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2012-13 expert picks: Heat remain favorites to win it again

From NBA.com's staff
Posted Oct 30, 2012 12:11 PM

From division winners to the MVP to surprise teams, NBA.com's team of experts has submitted its predictions for the 2012-13 season. Here are our picks for the division winners:

NBA.com Expert
Atlantic
Central
SE
NW
Pacific
SW
East Champ
West Champ
Finals Champ
Steve Aschburner
NBA.com

Celtics

Pacers

Heat

Thunder

Lakers

Grizzlies

Heat

Thunder

Heat
Fran Blinebury
NBA.com

Celtics

Bulls

Heat

Thunder

Lakers

Spurs

Heat

Lakers

Lakerst
Jeff Caplan
NBA.com

Nets

Pacers

Heat

Thunder

Lakers

Spurs

Heat

Lakers

Heat
Scott Howard- Cooper
NBA.com

Nets

Pacers

Heat

Thunder

Lakers

Spurs

Heat

Lakers

Heat
Jared Greenberg
NBA TV

Celtics

Pacers

Heat

Thunder

Lakers

Grizzlies

Heat

Thunder

Thunder
Rick Kamla
NBA TV

Celtics

Pacers

Heat

Thunder

Lakers

Spurs

Heat

Lakers

Heat
Steve Kerr
TNT analyst

Celtics

Pacers

Heat

Thunder

Lakers

Spurs

Heat

Lakers

Lakers
Reggie Miller
TNT analyst

Celtics

Pacers

Heat

Thunder

Lakers

Spurs

Heat

Spurs

Heat
John Schuhmann
NBA.com

Celtics

Pacers

Heat

Thunder

Lakers

Spurs

Heat

Lakers

Heat
Sekou Smith
NBA.com

Celtics

Pacers

Heat

Thunder

Lakers

Spurs

Heat

Thunder

Heat


And here are our choices for MVP, Most Improved Player and more:

NBA.com Expert
Most Improved
Sixth Man
DPOY
ROY
Coach of Year
MVP
Most Improved team
Scoring champ
Rebounding champ
Assists champ
Steve Aschburner
NBA.com

Paul George, Pacers

Taj Gibson, Bulls

Dwight Howard, Lakers

Anthony Davis, Hornets

George Karl, Nuggets

LeBron James, Heat

Celtics

Kevin Durant, Thunder

Kevin Love, Wolves

Rajon Rondo, Celtics
Fran Blinebury
NBA.com

Kawhi Leonard, Spurs

Jason Terry, Celtics

Dwight Howard, Lakers

Anthony Davis, Hornets

Tom Thibodeau, Bulls

LeBron James, Heat

Nets

Kevin Durant, Thunder

Dwight Howard, Lakers

Steve Nash, Lakers
Jeff Caplan
NBA.com

Klay Thompson, Warriors

Thaddeus Young, 76ers

Dwight Howard, Lakers

Anthony Davis, Hornets

George Karl, Nuggets

LeBron James, Heat

Nets

Kevin Durant, Thunder

Dwight Howard, Lakers

Steve Nash, Lakers
Scott Howard-Cooper
NBA.com

Gordon Hayward, Jazz

Taj Gibson, Bulls

Dwight Howard, Lakers

Anthony Davis, Hornets

George Karl, Nuggets

LeBron James, Heat

Nets

Kevin Durant, Thunder

DeMarcus Cousins, Kings

Chris Paul, Clippers
Jared Greenberg
NBA TV

Josh Smith, Hawks

Jamal Crawford, Clippers

LeBron James, Heat

Damian Lillard, Blazers

Lionel Hollins, Grizzlies

Rajon Rondo, Celtics

Nets & Warriors

Carmelo Anthony, Knicks

David Lee, Warriors

Deron Williams, Nets
Rick Kamla
NBA TV

Klay Thompson, Warriors

Ray Allen, Heat

Dwight Howard, Lakers

Anthony Davis, Hornets

George Karl, Nuggets

Kevin Durant, Thunder

Knicks

Kevin Durant, Thunder

Dwight Howard, Lakers

Rajon Rondo, Celtics
Steve Kerr
TNT analyst

Klay Thompson, Warriors

Manu Ginobili, Spurs

Dwight Howard, Lakers

Anthony Davis, Hornets

George Karl, Nuggets

LeBron James, Heat

Nets

Kevin Durant, Thunder

Kevin Love, Wolves

Rajon Rondo, Celtics
Reggie Miller
TNT analyst

Klay Thompson, Warriors

Jamal Crawford, Clips

Dwight Howard, Lakers

Anthony Davis, Hornets & Damian Lillard, Blazers

Doc Rivers, Celtics

LeBron James, Heat

Wolves

Kevin Durant, Thunder

Dwight Howard, Lakers

Rajon Rondo, Celtics
Dennis Scott
NBA TV

Nicolas Batum, Blazers

Jeff Green, Celtics

Serge Ibaka, Thunder

Damian Lillard, Blazers

Lionel Hollins, Grizzlies

Kevin Durant, Thunder

Bucks

Kevin Durant, Thunder

Kevin Love, Wolves

Rajon Rondo, Celtics
John Schuhmann
NBA.com

Gordon Hayward, Jazz

Manu Ginobili, Spurs

Andre Iguodala, Nuggets

Anthony Davis, Hornets

Erik Spoelstra, Heat

LeBron James, Heat

Nets

Kevin Durant, Thunder

Dwight Howard, Lakers

Steve Nash, Lakers
Sekou Smith
NBA.com

Derrick Favors, Jazz

Lou Williams, Hawks

Dwight Howard, Lakers

Anthony Davis, Hornets

Doc Rivers, Celtics

LeBron James, Heat

Hornets

Kevin Durant, Thunder

Kevin Love, Wolves

Rajon Rondo, Celtics

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