By Mike Dyson

When pundits and so-called “experts” make pre-season predictions, they usually turn out to be horribly wrong 2-3 months after the season commences.  With that said, check back with me in April of next year!

EAST                                                    WEST

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  1. Cleveland Cavaliers                     1. OKC Thunder
  2. Miami Heat                                   2. San Antonio Spurs
  3. Chicago Bulls                               3. Golden State Warriors
  4. Toronto Raptors                            4. Los Angeles Clippers
  5. Atlanta Hawks                               5. Houston Rockets
  6. Milwaukee Bucks                          6. New Orleans Pelicans
  7. Detroit Pistons                              7. Memphis Grizzlies
  8. Indiana Pacers                              8. Sacramento Kings

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  1. Washington Wizards                    9. Los Angeles Lakers
  2. New York Knicks                         10. Utah Jazz
  3. Orlando Magic                             11. Minnesota Timberwolves
  4. Boston Celtics                              12. Dallas Mavericks
  5. Philadelphia 76ers                      13. Phoenix Suns
  6. Charlotte Hornets                       14. Denver Nuggets
  7. Brooklyn Nets                              15. Portland Trail Blazers

Coach of the Year: Billy Donovan (Oklahoma City Thunder)

Rookie of the Year: Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver Nuggets)-West

Stanley Johnson (Detroit Pistons)-East

6th Man of the Year: Jamal Crawford (Los Angeles Clippers)

Most Improved Player:  Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)

Defensive Player of the Year: Hassan Whiteside (Miami Heat)

MVP: LeBron James

Finals: OKC Thunder v Cleveland Cavaliers

2015-16 NBA Champs: Cleveland Cavaliers


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Pre-Season All-NBA 1st Team        Pre-Season All-NBA 2nd Team

C   DeMarcus Cousins                              C Dwight Howard

PF Anthony Davis                                   PF LaMarcus Aldridge

SF LeBron James                                    SF Kevin Durant

SG James Harden                                   SG Klay Thompson

PG Russell Westbrook                           PG Steph Curry


Pre-Season All-NBA 3rd Team

C Hassan Whiteside

PF Pao Gasol

SF Carmelo Anthony

SG Jimmy Butler

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PG Kyrie Irving