SportsChump proudly presents our First Annual NBA Predict the Future Contest

Like Santa’s sleigh bearing a trunkful of presents, the NBA season is less than a week away, which means we soon get to unwrap a bevy of dunkalicious tidings stuffed ever so neatly into our Christmas stockings.

Thank you, Santa Stern… as if you had anything to do with it.

Due to the overwhelming response of my NFL Futures contest, I decided to host another competition for this highly anticipated, yet regrettably shortened, 2011-12 NBA season.

Below, I have listed ten questions each participant must answer about the upcoming campaign.  Each question will vary in difficulty.  By answering each one correctly, you will garner the appropriate amount of points allotted.  All entries must be entered in the comments section below and submitted by December 25, so put aside that Christmas shopping and get to work.

The winner of this year’s contest will not only receive a fabulous SportsChump prize pack and earn himself a place in the SportsChump Hall of Fame, but will be able to brag endlessly to his friends and family how he is the most knowledgeable basketball fan in all the land.

Best of luck.

1 point – Who will lead the league in scoring (average points per game)?

2 points – Which team will have the best record in the Eastern Conference?

3 points – Which team will have a better record: Lakers or Clippers?

4 points – Will Dwight Howard finish this season with the Orlando Magic?

5 points – Will the Los Angeles Clippers win a first round playoff series?

6 points – Who win will league MVP?

7 points – Who will win this year’s NBA championship?

8 points – Which team will boast the best regular season record in the Western Conference?

9 points – Who will be this year’s Finals MVP?

10 points – Who will be the first player this season to score 50 points in a game?

First Tie-Break – How many wins will the worst team in the league have? (Remember, this is a shortened season)

Second Tie-Break: Which team will that be?

56 thoughts on “SportsChump proudly presents our First Annual NBA Predict the Future Contest

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  2. 1. Kevin Durant
    2. Miami
    3. Clippers
    4. No
    5. Yes
    6. Blake Griffin
    7. Miami
    8. Clippers
    9. Lebron
    10. Durant
    Tie: 17
    Tie: Bobcats (if i get 1 of these right i’ll consider it a moral victory)

  3. 1 point – Who will lead the league in scoring (average points per game)? KEVIN DURANT
    2 points – Which team will have the best record in the Eastern Conference? MIAMI
    3 points – Which team will have a better record: Lakers or Clippers? CLIPPERS
    4 points – Will Dwight Howard finish this season with the Orlando Magic? NO
    5 points – Will the Los Angeles Clippers win a first round playoff series? YES
    6 points – Who win will league MVP? BLAKE GRIFFIN
    7 points – Who will win this year’s NBA championship? CLIPPERS
    8 points – Which team will boast the best regular season record in the Western Conference? CLIPPERS
    9 points – Who will be this year’s Finals MVP? BLAKE GRIFFIN
    10 points – Who will be the first player this season to score 50 points in a game? KEVIN DURANT
    First Tie-Break – How many wins will the worst team in the league have? (Remember, this is a shortened season)12
    Second Tie-Break: Which team will that be? CHARLOTTE

  4. Snake…

    In a shortened season, I like the Celtics to be competitive. We keep counting these guys out because they’re long in the tooth. I guess it depends on how compressed the NBA schedule is and again, as we always talk about in the past, how Doc manages the minutes. I do think losing Big Baby might hurt a touch.

    What’s the latest on the Rondo front and why in the world would they want to get rid of him?

    I saw that ESPN projected him 10th highest point guard in fantasy. Isn’t this the same kid that was chalking up triple-doubles on the regular?

  5. From what I’ve seen, Bass is going to be better than Davis. Rondo will do just fine this season. The best weapon that the Celtics have is Doc Rivers, who is a grand master at managing minutes. If the Celtics stay healthy, they have a good chance to go all the way, but that is a BIG if.

