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2009-10 Expert Picks: Lakers, LeBron picked to keep crowns


Posted Oct 14 2009 9:17AM

Preseason is the time for predictions, to prove one's basketball knowledge. With the 2009-10 NBA season on the horizon, a distinguished panel of NBA analysts get in on the fun and publicly proclaim who they think will win it all this season.

The Lakers are the favorite to repeat as champion, LeBron James is the overwhelming choice to repeat as Most Valuable Players and the Rookie of the Year race should be interesting, with Tyreke Evans close behind Blake Griffin in the voting.

Below is a look at who this crew believes will come out on top next spring:

NBA Expert
Atlantic
Central
SE
NW
Pacific
SW
East Champ
West Champ
Finals Champ
David Aldridge
TNT

Celtics

Cavaliers

Magic

Nuggets

Lakers

Spurs

Cavaliers

Lakers

Lakers
Kenny Smith
TNT

Celtics

Cavaliers

Magic

Trail Blazers

Lakers

Spurs

Celtics

Lakers

Lakers
Steve Smith
NBA TV

Celtics

Cavaliers

Magic

Nuggets

Lakers

Spurs

Celtics

Lakers

Celtics
Eric Snow
NBA TV

Celtics

Cavaliers

Magic

Nuggets

Lakers

Spurs

Celtics

Lakers

Celtics
Chris Webber
NBA TV

Celtics

Cavaliers

Magic

Trail Blazers

Lakers

Spurs

Celtics

Lakers

Lakers
Steve Aschburner
NBA.com

Celtics

Cavaliers

Magic

Trail Blazers

Lakers

Spurs

Cavaliers

Lakers

Cavaliers
Fran Blinebury
NBA.com

Celtics

Cavaliers

Magic

Trail Blazers

Lakers

Spurs

Celtics

Lakers

Celtics
Art Garcia
NBA.com

Celtics

Cavaliers

Magic

Trail Blazers

Lakers

Spurs

Cavaliers

Spurs

Spurs
Scott Howard-Cooper
NBA.com

Celtics

Cavaliers

Magic

Trail Blazers

Lakers

Spurs

Celtics

Lakers

Lakers
Shaun Powell
NBA.com

Celtics

Cavaliers

Magic

Trail Blazers

Lakers

Spurs

Cavaliers

Lakers

Cavaliers
John Schuhmann
NBA.com

Celtics

Cavaliers

Magic

Trail Blazers

Lakers

Spurs

Cavaliers

Spurs

Cavaliers
Vince Thomas
NBA.com

Celtics

Cavaliers

Hawks

Trail Blazers

Lakers

Mavericks

Cavaliers

Lakers

Lakers


NBA Expert
Coach
Improved
Sixth man
Defensive
Rookie
MVP
David Aldridge
TNT

Gregg Popovich

Gilbert Arenas

Ben Gordon

Anderson Varejao

Tyreke Evans

Kobe Bryant
Kenny Smith
TNT

Gregg Popovich

Michael Beasley

Manu Ginobili

Ron Artest

Stephen Curry

Kobe Bryant
Steve Smith
NBA TV

Flip Saunders

Jeff Green

Lamar Odom

Dwight Howard

Blake Griffin

LeBron James
Eric Snow
NBA TV

Flip Saunders

Louis Williams

Jamal Crawford

Dwight Howard

Blake Griffin

LeBron James
Chris Webber
NBA TV

Gregg Popovich

Gilbert Arenas

Ben Gordon

Anderson Varejao

Tyreke Evans

Kobe Bryant
Steve Aschburner
NBA.com

Nate McMillan

Anthony Randolph

Ben Gordon

Dwight Howard

Tyreke Evans

LeBron James
Fran Blinebury
NBA.com

Nate McMillan

Trevor Ariza

Rasheed Wallace

Ron Artest

Blake Griffin

LeBron James
Art Garcia
NBA.com

Gregg Popovich

Anthony Randolph

Manu Ginobili

Dwight Howard

Blake Griffin

LeBron James
Scott Howard-Cooper
NBA.com

Nate McMillan

Anthony Randolph

Chris Andersen

LeBron James

Blake Griffin

Dwight Howard
Shaun Powell
NBA.com

Mike D'Antoni

Aaron Brooks

Marcin Gortat

Josh Smith

Tyreke Evans

LeBron James
John Schuhmann
NBA.com

Rick Carlisle

Julian Wright

Rasheed Wallace

Andre Iguodala

Blake Griffin

LeBron James
Vince Thomas
NBA.com

Flip Saunders

Gilbert Arenas

Lamar Odom

Chris Paul

Jonny Flynn

Chris Paul
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