Second Annual NBA Predict the Future Contest

Ladies and gentlemen, we are back by popular demand.  Last year’s NBA Predict the Futures Contest was such a huge success, I’ve received tons of fan mail asking if I was going to host it again.

Okay, so only two people asked but still, it’s the thought that counts.

As most of you recall, prior to tip-off last season, I posted ten questions for all of you to answer, assigning different point values per question.  Tophatal took home last year’s honors and is currently sporting some pretty cool SportsChump gear around Polk County, Florida.  As a result, he’s very popular with the ladies.

This year’s format is similar, however, I am adding a few more questions, upping it to 20 to increase the difficulty.  As usual, the winner will receive bragging rights for the year as well, as a fabulous SportsChump prize pack.  Additionally, the good people at A&E Sports have graciously offered a “The World Series: History of the Fall Classic” Deluxe gift set as a grand prize and even though this it’s a baseball-related prize for a basketball pool, I figured you sports junkies wouldn’t mind much.

Since the season is already underway, the deadline to have your picks, entered in the comments section below, is 8 pm Friday, November 9, so act quickly and choose wisely.  Best of luck!

1 point – Will the Miami Heat repeat as NBA Champions?

2 points – Which team will represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals?

3 points – Will the Brooklyn Nets make the playoffs?

4 points – Will the Brooklyn Nets host a playoff series?

5 points – Will Mike Brown coach the entire season for the Los Angeles Lakers?

6 points – Who will lead the league in scoring?

7 points – Will the Miami Heat win more or less than 66 ½ games?

8 points – Who will lead the league in assists per game?

9 points – Who will win league MVP?

10 points – Who will lead the Los Angeles Lakers in field goal attempts?

11 points – Who will be the first player to score 50 points in a game?

12 points – Which Los Angeles team will boast a better record:  Lakers or Clippers?

13 points – Who will win rookie of the year honors?

14 points – Which team will finish with the worst overall record?

15 points – Which player will lead the league in double-doubles?

16 points – Which player will lead the league in triple-doubles?

17 points – Which team will finish with the third best record in the East?

18 points – Which team will finish with the second best record in the West?

19 points – What month will Derrick Rose return to play his first game for the Bulls?

20 points – Who will be the first player fined (second violation) for flopping?

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  2. Here you go Chris,

    1 point – Will the Miami Heat repeat as NBA Champions? YES

    2 points – Which team will represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals? Los Angeles Clippers

    3 points – Will the Brooklyn Nets make the playoffs? YES

    4 points – Will the Brooklyn Nets host a playoff series? NO

    5 points – Will Mike Brown coach the entire season for the Los Angeles Lakers? YES

    6 points – Who will lead the league in scoring? JAMES HARDEN

    7 points – Will the Miami Heat win more or less than 66 ½ games? NO

    8 points – Who will lead the league in assists per game? RAJON RONDO

    9 points – Who will win league MVP? LeBron James

    10 points – Who will lead the Los Angeles Lakers in field goal attempts? KOBE BRYANT

    11 points – Who will be the first player to score 50 points in a game? JAMES HARDEN

    12 points – Which Los Angeles team will boast a better record: Lakers or Clippers? CLIPPERS

    13 points – Who will win rookie of the year honors? DAMIAN LILLARD

    14 points – Which team will finish with the worst overall record? TORONTO RAPTORS

    15 points – Which player will lead the league in double-doubles? DEMARCUS COUSINS

    16 points – Which player will lead the league in triple-doubles? RAJON RONDO

    17 points – Which team will finish with the third best record in the East? 76ERS

    18 points – Which team will finish with the second best record in the West? OKC THUNDER

    19 points – What month will Derrick Rose return to play his first game for the Bulls? FEBRUARY

    20 points – Who will be the first player fined (second violation) for flopping? GLEN DAVIS

  3. Miami will repeat but I believe that during the season they will make a trade to simply make that roster better .

    The team is capable of winning 65 -70 games but I believe their intent is a successful defense of their title !

    MVP will be a three way shootout between Kobe , LBJ and Durant .

    The East will once again come down to the Heat , and everyone else looking to pick up the morsel trail they will leave as a trail .