  6. 1 point – Who will lead the league in scoring (average points per game)? Carmelo Anthony

    2 points – Which team will have the best record in the Eastern Conference? Chicago Bulls

    3 points – Which team will have a better record: Lakers or Clippers? Clippers – but neither team will win 40 games (unless the Lakers get Dwight Howard)

    4 points – Will Dwight Howard finish this season with the Orlando Magic? No

    5 points – Will the Los Angeles Clippers win a first round playoff series? No

    6 points – Who win will league MVP? Kevin Durant

    7 points – Who will win this year’s NBA championship? Oklahoma City Thunder

    8 points – Which team will boast the best regular season record in the Western Conference? – Dallas Mavericks

    9 points – Who will be this year’s Finals MVP? Kevin Durant

    10 points – Who will be the first player this season to score 50 points in a game? Carmelo Anthony

    First Tie-Break – How many wins will the worst team in the league have? (Remember, this is a shortened season) 11

    Second Tie-Break: Which team will that be? Minnesota Timberwolves

  7. Chris

    1) Scroring oncourt K Durant —— off the court Kobe Bryant given his impending marital status

    2) Miami Heat

    3) Lakers will have the better record

    4) No categorically and emphatically no !

    5) No ! Not unless they each take up the art of “Tebowing “

    6) LBJ Man on a mission with the desire that he wants to be loved by the fans so he’ll pull out all of the stops this season .

    7) Miami Heat

    8) Oklahoma City

    9) LBJ

    10) Durant

    Bynote …. Crazy story concerning the health of Jeff Green don’t you think ? And what about the retirement of Brandon Roy ? One season this kid is an All Star the next he’s retiring due to chronic knee problems but yet Greg Oden can still play and he’s been resigned by the Blazers .

    This is going to be a crazy season in the NBA to be sure !

    tophatal ……..

  8. 1. Durant
    2. Miami
    3. Clippers
    4. Yes
    5. Yes
    6. Chris Paul
    7. Knicks
    8. Thunder
    9. D-Wade
    10. Durant

    TB: 11
    TB2: Minnesota

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  9. 1 point – Who will lead the league in scoring (average points per game)? Melo

    2 points – Which team will have the best record in the Eastern Conference? Miami

    3 points – Which team will have a better record: Lakers or Clippers? Clippers

    4 points – Will Dwight Howard finish this season with the Orlando Magic? No

    5 points – Will the Los Angeles Clippers win a first round playoff series? Yes

    6 points – Who win will league MVP? Chris Paul

    7 points – Who will win this year’s NBA championship? Miami

    8 points – Which team will boast the best regular season record in the Western Conference? OKC

    9 points – Who will be this year’s Finals MVP? OKC-Miami

    10 points – Who will be the first player this season to score 50 points in a game? D-Wade

    First Tie-Break – How many wins will the worst team in the league have? (Remember, this is a shortened season) 12

    Second Tie-Break: Which team will that be? Charlotte

  10. Snake…

    I always liked Bass and felt he was under-utilized in Orlando.

    For years, I had been screaming about the lack of rebounding help they were giving Dwight down low.

    So what do they do? They sign Bass and never play him.

    Makes perfect sense.

  11. J-Dub is in and mixing it up a little bit.

    Still on that Thunder bandwagon.

    I’ve heard the T’Wolves are finally supposed to be better this year.

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

    Here’s hoping you fare better here than you did in my NFL Futures Contest, sir.

  12. Al…

    Your entries are in but I need your tie-break please, sir.

    Horrible news about Jeff Green but at least they found it in time.

    And once again, Roy and Oden prove the Trailblazers are a cursed franchise.

    Perhaps THEY’LL be the worst team in the league, huh?

  13. Jamie is in and setting aside his Dallas bias for the contest.

    He’s also the first among us to predict Chris Paul will win league MVP. Interesting.

    I love how I posted this the day after the Clippers just smoked the Lakers in a pre-season game. Don’t get me wrong. I think they’ll be solid. You’ll find how solid when I finally enter my picks.

    So far, four of five have predicted Durant will be the first player to drop 50 in a single contest.

    It could be a sleeper though. Didn’t Brandon Jennings do it last year?

    Whoever wins that ten-pointer will have a serious leg up on the competition.

  14. CR is in and the first person to pick Derrick Rose as league MVP, but sir, I need your tie-breaks when you get a chance.

    Thanks.

    That gives us 7 entries so far.

