Well, I guess I should get a crack-a-lackin' on my 2006-2007 official picks here. I'll post the standings for each division, then the overall conference, then the playoffs. Under each major categorie I will put notes in that fade-quoted font thing.
Lets go (note my heavy Laker bias):
1. Toronto Raptors (50-32)
2. New Jersey Nets (48-34)
3. Boston Celtics (45-37)
4. New York Knicks (29-53)
5. Philadelphia 76ers (21-61)
As much as I would love a freak trade that gets Bosh to the Lakers, I'm lovin' this Raptors' team. Bryan Colangelo doing to this team what he did to the downtrodden Suns. Mix of veteran foreign and young American talent=win for them. Nets not that far back, a solid but not spectacular team. The Celtics could have a decent season. Hopefully Rajon Rondo will get a lot of fantasy production. Then we arrive to the Knicks and Sixers, they have the possibility of being the two worse teams of all team. I was generous so I gave them more than 8 wins. But....
1. Chicago Bulls (54-28)
2. Cleveland Cavaliers (49-33)
3. Detroit Pistons (48-34)
4. Indiana Pacers (42-40)
5. Milwaukee Bucks (38-44)
Ben Wallace to the Bulls creates a tremendous power shift in the division. The Bulls with a lot of key role players now have a superstar that dominates in their arsenal. Ben Wallace puts them over the top- the Pistons have a struggling year, and the Cavs do well for themselves.
1. Miami Heat (52-30)
2. Orlando Magic (45-37)
3. Washington Wizards (44-38)
4. Charlotte Bobcats (33-49)
5. Atlanta Hawks (30-52)
Miami at the top because- well they're Miami, Orlando 2 because of what pepeatumi hassaid, Wizards 3 because of their shooting, Bobcats 4 because they're better than the Hawks, who are 5 because its a franchise running deeper into the ground.
1. Chicago Bulls
2. Miami Heat
3. Toronto Raptors
4. Cleveland Cavaliers
5. Detroit Pistons
6. New Jersey Nets
7. Orlando Magic
8. Boston Celtics
Eastern Conference Playoffs:
Chicago Bulls over Boston Celtics in 4
Orlando Magic over Miami Heat in 7
Toronto Raptors over New Jersey Nets in 5
Detroit Pistons over Cleveland Cavaliers in 6
Chicago Bulls over Detroit Pistons in 6
Toronto Raptors over Orlando Magic in 5
Chicago Bulls over Toronto Raptors in 7
Well there you have it with the East. Clearly I'm high on Chicago and Toronto.
1. San Antonio Spurs (53-29)
2. Dallas Mavericks (50-32)
3. Houston Rockets (44-38)
4. New Orleans Hornets (41-41)
5. Memphis Grizzlies (40-42)
Houston w/ Yao and T-Mac healthy=possible playoff spot. Memphis w/o Pau=no playoff spot
1. Denver Nuggets (46-36)
2. Seattle Supersonics (45-37)
3. Utah Jazz (40-42)
4. Minnesota Timberwolves (38-44)
5. Portland Trailblazers (30-52)
More like, Northworst division...lololol I'm so witty
1. Phoenix Suns (52-30)
2. Los Angeles Lakers (48-34)
3. Sacremento Kings (47-35)
4. Ana- I mean, Los Angeles Clippers (45-37)
5. Golden State Warriors (35-47)
I hate the Clippers, they do bad. Lakers, they do well. Sacremento has a good team w/ Artest for a full season.
1. San Antonio Spurs
2. Phoenix Suns
3. Dallas Mavericks
4. Denver Nuggets
5. Los Angeles Lakers
6. Sacremento Kings
7. Seattle Supersonics
8. Los Angeles Clippers
Western Conference Finals:
San Antonio Spurs over Los Angeles Clippers in 7
Phoenix Suns over Seattle Supersonics in 7
Sacremento Kings over Dallas Mavericks in 7
Los Angeles Lakers over Denver Nuggets in 5
Clippers aren't that bad, they can push it to 7. Mike D'Antoni is a capable regular season coach, but is not a great playoff coach. It takes them 7 games to understand teams, or they lose. The Kings have a decent enough team to win.
Los Angeles Lakers over San Antonio Spurs in 7
Sacremento Kings over Phoenix Suns in 6
Reasons I've said above for Phoenix's loss. I guess the Kings make the cf by default. A great Lakers vs. Spurs rivarly adds another chapter, Kevin Garnett is going to have a big series for the Lakers after being traded to them midseason (j/k, but I'm too much of a diehard Lakers fan).
Los Angeles Lakers over Sacremento Kings in 6
Clearly I'm on some sort of drug here
Chicago Bulls over Los Angeles Lakers in 7
And you thought I would pick the Lakers
The Lakers were my fan-based pick, my sane side- all 1% of it is saying the Spurs lose in the finals.
Note, I put quite a bit of time in this, more than I do in the other sports- except football.