Staff predictions for the upcoming NBA season

10/27/2013 12:00 AM

10/08/2014 10:56 AM

Jason Jones, Ailene Voisin, Tom Couzens and Victor Contreras forecast a divisional look at who will be leading the NBA this season, and who will win top honors.

JASON JONES

Kings reporter

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Pacific: L.A. Clippers

Southwest: Memphis

Northwest: Oklahoma City

Rest of the field: San Antonio, Houston, Denver, Golden State, L.A. Lakers

Conference finals: L.A. Clippers over Memphis

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic: Brooklyn

Central: Indiana

Southeast: Miami

Rest of the field: New York, Chicago, Detroit, Washington, Cleveland

Conference finals: Indiana over Miami

NBA FINALS

L.A. Clippers over Indiana

AWARDS

MVP: LeBron James, Miami

Defensive Player of the Year: LeBron James, Miami

Rookie of the Year: Victor Oladipo, Orlando

Coach of the Year: Doc Rivers, L.A. Clippers

Sixth Man of the Year: Jamal Crawford, L.A. Clippers

Most Improved Player: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio

AILENE VOISIN

Columnist

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Pacific: L.A. Clippers

Southwest: San Antonio

Northwest: Oklahoma City

Rest of the field: Houston, Memphis, Denver, Golden State, Dallas

Conference finals: Houston over San Antonio

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic: Brooklyn

Central: Indiana

Southeast: Miami

Rest of the field: Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Milwaukee, Orlando

Conference finals: Miami over Indiana

NBA FINALS

Miami over Houston

AWARDS

MVP: LeBron James, Miami

Defensive Player of the Year: LeBron James, Miami

Rookie of the Year: Ben McLemore, Kings

Coach of the Year: Doc Rivers, L.A. Clippers

Sixth Man of the Year: Andre Iguodala, Golden State

Most Improved Player: Nikola Vucevic, Orlando

TOM COUZENS

Sports Editor

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Pacific: L.A. Clippers

Southwest: Houston

Northwest: Oklahoma City

Rest of the field: Memphis, San Antonio, Golden State, Minnesota, L.A. Lakers

Conference finals: Houston over L.A. Clippers

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic: Brooklyn

Central: Chicago

Southeast: Miami

Rest of the field: Indiana, New York, Atlanta, Detroit, Washington

Conference finals: Chicago over Miami

NBA FINALS

Chicago over Houston

AWARDS

MVP: Derrick Rose, Chicago

Defensive Player of the Year: Joakim Noah, Chicago

Rookie of the Year: Michael Carter- Williams, Philadelphia

Coach of the Year: Tom Thibodeau, Chicago

Sixth Man of the Year: Isaiah Thomas, Kings

Most Improved Player: Jimmy Butler, Chicago

VICTOR CONTRERAS

Deputy Sports Editor

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Pacific: L.A. Clippers

Southwest: San Antonio

Northwest: Oklahoma City

Rest of the field: Memphis, Houston, Denver, Golden State, L.A. Lakers

Conference finals: L.A. Clippers over Oklahoma City

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic: Brooklyn

Central: Chicago

Southeast: Miami

Rest of the field: New York, Indiana, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Washington

Conference finals: Brooklyn over Chicago

NBA FINALS

Brooklyn over L.A. Clippers

AWARDS

MVP: Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers

Defensive Player of the Year: Roy Hibbert, Indiana

Rookie of the Year: Trey Burke, Utah Jazz

Coach of the Year: Jason Kidd, Brooklyn

Sixth Man of the Year: Tyreke Evans, New Orleans

Most Improved Player: Harrison Barnes, Golden State

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