    The Western Conference could very well be up for grabs , merely because of the trade made by the Thunder . The Spurs will play their part as usual , and notch another 50 plus win season ( does it get any better than that ). The Lakers for their part had better start to play defense . They look terrible at present and it has shown in their play . D How is not fully fit , and the rest of the team really do need to step up their game .

    So Mark McGwire is bailing on the Cardinals to become the new hitting instructor for the Dodgers . Oops ! Does a syringe and come with that job as an incentive ?

    Curt Schilling money problems ? The DA from the state of Rhode Island is suing the player and his now bankrupt gaming company for the return of $75 million , after some irregularities came to light concerning the operations of the company , amongst other things .


    The Ball is in your court

    Responded to your comment concerning the piece .

    Tophatal ……..

  4. 1 point – Will the Miami Heat repeat as NBA Champions? NO

    2 points – Which team will represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals? SAN ANTONIO SPURS

    3 points – Will the Brooklyn Nets make the playoffs? NO

    4 points – Will the Brooklyn Nets host a playoff series? NO

    5 points – Will Mike Brown coach the entire season for the Los Angeles Lakers? YES

    6 points – Who will lead the league in scoring? KEVIN DURANT

    7 points – Will the Miami Heat win more or less than 66 ½ games? MORE

    8 points – Who will lead the league in assists per game? STEVE NASH

    9 points – Who will win league MVP? KEVIN DURANT

    10 points – Who will lead the Los Angeles Lakers in field goal attempts? KOBE BRYANT

    11 points – Who will be the first player to score 50 points in a game? CARMELO ANTHONY

    12 points – Which Los Angeles team will boast a better record: Lakers or Clippers? CLIPPERS

    13 points – Who will win rookie of the year honors? DAMIAN LILLIARD

    14 points – Which team will finish with the worst overall record? SACRAMENTO KINGS

    15 points – Which player will lead the league in double-doubles? DWIGHT HOWARD

    16 points – Which player will lead the league in triple-doubles? RAJON RONDO

    17 points – Which team will finish with the third best record in the East? INDIANA PACERS

    18 points – Which team will finish with the second best record in the West? SAN ANTONIO SPURS

    19 points – What month will Derrick Rose return to play his first game for the Bulls? FEBRUARY

    20 points – Who will be the first player fined (second violation) for flopping? BLAKE GRIFFIN

  5. Oh look , Mark McGwire is on the move , as he is about to become the hitting instructor for the Dodgers . Do you see Kemp, Ethier and Gonzalez taking “andro” (androstenedione) to boost their hitting and productivity ? LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

    Of the unbeatens in College Football , which teams do you believe profited the most from yesterday’s results ?

    Great win for ‘bama over LSU !

    That was Florida playing Missouri yesterday wasn’t it , and not some other defunct team ? That game put myself and the dog to sleep .

    It’s hard what to make of the Magic at present . Your thoughts ?

    Looking for a few good men

    Tophatal ………..

  6. Well the NBA isn’t necessarily my thing but I’m in…

    1 point – Will the Miami Heat repeat as NBA Champions? NO

    2 points – Which team will represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals? OKC

    3 points – Will the Brooklyn Nets make the playoffs? YES

    4 points – Will the Brooklyn Nets host a playoff series? NO

    5 points – Will Mike Brown coach the entire season for the Los Angeles Lakers? YES

    6 points – Who will lead the league in scoring? LEBRON JAMES

    7 points – Will the Miami Heat win more or less than 66 ½ games? LESS

    8 points – Who will lead the league in assists per game? RONDO

    9 points – Who will win league MVP? DURANT

    10 points – Who will lead the Los Angeles Lakers in field goal attempts? KOBE

    11 points – Who will be the first player to score 50 points in a game? DURANT

    12 points – Which Los Angeles team will boast a better record: Lakers or Clippers? LAKERS

    13 points – Who will win rookie of the year honors? ANTHONY DAVIS

    14 points – Which team will finish with the worst overall record? WIZARDS

    15 points – Which player will lead the league in double-doubles? RONDO

    16 points – Which player will lead the league in triple-doubles? RONDO

    17 points – Which team will finish with the third best record in the East? BULLS

    18 points – Which team will finish with the second best record in the West? LAKERS

    19 points – What month will Derrick Rose return to play his first game for the Bulls? FEBRUARY

    20 points – Who will be the first player fined (second violation) for flopping? COUSINS

  7. Tim from Sports Gluttony is in… with some interesting selections, I might add.

    DeMarcus Cousins leading the league in double-doubles? Harden the league scoring leader AND the first to score 50? Pretty sure Houston would be okay with their investment if that’s the case.

