2018/19 NBA Season Guide

We preview each team's biggest in, out, talking point plus give our predictions.

James Baxter
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Thu, 11 Oct, 12:00 AM

 

Eastern Conference

 

Atlanta Hawks

- Biggest in: Trae Young

- Biggest out: Dennis Schroder

- Biggest Talking point: Youth movement rebuild

- Prediction: Might be relevant in 3 years

 

Boston Celtics

- Biggest in: Gordon Hayward (injury)

- Biggest out: Greg Monroe

- Biggest Talking point: Gordon Hayward is healthy, LeBron has left Eastern Conference.

- Prediction: 1st in East

 

Brooklyn Nets

- Biggest in: D’Angelo Russell

- Biggest out: Jahlil Okafor

- Biggest Talking point: Youth, experience and competency across every position

- Prediction: 35 wins; D’Angelo Russell earns Wild Card spot in All-Star Game

 

Charlotte Hornets

- Biggest in: Tony Parker

- Biggest out: Dwight Howard

- Biggest Talking point: The roster is a mess. Is it time to blow it up?

- Prediction: Under 35 wins

 

Chicago Bulls

- Biggest in: Jabari Parker

- Biggest out: Jerian Grant

- Biggest Talking point: The Bulls enter year 2 of rebuild, can they build chemistry?

- Prediction: Lauri Markkanan will be an All-Star reserve

 

Cleveland Cavaliers

- Biggest in: Colin Sexton

- Biggest out: LeBron James

- Biggest Talking point: Life without LeBron

- Prediction: JR Smith traded, Cavs miss the playoffs.

 

Detroit Pistons

- Biggest in: Dwane Casey

- Biggest out: Anthony Tolliver

- Biggest Talking point: Health of Blake Griffin and Reggie Jackson

- Prediction: Make playoffs

 

Indiana Pacers

- Biggest in: Tyreke Evenas

- Biggest out: Lance Stephenson

- Biggest Talking point: One of the most complete teams

- Prediction: Top 3 seed in East

 

Miami Heat

- Biggest in: Dwyane Wade (re-signed)

- Biggest out: N/A

- Biggest Talking point: Wade’s farewell tour

- Prediction: Kelly Olynyk is a finalist for Sixth Man of the Year. Top 12 offense.

 

Milwaukee Bucks

- Biggest in: Brook Lopez

- Biggest out: Jabari Parker

- Biggest Talking point: Greek Freak to make legitimate case for MVP

- Prediction: Top 4 seed in East

 

New York Knicks

- Biggest in: Kevin Knox

- Biggest out: Michael Beasley

- Biggest Talking point: Failure to land big-name free agent in offseason, KP out with torn ACL

- Prediction: Scrap into the playoffs

 

Orlando Magic

- Biggest in: Timofey Mozgov

- Biggest out: Bismack Biyombo

- Biggest Talking point: Still rebuilding, barren bench.

- Prediction: Under 30 wins

 

Philadelphia 76ers

- Biggest in: Wilson Chandler

- Biggest out: Marco Belinelli

- Biggest Talking point: Has Simmons improved his shot over the off season?

- Prediction: Top 3 seed in east

 

Toronto Raptors

- Biggest in: Kawhi Leonard

- Biggest out: DeMar DeRozan

- Biggest Talking point: Chemistry and cohesion without Dwane casey and DeMar

- Prediction: Pascal Siakam win Most Improved

 

Washington Wizards

- Biggest in: Dwight Howard

- Biggest out: Marcin Gortat

- Biggest Talking point: Backing up their talk. See: Beal claiming the Wizards were the best team in the East before LeBron dropped 57 at their home.

- Prediction: Finish 7th in East

 

 

Western Conference

 

Dallas Mavericks

- Biggest in: Luka Doncic

- Biggest out: Doug McDermott

- Biggest Talking point: Nowitzki to come off bench.

- Prediction: Top 10 offense. Luka Doncic win Rookie of the Year

 

Denver Nuggets

- Biggest in: Isaiah Thomas

- Biggest out: Wilson Chandler

- Biggest Talking point: Can they get their defense together? Dark horses in the West.

- Prediction: Nuggets host first round playoff series.

 

Golden State Warriors

- Biggest in: DeMarcus Cousins

- Biggest out: JaVale McGee

- Biggest Talking point: Can they beat 73-9?

- Prediction: NBA Champion

 

Houston Rockets

- Biggest in: Carmelo Anthony

- Biggest out: DeAndre Jordan

- Biggest Talking point: How Melo fits in

- Prediction: 60+ wins

 

LA Clippers

- Biggest in: Dwight Howard

- Biggest out: DeAndre Jordan

- Biggest Talking point: End of an era, RIP Lob City.

- Prediction: Under 35 wins

 

LA Lakers

- Biggest in: LeBron

- Biggest out: Channing Frye

- Biggest Talking point: Can LeBron turn the Lakers into genuine title contenders?

- Prediction: Lakers get knocked out in Semifinals.

 

Memphis Grizzlies

- Biggest in: Kyle Anderson

- Biggest out: Tyreke Evans

- Biggest Talking point: How much do the veterans have left?

- Prediction: Miss playoffs

 

Minnesota Timberwolves

- Biggest in: Luol Deng

- Biggest out:

- Biggest Talking point: Jimmy Butler. The faster they move him on, the better.

- Prediction: Finish 10th in West and part ways with Thibodeau.

 

New Orleans Pelicans

- Biggest in: Julius Randle

- Biggest out: DeMarcus Cousins

- Biggest Talking point: Glaring lack of wing depth on the roster

- Prediction: Anthony Davis will lead NBA in scoring and win MVP

 

Oklahoma City Thunder

- Biggest in: Dennis Schroder

- Biggest out: Carmelo Anthony

- Biggest Talking point: Will the bench improve after an underwhelming season?

- Prediction: Paul George to have career best season

 

Phoenix Suns

- Biggest in: Deandre Ayton

- Biggest out: Brandon Knight

- Biggest Talking point: Can this team improve after coming dead-last?

- Prediction: Under 30 wins, finish 14th in West

 

Portland Trail Blazers

- Biggest in: Seth Curry

- Biggest out: Ed Davis

- Biggest Talking point: Can they defend teams with elite athletic big men like Anthony Davis and Joel Embiid?

- Prediction: Blazers miss playoffs

 

Sacramento Kings

- Biggest in: Marvin Bagley III

- Biggest out: Garrett Temple

- Biggest Talking point: Which young talent will become their future All-star?

- Prediction: Under 25 wins

 

San Antonio Spurs

- Biggest in: DeMar DeRozan

- Biggest out: Kawhi Leonard

- Biggest Talking point: Which of the guards deserves the most playing time? Can DeMar fill Kawhi’s shoes?

- Prediction: Top 4 finish in West

 

Utah Jazz

- Biggest in: Trey Lewis

- Biggest out: David Stockton

- Biggest Talking point: They have the necessary ingredients to be a title contender, how far can they go?

- Prediction: Take the biggest leap forward this season, Joe Ingles leads NBA in 3-point percentage.

 

Western Conference Preview

 

Eastern Conference Preview

 

NBA Awards Predictions

 

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