Brandon Benson’s Official 2013-2014 NBA Season Predictions

Good morning, hoop-addicts. I am happy to finally unveil my predictions for the upcoming NBA season. It has seemed so long since we last saw NBA basketball, but it is back, and quite possibly, better than ever. I will predict the individual awards, the regular season standings, and of course, the playoffs. Let’s get this show on the road!


WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS                                                                                  *indicates playoff team

1. San Antonio Spurs* (59-23)

2. Los Angeles Clippers* (58-24)

3. Houston Rockets* (54-28)

4. Oklahoma City Thunder* (53-29)

5. Golden State Warriors* (50-32)

6. Memphis Grizzlies* (48-34)

7. Portland Trail Blazers* (44-38)

8. Minnesota Timberwolves* (42-40)

9. Dallas Mavericks (40-42)

10. Denver Nuggets (40-42)

11. New Orleans Pelicans (39-43)

12. Los Angeles Lakers (35-47)

13. Sacramento Kings (29-53)

14. Utah Jazz (26-56)

15. Phoenix Suns (20-62)


EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS                                                                                    *indicates playoff team

1. Indiana Pacers* (62-20)

2. Miami Heat* (61-21)

3. Chicago Bulls* (59-23)

4. Brooklyn Nets* (52-30)

5. Washington Wizards* (47-35)

6. New York Knicks* (45-37)

7. Cleveland Cavaliers* (42-40)

8. Atlanta Hawks* (41-41)

9. Detroit Pistons (39-43)

10. Milwaukee Bucks (35-47)

11. Toronto Raptors (32-50)

12. Charlotte Bobcats (31-51)

13. Boston Celtics (29-52)

14. Orlando Magic (25-57)

15. Philadelphia 76ers (10-72)



First Round

1. San Antonio Spurs vs.

8. Minnesota Timberwolves

Result: Spurs win in 5

4. Oklahoma City Thunder vs.

5. Golden State Warriors

Result: Thunder win in 7


2. Los Angeles Clippers vs.

7. Portland Trail Blazers

Result: Clippers win in 4

3. Houston Rockets vs.

6. Memphis Grizzlies

Result: Rockets win in 6



San Antonio Spurs vs.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Result: Thunder win in 7


Los Angeles Clippers vs.

Houston Rockets

Result: Clippers win in 6


Western Conference Finals

Los Angeles Clippers vs.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Result: Thunder win in 7




First Round

1. Indiana Pacers vs.

8. Atlanta Hawks

Result: Pacers win in 5

4. Brooklyn Nets vs.

5. Washington Wizards

Result: Nets win in 6


2. Miami Heat

7. Cleveland Cavaliers

Result: Heat win in 5

3. Chicago Bulls vs.

6. New York Knicks

Result: Bulls win in 4



Indiana Pacers vs.

Brooklyn Nets

Result: Pacers win in 7


Miami Heat vs.

Chicago Bulls

Result: Bulls win in 7


Eastern Conference Finals

Indiana Pacers vs.

Chicago Bulls

Result: Pacers win in 6


2014 NBA Finals

1. Indiana Pacers vs.

4. Oklahoma City Thunder

Result: Oklahoma City Thunder defeat Indiana Pacers in six games, win NBA Finals


Season accolades:

Coach of the Year- Frank Vogel, Indiana Pacers

Sixth Man of the Year- Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors

Most Improved Player- Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs

Defensive Player of the Year- LeBron James, Miami Heat

Rookie of the Year- Cody Zeller, Charlotte Bobcats

Most Valuable Player- LeBron James, Miami Heat

Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player- Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder


Regular season statistical champions:

Scoring title- Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder (28.1 points)

Rebounding title- Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves (13.9 rebounds)

Assists title- Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers (10.1 assists)

Blocks title- Larry Sanders, Milwaukee Bucks (3.2 blocks)

Steals title- Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves (2.6 steals)

Field goal percentage title- Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks (.622%)

3-point percentage title- Kyle Korver, Atlanta Hawks (.453%)

Free throw percentage title- Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (.899%)

PER title- LeBron James, Miami Heat (30.68)


10 BOLD Predictions for the 2013-2014 season:

10. Dirk Nowitzki has a major bounce-back year

9. The Grizzlies will sign Jason Collins in January

8. The Oklahoma City Thunder will hold a record of .500 or less until Russell Westbrook returns

7. John Wall, Stephen Curry, and Anthony Davis will all make their first NBA All-Star teams

6. Tobias Harris of the Orlando Magic will make the Eastern Conference All-Star team

5. Ricky Rubio has a huge year

4. Houston will trade Omer Asik to New Orleans for Ryan Anderson

3. Toronto will trade Rudy Gay, Kyle Lowry, and DeMar DeRozan

2. The Thunder will trade Serge Ibaka and picks to Atlanta for Al Horford

1. The Miami Heat DO NOT make the Eastern Conference Finals


Brandon Benson is an NBA Staff-Writer for Full Scale Sports. You can follow him on Twitter- @TheBTrain10.


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