    I must say I do like your pick of Glen Davis as the first to be fined for flopping. I hope he doesn’t hurt the parquet floor.

  8. Al…

    I was all high and mighty on the Heat after watching what they did to the Celtics on opening night but then, what the hell was that dumpster fire they pulled against the Knicks?!?

    And you are correct, sir. Just never can count out the ageless Spurs in the West.

    Get your official picks in though, brother. You have a title to defend.

  9. Dubsism is in… and apparently conflicted.

    So the Heat are going to win over 66 1/2 games and NOT repeat?

    The Spurs in the Finals? Interesting take.

    Otherwise, I’d say he’s going chalk…. and stewing over the fact that there’s no hockey.

  10. Al….

    I’m behind on my reading. What happened with McGwire in St. Louis? God knows the Dodgers’ bats could use the help though. We’ll see if he’s the guy to make that happen.

    Re: college football, this could be the season where we’d really benefit from a four-team playoff. It doesn’t look like ‘Bama, Notre Dame, Oregon or K State are going to drop a game.

    Then what?

    I was impressed with what I saw out of the Magic against Denver. Maybe all they needed was to get rid of the deadwood, aka Dwight Howard. Hey, if rookie head coach Jacque Vaughn can get that team to play with emotion, then I’m all for it… even if I can’t name a player on their roster.

  11. The four game playoff format for College Football isn’t for this year, but next year .

    I’m still trying to figure what got McGwire’s nuts all heaved up in a bunch , for him to leave the Cardinals to make the jump to the Dodgers.

    As for Curt Schilling , this guy is a ###king moron ! His company in essence defrauds the state of Rhode Island , and he is claiming that the AG (Attorney General) there , now wants their $75 million back , their action is politically motivated . LOL,LOL !!! Had he borrowed that money from the Mob, his dumb a#s would now be lying under several feet of concrete .

    The Heat came out of the gate complacent , as champions . Now that they have a title to defend they should start to play a great deal better.

    The Lakers will continue to look bad without Nash (bruised right leg and contusions) at the point guard position. Steve Blake just isn’t good enough .

    That $80 million contract given to the Rockets’ James Harden might be one of the bargains of the season , given the productivity he’s provided for the team .

    Doug Martin was all ” gangsta ” as the Bucs busted up the Raiders , upside the head . As usual the Raiders remains a real sorry as#ed team in every aspect of the game .

    Something old, something new, something borrowed though not necessarily blue

    Tophatal ……..

  12. 1) Heat can repeat as champions Yes
    2) OKC will narrowly get by the Lakers and Spurs to represent the conference
    3) Nets will make the playoffs but will not make it beyond the conference semis
    4) Quite possibly as anything at .500 or slightly below or above in the East usually guarantees a berth . Besides the play in the conference has been mediocre .
    5) Yes the Lakers are fresh out of choices , if they let Brown go
    6) Durant the “Durantula ”
    7) The Heat won’t be challenging the Bulls’ 72-10 season, but they will win in excess of 60 games .
    8) Rondo , with Paul finishing second and D Wil also being in the mix
    9)MVP LBJ
    10) Kobe who else ? I mean what are the alternatives there at present ? D How ain’t cuttin it , in spite of the claims he’s the best center in the league .

    11) Durant , as he’s due
    12) Lakers slightly , the Clippers haven’t learned how to play aggressive defense , as of yet .
    13) Damian Lillard
    14) The Bobcats , please . It’s theirs to lose in spite of the NBA Draft . LOL,LOL,LOL !!!
    15) & (16) Rajon Rondo
    17) Hawks
    18) Thunder , followed by Spurs and Lakers
    19) If the rumors are to be believed , it will be mid January earliest or by no later than mid February . I’ll hedge and say February

    20) Flopping isn’t allowed in the NBA ? I guess that means we’ll never see a number of these players appearing on DWTS (Dancing with the Stars) ?

