ESPN Doesn’t Get It, Part XVIII

Paul Pierce’s dominating performance in the NBA Finals is already ancient history, at least to the scribes over at ESPN. A team of 25 morons experts rolled out their predictions for the upcoming season. Let’s just say Paul Pierce and KG aren’t MVP candidates. Here’s how the voting breaks down:

  1. LeBron James (16 votes)
  2. Chris Paul (5 votes)
  3. Kobe Bryant (3 votes)
  4. Dwayne Wade (1 vote)

I’ll be honest, it’s tough to argue against James. But the Wade vote is absurd, if only for the fact that Miami will be lucky to be the 8th seed in the East. Pierce deserves to be mentioned with Bryant and Paul. With Bynum returning, Kobe has just as many co-stars as Pierce. CP3 may be the buzz in the Hornets, but he’s not as clutch as the Truth.

As for the standings, the Celtics get some respect, sort of. ESPN has them at 55-27, 11 wins off last year’s pace. Here’s why:

How big is the Posey problem? Enough that the departure of Big Game James helps take the Celtics down 11 wins in our survey. Plus, by next June, the Big Three will nearly be the Big 33 (Kevin Garneet, 33; Paul Pierce, 31; Ray Allen, 33). But guess what? They’re still the East’s beasts.

I’m not expecting another 66 win season. But if the Pistons were able to sleep-walk their way to 59 wins last year, I think the Celtics can do the same. Yes, the Big Three will get more rest. And some of that “drive” will be lacking, at least in the regular season. But what about the improved play of Rondo, Perkins, Powe and Big Baby? That’s got to be good for something. For those who care, here’s the Western conference predictions.

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14 Responses

  1. The Celts shot their wads. One title, now they’ll slip back into obscurity. If Andrew Bynum was healthy last season, the Celts wouldn’t have even won ONCE! If he’s healthy this year, it won’t be a question of whether or not the Lakers win it all. The question will be will they win it all AND win over 70 games? Shortly after that, the domain name for this silly website will be up for sale, because you guys won’t care about the Celtics any more than you did a few years ago when they were winning 30-something games a year.

  2. Ok time to be honest, I don’t know a thing about Bynum, well, I know he is tall, he was hurt and he has a lot of buzz around him. Is he really that good? Is he, from the east coast, sorta good, but those out west see him as he really is, like the way we see Perk? Anyone got an honest perspective on this?

  3. the lakers will finish no higher than 3rd in the west and be out by the second round.

  4. Bynum is a good young player who has the potential to be a dominant center. But he’s coming off a devastating knee injury…

    Oh yeah, he wouldn’t have made an ounce of difference in the finals.

  5. Bynum was on track to be great. But he tore his knee up pretty bad. He’s a question mark right now for sure. Even w/o him, LA should be strong enough to run the table. LA’s rising youth combined w/ Boston’s aging ‘big 3′ means that even if the exact same squads square off again, the Lakers will begin another dynasty in ’09. It would be more thrilling for basketball fans if Bynum doesn’t come back strong, because if he does, this coming season is a foregone conclusion – period.

  6. They must think that the Cavs are going to win it all if James is going to get MVP, but in my opinioun they wont even win 45 games. Mark my words. Pierce Will get MVP

  7. Pierce will have to have an absolutely phenomenal season to even be in the discussion for MVP. He just doesn’t get any real respect from the so called “experts” when compared with LBJ and Kobe. None of that even matters to me though, the Finals MVP is a much better award so I’m sure Paul would rather have ANOTHER one of those! something neither kobe or lebron have and want more than any MVP award im sure.

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  9. ‘With Bynum returning, Kobe has just as many co-stars as Pierce’

    o wow what happen i thought bynum is nothing i guess we now know who is scared of bynum and that’s the Celtics mark my words come this Christmas Bynum will dominate KG and Perk. And this is Kobe year for another MVP

  10. and I forget to add lakers with a 65 win and 17 loss with a banner hanging at staples this 2008 – 2009 season

  11. Dr. Buss, what have you been snorting? The Lakers will run the table? Heck, they can’t even be sure about beating the Spurs or the Hornets out West this coming season, and they’ll run the table? And lest you forget (oh, it’s obvious you chose to ignore this), the Celtics bludgeoned your Lakers by a finals clinching game all-time record 39 points in the finale and almost ran the table if not for a couple of near-misses by the Celtics in LA, accounting for the “first six-game sweep” in the finals in the words of the venerable Bob Ryan. You can have all your Andrew Bynum who could have prevented Boston from shooting its wads, as you said, but I won’t buy your skewed theory that Bynum alone could have made up for that first six-game sweep in finals history. Even Kareem Abdul-Jabbar couldn’t have done it the way the real games were configured!

  12. New Orleans, Houston and even Portland will finish ahead of Lakersoft

  13. I will eat Kobe for breakfast. Yao will D-O-M-I-N-A-T-E whatever passes for an inside presence in Faker land, and T-Mac will kick the ever-lovin’ sh1t out of the rest of those pathetic euro-weenies. I love this town.

  14. 971 the ticket…

    971 the ticket…

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