2012-13 NBA SEASON PREVIEW | CLIPPERS MEDIA POLL

During the preseason Clippers.com conducted a poll of several media members who regularly cover the Clippers. A portion of the questions applied to the NBA at large, while another segment of the questions were about the 2012-13 Clippers specifically. Here are the results.

Contributing media: Rodrigo Azurmendi, ESPN Deportes L.A.; Madelyn Burke, LACTV; Arash Markazi, ESPN L.A.; Eric Patten, Clippers.com; Eric Pincus, Hoopsworld; Brian Sieman, Clippers Radio; ;  Elliott Teaford, L.A. Daily News; Billy Witz, FoxSports.com; Dan Woike, Orange County Register.

Note: Total votes are in parenthesis. 

CLIPPERS PREDICTIONS

CLIPPERS OVERALL RECORD
55-27 (3)
57-25
54-28
53-29
52-30
50-32
48-34

CLIPPERS FINISH IN WESTERN CONFERENCE
Second (3)
Third (3)
Fourth (3)

MOST IMPORTANT BENCH PLAYER
Lamar Odom (6)
Jamal Crawford (3)

BREAKTHROUGH PLAYER
Eric Bledsoe (5)
DeAndre Jordan (4)

MOST LIKELY TO SURPRISE
Eric Bledsoe (3)
Matt Barnes (3)
Ryan Hollins (2)
Lamar Odom
Vinny Del Negro

TEAM STRENGTHS
Note: Voters were asked to write in two selections
Depth/versatility (7)
Chris Paul (3)
Athleticism (2)
Mix of young guys and veterans (2)
Backcourt
Veteran leadership
Blake Griffin
Interior defense

TEAM WEAKNESSES
Note: Voters were asked to write in two selections
Free-throw shooting (5)
Perimeter shooting (4)
Perimeter defense (3)
Defensive consistency (2)
Lack of front-court depth
Age
Counting on Odom too much
Chemistry

NBA PREDICTIONS

NBA CHAMPION
Lakers (3)
Heat (3)
Clippers (2)
Thunder

EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPION
Heat (8)
Celtics

WESTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPION
Lakers (4)
Thunder (3)
Clippers (2)

NBA MVP
LeBron James (7)
Kevin Durant (2)

SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR
Jamal Crawford (4)
Kevin Martin
Manu Ginobili
Brandon Roy
Ray Allen

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Dwight Howard (7)
LeBron James
Serge Ibaka

COACH OF THE YEAR
Gregg Popovich (2)
George Karl (2)
Scott Brooks
Rick Adelman
Tom Thibodeau
Monty Williams
Frank Vogel

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Anthony Davis (6)
Damian Lillard (3)

ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM
Chris Paul (8)
Kobe Bryant (7)
Kevin Durant (9)
LeBron James (9)
Dwight Howard (9)

Others receiving votes:
Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Pau Gasol

ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM
Rajon Rondo (4)
Russell Westbrook (6)
Blake Griffin (9)
Kevin Love (7)
Andrew Bynum (6)

Others receiving votes:
Deron Williams (3), Carmelo Anthony (3), Kobe Bryant (2), Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, DeMarcus Cousins, Tony Parker, Marc Gasol