May 24, 2024

2022-2023 NBA Predictions 

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TGS writers Jarael and Ryan provide their NBA predictions for the upcoming season that kicks off this week.

Jarael’s @ThePrinceAkeem Predictions: 

NBA Champion: Golden State Warriors 

Western Conference Champion: Golden State Warriors

Eastern Conference Champion: Brooklyn Nets

Regular Season MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Scoring Title: Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks 

Defensive Player of the year: Jarrett Allen, Cleveland Cavaliers 

Rookie of the Year: Paola Banchero, Orlando Magic

Most Improved: Tyrese Maxey, Philadelphia 76ers

Sixth Man of the Year: Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Lakers 

Coach of the Year: Willie Green, New Orleans Pelicans  or Mike Malone, Denver Nuggets

Hottest take: Los Angeles Lakers miss the playoffs for the second consecutive year. 

Which team will be the most fun to watch this season? New Orlean Pelicans. With a healthy Zion, this team will be competitive and a joy to watch this season. 

Which player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2022-23? Scottie Barnes, Toronto Raptors

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Ryan’s @ryandmoon Predictions:

NBA Champion: Philadelphia 76ers 

Western Conference Champion: Los Angeles Clippers

Eastern Conference Champion: Philadelphia 76ers

Regular Season MVP: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers 

Scoring Title: Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks 

Defensive Player of the year: Evan Mobley, Cleveland Cavaliers 

Rookie of the Year: Paola Banchero, Orlando Magic 

Most Improved: Tyrese Haliburton, Indiana Pacers

Sixth Man of the Year: Jordan Poole, Golden State Warriors 

Coach of the Year: Tyron Lue, Los Angeles Clippers

Hottest take: The Cleveland Cavaliers are winning more than 50 games and half their wins they will keep their opponent to under 100 points. 

Which team will be the most fun to watch this season? Bias, but the Cleveland Cavaliers’ young core making the Playoffs without Lebron James story will be special. 

Which player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2022-23? Anthony Edwards, Minnesota Timberwolves

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