  15. FYI… Here are your NBA MVP futures according to BetDSI:

    AMARE STOUDEMIRE +1500
    BLAKE GRIFFIN +1100
    CARMELO ANTHONY +1000
    CHRIS PAUL +800
    DERON WILLIAMS +1800
    DERRICK ROSE +350
    DIRK NOWITZKI +1300
    DWIGHT HOWARD +500
    DWYANE WADE +800
    JOHN WALL +6000
    KEVIN DURANT +150
    KEVIN LOVE +2200
    KOBE BRYANT +500
    LEBRON JAMES +150
    MONTA ELLIS +5000
    PAU GASOL +3000
    RAJON RONDO +5000
    RUSSELL WESTBROOK +2000
    ZACH RANDOLPH +3000

  16. Chris

    The worse team this season will have no more than 15 wins !

    I think that team could very well be the Houston Rockets .

    In terms of the Trailblazers that curse lays squarely on the shoulders of Oden . His showing his block-n-tackle via ‘net meant the team were doomed .

    So Kobe has to split his $150 million fortune with his ex ? When last seen at a Jayz concert he was in close proximity of actress Sanaa Lathan . Both tweeted that they’re mere friends and also had their publicists state the same thing . When is a booty call not a booty call ? Someone gave it up that’s for sure and Bryant’s wife hasn’t been getting any .

    So Puff is now layin’ the wood to Cameron Diaz . Obviously she likes a big stick with some flavor to it . First A Rod and now Puffy ? What next your NBA namesake ?

    tophatal ……..

  17. Did David Stern really say that the Paul trade …. ” would be in the best interests of the league and the Hornets ” ? Look for the Hornets to be really bad this season as that team/roster has been gutted by their GM Dell Demps in conjunction with Stern . Never mind the fact that we don’t even know if the league as as owners of the ball club are actively seeking out a potential buyer of the NBA franchise .

    Stern and the league hierarchy are so full of fecal matter ! ‘nough said !

    tophatal ….. 😉

  18. Talk about off the board with a pick.

    I’d have to think that’s one of the league’s biggest questions going into this year, Chap.

    We all heard the rumblings last year that Durant and Westbrook were having problems co-existing, yet they still made it to the Western Conference Finals.

    Championship teams can’t have that sort of negative drama.

    Can they get along? We shall see. If they can, the sky’s the limit.

  19. Al…

    That trade is definitely in the best interest of the Clippers. That team has a huge buzz about them.

    They’ll be fun to watch but I’m not jumping on that bandwagon just yet, although the move of Chauncey Billups from one to two-guard will extend his career.

    Looking forward to him playing designated hitter next year.

  20. Rockets and 15, huh, Al?

    You’re in.

    Oddly enough, no one has chosen the team that I think will be the worst in the league.

    I’ll be releasing that information, along with the rest of my picks soon enough.

    The former Mrs. Bryant is only taking Kobe for $150 mil? Sounds like he’s getting off easy. That’s not Elin money.

    Cameron Diaz and Puff? Really?

  21. Bleed…

    Good to see ya’, brother.

    As expected, it’s nice to see your picks littered with purple and gold.

    That gives us 8 participants to date. Not bad for the first day.

    Looks like more of us missed the NBA than originally thought.

  22. Give me a few days Chris. Still studying 120+ Div 1 College teams.

    BTW, is the Ruski AK47 still in the league? Imagine his WPA wife let’s have one Mulligan per year. I’d wudda demanded a trade outta Utah for sure.

  23. #1 Kobe about 26 pts per gam

    #2 Chi Bulls-Riley too cagy to fire early

    #3 Lakers and not even close

    #4 Yes, but wudnt bet on it.

    #5 No, ask Andy Reid

    #6 Superman Howard. Only guy that could match up versus the late Wilt.

    #7 Miami. Riley Prime Time

    #8 Dallas because Odom

    #9 DWade-the surest thing on the team

    #10 Kobe with Luke Walton watching on the end of the bench

    Tie Break-14 games

    Who? The most pathetic team(only)in Canada. They deserve the Raptors.

  24. Chris

    The move may well have been in the best interests of the Clippers but where does that now leave the Hornets ? Does the league simply fold the organization if they can’t find a buyer ? And like I said …… it’s not as if Stern is said to be actively pursuing a buyer of the franchise .

