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NBA 2015 Predictions

Our panel of seven SST writers put together our playoff teams, conference champions, NBA Finals winners, and other awards with the 2015 season starting later tonight.

For our preseason NBA rankings, click here.


Zach Rosen

Eastern Conference

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers (Eastern Conference Champions)
  2. Miami Heat
  3. Toronto Raptors
  4. Chicago Bulls
  5. Milwaukee Bucks
  6. Washington Wizards
  7. Atlanta Hawks
  8. Indiana Pacers

Western Conference

  1. Golden State Warriors (Western Conference Champions)
  2. Oklahoma City Thunder
  3. Houston Rockets
  4. San Antonio Spurs
  5. Los Angeles Clippers
  6. Memphis Grizzlies
  7. New Orleans Pelicans
  8. Dallas Mavericks

MVP: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
Defensive Player of the Year: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
Coach of the Year: Jason Kidd, Milwaukee Bucks
Rookie of the Year: Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia 76ers
Comeback Player of the Year: Chris Bosh, Miami Heat


Eli Weiner

Eastern Conference

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers (Eastern Conference Champions)
  2. Chicago Bulls
  3. Atlanta Hawks
  4. Washington Wizards
  5. Miami Heat
  6. Toronto Raptors
  7. Milwaukee Bucks
  8. Indiana Pacers

Western Conference

  1. Golden State Warriors
  2. San Antonio Spurs (Western Conference Champions)
  3. Houston Rockets
  4. Los Angeles Clippers
  5. Oklahoma City Thunder
  6. Memphis Grizzlies
  7. New Orleans Pelicans
  8. Utah Jazz

MVP: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
Coach of the Year: Billy Donovan, Oklahoma City Thunder
Rookie of the Year: Karl Anthony-Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
Comeback Player of the Year: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder


Ari Brown

Eastern Conferenc

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers (Eastern Conference Champions)
  2. Chicago Bulls
  3. Miami Heat
  4. Washington Wizards
  5. Toronto Raptors
  6. Atlanta Hawks
  7. Milwaukee Bucks
  8. Boston Celtics

Western Conference

  1. Golden State Warriors
  2. San Antonio Spurs
  3. Houston Rockets (Western Conference Champions)
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder
  5. Los Angeles Clippers
  6. New Orleans Pelicans
  7. Memphis Grizzlies
  8. Utah Jazz

MVP: James Harden
Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
Coach of the Year: Alvin Gentry, New Orleans Pelicans
Rookie of the Year: Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia 76ers
Comeback Player of the Year: Paul George, Indiana Pacers


Aaron Glazer

Eastern Conference

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. Chicago Bulls (Eastern Conference Champions)
  3. Toronto Raptors
  4. Milwaukee Bucks
  5. Washington Wizards
  6. Miami Heat
  7. Atlanta Hawks
  8. Boston Celtics

Western Conference

  1. Houston Rockets (Western Conference Champions)
  2. San Antonio Spurs
  3. Memphis Grizzlies
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder
  5. Golden State Warriors
  6. Los Angeles Clippers
  7. New Orleans Pelicans
  8. Dallas Mavericks

MVP: James Harden, Houston Rockets
Defensive Player of the Year: Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies
Coach of the Year: Jason Kidd, Milwaukee Bucks
Rookie of the Year: Stanley Johnson, Detroit Pistons
Comeback Player of the Year: Paul George, Indiana Pacers


Sam Welk

Eastern Conference

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers (Eastern Conference Champions)
  2. Chicago Bulls
  3. Washington Wizards
  4. Milwaukee Bucks
  5. Atlanta Hawks
  6. Miami Heat
  7. Toronto Raptors
  8. Boston Celtics

Western Conference

  1. Golden State Warriors
  2. Oklahoma City Thunder (Western Conference Champions)
  3. Los Angeles Clippers
  4. Houston Rockets
  5. San Antonio Spurs
  6. Memphis Grizzlies
  7. New Orleans Pelicans
  8. Phoenix Suns

MVP: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Defensive Player of the Year: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
Coach of the Year: Fred Hoiberg, Chicago Bulls
Rookie of the Year: Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver Nuggets
Comeback Player of the Year: Paul George, Indiana Pacers


Matt Levy

Eastern Conference

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers (Eastern Conference Champions)
  2. Miami Heat
  3. Chicago Bulls
  4. Toronto Raptors
  5. Milwaukee Bucks
  6. Atlanta Hawks
  7. Washington Wizards
  8. Indiana Pacers

Western Conference

  1. Golden State Warriors
  2. Los Angeles Clippers (Western Conference Champions)
  3. Houston Rockets
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder
  5. San Antonio Spurs
  6. Memphis Grizzlies
  7. New Orleans Pelicans
  8. Utah Jazz

MVP: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Defensive Player of the Year: DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers
Coach of the Year: Alvin Gentry, New Orleans Pelicans
Rookie of the Year: Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver Nuggets
Comeback Player of the Year: Paul George, Indiana Pacers


Jacob Erlichman

Eastern Conference

  1. Chicago Bulls
  2. Cleveland Cavaliers
  3. Miami Heat (Eastern Conference Champions)
  4. Atlanta Hawks
  5. Indiana Pacers
  6. Toronto Raptors
  7. Washington Wizards
  8. Milwaukee Bucks

Western Conference

  1. Golden State Warriors (Western Conference Champions)
  2. Houston Rockets
  3. Oklahoma City Thunder
  4. Los Angeles Clippers
  5. San Antonio Spurs
  6. Memphis Grizzlies
  7. New Orleans Pelicans
  8. Dallas Mavericks

MVP: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Defensive Player of the Year: Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies
Coach of the Year: Alvin Gentry, New Orleans Pelicans
Rookie of the Year: Frank Kaminsky, Charlotte Hornets
Comeback Player of the Year: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder


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