Welcome to another edition of NBA RoundTable. As the Preseason is just a couple days away, I am going to as a series of questions over the next few weeks and our panel is going to give their opinion on what they think will happen. This week we will discuss the Golden State Warriors 73 wins, Will Stephen curry make 400 plus 3’s again and so much more on NBA RoundTable. I hope you enjoy!
Lets get started:
Will the Golden State Warriors break their own record of 73 wins this year?
Todd: No Way! Golden State is a worse team this year than they were last year. Their offense may be better but their defense will be lacking. They lost to man guys because of Kevin Durant Signing. They will not even come close.
Steve: I just don’t see it happening. Even though I think the Warriors have improved their team with adding Kevin Durant. They lost an edge on defense, and despite the fact that they are going to score 120 plus points a game, they are going to give up 115 points a game. Realistically, they are not going to score that much every game, and there will be games where they will have an off night. They will win upwards to 67 or 68 games, but 74, I honestly don’t see it.
Chad: It will take time to figure out the pecking order on the court and who’s taking the big shot so while I expect a lot of Wins I will put them at just under 70 as I expect them to ease off this year unlike last year.
Dan: No, they won’t. I think that they have a good enough team in order to break their own 73 wins record, but they won’t. The major point: rest. Last year, the Warriors won 73 games, were the favorites to win the NBA Finals. People thought it was going to be easy. They lost to the Cavs in the Finals. This year, they will take the more conservative approach, even if they are on pace to beat their record. They will make sure their team is ready for the playoffs and their drive to the FInals.
Who are the front runners for NBA MVP?
Todd: Steph Curry, LeBron James even though I hate him, and Russell Westbrook now that Durant is out of OKC.
Steve: Stephen Curry has to be the front runner as he is the two time defending MVP, so until someone can knock him off the pedestal, he is going to be the front runner. However, that being said, there could be any other player in the NBA that could jump up and take the spot at the top.
Chad: Steph vs Lebron. Prove me wrong NBA; Prove me Wrong.
Dan: I think it’s the usual bunch. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kawhi Leaonard. There might be a surprise or two in there, but for the most part, it’s the usual bunch.
Agree or Disagree. Stephen Curry will make 400 plus 3’s again this year.
Todd: No! adding Durant to the high powered offense will take away a few shots from Curry.
Steve: Curry had a breakout season last year, and will make his share of three pointers, no way does he match what he did last year, that was a season for the ages, and I don’t think it will ever be matched.
Chad: No way adding Durant to this mix will take shots away from Steph so I will say 320 3’s for him this year.
Dan: Agree. Steph Curry’s best game is his 3-point shot. He took a lot last year and made a lot. I see the same continuing this season. He kept making threes after threes and teams still weren’t guarding him out there behind the arc. I don’t see something different changing so I think that Steph Curry makes 400 three-pointers again this year. Another added bonus: his range is almost limitless.
What are your predictions on the 8 teams from the East and the West that will make the playoffs this year?
Todd: East: Cleveland, Atlanta, Toronto, Boston, Detroit, Washington, Indiana, Charlotte West: Golden State, San Antonio, L.A. Clippers, Portland, Memphis, Minnesota, Phoenix, Dallas
Steve: In the East, Ive got Cleveland, Chicago, Milwaukee, Boston, Miami, New York, Toronto, and Indiana. In the West, give me Golden State, San Antonio, LA Clippers, Oklahoma City, Portland, Memphis, Utah, Dallas.
Chad: In the West: Golden State, San Antonio, La Clippers, Portland, Memphis, Dallas, Utah, OKC.
Dan: I’ll just do a quick run down on each side. In the Western Conference, I have, in no particular order: Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, Utah Jazz. In the Eastern Conference, I have, again, in no particular order: Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks and the Chicago Bulls.
Which team will be the most improved this year?
Todd: Minnesota Timberwolves by far. They have a good young team and anew defensive minded coach they will sure compete for one of the bottom playoff spots in the West.
Steve: I think the Minnesota Timberwolves will be the most improved team this year. New coach, who has had success before, a core of young players, who can play, and a city striving to get their team back on the map. I think the T-Wolves will be a playoff threat this season.
Chad: Minnesota will be the most improved they have a young roster, a new defense-minded coach; led by Towns and Wiggins. Minnesota may just sneak into the Playoffs.
Dan: I think it’ll either be the Knicks or the Bucks. I think both finish above .500 (and yes, I know Khris MIddleton is out for six months with a torn hamstring, but they still have a good enough team around him that they’ll be fine, in my opinion). Because of the Middleton injury, I feel like the Knicks will make the bigger leap. They finished with a worse record (32-50) while the Bucks were 33-49. Either one will be the most improved this year. Honestly, I’ll just say both. Easier, and they were almost equal last season.
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