    No one has actually brought up that very fact at all , instead it’s all been about the Clippers with the addition of Chris Paul alongside Blake Griffin . So you tell me now what happens next for the Hornets ?

    With regard to the Rockets …. the team’s best player Kevin Martin is unhappy with the situation and the front office led by Daryl Morey has done little to improve the team .

    Looking at their roster and the salary implications what’s there to impressed with ?

    So the Texas Rangers lodge a $51 million bid merely for the rights to talk to Japanese pitching sensation Yu Darvish ?

    Why do I now get the feeling that the Rangers mean business within the AL West with regard to next season and they’re not prepared to stay in the shadow of the Angels ?

    Do you know what the Rays could do with $51 million ? That’s more than half of the team’s payroll for last season .

    tophatal ………..

  25. Kobe’s doesn’t possess Woods’ swagger or cheddar . But I can’t blame Kobe as I would ‘nail’ Sanaa Lathan in heartbeat given the chance !

    So the NFL wants to place certified trainers up in the commentator’s box to monitor the situation when a player gets injured with regards to a concussion ? Why now and not previously like say …. even five or more years prior ? Is it now with the NFL being proactive in the midst of their previous denials about the cause and effect concerning concussions ? What a bunch of duds ! All of the medical evidence that has been in place for decades and it’s only now these a_holes have the gumption to do what’s right !

    See this piece on former Colts tight end Ben Utecht ? Ex-NFL player Utecht battling memory loss

    tophatal ………..

  26. And RB stealing a few of my picks, bastard!

    I loved Dwight Howard as MVP if only because a) he’ll be carrying that team b) will use that as trade bait and c) I was hoping nobody would pick the Raptors as the worst team in the league… but they’re bound to be.

    Nice work, sir.

  27. Sports Attitudes is in and the fourth person so far to pick the Thunder as having the best record in the West.

    Am I the only person here that thinks it’s possible that that team regresses?

  28. Al…

    I’m assuming (and you know what happens when we assume) that the NBA has a grander scheme for the Hornets.

    That might mean disbanding.

    Either way, Clippers fans are happy and now Hornets fans will have to root for a team that no longer features David West OR Chris Paul.

    Sucks to be them. At least they still have Bourbon Street to drown their sorrows.

  29. And Al…

    I’m not sure what trainers in the skybox will do to help ward off further concussions.

    Shouldn’t these guys be on the sidelines?

    What are they going to do from the press box when they see Colt McCoy getting knocked out for the eleventh time?

    Take the elevator down?

  30. Chris

    Shinn sold the team (Hornets) because they’d become a money losing concern . Gary Chouest a minority stake holder at the time of the sale had agreed to buy the team in principle but wanted it on the cheap . It’s not assumption at all , just outright common sense given the financial mess that the organization was in and the fact that they were also amongst the biggest beneficiaries and recipients of Stern’s bailout money ($50 million plus) over the last two seasons .

    Bear this mind also if the team folds what then happens with the players given that rosters within the league are limited to 12 players ?

    Are their contracts honored should the team be folded and they can’t sign with another franchise ? Think about it ?

    Certified trainers up alongside the commentators at the NFL games monitoring the players and injuries specifically concussions . So the NFL can’t afford to have a neurosurgeon at each league game ? Bunch of damn morons ! Goodell and the team owners are oafs , as too are the members of the NFLPA Executive Committee !

    Chris , you and the immediate family as well your patrons have a safe and wonderful Christmas and a Prosperous New Year !

    Alan aka tophatal ………

  31. Chris, I don’t think that arena in OKC or their superstar will LET that team regress. There’s just so much energy in that building I don’t see them dropping many games there…and I have so much respect for Durant. So…best record it is! Can’t wait for Christmas Day!

  32. All valid comments and questions about the Hornets, Al.

    I’m not sure what their immediate future holds but I do know Shinn was not the most popular guy in that town.

    And thanks for the kind holiday wishes.

  33. SA…

    Don’t get me wrong. I’m a huge Durant fan. It’s hard not to be.

    Here are my only two concerns.

    Will he and Westbrook be able to co-exist?

