NBA 2k8 Previews the Upcoming NBA Season

kg.jpgBecause we didn’t preview the NBA with our 30 Teams in 30 Days, I had to think of another way to preview the season, which tips off tonight in San Antonio, Golden State and Los Angeles. Rather than making awful predictions (Dodgers-Angels World Series, Eagles win the NFC), I’ll just let the best basketball game on the market, NBA 2k8, make them for me. I’ve simulated an entire season and here’s what I came up with. Below the simulation results are my prognostications. Enjoy the season, boys and girls.

Atlantic Division
Boston Celtics (60-22)
New York Knicks (47-35)
Toronto Raptors (41-41)
New Jersey Nets (40-42)
Philadelphia 76ers (34-48)

Central Division
Chicago Bulls (43-39)
Detroit Pistons (40-42)
Milwaukee Bucks (39-43)
Cleveland Cavaliers (34-48)
Indiana Pacers (32-50)

Southeast Division
Washington Wizards (45-37)
Atlanta Hawks (41-41)
Miami Heat (41-41)
Orlando Magic (39-43)
Charlotte Bobcats (31-41)

Ryan’s Take: The good part about this simulation is the fact that I agree with all three division winners. The records are just a bit off. I expect Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago to all be significantly better than the mediocrity 2k8 predicts. Also, look at that Atlantic Division! One year after being the league’s laughingstock, the division’s traditional powers appear to be returning to power. Not incredibly far-fetched. However, I see Boston getting a 2nd or 3rd seed out east, not a top seed.

Northwest Division
Utah Jazz (49-33)
Seattle Sonics (36-46)
Denver Nuggets (35-47)
Portland Trailblazers (32-50)
Minnesota Timberwolves (27-55)

Southwest Division
Houston Rockets (53-29)
San Antonio Spurs (52-30)
Dallas Mavericks (44-38)
New Orleans Hornets (43-39)
Memphis Grizzlies (40-42)

Pacific Division
Phoenix Suns (60-22)
Sacramento Kings (44-38)
Golden State Warriors (42-40)
Los Angeles Clippers (39-43)
Los Angeles Lakers (25-57)

Ryan’s Take: The big surprise here, in my opinion, is the fact that the Lakers and scoring champ Kobe Bryant (29.8 PPG) finished with the NBA’s worst record. There’s not much in Tinseltown outside of #24, but they’re certainly not the worst team in the league. As expected, the Southwest division is tough. The Houston Rockets, a popular darkhorse in the Western Conference, got 82 game seasons out of both Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming. Quite frankly, I think I have a better chance of playing in the league than those two playing 82 games each.

Western Conference Playoffs
(1) Suns over (8) Warriors in 7
(5) Mavs over (4) Jazz in 4
(6) Kings over (3) Spurs in 7
(2) Rockets over (7) Hornets in 4

(1) Suns over (5) Mavs in 5
(2) Rockets over (6) Kings in 4

(1) Suns over (2) Rockets in 5

Eastern Conference Playoffs
(1) Celtics over (8) Pistons in 7
(4) Bulls over (5) Heat in 6
(6) Hawks over (3) Wizards in 6
(2) Knicks over (7) Raptors in 7

(1) Celtics over (4) Bulls in 5
(2) Knicks over (6) Hawks in 4

(2) Knicks over (1) Celtics in 6

NBA Finals: New York Knicks over Phoenix Suns in 7

Ryan’s Take
The Eastern Conference playoffs resembled the late-1980s, as the Celtics, Bulls, Hawks and Knicks all advanced. After upsetting the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, Isiah Thomas’ Knicks went on to upset the 60-22 Suns in the NBA Finals, winning in seven games. It was Andre Miller, a midseason pickup by the Knicks, who would take home Finals MVP. Miller finished with 11 PPG and 10 APG in the series. I think I speak for everyone when I say the Knicks won’t sniff the NBA Finals. However, they should find themselves in the playoffs with one of the league’s best frontcourts.

As for NBA Finals, I’ve been critical of the dynasty label the Spurs have received this offseason. To be a dynasty, you need to win the championship when the bulls-eye is on your back. That’s something San Antonio hasn’t done yet. Will they finally repeat this year? They have a great shot. But for my sanity, I’m going to go with an exciting, more charismatic team. If it wasn’t for some appalling officiating, the Suns had a great shot last year. I say they get it done this year.

Suns over Bulls in 6

MVP: Dwyane Wade (24.7 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 6.8 APG)
Rookie of the Year: Kevin Durant (18.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 2.2 APG)
6th Man: Devin Harris (9.3 PPG, 5.6 APG)
Defensive Player of the Year: Shawn Marion (19.6 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 2.1 SPG, 1.8 BPG)
Most Improved Player: Jalen Rose (Yes, 35-year-old Jalen Rose)
Coach of the Year: Mike D’Antoni (60-22)

1 comment… add one

  • Murs December 10, 2007, 12:11 pm

    some of the predictions are way off! Like seattle for example! and the knicks winnig the nba finals! Terrible! Lives simulation is better than this…

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