    Mr Flopsy himself has returned to the NBA .
    Rasheed Wallace , as he’s now on the Knicks’ roster .

    Will the Knicks get a special dispensation from AARP for having so many players on that team that are officially closing in on the age of retirement or meeting the criteria for their AARP card ?

    Tophatal …….

  13. Love the Crystal Ball graphics SC … while these Q’s are important … can yr crystal ball tell us who will win the election pls?

    A Concerned Voter

    ps: Dear SC readers pls remember which Presidential candidate shoots some mean hoops & loves his sports! Need I say more?

    Go vote! (NOT U Beave)

  14. Al is in although his answer on whether the Heat will win over 66 1/2 games is still unclear.

    I put you down for a ‘NO’ on that, sir, unless you tell me otherwise.

  15. 1 point – Will the Miami Heat repeat as NBA Champions? No

    2 points – Which team will represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals? Spurs

    3 points – Will the Brooklyn Nets make the playoffs?Yes

    4 points – Will the Brooklyn Nets host a playoff series?No

    5 points – Will Mike Brown coach the entire season for the Los Angeles Lakers?No

    6 points – Who will lead the league in scoring?Kevin Durant

    7 points – Will the Miami Heat win more or less than 66 ½ games?Less

    8 points – Who will lead the league in assists per game? Rajon Rondo

    9 points – Who will win league MVP? LeBron

    10 points – Who will lead the Los Angeles Lakers in field goal attempts?Kobe

    11 points – Who will be the first player to score 50 points in a game?Kevin Durant

    12 points – Which Los Angeles team will boast a better record: Lakers or Clippers? Clippers

    13 points – Who will win rookie of the year honors?Davis

    14 points – Which team will finish with the worst overall record?Charlotte

    15 points – Which player will lead the league in double-doubles?Blake Griffin

    16 points – Which player will lead the league in triple-doubles?Rajon Rondo

    17 points – Which team will finish with the third best record in the East?Indiana

    18 points – Which team will finish with the second best record in the West?OKC

    19 points – What month will Derrick Rose return to play his first game for the Bulls?March

    20 points – Who will be the first player fined (second violation) for flopping?Luis Scola

    OK. I am a huge homer for the Spurs but its about time for them to win one more for Timmy….

  16. Faberlicious is in!

    Welcome to the party, pal.

    No surprise he goes with his Spurs.

    Not a bad choice since not a single person in our pool picked ‘em last year.

    Also diggin’ the Scola pick, nice call.

  17. ********** NOTE ************

    PLEASE PAY ATTENTION, PEOPLE, AS I HAVE AN ADDENDUM.

    J.J. BAREA AND DONALD SLOAN HAVE RECEIVED WARNINGS FOR FLOPPING. NOT FINES, JUST WARNINGS, GIVING THEM A LEG UP ON THE COMPETITION ON QUESTION 20.

    PLEASE READ CAREFULLY.

    IF A PLAYER RECEIVES A FINE BEFORE YOU GET YOUR ENTRIES IN, YOU WILL BE INELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE POINTS FOR THAT QUESTION. IT’S ONLY FAIR, GUYS.

    SO FABER, THE TWO GLUTTONS, TOPHAT AND DUBS ARE GOOD… AND I BETTER GET MY PICKS IN QUICK.

    HMMM, SHOULD I GO WITH BAREA?

