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NBA 2012-13 Season Predictions

Here are my predictions for the Eastern and Western Conferences for the 2012-13 season.  I’ve also put the wins and losses I expect them to end the regular season with.  Accounting for injuries that have already occurred (i.e. Derrick Rose, Ricky Rubio, etc.) but not allowing for injuries that may occur throughout the season.  Have a look at let us know what you think!

EAST

WEST

1- Miami Heat

Wins: 65-70 / Losses: 12-17

1- Oklahoma City Thunder

Wins: 65-70 / Losses: 12-17

2- Boston Celtics

Wins: 60-65 / Losses: 17-22

2- Los Angeles Lakers

Wins: 60-65 / Losses: 17-22

3- Philadelphia 76ers

Wins: 60-65 / Losses: 17-22

3- San Antonio Spurs

Wins: 60-65 / Losses: 17-22

4- Indiana Pacers

Wins: 55-60 / Losses: 22-27

4- Los Angeles Clippers

Wins: 55-60 / Losses: 22-27

5- Brooklyn Nets

Wins: 50-55 / Losses: 27-32

5- Memphis Grizzlies

Wins: 55-60 / Losses: 22-27

6- New York Knicks

Wins: 50-55 / Losses: 27-32

6- Denver Nuggets

Wins: 50-55 / Losses: 27-32

7- Chicago Bulls

Wins: 45-50 / Losses: 32-37

7- Minnesota Timberwolves

Wins: 45-50 / Losses: 32-37

8- Atlanta Hawks

Wins: 40-45 / Losses: 37-42

8- Golden State Warriors

Wins: 45-50 / Losses: 32-37

9- Milwaukee Bucks

Wins: 40-45 / Losses: 37-42

9- Utah Jazz

Wins: 40-45 / Losses: 37-42

10- Washington Wizards

Wins: 40-45 / Losses: 37-42

10- Dallas Mavericks

Wins: 40-45 / Losses: 37-42

11- Cleveland Cavaliers

Wins: 30-35 / Losses: 47-52

11- New Orleans Hornets

Wins: 40-45 / Losses: 37-42

12- Detroit Pistons

Wins: 30-35 / Losses: 47-52

12- Phoenix Suns

Wins: 30-35 / Losses: 47-52

13- Toronto Raptors

Wins: 25-30 / Losses: 52-57

13- Portland Trailblazers

Wins: 30-35 / Losses: 47-52

14- Orlando Magic

Wins: 25-30 / Losses: 52-57

14- Houston Rockets

Wins: 30-35 / Losses: 47-52

15- Charlotte Bobcats

Wins: 15-20 / Losses: 62-67

15- Sacramento Kings

Wins: 25-30 / Losses: 52-57

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Boston Celtics – 2013 Preview

Last Season: 39-27, lost Conference Finals to Miami

Starting 5: Rajon Rondo, Courtney Lee, Paul Pierce, Brandon Bass, Kevin Garnett

Bench: Deep in frontcourt and backcourt.  Bradley will be able to fill in minutes as PG when healthy as well as possibly starting at SG.  Terry in a sixth man roll again.  Green getting minutes at SF and PF spots.  Fab Melo and Jared Sullinger will get solid minutes also.

Expected Wins:  50-55 wins

Expected Losses: 27-32 losses

Offseason moves:

Players Kept – F Brandon Bass, G Avery Bradley, G Keyon Dooling, F/C Kevin Garnett, F Jeff Green, F Paul Pierce, G Rajon Rondo

Free Agents – G/F Marquis Daniels, G/F Mickael Pietrus

Players Added – F Kris Joseph (draft), C Fab Melo (draft), F Jared Sullinger (draft), C Jason Collins (FA), G Jason Terry (FA), F/C Chris Wilcox (FA), G Courtney Lee (trade)

Players Lost – G Ray Allen (FA), C Ryan Hollins (FA), C Greg Stiemsma (FA), C Jermaine O’Neal (FA), F/C JaJuan Johnson (trade), G E’Twaun Moore (trade), G/F Sasha Pavlovic (trade), F/C Sean Williams (trade)

Today in NBA History – Aug 18

1890 – Maurice Podoloff is born in the Russian Empire, now called Ukraine.  Podoloff was the first president of the NBA in 1946 and stepped down from the position in 1963.  The NBA regular season MVP is named in his honour.

1992 – Larry Bird announced his retirement after 13 seasons in the NBA – all playing for the Boston Celtics.  Larry is still one of the most known basketball players in the history of the NBA, mostly for his famous on-court rivalry with Earvin “Magic” Johnson.  Bird was a 3x NBA champion (winning the Finals MVP in 1984 and 1986), a 3x NBA MVP and a 12 time NBA All-Star.  Larry Legend was a member of the 1992 Dream Team in the Barcelona Olympics as well as a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and eventually having his number 33 retired by the Boston Celtics.  When Bird retired, his career numbers stand around with the legends of the game.  His free throw percentage of 88.6% is still ranks 10th in NBA history and his 21,791 points have him as the 29th all time leading scorer – 24.3 points per game (16th in NBA history).

