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2016-17 Season Preview: NBA TV & expert predictions Staff

Oct 21, 2016 9:15 AM ET

All of our experts think we'll see Stephen Curry and LeBron James square off in The 2017 Finals.

From division winners to the MVP to who hoists the Larry O'Brien trophy next June, our panel of experts from NBA TV and reveal their predictions for the 2016-17 season.

Eastern Conference division winners


David Aldridge (Turner Sports)CelticsCavsHornets
Greg Anthony (Turner Sports)CelticsCavsHornets
Steve Aschburner (
Fran Blinebury (
Rick Fox (Turner Sports)RaptorsCavsHornets
Scott Howard-Cooper (
Stu Jackson (Turner Sports)RaptorsCavsHornets
Reggie Miller (Turner Sports)CelticsCavsHawks
Shaun Powell (
John Schuhmann (
Sekou Smith (
Steve Smith (Turner Sports)RaptorsCavsHawks
Isiah Thomas (Turner Sports)RaptorsCavsHawks
Ian Thomsen (
Lang Whitaker (

Western Conference division winners

David Aldridge (Turner Sports)BlazersSpursWarriors
Greg Anthony (Turner Sports)ThunderSpursWarriors
Steve Aschburner (
Fran Blinebury (
Rick Fox (Turner Sports)ThunderSpursWarriors
Scott Howard-CooperBlazersSpursWarriors
Stu Jackson (Turner Sports)BlazersSpursWarriors
Reggie Miller (Turner Sports)ThunderSpursWarriors
Shaun Powell (
John Schuhmann (
Sekou Smith (
Steve Smith (Turner Sports)BlazersSpursWarriors
Isiah Thomas (Turner Sports)TimberwolvesSpursWarriors
Ian Thomsen (
Lang Whitaker (

NBA Finals picks & NBA champion

ExpertEastern Conf. championWestern Conf. championFinals winner
David Aldridge (Turner Sports)CavsWarriorsWarriors
Greg Anthony (Turner Sports)CavsWarriorsCavs
Steve Aschburner (
Fran Blinebury (
Rick Fox (Turner Sports)CavsWarriorsWarriors
Scott Howard-Cooper (
Stu Jackson (Turner Sports)CavsWarriorsWarriors
Reggie Miller (Turner Sports)CavsWarriorsWarriors
Shaun Powell (
John Schuhmann (
Sekou Smith (
Steve Smith (Turner Sports)CavsWarriorsWarriors
Isiah Thomas (Turner Sports)CavsSpursCavs
Ian Thomsen (
Lang Whitaker (

Award picks, Part I

(MVP, Rookie of Year & Defensive Player of Year)

David Aldridge (Turner Sports)LeBron JamesJoel EmbiidDeAndre Jordan
Greg Anthony (Turner Sports)Paul GeorgeJoel EmbiidKawhi Leonard
Steve Aschburner ( WestbrookJoel EmbiidRudy Gobert
Fran Blinebury ( JamesJoel EmbiidKawhi Leonard
Rick Fox (Turner Sports)Russell WestbrookBuddy HieldDeAndre Jordan
Scott Howard-CooperKevin DurantBuddy HieldKawhi Leonard
Stu Jackson (Turner Sports)Russell WestbrookKris DunnDeAndre Jordan
Reggie Miller (Turner Sports)Russell WestbrookKris DunnPaul George
Shaun Powell ( WestbrookJoel EmbiidHassan Whiteside
John Schuhmann ( HardenJoel EmbiidRudy Gobert
Sekou Smith ( DurantJaylen BrownKawhi Leonard
Steve Smith (Turner Sports)LeBron JamesKris DunnDraymond Green
Isiah Thomas (Turner Sports)LeBron JamesJaylen BrownKawhi Leonard
Ian Thomsen ( HardenJoel EmbiidDeAndre Jordan
Lang Whitaker ( JamesJamal MurrayAnthony Davis

Award picks, Part II

(Most Improved Player, Sixth Man & Coach of Year)

ExpertMost ImprovedSixth ManCoach of Year
David Aldridge (Turner Sports)D'Angelo RussellZach RandolphTom Thibodeau
Greg Anthony (Turner Sports)Victor OladipoBrandon JenningsNate McMillan
Steve Aschburner ('Angelo RussellStanley JohnsonTom Thibodeau
Fran Blinebury ( TurnerAndre IguodalaSteve Kerr
Rick Fox (Turner Sports)Devin BookerMarcus SmartTom Thibodeau
Scott Howard-CooperRodney HoodAndre IguodalaBrad Stevens
Stu Jackson (Turner Sports)Devin BookerBrandon KnightGregg Popovich
Reggie Miller (Turner Sports)Victor OladipoAndre IguodalaBilly Donovan
Shaun Powell ( BiyomboAndre IguodalaTerry Stotts
John Schuhmann ( GreenCory JosephBrad Stevens
Sekou Smith ( OladipoJamal CrawfordTyronn Lue
Steve Smith (Turner Sports)Jabari ParkerZach RandolphTyronn Lue
Isiah Thomas (Turner Sports)Zach LaVineJamal CrawfordTom Thibodeau
Ian Thomsen ( TurnerJamal CrawfordTom Thibodeau
Lang Whitaker ( TownsJamal CrawfordBrad Stevens

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