For the first summer since 2019, the NBA had a “normal” offseason: the NBA Draft in late June, free agency soon after and then a nice, calm August and September, holy cow, plenty of drama. Plenty, as there was a lot going on this summer off the court, whether it was the Utah Jazz tearing it down by trading Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell to Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka being suspended to Kevin Durant demanding a trade, then the firing of his coach and GM, then … nothing. (He’s back with the Brooklyn Nets.) Yeah, so that was a lot, and that level of activity will have an effect on the NBA this season.
With all that, it’s little wonder that the summer seemed to fly by and that the 2022-23 NBA season is already here. That means it’s prediction time. Last year, we predicted a Nets-Los Angeles Lakers final with 24 respondents picking the Nets winning it all, and KD earning his second MVP and third NBA Finals MVP.
Well, yeah about that … that didn’t turn out as we thought it would. We did have two sages pick the Golden State Warriors, though. Maybe this season, the wisdom of our crowd will be wiser.