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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

Today in NBA History – Aug 25

1965 – Bill Russell signs a contract to make him the NBA’s highest paid player at the time.  His $100,001 contract made him exactly $1 more than Wilt Chamberlain, Russell’s archrival.

1970 – Robert Horry is born in Maryland.  Horry is one of the most known clutch plays in the history of the NBA.  Big Shot Rob is a 7× NBA Champion (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007).

Today in NBA History – Aug 14

1936 – The first basketball Gold Medal game is played in the Olympics at Berlin.  USA defeat Canada 19-8 in front of 1,000 spectators – including Dr. James Naismith (the creator of basketball) – during a rainstorm on an outdoor court.

1959 – Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr. is born in Michigan.  Magic was named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996.  Magic Johnson averaged 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 11.2 assists over 13 seasons, all with the Los Angeles Lakers.  The Lakers have had Magic’s #32 jersey retired since 1992.  Magic is a 3x NBA MVP (1987, 1989, 1990) as well as a 12x NBA All-Star, winning 2 NBA All-Star MVPs in 1990 and 1992.  Magic won 5 NBA championships (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988) as well as being named the NBA Finals MVP in 1980, 1982 and 1987.  Magic was drafted number 1 overall in the 1979 draft after 2 years at Michigan State University where he averaged 17.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.9 assists.

1994 – The “Dream Team II” demolishes Russia 137-91 to win the Gold Medal in the FIBA World Championship in Toronto.

Dwight Howard Officially Traded to the Lakers

A four-team deal involving the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers has been completed.

  • Denver Nuggets receive G/F Andre Iguodala (from Philadelphia)
  • Los Angeles Lakers receive C Dwight Howard (from Orlando), G Chris Duhon (from Orlando) and F Earl Clark (from Orlando)
  • Orlando Magic receive G Arron Afflalo (from Denver), F Al Harrington (from Denver), C/F Nikola Vucevic (from Philadelphia), F Josh McRoberts (from Los Angeles), G Christian Eyenga (from Los Angeles) and five draft pick over 5 years.
  • Philadelphia 76ers receive C Andrew Bynum (from Los Angeles), G/F Jason Richardson (from Orlando)

Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers

A four team deal involving the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers.

  • Denver Nuggets receive Andre Iguodala (from Philadelphia)
  • Los Angeles Lakers receive C Dwight Howard (from Orlando)
  • Orlando Magic receive G Arron Afflalo (from Denver), F Al Harrington (from Denver), C/F Nikola Vucevic (from Philadelphia), F Maurice Harkless (from Philadelphia) and three first-round draft picks (one from Denver, one from Los Angeles and one from Philadelphia)
  • Philadelphia 76ers receive C Andrew Bynum (from Los Angeles), G/F Jason Richardson (from Orlando)

This deal is STILL A RUMOUR as it is yet to be finalized, but this is the furthest any conversations concerning Dwight Howard have gone.  Below are links to other posts in this situation:

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

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 21 Rumours

  • The Phoenix Suns will re-sign G Shannon Brown for $7 million over 2 years – averaged 11 points, 1.2 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game this season (all above career averages)
  • The Los Angeles Lakers will re-sign F/C Jordan Hill – averaged 4.8 points and 6.3 rebounds in 18 minutes a game over 12 games in the Lakers’ playoffs run
  • The Denver Nuggets signed free agent F Anthony Randolph – career averages of 8.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game over 4 seasons

 

DWIGHT HOWARD NEWS:

Dwight Howard’s agent – Dan Fegan – has made it clear that, after next season, Dwight will test free agency no matter which team he plays for this season.

July 18 NBA Rumours

  • Forward Antawn Jamison will sign a 1 year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers
  • The Chicago Bulls are interested in C Darko Milicic (former number 2 overall draft pick in 2003)
  • All-Star C Dwight Howard is OK to sign a contract extension if traded to the Los Angeles Lakers

July 17 Rumours

League rumours update:

  • The Brooklyn Nets have agreed to a 2-year deal with F Kris Humphries for $24 million
  • G/F Mike Miller won’t retire, will re-sign with the Miami Heat
  • The Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic have begun discussions about possible deals for Dwight Howard. No details have been released other than the Lakers want a commitment from Dwight to sign a contract extension.
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