NBA MVP, ROY, Rebounding Champion and Scoring Title Predictions 2013-14
NBA Award Winner Predictions
Get All of The Latest Odds See the Latest Odds
USA TODAY Sports
Having won the MVP award last season and four of the last five overall, Lebron James is the obvious choice to take out the award again this season. While it’s hard to see anyone but James winning it, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this is the year someone else takes it out. Having come second to James the past two seasons, Kevin Durant would seem like the logical choice to receive his first MVP trophy, however, I think the Oklahoma City Thunder will struggle the first two months of the season without Russell Westbrook and instead, I have Chris Paul coming away with the goods. Let me explain my reasoning:
CP3 has come third and fourth, respectively, the last two seasons, so he hasn’t been that far off the mark already.
Vinny Del Negro has been replaced by future hall of famer Doc Rivers on the sidelines, need I say more?
Although predictions mean nothing, the Los Angeles Clippers are favorites to take out the West this season and they could end up finishing with the best overall record in the NBA. Paul could essentially be the best player on the best team in the league.
While I’m on the subject of predictions, I doubt the Heat win 66 games again this season because Wade is another year older and lets not forget that the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers and Brooklyn Nets got a whole lot better in the offseason, thus making it harder for James and the Heat to repeat what they did a year ago.
Lebron James has won four of the past five MVP awards, but the year he didn’t win it in 2010-11 it went to Derrick Rose, so it’s not that far fetched to believe it could go to another point guard, one who is in the peak of their prime in CP3.
So there you have it, my reasoning as to why I think Chris Paul takes home this seasons MVP award. Again, it’s hard to see anyone but James taking the award out, but Paul is great value if you ask me...
Dan’s Pick: Chris Paul
Rookie of the Year:
Although I didn’t make any predictions on who would take out the MVP and scoring title last season , I did go on Twitter and announce my rookie of the year as Damien Lillard, which I’m pretty proud of. It might not seem like much now, but Lillard was a relative unknown before the season started and Anthony Davis was the odds on favorite to take out the award, so go me. Moving on, there is no clear cut favorite this time around as Victor Oladipo is the front runner at 4/1, followed by Kelly Olynyk and Trey Burke, who I think will take out the award. Don’t get me wrong, I think Dipo will be right there, but you have to remember he will be coming off the bench and playing behind Aaron Afflalo for the time being. On the other hand, Burke will be Utah’s starting point guard from Day 1 and I expect him to finish the season with averages around the 14 point and five assist mark. Damien Lillard led the league in minutes last season and while I highly doubt Burke does the same, he should register 30+ minutes on a nightly basis. Despite his struggle during summer league play, I think Trey Burke will be this seasons Rookie of the Year.
Dan’s Pick: Trey Burke
I did mention above that I thought that the Oklahoma City Thunder would struggle without Russell Westbrook in the lineup for the first two months of the season, however, that just means Kevin Durant will have to pickup the scoring slack, especially considering Kevin Martin is no longer a part of the team. Durant became the youngest scoring champion in 2010 and then went onto win another two consecutive titles, yet, his crown was taken off him last season by Carmelo Anthony as he finished the season with an average of 28.7 points per game, compared to 28.1 for Durant. While Melo will be his main threat again this season, the Knicks did add some offensive talent and they will get a full year from Iman Shumpert this time around. On the flipside, KD will have to pretty much do everything for the Thunder, especially early on, so I’m pretty confident he will take his title back when it’s all said and done...
Dan’s Pick: Kevin Durant
Having won the last two and five of six overall, it’s easy to see why Dwight Howard is the short priced favorite to take out the rebounding title once again. Having said that, I think Kevin Love will take over as the rebounding champion by seasons end. Love had an average of 14 rebounds per game last season, which was 1.6 more than what Howard finished with, but he only played 20 games so it didn’t qualify. Two seasons prior, Love earned his first rebounding title as he finished with an average of 15.2 boards per game, a number he could come close to achieving this season if he remains healthy. While Howard should improve on last season, I see him sharing a lot of rebounds with Omar Asik, which will ultimately hurt his chances of taking out the title for a third straight season. Here’s banking on Love stays injury free…..
Dan’s Pick: Kevin Love