for a rookie. Still, the Utah rookie Trey Burke, tags close behind.
Yup, I said it. Lebron James and his crew are headed for another banner up in the rafters. Yes, there is Portland, Indiana, San Antonio and even the Durant led OKC, but even they have little playoff experience. You may think, what about San Antonio, they may get far, but just like last years finals, when it is clutch time, they cannot finish. Sorry guys, you'll have to wait until 2015.
There are my predictions. Do you agree or disagree? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.