Turn On The Jets 2012-2013 NBA Predictions

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We love our New York Jets here at Turn On The Jets (shocking, I know) but that doesn’t mean we don’t talk about other sports from time to time…particularly the NBA. Here are our staff picks for the upcoming season, supplemented by a few guests. Feel free to leave your picks in the comments section -

Joe Caporoso

Eastern Conference

  1. Miami Heat
  2. Boston Celtics
  3. Indiana Pacers
  4. Atlanta Hawks
  5. New York Knicks
  6. Brooklyn Nets
  7. Chicago Bulls
  8. Toronto Raptors

Western Conference

  1. Los Angeles Lakers
  2. San Antonio Spurts
  3. Oklahoma City Thunder
  4. Los Angeles Clippers
  5. Denver Nuggets
  6. Memphis Grizzlies
  7. Utah Jazz
  8. Dallas Mavericks

Finals - Lakers over Heat

Awards - Rajon Rondo (MVP), Anthony Davis (ROY), Ray Allen (6th Man)

Moke Hamilton

Eastern Conference

  1. Heat
  2. Celtics
  3. Pacers
  4. Knicks
  5. Sixers
  6. Nets
  7. Hawks
  8. Bulls

Western Conference

  1. Lakers
  2. Thunder
  3. Spurs
  4. Clippers
  5. Nuggets
  6. Grizzlies
  7. Trailblazers
  8. Mavericks

Finals - Lakers over Heat

Awards – Chris Paul (MVP), Anthony Davis (ROY), Wilson Chandler (6th Man)

Chris Gross

Eastern Conference 

  1. Heat
  2. Celtics
  3. 76ers
  4. Bulls
  5. Knicks
  6. Nets
  7. Hawks
  8. Pacers
Western Conference
  1. Lakers
  2. Thunder
  3. Nuggets
  4. Spurs
  5. Clippers
  6. Rockets
  7. Mavericks
  8. Timberwolves

Finals - Lakers over Heat

Awards - LeBron James (MVP), Anthony Davis (ROY), Ray Allen (6th Man)

Matt Oliveira

Eastern Conference
  1. Miami
  2. Boston
  3. Indiana
  4. Brooklyn
  5. Philadelphia
  6. New York
  7. Chicago
  8. Atlanta
Western Conference 
  1. Thunder
  2. Lakers
  3. Spurs
  4. Denver
  5. Clippers
  6. Memphis
  7. Utah
  8. Minnesota

Finals - Lakers over Celtics

Awards – Kevin Durant (MVP), Damon Lilliard (ROY), Jamal Crawford (6th Man)

Dan Donohue

Eastern Conference 

  1. Miami
  2. Boston
  3. Nets
  4. 76ers
  5. Pacers
  6. Knicks
  7. Bulls
  8. Bucks
Western Conference 
  1. Lakers
  2. Thunder
  3. Spurs
  4. Nuggets
  5. Clippers
  6. Grizzlies
  7. Warriors
  8. Wolves

Finals - Lakers over Heat

Awards – LeBron James (MVP), Anthony Davis (ROY), MarShon Brooks (6th Man)

Sean Santagato

Eastern Conference
  1. Miami Heat
  2. Indiana Pacers
  3. Boston Celtics
  4. New York Knicks
  5. Chicago Bulls
  6. Brooklyn Nets
  7. Philadelphia 76ers
  8. Milwaukee Bucks

Western Conference

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder
  2. San Antonio Spurs
  3. Los Angeles Lakers
  4. Denver Nuggets
  5. Los Angeles Clippers
  6. Memphis Grizzlies
  7. Utah Jazz
  8. Minnesota Timberwolves

Finals - Heat over Lakers

Awards - LeBron James (MVP), Anthony Davis (ROY), Jamal Crawford (6th Man)

  • Anthony

    The Hawks are a pretty good team, and I’m not sure anyone after Joe C gives them any respect. Seriously, is there anybody in the Eastern Conference that has a better front court than Al Horford and Josh Smith? Does Indiana even have a player definitely better than either of those two guys?

