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NBA Rookie of the Year

NBA Rookie of the Year Picks

The NBA season is looking good for 2016/2017. There is so much new talent that is coming to the game and many fans are excited to see the up and coming players. I know I can’t wait to see what they can do.  There is also talk of who the Rookie of the Year will be.  We’ve already predicted the playoff teams, so today we took a look at the list of rookies and here are our predictions on the favorites to win the award.

There is a favorite for this award already. Ben Simmons was drafted from LSU by the Philadelphia 76ers and he was the first overall pick in this season’s draft. He was a top choice due to his talent. According to the odds and statistical analysis Simmons has a 33% chance of winning this award and there is also a 66% chance that the award will go to someone else in the league. While he has a pretty good chance of winning the odds are still against Simmons.

There are some other players that those that follow the NBA are excited about seeing. Kris Dunn and Buddy Hield have done well in college and this will also be their first year playing in the NBA. Hield was selected sixth but he has the second best odds of winning this award. While they are good Simmons is still favored.

There are some other top contenders for this award as well. They include Brendon Ingram and Denzel Valentine. Ingram was drafted by the Las Angeles Lakes and Valentine was taken on by Chicago. Some say that Ingram has potential to become Rookie of the Year. While he does have a smaller frame he has the skills. Still some people worried that due to his smaller size he will get pushed around by the bigger players on the court.

They are in the top five of the picks. There are some other players that are in the contending by are still considered to be long shots. Jaylen Brown was the third overall pick and Dragan Bender was the fourth pick. Both of these players have a one in twenty chance of winning the Rookie of the Year Award despite their high placement in the draft.

With all of this talent coming into the NBA there are a number of contenders that can end up being Rookie of the Year. There is a lot of talent. Even though there is a favorite at this time anything can happen and these new players can take this award home in their first NBA season.

2016-17 NBA Predictions

NBA Predictions

With all the free agents left it’s going to be a difficult season to predict, but since I have a fond love of basketball I will make some good predictions.

If Kevin Durant stays at the Oklahoma City Thunder the will make it far in the playoffs. Him and Westbrook have a true dynamic together and if they can get the bench fired up they’d be unstoppable.

The Golden State Warriors may have lost the championship and may have a lot of free agents but expect them to be hungrier than ever to get another chance for the NBA Finals trophy that says once again they are the best. It’s no surprise that they are the favorites to win it all again according to  This is a young team and even though some may be leaving I believe this team will bounce back to at least the conference finals if they don’t end up winning the championship again.

I think the Cavs may have their hands tied if LeBron really decides to leave they’ll have the funds to pick up talent, but who can replace James. I still think if he leaves that they will be in the playoffs it just doesn’t seem likely they will make it to the end.

The Celtics I think are going to do great whether they lose free agents or not I expect great things from this team. They did pick up a solid draft pick.  They will be going to the playoffs just how far in the playoffs will they go? I guess the excitement will be felt soon enough.

The Toronto Raptors might have a shot of making it pretty far in the east if Lebron leaves Cleveland, and the Raptors can keep Demar I think they have a chance of clinching the east.

One of my favorite teams in the west is the Los Angeles Clippers. When I say favorite I mean that I think this team is going to go really far this season I like what the team is doing. They have a great looking roster and it’s going to be a good season.

The San Antonio Spurs will make it to the playoffs but how far will they go in the playoffs it depends on some other teams in the western conference. I think they will be one of the last teams in the west.

I think with Drummond the Detroit Pistons may be the underdog team that no one expects to win to come out of nowhere. I think it’s possible for them and to go to the conference finals. I am hoping for them to do well. I like this team they’re confident their growing together. It’s going to be a good season.

Miami has a good shot of making it to the playoffs I’d be surprised if they get past the second round but I don’t think they’ll have a problem making it there. This is a older team with veterans that can score and produce in big games.

I believe the Orlando Magic may actually make the playoffs in the 7th or 8th seed hopefully. They won’t trade their chances away like they usually do.

I’m going to go with the Portland Trailblazers to make it to the playoffs and I think they may even improve more than last year.

I know one thing.  If Hield wins the Rookie of the Year and Anthony Davis stays healthy the New Orleans Pelicans could be a team that surprises this year.

NBA Draft Recap

NBA Draft Recap

I would like start off by congratulating all 60 picks in this years NBA draft and discuss the potential future of these young men’s lives in there new journey. Today I would like to narrow the scope and focus on the top 10 picks in the draft of 2016.

