And the winner of our second annual NBA Predict the Future Contest is…

NBA Crystal BallAll good things must come to an end.  That includes my second annual NBA Predict the Future contest.  Once again, this year’s results came down to the wire with us, in the end, declaring a brand new champion.

Everyone, please congratulate faithful reader, bar patron and the real estate mogul personally responsible for finding SportsChump Manor, Mr. BFaber.  Fabes has won this year’s grand prize, but more importantly, bragging rights for the calendar year.  He’s promised to wear his crown proudly.  Figures it would take a Spurs fan, right?

Congratulations to you, sir.  Now here’s a quick look at some of the questions we asked back in November:

Questions 3&4: Will the Nets make the playoffs/host a home playoff series?

Most of us (7/10) figured the Nets would make the playoffs but not host a home playoff series.  They ended up a 4-seed, winning 49 games but losing to the Chicago Bulls in the first round.  It looks like most of us were right by not putting too much faith in the Nets.

Question 5: Will Mike Brown finish the season as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?

This may have been my favorite question of the contest.  Talk about giving away free points.  Not only was Mike Brown fired while the ink was still drying on my original post (he was let go five games into the season), I should have asked whether he’d have another coaching gig before the playoffs ended.  He does, as he was recently hired back by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Carmelo shootsQuestion 6: Who will lead the league in scoring?

It would only make sense (ballhog) that the guy who led the league in scoring (ballhog) would be the one (chucker) who took the most shots, right?  Wrong!  Carmelo Anthony ranked fourth, not first, in total field goals attempted this season, but he still landed his first ever scoring title, breaking Kevin Durant’s string of three consecutive.  For the record, none of us picked Carmelo to win this category.

Question 7: Will the Heat win more or less than 66 ½ games?

Here’s the question I’m most proud of.  Someone get Las Vegas on the phone, my bags are packed.  I swear I didn’t check Las Vegas’ over/under win total for Miami before writing this post.   I came up with the 66 ½ all on my own.  The Heat finished with 66 wins.  Too bad I had the over.

Question 8: Who will lead the league in assists?

The Boston Celtics suffered a huge blow when they lost their point guard Rajon Rondo to injury.  Having played half the season, however, he still qualified to lead the league in assists per game.  I would have considered giving eight points to the person who correctly named the player who led the league in total assists but considering none of us mentioned New Orleans Hornets’ point guard Greivis Vasquez (who?), I figured I’d award eight points to those who listed Rondo and move on.

Lebron-James-4-MVPsQuestion 9: Who will win league MVP?


Question 10: Who will lead the Lakers in field goal attempts?

In retrospect, this was a pretty silly question.  All of us said Kobe Bryant.  All of us were right.  Remind me not to ask this question again next year.  A more appropriate question might be who will be on their 2013 opening day roster.

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

Kevin Durant can pretty much score 50 points whenever he likes.  He was the first to do so this season, dropping 52 on Dallas in mid-January.  Side note: Durant shot 21-for-21 from the free throw line that night.

Question 12: Which Los Angeles team will have the better record: Lakers or Clippers?

Remember when some of us actually debated the answer to this question?  FYI, six of us, including yours truly chose the Lakers.  Not that it matters.  Neither team made it out of the first round of the playoffs.

Damian LillardQuestion 13: Who will win Rookie of the Year?

Damian Lillard won this year’s ROY Award in a landslide on his way to becoming the most famous Weber State graduate to play in the NBA.

Question 14: Which team will end up with the worst record in the league?

I so wanted to pick the Orlando Magic here but I thought I might be accused of being a bitter fan.  Nobody, including me, picked the Magic to finish with the worst overall record.  They did.  Can we stop talking about it now?

Question 15: Who will lead the league in double-doubles?

Yet another swing and miss for my readers.  None of us listed the eventual winner, David Lee.

Question 16: Who will lead the league in triple-doubles?

Despite having played only half the season, Rajon Rondo still led the league in triple-doubles with five.  FYI, LeBron James, your nearly unanimous, league MVP had four.

Question 17: Who will finish with the third best record in the Eastern Conference?

I can’t exactly remember what I was thinking when I asked this question.  I mean, I knew the Heat would finish with the best record and probably assumed either the Celtics or Knicks would end up the two-seed.  I think I was just trying to see who we all thought would be third best.  That team would be the Pacers.  Only two of us picked that correctly.

Derrick Rose benchQuestion 18: Who will finish with the second best record in the Western Conference?

Same thing here.  I think I was trying to see how many people would say Lakers.  Two of us actually did.  They shall remain nameless to not cause further embarrassment.  The correct answer was the San Antonio Spurs.

Question 19: When will Derrick Rose return?

