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LeBron James is back with Cleveland. That gives the team instant entry into discussions about the NBA championship, but not all The Bee’s prognosticators expect the Cavaliers to win it all. However, the all predict that James will be the league MVP.
LeBron James is back with Cleveland. That gives the team instant entry into discussions about the NBA championship, but not all The Bee’s prognosticators expect the Cavaliers to win it all. However, the all predict that James will be the league MVP. The Associated Press

JASON JONES

Kings beat writer

WESTERN CONFERENCE

▪ Pacific: L.A. Clippers

▪ Northwest: Oklahoma City

▪ Southwest: San Antonio

▪ Rest of the playoff field: Golden State, Dallas, Houston, Portland, Memphis

EASTERN CONFERENCE

▪ Atlantic: Brooklyn

▪ Central: Cleveland

▪ Southeast: Washington

▪ Rest of the playoff field: Miami, Toronto, Chicago, Atlanta, Charlotte

PLAYOFFS

▪ Western Conference Finals: Oklahoma City over San Antonio

▪ Eastern Conference Finals: Cleveland over Chicago

▪ NBA Finals: Oklahoma City over Cleveland

AWARDS

▪ MVP: LeBron James, Cleveland

▪ Defensive Player of the Year: DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers

▪ Sixth Man of the Year: Andre Iguodala, Golden State

▪ Coach of the Year: Scott Brooks, Oklahoma City

▪ Rookie of the Year: Jabari Parker, Milwaukee

AILENE VOISIN

Columnist

WESTERN CONFERENCE

▪ Pacific: Golden State

▪ Northwest: Oklahoma City

▪ Southwest: San Antonio

▪ Rest of the playoff field: L.A. Clippers, Houston, Dallas, New Orleans, Portland

EASTERN CONFERENCE

▪ Atlantic: Toronto

▪ Central: Chicago

▪ Southeast: Miami

▪ Rest of the playoff field: Cleveland, Brooklyn, Atlanta, Washington, Charlotte

PLAYOFFS

▪ Western Conference Finals: L.A. Clippers over San Antonio

▪ Eastern Conference Finals: Cleveland over Chicago

▪ NBA Finals: Cleveland over L.A. Clippers

AWARDS

▪ MVP: LeBron James, Cleveland

▪ Defensive Player of the Year: Joakim Noah, Chicago

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

▪ Coach of the Year: Tom Thibodeau, Chicago

▪ Rookie of the Year: Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota

TOM COUZENS

Sports Editor

WESTERN CONFERENCE

▪ Pacific: L.A. Clippers

▪ Northwest: Oklahoma City

▪ Southwest: San Antonio

▪ Rest of the playoff field: Houston, Golden State, Memphis, New Orleans, Portland

EASTERN CONFERENCE

▪ Atlantic: Brooklyn

▪ Central: Cleveland

▪ Southeast: Miami

▪ Rest of the playoff field: Chicago, Toronto, Washington, Atlanta, Charlotte

PLAYOFFS

▪ Western Conference Finals: Oklahoma City over L.A.Clippers

▪ Eastern Conference Finals: Cleveland over Miami

▪ NBA Finals: Cleveland over Oklahoma City

AWARDS

▪ MVP: LeBron James, Cleveland

▪ Defensive Player of the Year: Dwight Howard, Houston

▪ Sixth Man of the Year: Isaiah Thomas, Phoenix

▪ Coach of the Year: David Blatt, Cleveland

▪ Rookie of the Year: Jabari Parker, Milwaukee

VICTOR CONTRERAS

Deputy Sports Editor

WESTERN CONFERENCE

▪ Pacific: L.A. Clippers

▪ Northwest: Oklahoma City

▪ Southwest: San Antonio

▪ Rest of the playoff field: Golden State, Portland, Phoenix, Houston, Memphis

EASTERN CONFERENCE

▪ Atlantic: Brooklyn

▪ Central: Cleveland

▪ Southeast: Washington

▪ Rest of the playoff field: Chicago, Toronto, Miami, Charlotte, Miami

PLAYOFFS

▪ Western Conference Finals: San Antonio over L.A. Clippers

▪ Eastern Conference Finals: Cleveland over Chicago

▪ NBA Finals: Cleveland over San Antonio

AWARDS

▪ MVP: LeBron James, Cleveland

▪ Defensive Player of the Year: Joakim Noah, Chicago

▪ Sixth Man of the Year: Isaiah Thomas, Phoenix

▪ Coach of the Year: David Blatt, Cleveland

▪ Rookie of the Year: Jabari Parker, Milwaukee

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