Five Predictions for the Upcoming NBA Season

1. The Lakers won’t be a superteam (unless you count the ’10-’11 version of the Miami Heat as a superteam).  The Lakers will be very good and very scary by the end of the season, but a superteam (as in the ’95-’96 Bulls), no.  They’ll need too much of the regular season to get acquainted and to figure out how to stay healthy.  I suspect by season’s end, one or more teams will be tanking to stay out of the Lakers side of the bracket, though.

2.  Jeremy Lin will be among the league leaders in assists.  And I thought this BEFORE the trade that brought James Harden to Houston.  The Rockets run a very point guard friendly offense full of high pick and rolls, which Lin excels at (this offensive system made Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic look like the second coming of Nate Archibald at times last season).  I figured with Kevin Martin spotting up, and a roll guy, Lin would rack up assists.  With Harden replacing Martin, Linsanity could lead the league.

3.  The Knicks are in for a very long season.  It’s rarely a good thing to have a lot of players on your roster over the age of 27, which is the age many players peak.  So what do we think of the Knicks who have an entire posse of players over the age of 37?  Not very much.  Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler will keep the Knicks competitive and they may make the playoffs again, but it’ll only be because the rules stipulate that the Eastern Conference send eight teams to the postseason.  Few fans will confuse this bunch for a real playoff team.

4. Houston will make the playoffs.  The Harden deal is only the beginning.  They need frontcourt help and have cap space plus young players and draft picks to deal.  Utah has a logjam emerging in its paint with Kanter, Favors, Jefferson and Millsap, the last two of whom are UFA’s at the end of the season. I’d imagine that the Rockets are already making offers for Millsap, though the Jazz would probably like to deal Jefferson.

5.  Indiana will be an elite team.  No, not oh, they’re good, elite, but elite as in we will spend evenings in January wondering aloud if Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals will take place in Conseco Fieldhouse (or whatever they call it these days).  The Pacers are deep, talented and balanced (top 10 on both sides of the ball). The Pacers played at a 53 win pace last year. With most of the Eastern Conference taking a step back, Indiana could win 60.

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About jmartin437

I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at thejoyofcheese.blogspot.com. In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and www.theroot.com. I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
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