Extremely Early NBA Predictions

By Shawn Dennis

After watching some preseason games over the last few nights, this quick NBA restart has me hyped up for what’s to come. With COVID still not going anywhere anytime soon and the bubble not being used for this upcoming season, some questions arise. How will the rookies play with no summer league and practically three weeks to adjust to their new teammates and coaching staff? How will scheduling pan out if the complications of players testing positive will have as much of an impact as it’s had on leagues like the MLB, NFL, and NCAA Football? What will the protocol be for players that are positive? What’s the situation like for fans in arenas? 

How Adam Silver handled this pandemic and what he, his executives and staff were able to accomplish with the bubble has provided me with more hope and trust than any other major sports league that this season won’t be canceled. However, it’s nearly impossible to predict what teams will and won’t have an influx of players testing positive and which states will issue more lockdowns and mandates that could change where certain teams’ home games are being played. Although we can say (with confidence) that California will probably be one of those states, as we’ve already seen the San Francisco 49ers having to leave Levi Stadium to play in Arizona for Weeks 13 and 14 in the NFL.

Here are some outrageous and not so crazy predictions for the Eastern and Western playoff seedings, and awards for what may turn out to be yet another wild NBA season. 

Defensive Player of the Year: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Most Valuable Player: Luka Dončić

Sixth Man of the Year: Tyler Herro

Rookie of the Year: LaMelo Ball

Most Improved Player: OG Anunoby 

Coach of the Year: Steve Nash

Playoff Seedings


  1. Brooklyn Nets
  2. Milwaukee Bucks
  3. Miami Heat
  4. Boston Celtics
  5. Toronto Raptors
  6. Philadelphia 76ers
  7. Atlanta Hawks
  8. Indiana Pacers


  1. Los Angeles Lakers
  2. Denver Nuggets
  3. Los Angeles Clippers
  4. Utah Jazz
  5. Phoenix Suns
  6. Golden State Warriors 
  7. Houston Rockets
  8. New Orleans Pelicans

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  1. Wesley Burton

    Once again, no love for Indiana. I LOVE IT.

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