x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

NBA predictions

The Eastern division winners will include the Boston Celtic, the Chicago Bulls and Eric Gordon will be the most improved player.

Eastern division winners: Boston Celtics (Atlantic), Miami Heat (Southeast), Chicago Bulls (Central)

Western division winners: Los Angeles Lakers (Pacific), Oklahoma City Thunder (Northwest), San Antonio Spurs (Southwest)

Western Conference finals: Lakers over Thunder

Eastern Conference finals: Celtics over Heat

NBA finals: Lakers over Celtics

 

Superlatives 

Most Valuable Player: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

Comeback player of the year: Yao Ming, Houston Rockets

Sixth man of the year: Carl Landry, Sacramento Kings

Rookie of the year: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

International player of the year: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks

Most improved teams: Miami Heat and New York Knicks

Most improved player: Eric Gordon, Los Angeles Clippers

Pre-season all-NBA teams

First team:

1. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers 2. Chris Paul, Charlotte Hornets, 3. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic 4. LeBron James, Miami Heat 5. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

Second team:

1. Deron Williams, Utah Jazz 2. Brandon Roy, Portland Trail Blazers 3. Amare Stoudemire, New York Knicks 4. Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets 5. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks