Since it is the NBA All-star weekend, it is time for some half predictions and the 1st half predictions.
MVP: Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder
A couple games back he had 51 points, has been scoring 20 to 30 a game, so there is no one else like him, him and LeBron James will be in a tight race for the MVP Award this season.
Rookie of the Year: Ricky Rubio Minnesota Timberwolves
Still looking like Rookie of the Year for me. The T-Wolves finally pulled out of 5th place in the Northwest over the Jazz at the half, but with a 17-17 record at the half that is good but need to keep winning if they want to make it to the Playoffs.
Coach of the Year: Gregg Popovich San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs were on the 12 game winning streak until the 40 point loss to Portland, but they have impressed me and played some great basketball to be 24-10 record at the half and Gregg Popovich convinced his team that it’s time to wake up and play basketball and that’s just what he did.
Defensive Player of the year: Dwight Howard Orlando Magic
Who else. Leading the Magic to a 22-13 record at the half and I could see them with a 3rd or 4th seed entering the Playoffs. Right now Howard has 15.3 Rebound per game, 2.58 blocks per game and 2nd in the league in Double-double. Serge Ibaka will be a player to look at in the 2nd half however.
Most Improved: Jeremy Lin New York Knicks
Nobody even knew who his name was last season. Now he is the king of New York. Kid is pretty good, and the Knicks still at a below .500 record however. Lin needs to keep playing like a pro and the Knicks could get into the Playoff race.
6th man of the year: James Harden Oklahoma City Thunder
Thunder playing like NBA Champions and Harden is coming off the bench and playing real good. The Thunder’s whole 2nd team is real good too.
Most Exciting team of the 1st half: New York Knicks
These guys got real special when Jeremy Lin started to step up and play his A game. They were real exciting, even for the fact they finished 17-18 and the break, but you look at the good things they have done, they are real exciting.
Most disappointing team of the 1st half: New Jersey Nets
Man. 10-25 at the half? Nets? What’s wrong? Expected to be so exciting this season, but now, they are looking at a 1st overall draft pick.
Most Surprising team of the 1st half: Philadelphia 76ers
Leading the Atlantic division over the Celtics and the Knicks and are real surprising and could be real better in the 2nd half.
Team to watch in the 2nd half: Memphis Grizzlies
A good way to end the 2nd half but has a long way to go as we have seen them blow 20-30 point leads.
Team NOT to watch: Utah Jazz
They did not end the 1st half well and now are last in the Northwest into the break. Trouble looms for the Utah Jazz.
1. Miami Heat
2. Chicago Bulls
3. Orlando Magic
4. Philadelphia 76ers
5. Indiana Pacers
6. Atlanta Hawks
7. New York Knicks
8. Boston Celtics
1. Oklahoma City Thunder
2. San Antonio Spurs
3. Los Angeles Clippers
4. Los Angeles Lakers
5. Dallas Mavericks
6. Portland Trail Blazers
7. Memphis Grizzlies
8. Houston Rockets
Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Heat 4-2
Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks Bulls 4-3
Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks Hawks 4-2
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Indiana Pacers 2-4 Pacers
Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers 4-2 Heat
Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks 4-3 Bulls
Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls 4-2 Heat
Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets 4-2 Thunder
San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies 4-3 Spurs
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers 4-2 Blazers
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks 4-3 Lakers
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers 4-3 Thunder
San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trail Blazers 4-3 Spurs
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs 4-3 Spurs