Today in NBA History – Aug 12

1969 – The Boston Celtics are sold for $6 million.  At the time, that was the most a professional basketball team had ever been sold for.

1976 – Antoine Walker is born in Chicago.  Walker played 12 seasons in the NBA – most notably with the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat – as well as in 3 NBA All-Star games (1 start).  Walker averaged 17.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists for his career.

Today in NBA History – Aug 9

1928 – Bob Cousy was born in New York City, New York.  Known as the “Houdini of the Hardwood” and “Mr. Basketball”, Cousy was considered ahead of his time when he played for the Boston Celtics in the 1950s and 60s.

Cousy was a 6x NBA Champion, a 13 time NBA All-Star (winning the All-Star MVP award in 1954 and 1957).  Cousy was also a member of the All-NBA First Team (1952-1961) and All-NBA Second Team (1962 and 1963).

Mr. Basketball was named to the NBA 25th and 35th Anniversary Team as well as the 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.

August 1-5 Deals and Rumours

Deal

  • The Minnesota Timberwolves sign C Greg Stiemsma after the Boston Celtics refused to match their offer sheet
  • The New York Knicks sign G Chris Smith (brother of current Knick J.R. Smith)

 

Rumours

  • The Los Angeles Lakers have expressed interest to G Leandro Barbosa
  • The Boston Celtics and F Jeff Green are finalizing terms for this season
  • G/F Mikael Pietrus’ agent is in talks with the Milwaukee Bucks

July 31st Deals

Signings:

  • The Boston Celtics sign C Jason Collins, re-sign G Keyon Dooling
  • The Chicago Bulls sign C Nazr Mohammed and G Nate Robinson
  • The Dallas Mavericks re-sign G Delonte West
  • The Golden State Warriors re-sign G Brandon Rush, sign F Carl Landry
  • The Los Angeles Clippers sign F Ronny Turiaf
  • The Memphis Grizzlies re-sign C Hamed Haddadi
  • The Minnesota Timberwolves sign F Andrei Kirilenko
  • The Philadelphia Sixers sign G Royal Ivey
  • The Toronto Raptors sign G John Lucas III

Trades:

  • The Atlanta Hawks trade G Willie Green to the Los Angeles Clippers for F Sofoklis Schortsanitis
  • Three team trade involving the New Orleans Hornets, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Phoenix Suns:
    • The Hornets receive C Robin Lopez (from Phoenix), F Hakim Warrick (from Phoenix) and cash considerations (from Minnesota)
    • The Timberwolves receive G Jermoe Dyson (from New Orleans), C Brad Miller (from New Orleans) and 3 second-round draft picks (from New Orleans)
    • The Suns receive F Wesley Johnson (from Minnesota) and a first-round draft pick (from Minnesota)

Updated Deals and Rumours

Finalised Deals:

  • The Minnesota Timberwolves offer restricted free agent C Greg Stiemsma to an offer sheet – the Boston Celtics have 3 days to match or decline
  • The Chicago Bulls sign G Kirk Hinrich
  • The Brooklyn Nets sign G C.J. Watson
  • The Chicago Bulls decline to match the Houston Rockets offer sheet for C Omer Asik
  • The Utah Jazz sign G Randy Foye for 1 year
  • The Phoenix Suns sign F Michael Beasley for 3 years
  • The New York Knicks sign F Ronnie Brewer for 1 year and C Marcus Camby for 3 years
  • The Sacramento Kings sign G Aaron Brooks
  • The Dallas Mavericks sign F Elton Brand
  • The San Antonio Spurs resign F Tim Duncan and G/F Danny Green

 

Rumours:

  • The Boston Celtics and F Jeff Green will reach an agreement after missing the last season due to illness
  • The Los Angeles Lakers are interested in G Delonte West
  • The Chicago Bulls will sign G Marco Belinelli
  • The Brooklyn Nets are pursuing F Andrei Kirilenko

July 19-20 Deals

Signings:
  • The Brooklyn Nets sign G Keith Bogans
  • The Chicago Bulls sign F Vladimir Radmanovic
  • The Dallas Mavericks sign G O.J. Mayo to a two year deal

 

Three team trade involving the Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets and Portland Trailblazers:

  • The Boston Celtics receive G Courtney Lee (via sign-and-trade from Houston)
  • The Houston Rockets receive Boston’s 2013 second round pick, F JaJuan Johnson, G E’Twaun Moore and F/C Sean Williams all from Boston. The Rockets also receive G Jon Diebler from Portland
  • The Portland Trailblazers receive Sasha Pavlovic from Boston

July 18 Deals

Deals that have been formally completed in the NBA on the 18th of July:

  • The Boston Celtics sign G Jason Terry, formerly of the Dallas Mavericks
  • The Brooklyn Nets have re-signed F Kris Humphries for 2 years
  • The Denver Nuggets re-sign C JaVale McGee for 4 years
  • The Los Angeles Clippers sign F Grant Hill for 2 years, formerly of the Phoenix Suns
  • The Portland Trailblazers matched the Minnesota Timberwolves’ offer sheet to G Nicolas Batum
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