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Most OVERRATED Team - (Iceman) Los Angeles Clippers. This one was easy. All I had to do was pick the team with the most OVERRATED coach. Every year the media deep throats Doc Rivers' crotch stick and every year he under-performs. The Clippers have finished 1st or 2nd in the Division every year Rivers has been there but they have yet to make the Western Conference Finals. Sure the West is brutal but the Clippers are fucking stacked with talent so GIVE IT A REST with the excuses already.
(G$) Houston Rockets. James Harden says that he is the best player in the league. LOL. They play no defense and have the most selfish "superstars" on the planet. I would not be all that shocked if they missed the playoffs. And I hate their GM who always thinks that he is smarter than everyone. Fuck Daryl Morey.
Most underrated Team - (Iceman) Miami Heat. Look. Losing LeBron was OBVZ huge. He's the reason they won 2 titles in Miami. But everyone is acting like this team is all of a sudden going to be the Milwaukee Bucks now that LeBron is getting Bosley hair treatments in Cleveland. Why? Miami will still win the division and won't be any worse than a 3 seed come playoff time. Realistically who else is going to win that division besides Miami? They won't be title favorites anymore but they will certainly still be in the discussion.
(G$) Charlotte Hornets. YES! Dust off those Larry Johnson Era Hornets Starter jackets! This is a gritty ass team that is loaded with young talent to go along with insane Lance Stephenson. I like them. If the East hierarchy is Cleveland, Chicago, Washington (in some sort of order) and the rest, then I would not be surprised if the Hornets are the 4 or 5 seed.
Most OVERRATED offseason move - (Iceman) Jason Kidd to the Bucks. I get fucking migraines trying to figure out why this guy is such a hot commodity in the NBA coaching ranks. All he's done is help construct one of the oldest and most OVERRATED teams in NBA history. Yet organizations are willing to sell their souls to get him. Kidd is one of those guys that tries to get too cute and will eventually outsmart himself every time. He's already trying to convert Giannis Antetokounmpo to PG. A position he's never played before. The Bucks will still be hog shit and Kidd will be making head scratching coaching decisions on another team in 3 years.
(G$) Paul Pierce signing with the Wizards. Dude sucks and can barely move. He doesn't do anything well anymore. I get why they did it but they are going to be seriously disappointed that his old man savvy doesn't mean shit.
Most underrated offseason move - (Iceman) Chandler Parsons to the Mavericks. This made absolutely no sense to me. How in the fuck so you allow one of your best players walk to a division rival? Parsons is one of the most underrated players in the league, he's young and he's a tremendous scorer. His best basketball is in front of him and now he's playing for a rival and is pissed. Good work, Houston. A lot was made about what the Cavs did with Lebron and Love (and for good reason) but I think this move was just as important and got way less coverage. Helluva pick up for Dallas.
(G$) Isiah Thomas to the Suns. This team has the potential to be the most entertaining in the league. They should run everyone off the floor every single night. Dragic, Bledsoe, and Thomas is one hell of a backcourt to get up and down the floor.
Breakout Player - (Iceman) Kawhi Leonard. I haven't been shy about what I think this guy can become. Most of you disagree but I won't have a problem accepting your apology after this season is over. It's time. I think this is the year Popovich finally lets Leonard get loose and gives him the freedom guys like Parker and Duncan have. It's no secret Pop wants to have black, cornrowed babies with Leonard. Just look at how much Leonard has noticeably improved over the last 3 seasons. It's insane how much better this cat is now compared to his rookie year. Leonard will be a super star by the time this season is over.
(G$) Dion Waiters. Homer call? Maybe/probably but Dion is either going to implode or explode this season. I'm betting on exploding because he has the demeanor that makes me think that he will embrace what the Cavs have cooking.
MVP - (Iceman) Stephen Curry. LeBron is going to be the popular choice here with Durant being hurt but I'm going a different route. Because picking LeBron and the Cavs for everything is fucking boring. I'm throwing my nuts out there and saying Stephan Curry. He is the best shooter in the game, period and could go down as the best shooter of all time. Averaging 24, 8 and 6 is pretty fucking impressive...then throw in the fact that he weighs about as much as one of my dumps after smashing a Chinese buffet. If he improves those numbers this year I don't know how people can ignore him for MVP.
(G$) Russell Westbrook. Easy call because I agree that LeBron won't win it. The Thunder should still be fine with Durant on the shelf and Rusty will be hammering out gigantic statistical nights on the reg.
Rookie of the Year - (Iceman) Jabari Parker. It'll be Parker and I don't think it's close. He's looked the part and then some so far in summer league games. The only way I can see him not getting ROY is if Kidd does something incredibly dumb with Parker. And I can TOTES see that happening since Kidd sucks big dicks.
(G$) Nerlens Noel. Someone has to play for the Sixers and I don't think that anyone will actually watch a 25 win Bucks team play. People will be intrigued by Philly's attempt to win 4 games this season.
Worst Team In The League - (Iceman) Philadelphia 76ers by a landslide. Embiid is out for who knows how long and he and Noel are the only talent this team has. Carter-Williams is hurt and not good. Philadelphia agrees since it sounds like they are constantly trying to trade him to anyone who will listen. The rest of that roster is absolutely hilarious. It really is. This team won't win more than 15 games.
(G$) Philly...'nuff said. Got to respect the two year obvious tank.
East and West Winner - (Iceman) Cleveland and San Antonio
(G$) Cleveland and LA Clippers
Champion - (Iceman) Cleveland...with the kiss of death. Either way a team I hate looks to be winning this thing so I will curse the team I hate more with my pick. The Cavs.
(G$) Cleveland. Yep, it all ends in June.
Iceman's Annual Pistons Prediction - The last two years I have picked the Pistons to make the playoffs and I have been wrong. Dead fucking wrong. So I'm going the more conservative approach this year. I love the SVG hire and his track record speaks for itself. I really like the off season player moves as well. Ditching Stuckey and Bynum and bringing in Augustin, Butler and Meeks were very solid moves. On paper the roster looks a whole hell of a lot better. But until they can figure out what the fuck to do with Josh Smiff, I think this team is going to struggle. He can't start and he'll be a whiny bitch if he's forced to come off the bench so they lose either way. It really is the one last dagger than needs to be removed from the Dumars era before this team can move on to being a serious playoff contender every year. I say they'll finish 9th or 10th in the East.
G$'s Annual Cavs Prediction - I'm not guaransheeding anything but I am openly setting the expectation of a championship this year. As long as they stay relatively healthy, there is no excuse to not set that goal. This team is absolutely fucking loaded. Could they be better defensively? Of course. It's going to take a little while to get humming and I would not be shocked if they started off 12-8 in their first 20 or something. But they are going to be incredible. The pieces are in place and there is still some room to improve if necessary. I believe that the Cavs will win the title this season.
Well, there you have it. The Cavs host the Knicks tomorrow night in what should be an incredible atmosphere that will likely bring me to tears. Now if you don't mind...GET THAT WEAK STUFF OUTTA HERE!!!