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None of us are bona fide NBA experts, but we have no problem going on record with what we believe will happen in the upcoming season. It keeps us honest as the games pile up and the claims of knowing what would happen become more prevalent — and outlandish. As always, feel free to leave your own thoughts and predictions in the comments.

Eastern Conference
1) Miami
2) Chicago
3) Indiana
4) Philadelphia
5) Atlanta
6) Toronto
7) Boston
8) Milwaukee
9) Brooklyn
10) New York
11) Washington
12) Detroit
13) Cleveland
14) Orlando
15) Charlotte

Western Conference
1) Oklahoma City
2) Los Angeles Lakers
3) Memphis Grizzlies
4) San Antonio
5) Los Angeles Clippers
6) Denver
7) Dallas
8) Utah
9) Golden State
10) Sacramento
11) Minnesota
12) Houston
13) Portland
14) New Orleans
15) Phoenix

I’m a little surprised I have Phoenix at the bottom, but I really don’t like their team and without Nash they could really collapse.

Eastern Conference: Miami over Indiana
Western Conference: Los Angeles Lakers over Oklahoma City

NBA Champs: Lakers

MVP: LeBron James
ROY: Jonas Valanciunas (Toronto’s 2011 #1 pick and the best non-NBA player in the world last year)
COY: Scott Brooks
6th Man: Louis Williams (Atlanta)
DPOY: Dwight Howard

Grizz regular season record: 55-27
Grizz Leading Scorer: Rudy Gay
Grizz MVP: Mike Conley
Grizz 6th Man: Jerryd Bayless
Grizz MostImproved Player: Hamed Haddadi
Grizz All Star: Marc Gasol
Grizz Final Result: Conference Semi-finals

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4 Responses to 3SOB 2012-13 NBA Predictions – Chip Crain

  1. GabrielNo Gravatar says:

    How could you possibly have Chicago at 2 in the East? Rose will be out for most, if not all, of the year and the bench mob is gone. Deng will score 18-20 on the year, but Boozer is slowly becoming one of the biggest contract wastes ever. Where will the scoring come from? Or the leadership? They’re headed for a miserable season in my opinion.

  2. smit-tay grizNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think Boston will be below all three of PHI, TOR, and ATL either.

  3. JoelNo Gravatar says:

    Ok, I need some insight on something I continue to come across. I have yet to read or watch anything on espn that does not mention that the Grizz should trade Rudy ASAP. I understand that if soomeone is worried that he will be injured, but outside of an injury, i find it a bit confusing that the “experts” are calling for a rudy trade. Would like to get some thoughts on this.

  4. Lee Eric SmithNo Gravatar says:


    It’s the great unknown. The people saying that usually watch the Grizz play for a handful of games on NBATV or TNT, not like those of us who actually watch the games. The thinking is the same tired, “Rudy and Zach can’t play together” line — combined with the fact that he hasn’t realized his enormous potential yet, and he’s got that huge contract.

    And then there’s the generally simple truth that it’s easier to replace a wing player on the cheap than it is to replace productive big men like Zach & Marc. He is the most valuable trade asset and the one the team could trade without totally rebuilding the team and changing the team identity.

    For instance, if Portland called offering Nic Batum and Wes Matthews for Rudy, I can’t imagine Chris Wallace hanging up the phone. Not saying that Portland would make that call, but you can see the kind of value Rudy could bring in return. Or, if Pera simply wanted to save money, he could trade Rudy to Orlando for the Dwight Howard Trade exception, not taking any players back.

    But I fully expect Rudy to shut all that noise up this season. If our guys stay healthy, I say they run to the WCF, maybe further.

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