5 Fun predictions for the 2018-19 NBA season

Gordon Robinson
October 03, 2018 - 1:02 pm
Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young

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Well basketball fans, the NBA preseason is among us, which means in a few more days the real action will tip off. I know that everyone thinks that with the acquisition of DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins the Golden State Warriors are a lock to win the Larry O’Brian Trophy for the fourth time in five years. We will get into that prediction and who else may contend for the crown at a later date, but for now let’s get into some early predictions that are sure to start an argument at your favorite place of beverage!
1.    Trades
We all know that at some point in the near future Jimmy Butler will be moved out of Minnesota. I also believe that sometime this season Kemba Walker will be dealt out of Charlotte and John Wall will no longer be the starting point guard for the Washington Wizards at the end of the season. I do not believe that the two will be together in a deal, but they both will be moved. Possible destinations that may be in the point guard Brooklyn, Orlando and the Los Angeles Clippers.
2.    Markelle Fultz will win Most Improved Player
Fultz has been working on his jump shot and will be a major key in the success of the 76ers this season. We should see what the hype around his game was all about this year. He is healthy and with the pieces around him, he is set up for success. The other to be most improved candidate is Jahlil Okafor of the New Orleans Pelicans.
3.    Collin Sexton will win Rookie of the Year
The Cleveland Cavaliers will not make the playoffs but Sexton will impress the masses. His high energy play will win over anyone who dares to watch the Cavs play and his ability to score will allow him to get the nod from everyone else. Other top candidates for the award Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies), Kevin Knox (New York Knicks) and DeAndre Ayton (Phoenix Suns).
4.    LeBron James will win the MVP award
James will take a team that is considered a band of misfits (which include Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGhee and last but certainly not least Lance Stephenson) and they will finish 3rd in the West behind Golden State and the Houston Rockets. I don’t know how deep of a playoff run the Lakers will make but this season will definitely test The King’s physical and mental strength.
5.    Trae Young will break the record for 3-pointers made by a rookie
Young, who was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks, led the NCAA in scoring and assists last season. His game has been compared to Stephen Curry, who once held the record after his rookie year by draining 166 from deep, but Young will not break the record because he’s such an accurate shooter. Trae Young will break the record because he’s going to put up about 100 shots (exaggeration!) from beyond the arc each game. Donovan Mitchell currently holds the record with 187 three pointers last season, he shot Damian Lillard from the top spot who made 185 in the 2012-13 season.

Now that I have given you all of the ammunition that you need, feel free to go out and debate your buddies and I guarantee you that you will be ready for NBA action when it officially tips off on October 16. Consider this your preseason!