He still hasn’t.  None of us got this right.

Question 20: Who will be the first player fined for flopping?

Half of us chose either European or Latin American players.  I call racial profiling.  The first player in NBA history to ever receive a monetary fine for flopping was Reggie Evans.  Remember that for it’s bound to make a great trivia question someday.


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18 Replies to “And the winner of our second annual NBA Predict the Future Contest is…”

  1. Pingback: And the winner of our second annual NBA Predict the Future Contest is… - BallHyped Blog Network, NBA | BallHyped Sports Blogs

  2. I would like to point out that despite depending on my pet monkey, Drunky McDrunk, to make these predictions as well as filtering the data through my Woodford Reserve cooled-mega-brain, I still managed to chip in 61-pts from beyond the 3-pt. arc, some mistakes were made, and clearly blame must be assessed, therefore I am, much like MSNBC, assigning the blame to “Producer Error” any further questions, comments, criticisms or observations can be directed to my publicist, Tim Donaghy, who assures me he will promptly issue a crisp, timely, and completely honest, “No comment”

  3. Upon further review I realize in my alcohol-induced fog I managed a tepid 43-points not 61, and at this point call into question this whole farce of a charade disguised as a sand trap. heads will roll and quite frankly next season I may use a niblick…


  5. Remind me why the Rays still play baseball rather than softball ? That team now has the aptitude to lose with alarming regularity , and yet Maddon still comes up with asinine explanations for those losses . Plain and simple the team simply isn’t good enough for the long haul .

    Up 7-0 last night their dumb asses allow the lowly Blue Jays back into the game and they end up winning 8-7 . Explain that one to me if you can ?

    Tophatal ……………

  6. Chris

    Gary Washburn (The Boston Globe) an NBA writer with a vote in the MVP race was the only voter who didn’t vote for LBJ . It deprived James from winning the award with a unanimous vote . Wasburn’s reason ,. he cites that LBJ and the Heat would have won their division without the superstar on the court . But he believes that ‘melo was more deserving as he drove the Knicks to their winning season . Now we know why writers such as this , should not be seen or heard from ! What a dumb explanation . It’s the body of work that counts not an emphasis on suppositions . Or doesn’t an @ss clown , such as Gary Washburn realize that fact ?

    Courtesy of Business Insider

    NBA Writer Explains Why He Didn’t Vote For LeBron James For MVP

    By Cork Gaines

    When LeBron James won his fourth MVP Award this weekend, there was an uproar when it was revealed that he received just 120 of the 121 of the first place votes.

    Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe revealed today that he was the lone writer to vote for Carmelo Anthony, but his reasoning sounds more like he was looking for an excuse to not for James:

    “Anthony led the league in scoring average and basically carried an old Knicks team to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Amar’e Stoudemire missed most of the season with knee issues, Raymond Felton missed six weeks, and Tyson Chandler dealt with nagging injuries, leaving Anthony, J.R. Smith, and a bunch of lottery picks from the mid-1990s to win 54 games and beat the Miami Heat three times.”

    The problem with this argument is that Washburn is assuming LeBron would not have been able to lead the Knicks to a division title and a place in the playoffs. When in fact, James won two division titles with the Cavaliers on far-inferior teams than the Knicks, and took one Cavs team (2006-07) to the NBA finals, that absolutely should not have been there.

    Washburn also mentions that LeBron is playing with two All-Stars.

    By that argument, he might never had voted for Larry Bird (3 MVPs), Magic Johnson (3 MVPS), or even Bill Russell (5 MVPs), simply because they played with other hall-of-famers.

    Click on link to read in full.

    Where’s Jayson Blair when you need him ? Plagiarism or stupIdity ? LOL,LOL,LOL !!!!

    Tophatal …………..

  7. So Deron Williams believes that it`d be nice to ave Jerry Sloan back in the fold coaching the Nets . Lets put it this way Sloan wouldn`t want to fold Williams draws much less coach that s#it#ead of a point guard , who to this day remains a lying piece of crap and a “ coach killer “

    Tophatal ……………

  8. Duck…

    Had I been in contact with Donaghy, I’m sure we could have shaved off another couple points… allegedly.

    Or was he the one that gave you 61 instead of 43?

  9. Al…

    A nice little run by the Knicks on Tuesday showed they have the talent to run the Pacers out of the building.

    They’ll still need to win one in Indiana, however.

  10. Al…

    Someday we’ll have computers handling the MVP voting.

    I’m not sure if you caught TNT’s discussion of the lone vote gone awry but they recalled back to Shaq’s year where he missed the unanimous vote by one as well. That year’s party pooper was the one and only Fred Hickman, who voted for Allen Iverson.

    Shaq still hadn’t forgiven him.

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