The number one draft pick this years go to LSU’s Forward Ben Simmons who’s future with Philadelphia looks bright. Allen Iversion said himself in an interview with ESPN that he would be in Ben Simmons corner for anything he needs his rookie season. May not seem like much but to have a Hall of Famer extend a helping hand seems to me like a bright future.  He’s the favorite to win Rookie of the Year.

Second round pick Brandon Ingram from Duke wins number 2 spot with an advantage on his ability to grow as a player at a fast rate. According to USA Today The Lakers say if his Duke basketball evolution translates to professional ball then he’s found the right team. I personally think that with Kobe being finished it opens some big shoes to fill but this can be any rookie’s opportunity and give motivation.

After being drafted third to the Brooklyn Nets and then later traded to the Boston Celtics Jaylen Brown’s team chemistry looks excellent with the potential to effect the Celtics rotation early on in the season. As long as Jaylens physical growth matches his mental he will melt right in with the Boston Franchise.

The 18 yr old big man Dragan Bender is the youngest and 4th overall drafted player this year and he’s an international player. Bender being able to compete with grown men at this level will definitely show me his tremendous growth potential. The Suns believe Bender will mature with his unique skill set that brings the Suns a new fire.

As I approach the midway point on the top 10 NBA draft picks we hit our first point guard pick of 2016. Fifth pick Kris Dunn and Andrew Wiggins can become a duo power house under first year coach Tom Thibodeau. They have a real shot at making the playoffs. Thibodeau says Dunn’s defensive efforts are something he wants to build on. Even with Ricky Rubio’s future being put into question across the media I think the team chemistry with Dunn can hit some highs points for his career.

Sixth draft pick Buddy Hield entered the draft as the top college basketball player of 2016. Pelicans hope that Hield brings a scoring threat to back up Anthony Davis in the paint this upcoming season.The Pelicans don’t know early on if they are gonna hold onto Hield so I hope he gives New Orleans a reason to keep him around.

Being picked up by the Knicks seventh in the draft but later traded to Denver, Jamal Murray brings a perimeter game to the Nuggets that has needed improvement since the last season. Murray was coming off of a 113 three pointer season at Kentucky with the Wildcats that spells some potential for his future with the Nuggets.

The Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors, and Milwaukee Bucks finished off the top ten picks with forward Marquese Chriss, center Jakob Poeltl, and center Thon Maker. I have leveled out the remaining three picks to have all the fundamentals to be good players on a professional level but nothing that we would be an immediate impact in the NBA.

Top 2016 NBA Free Agents

NBA Free Agent Predictions

The upcoming NBA season will see some changes in team lineups. There are a number of players that are going to become free agents. According to some basketball insiders there are some prediction of what players will be free agents for the 2016/ 2017 basketball season.  Follow the CBS Sports free agent tracker to find out who went where and for how much.

Deron Williams is set to be a free agent. He was making over five million dollars on his last contract. Currently he does not have offers from other teams but there is still plenty of time before the season is set to start.

Rajon Rondo is said to be on the market as a free agent. Rajon was making over 9 million dollars according to his last contract. Currently he does not have a salary of an offer but there are said to be many teams that are looking at him.  I think if he goes to a decent team he can really get them over the hump.

There are some players that are expected to see a change in their salaries. Dehantay Jones from the Cleveland Cavaliers was making around eight hundred thousand dollars. He did not see much game play and was not making hardly anything. He is currently a free agent but has received offers for over a million dollars to play basketball. In this case deciding to go as a free agent was a smart choice with a big pay increase.

Jason Terry is another player that is a free agent. He was making just under a million dollars last season. He is not currently involved in a contract but is hopeful to get one sooner than later and enjoy a pay increase.

Kevin Durant is an unrestricted free agent and many say that he is in his prime. He averaged 28 point per game with Oklahoma City and is currently making around 21 million per season.  If he stays with the Thunder they are a contender, if not then they will struggle to make the playoffs.

Many cannot believe this but LeBron James is on the market as a free agent and he may possibly leave Cleveland. While the team does not want to see him go they are looking to see if they can agree on a deal. Currently James is making around 23 million dollars per season. Just him name alone draws crowds to come out and see the team.

Hassan Whiteside is now a free agent. He scored around 14 points per games and can block just about any shot. He is making just under 1 million dollars a year playing for Miami and is looking to increase his playing time and the amount of money that he earns during the season.

These are just some of the free agents that will be in the NBA for the upcoming season. Free agents are often looking for additional playing time as well as more money to play the game. These free agents see to be on the right track to making more money and making their name known in the game of professional basketball.