The NBA season starts tonight as the Cavs and the Celtics play. Then, the Rockets and the Warriors give us a nice night cap. So, every year we try to do these predictions. Sometimes, we’re pretty spot on and probably more often than not, we’re wrong. When I say “we” I really mean Chuck. So, here are some predictions for the upcoming Thunder season. Please hold us accountable.
Thunder rank top 3 in efficiency
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s offense last season, while potent wasn’t very efficient. In fact, they were 17th last season. You compare that to the seasons in which Kevin Durant was on the roster, they were consistently in the top five. The Thunder return this season with the help of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. Russell Westbrook doesn’t have to do it on his own.
No starter misses more than five games
When I say starter, I mean: Westbrook; Roberson; George; Anthony; Adams. With Anthony, this could be a stretch. The man hasn’t played 82 games since his rookie year. He’s missed at least five games a season for the last 11 seasons. Outside of bone crushing injuries, the other four have only missed games here and there. I do think with Anthony not having to carry so much of the load, this could be the season where he plays 80 or so games.
Andre Roberson makes first team All-Defense
Roberson showed why he’s a lock down defender last year. While his offensive prowess is the opposite of that, his defensive decisions show why the Thunder gambled on bringing him back. He’s a defensive juggernaut and the Thunder need him in there. The media rewards him this season.
The Thunder trade Kyle Singler
I have zero basis off this. It’s just a random thought. He provides little to no production. That in turns does not equal worth his monetary gain. If this was a spreadsheet, Kyle Singler would be in bankruptcy.
Paul George goes 48-40-85
I know the 50-40-90 club is the exclusive club. While George isn’t that prolific of a free throw shooter, his other numbers will improve. In the preseason, he’s two-thirds there. He only shot 40 percent from the field. However, shot 85 percent from the charity stripe and 45.8 percent from the three-point line.
Thunder win at least 50 games
While there is all I said above, the Thunder will still climb at least to 50 wins and I’m going to say it’s closer to 55 victories.
No big trades at the deadline
We’re used to seeing Oklahoma City make something happen at the deadline every year. They may as well do it again this season. However, I do believe it’ll be something minimal if they do.
Three All-Stars for Oklahoma City
The Big Three all get selected to the NBA All-Star teams this season — Russell Westbrook as a starter.
Oklahoma City splits with Dubs in regular season
Oklahoma City and the Warriors play four times this season. I do think we see Oklahoma City end their seven-game losing streak to the Warriors this season. I’m going on a limb and saying the Thunder split with the Warriors.
No MVP or first team All-NBA for Westbrook
With his help arrived, the reigning MVP winner, Russell Westbrook doesn’t need to go 1,000 mph this season. He might not average 30 points per game. Westbrook, because of this will not win the MVP, nor will he make the first team All-NBA. He’ll definitely make the second team.
Oklahoma City finished third in the West
The Thunder have some molding to do. There are questions about the bench and the Big Three still need time to gel. We are going to see some early season growing pains and that’ll end up being some more losses than some expected.
Oklahoma City makes the Western Conference Finals
It’s going to come down to the Thunder and the Warriors in the West. Oklahoma City and Russell Westbrook vs. Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors for a chance to play for the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
The Thunder win it all
I don’t know why I do this. They probably won’t but I just hope they will. The pieces are here. Maybe the Warriors will have a few bad games of shooting vs. Oklahoma City or someone? Who knows. I’m gonna stick with this though. They’ll beat the Celtics in Cavaliers games.
NBA league predictions
MVP: Kevin Durant, Golden State
I don’t really have a reason for this, I just think this will end up being the best candidate. Westbrook’s numbers will be diluted. Curry won’t win again.
Rookie of the Year: Lonzo Ball
I think he’ll top Ben Simmons for the award.
- Atlantic: Boston Celtics
- While The Raptors will already have chemistry in place, I think Boston’s firepower is too much to topple in that division.
- Central: Cleveland Cavaliers
- Enough said. Though, I do think Milwaukee could keep things interesting.
- Southeast: Washington Wizards
- Scott Brooks has this team ready to go. John Wall has a chip on his shoulder. The Wizards almost won 50 games last year. Watch out for the Wiz kids.
- Northwest: Oklahoma City Thunder
- Russell Westbrook and the rest of the Big Three roll to a divisional crown over Minnesota and Denver in a tight race.
- Southwest: Houston Rockets
- Even though the San Antonio Spurs have won six of the last seven divisional championships, it’ll be James Harden and the Rockets this season.
- Pacific: Golden State Warriors
- How how I wish I could write anyone else in here.
- Washington Wizards
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Boston Celtics
- Toronto Raptors
- Milwaukee Bucks
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Charlotte Hornets
- Miami Heat
- Golden State Warriors
- Houston Rockets
- Oklahoma City Thunder
- San Antonio Spurs
- Minnesota Timberwolves
- L.A. Clippers
- Denver Nuggets
- Portland Trail Blazers
- Washington over Miami
- Cleveland over Charlotte
- Boston over Philadelphia
- Milwaukee over Toronto
- Washington over Milwaukee
- Cleveland over Boston
- Cleveland over Washington
- Golden State over Portland
- Houston over Denver
- Oklahoma City over L.A.
- Minnesota over San Antonio
- Golden State over Minnesota
- Oklahoma City over Houston
- Oklahoma City over Golden State
- Oklahoma City over Cleveland