    And secondly, this team made the Western Conference Finals last year, so anything less than that could technically be considered a step backward.

    Personally I’m interested in seeing whether Kendrick “Jenny Craig” Perkins can be as dominant in the middle thirty pounds lighter.

  34. 1. Kevin Durant
    2. Miami Heat
    3. Lakers
    4. No
    5. Yes
    6. Kevin Durant
    7. Miami Heat
    8. Los Angeles Lakers
    9. LeBron James
    10. Derrick Rose
    TB1. 15
    TB2. Cavs

  35. Hello Chris, I’m not into NBA, but throwing a “dunkalicious” out there in your writing? Well, that makes me almost want to start watching it! 🙂

  36. Dee Dee…

    Do yourself a favor.

    If you were to watch only one NBA game this season, make sure it’s January 11th, Heat at Clippers.

    With limited training camp, both teams will be rusty but that will be some high-flying basketball in an early-season, playoff atmosphere.

    Check it out. I have a feeling you’ll be glad you did.

  37. Okay, to make this thing official, here are my picks:

    Kevin Durant will lead the league in scoring.
    The Miami Heat will have the best record in the East.
    The Clippers will have a better record than the Lakers.
    Dwight WILL be in a Magic uniform by season’s end (wishful thinking).
    The Clippers WILL win a first-round playoff match-up.
    Chris Paul will be your league MVP.
    The Miami Heat will be your NBA champions.
    The Oklahoma City Thunder will have the best record in the West.
    LeBron will be your Finals MVP.
    Blake Griffin will be the first player to score 50.

    My tiebreak: The Toronto Raptors will be the worst team in the league, managing only 11 wins.

  38. Alex from DHS is in under the wire, bringing more love for Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant and more sorrow for Bobcats fans.

    That gives us a bakers dozen worth of hearty participants.

    Merry Christmas, gentlemen.

  39. Hey, sorry I’m late but Chump said it would be okay for me to enter late if you guys don’t mind (it’s only been a week). Here are my picks.

    1 Bron Bron (please don’t trade Westbrook OKC!)

    2 points – Which team will have the best record in the Eastern Conference?

    Bulls

    3 points – Which team will have a better record: Lakers or Clippers?

    Clippers

    4 points – Will Dwight Howard finish this season with the Orlando Magic?

    Hmm… no.

    5 points – Will the Los Angeles Clippers win a first round playoff series?

    Hells yes.

    6 points – Who win will league MVP?

    Lebron. Even though I know it’s going to be CP3.

    7 points – Who will win this year’s NBA championship?

    Clippers. Out on a limb here.

    8 points – Which team will boast the best regular season record in the Western Conference?

    Clippers.

    9 points – Who will be this year’s Finals MVP?

    Chris Paul

    10 points – Who will be the first player this season to score 50 points in a game?

    Durant.

    First Tie-Break – How many wins will the worst team in the league have? (Remember, this is a shortened season)

    13

    Second Tie-Break: Which team will that be?

    Kings.

  40. Ya’ know what, guys?

    I’ve decided to let Pest in late because a) he’s a cool guy b) runs a great website and c) I’ve seen his fantasy basketball roster so he shouldn’t pose much of a threat.

    Besides that, I mean, come on. He picked the Clippers to win this year’s championship.

    He’s also the first person to pick the Kings as the worst team in the league as their tiebreak.

    FYI… the Bullets, er… Wizards are the only winless team in the league right now at 0-5 and no one had ’em.

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  43. Ladies and gentlemen, here are your final NBA contest standings in reverse order. Thanks as always for participating.

    J-Dub 2 pts (Nice work, dude! Way to pick up the rear)
    Alex @ DHS 5 pts
    Bleed 9 pts
    Chris Ross 11 pts
    Chappy 12 pt
    Snake 16 pts
    Ronbets 16 pts
    SA 16 pts
    Jamie DSR 20 pts
    Full Court Pest 23 pts
    Dan Cohn 25 pt
    SportsChump 26 pts (Congrats to me for finishing in 3rd)
    Aero 32 pts

    and our winner and basketball guru extraordinaire…

    Tophatal with 36 points, nailing 7 out of 10 questions correct. SportsChump prize pack out your way soon.

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