  18. 1 point – Will the Miami Heat repeat as NBA Champions? (No)

    2 points – Which team will represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals? (Lakers)

    3 points – Will the Brooklyn Nets make the playoffs? (Yes)

    4 points – Will the Brooklyn Nets host a playoff series? (Yes)

    5 points – Will Mike Brown coach the entire season for the Los Angeles Lakers? (fuck…i hope not, but probably YES)

    6 points – Who will lead the league in scoring? (durant)

    7 points – Will the Miami Heat win more or less than 66 ½ games? (less)

    8 points – Who will lead the league in assists per game? (rondo)

    9 points – Who will win league MVP? (probably Lebron, but I’m going to say DURANT)

    10 points – Who will lead the Los Angeles Lakers in field goal attempts? (kobe)

    11 points – Who will be the first player to score 50 points in a game? (durant)

    12 points – Which Los Angeles team will boast a better record: Lakers or Clippers? (lakers duh)

    13 points – Who will win rookie of the year honors? (davis)

    14 points – Which team will finish with the worst overall record? (pistons)

    15 points – Which player will lead the league in double-doubles? (rondo)

    16 points – Which player will lead the league in triple-doubles? (lebron)

    17 points – Which team will finish with the third best record in the East? (sixers)

    18 points – Which team will finish with the second best record in the West? (Thunder)

    19 points – What month will Derrick Rose return to play his first game for the Bulls? (December)

    20 points – Who will be the first player fined (second violation) for flopping? (scola)

  19. 1 point – Will the Miami Heat repeat as NBA Champions? Yes
    2 points – Which team will represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals? Los Angeles Lakers
    3 points – Will the Brooklyn Nets make the playoffs? Yes
    4 points – Will the Brooklyn Nets host a playoff series? No
    5 points – Will Mike Brown coach the entire season for the Los Angeles Lakers? Yes
    6 points – Who will lead the league in scoring? James Harden
    7 points – Will the Miami Heat win more or less than 66 ½ games? Less
    8 points – Who will lead the league in assists per game? Rajon Rondo
    9 points – Who will win league MVP? Lebron James
    10 points – Who will lead the Los Angeles Lakers in field goal attempts? Kobe
    11 points – Who will be the first player to score 50 points in a game? Harden
    12 points – Which Los Angeles team will boast a better record: Lakers or Clippers? Lakers
    13 points – Who will win rookie of the year honors? Anthony Davis
    14 points – Which team will finish with the worst overall record? Detroit
    15 points – Which player will lead the league in double-doubles? Dwight Howard
    16 points – Which player will lead the league in triple-doubles? Rajon Rondo
    17 points – Which team will finish with the third best record in the East? New York
    18 points – Which team will finish with the second best record in the West? San Antonio
    19 points – What month will Derrick Rose return to play his first game for the Bulls? January
    20 points – Who will be the first player fined (second violation) for flopping? Blake Griffin

  20. Alrighty, Jamie from Dallas Sports Rant is in, giving us seven with plenty of time to play.

    You know what amazes me, guys?

    Blake Griffin is one of the more popular guys in the league and yet, most every one thinks he’ll be the first guy popped for flopping?

    Don’t get me wrong, I know he flops a lot. I also understand the league might want to take a stand against a big name player when it comes to levying that first flopping fine?

    But if he flops so much, why do we like him so much?

    Oh yeah…. the dunks.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5oZ-BbCVk0

  21. Yeah… It’s Scola because of the shitty hair style. He should get the first fine just for poor taste. (Actually, I am just pissed because the Spurs sent him to Houston so they could sign Tiaggo Splitter.) One of the few poor calls by Spurs management.

  22. Faber…

    Swing on by election central tonight if you’re out and about, just don’t expect to see hoops on the big screen.

    Might be the only night of the season that’s not the case.

  23. And here, people, are my picks:

    Heat Champs? Yes
    West Champs? Lakers
    Nets playoffs? Yes
    Nets host a playoff series? No
    Mike Brown make it out alive? No
    Scoring leader? Durant
    Heat 66 1/2? Over
    Assist leader? Paul
    MVP? LeBron
    Lakers FGA leader? Kobe
    First to score 50? B. Jennings
    Clips or Lakers better record? Lakers
    ROY? Dion Waiters
    Worst record? Pistons
    Double-doubles? Z. Randolph
    Triple-doubles? Rondo
    3rd seed in East? Knicks
    2nd seed in West? Spurs
    Rose return? January
    1st fined for flopping? Barea

