Bold Predictions for NBA 2nd Half

Updated: Mar 9, 2021

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I am writing to share what I see as bold but probable predictions for the NBA post All-Star break. I am by no means stating these are hard predictions for the future but things that I can see happening as surprising as they sound.

The Phoenix Suns will hold onto a Top 4 seed in the West

This isn't much of a bold prediction. It is fairly safe in my opinion. However, they missed the playoffs last year and are typically the dumpster fire of the West only known for wasting the primes of HOF players. So to say they will be top 4 in a tough west is surprising. I don't expect them to fall apart down the stretch because ever since the Bubble last season they have been on fire. The addition of reliable vets Chris Paul and Jae Crowder will help a young team remain consistent down the stretch for a first round home playoff advantage.

This is the last we will see of the Simmons/Embiid Combo in Philly

Let me preface this by saying I gave up on the 76er Process a long time ago. From all the high number picks the 76ers acquired, the 2 still remaining are Simmons and Embiid. Simmons is not a top tier player in this league. He is LeBron if you took away Lebron's toughness and shooting. So yeah congrats on having Rookie Lebron every year. Embiid is dominant when healthy. The key is when healthy. The simply does not persist season to season. This combo could continue to live as a top 3 seed in the East, but I don't see them ever making a finals and with a vastly improved Nets team I think the Philly front office will move on from this tandem to restart the "Process".

Mike Budenholzer will be out of Milwaukee

I understand that Budenholzer has lead this team to several consecutive great winning seasons. This mirrors his Atlanta teams who were phenomenal in the Regular Season. The one consistency is a lackluster postseason record. In 2 straight playoffs Budenholzer oversaw series where his star player was absolutely clamped and he failed to adjust and overcome simple defensive strategies. The Raptors won 4 straight against the Bucks and the Heat eliminated the Bucks in 5 games. I'm not saying he is a bad coach, but failing to capitalize on a great roster in a weak conference is simply unacceptable. If the Bucks once again fall out to an overachieving postseason team I think that is is for Mike.

Ok so that's it for this post. Some closing thoughts. Will this be the season we finally show Devin Booker some respect? Will is be the season we finally understand KAT is a pillow soft boy? Will it be the season we finally realize Jimmy Butler is an undisputed top 10 player when it comes to playing both ends of the floor? The answer is probably no. The NBA media and fanbase in many respects is predictable. And we will always ignore Phoenix being a 2 seed because we need shout how amazing it is that the Knicks are .500 and the Nets are building another KD super team.