    The game is still won in the paint, and with Howard/Bogut gone out west, Andrew Bynum perpetually hurt, why is Atlanta either an 8 seed in the playoffs, or not in the playoffs at all. Addition by subtraction, Joe Johnson was terrible.

  • mike

    knick fans need to check their excitement. we still have the two worst supermax players in the nba, and they don’t know or care to figure out how to play together. we still don’t have a viable starting point guard, and the bench is as thin as it is old, which will come into play when all our extremely old foundational pieces start getting hurt.
    lastly, who would go 110% for this team? melo doesn’t like the offense last year, so he quits and mopes until ownership fires the head coach. aside from chandler, no one hustles on defense, and no one gets called out for it. and finally, the one player who brought any energy to the floor, the first knick in more than a decade who had the nerve to make plays for his teammates, the first guy since sprewell/camby who made the knicks competitive and exciting, and we send him off to houston with a slap in the face and a middle finger raised.
    this is carmelo’s team, and that’s all you need to know. wherever we finish (and i doubt it’ll be as high as 4th), the knicks will be bested in the first round by someone who actually plays team ball.

  • mike

    i forgot shumpert. shump plays really good defense. he just can’t shoot worth a damn

  • Dmd

    Anthony.. Yea I’m sure hawks got better losing joe Johnson’s 18 ppg.. Hawks had those most stagnant offense in the nba last year and they play 0 defense… Danny granger is twice the player horford or smith is… Add in hibbert, west, George… Atl has no shot to hang with Indiana

  • Joe Caporoso

    Saying Danny Granger is twice the player Horford and Smith are is just gibberish. Both teams will win a very comparable amount of games

  • Dmd

    No shot same record, hawks are rebuilding and pacers have been getting better.I know joe Johnson brings up bad memories of the ‘Lebron or bust’ offseason for knicks fans but he is still one of the best sg in the game and undoubtedly the best in ny.

  • Anthony

    18.8 points on 15.5 shots a night is not very hard to replace. He plays mediocre defense and does not rebound or assists at any spectacular rate. They replaced him with Lou Williams who, as a 6th man scored 15 points on 12.2 shots. Seems fine. Healthy Horford, this team is at worst the same team that was in the playoffs 2 years ago, and probably better because teague this year is a step up from bibby 2 years ago.

  • dmd

    That’s a nominal amount of shots especially when Joe Johnson is playing 10 more minutes a game and lets not forget against starters. More importantly what you should be looking at is .407 fg % vs. 454 fg % and once again vs. starters not other backups. Lou Williams is a good player but you can’t sit there and seriously tell me he is better then Joe Johnson, thats crazy. They have been a 5 seed the last 2 years and they aren’t better then the top 5 teams in the east this year. 6-8 seed I would not be surprised one bit.

  • Anthony

    Fg% is irrelevant to this discussion, because they are both crappy, inefficient players. Joe Johnson has a better FG%, but gets to the line less frequently, they have a similar impact on offense. Here is the difference. Joe Johnson is bad, and paid like a player who is good/great. Lou Williams is bad, and is paid like a player who is medium/bad. This has allowed the hawks the ability to sign a bunch of randoms that make up a better player than Joe Johnson.
    Lou Williams is not better than Joe Johnson, though I would argue he is not much worse; Lou Williams, plus Devon Harris, plus Deshawn Stevenson is better than Joe Johnson. Atlanta is improved, and they are better than the pacers, and about 5 other teams on those playoff rankings.

  • dmd

    FG% is irrelevant to a question of efficiency? That’s even more illogical then saying the Hawks are better without Joe Johnson and they are the 3rd best team in the East, come on now. If Hawks were allowed to play 8 on 5 I would say the Hawks were absolutely better with WIlliams, Harris and Stevenson but the Hawks are dumping contracts and building for the future, so when they are 0-7 through the 1st seven games, which they will be, you can come back and convince me that they won’t be dumping Josh Smith before the trade deadline because they are 10 games under .500 and not doing anything this year.