  24. 1 point – Will the Miami Heat repeat as NBA Champions? NOPE
    2 points – Which team will represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals? LAKERS
    3 points – Will the Brooklyn Nets make the playoffs? TRICK QUESTION, NO
    4 points – Will the Brooklyn Nets host a playoff series? NOPE
    5 points – Will Mike Brown coach the entire season for the Los Angeles Lakers? YES
    6 points – Who will lead the league in scoring? LE BRON JAMES
    7 points – Will the Miami Heat win more or less than 66 ½ games? MORE
    8 points – Who will lead the league in assists per game? RONDO
    9 points – Who will win league MVP? LEBRON JAMES
    10 points – Who will lead the Los Angeles Lakers in field goal attempts? KOBE BRYANT
    11 points – Who will be the first player to score 50 points in a game? KOBE BRYANT
    12 points – Which Los Angeles team will boast a better record: Lakers or Clippers? LAKERS
    13 points – Who will win rookie of the year honors? DAVIS
    14 points – Which team will finish with the worst overall record? CHARLOTTE
    15 points – Which player will lead the league in double-doubles? DWIGHT HOWARD
    16 points – Which player will lead the league in triple-doubles? RONDO
    17 points – Which team will finish with the third best record in the East? 76ERS
    18 points – Which team will finish with the second best record in the West? OKLAHOMA
    19 points – What month will Derrick Rose return to play his first game for the Bulls? JANUARY
    20 points – Who will be the first player fined (second violation) for flopping? J.J. BAREA
    21 points -What month will Barkley spit on a nine-year old girl during “throwback jersey” night? DECEMBER
    22 points -What month will Kobe blame another teammate for his own poor game? FEBRUARY

  25. The Duck is in and was even thoughtful enough to add two extra credit questions.

    As we discussed earlier, sir, I’ll take way earlier than February for question # 22.

    In fact, after a 1-4 atart, I think that’s on the verge of happening.

  26. 1 point – Will the Miami Heat repeat as NBA Champions?

    Yes, but I still think they can’t hang with LA and I feel bad for not sticking to my guns. But I think LAL has health issues with Nash which = Kobe issues that hurt the team.

    2 points – Which team will represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals?

    LA Clippers. Yep.

    3 points – Will the Brooklyn Nets make the playoffs?

    Hmm… Yes.

    4 points – Will the Brooklyn Nets host a playoff series?

    No.

    5 points – Will Mike Brown coach the entire season for the Los Angeles Lakers?

    Nope. heh. :)

    6 points – Who will lead the league in scoring?

    Durant.

    7 points – Will the Miami Heat win more or less than 66 ½ games?

    Less.

    8 points – Who will lead the league in assists per game?

    Rondo.

    9 points – Who will win league MVP?

    Bron Bron.

    10 points – Who will lead the Los Angeles Lakers in field goal attempts?

    A big pile of shit. Yes, that’s a valid answer.

    11 points – Who will be the first player to score 50 points in a game?

    James Harden (but I think Melo might be first too)

    12 points – Which Los Angeles team will boast a better record: Lakers or Clippers?

    Hmm… Clippers. But it will be close.

    13 points – Who will win rookie of the year honors?

    – (again, valid answer)

    14 points – Which team will finish with the worst overall record?

    Picking the bobcats again.

    15 points – Which player will lead the league in double-doubles?

    Dwight

    16 points – Which player will lead the league in triple-doubles?

    Bron? (but I want to pick CP3 for some reason)

    17 points – Which team will finish with the third best record in the East?

    Celtics. (but I want to pick pacers. groan)

    18 points – Which team will finish with the second best record in the West?

    Spurs.

    19 points – What month will Derrick Rose return to play his first game for the Bulls?

    February.

    20 points – Who will be the first player fined (second violation) for flopping?

    Varajeo

  27. Okay, Pest is in under the wire and I WILL give him credit for the Mike Brown answer as he got his answer in Thursday night before news of Mike Brown’s firing, HOWEVER, anyone who turns in their answers from here on out will be ineligible to receive points for the Mike Brown question.

    ‘Cause he’s gooooooooooooooooooooooone.

  28. Alright, only ten participants as of yet. Thought we’d have more.

    I also thought that Mike Brown question was a gimme.

    Only three of got it right, me, Faber and Pest already taking those five points to the bank.

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