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2016-17 Season Preview: NBA TV & NBA.com expert predictions

NBA.com 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 NBA.com reveal their predictions for the 2016-17 season.

Eastern Conference division winners

 

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

Western Conference division winners

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

NBA Finals picks & NBA champion

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

Award picks, Part I

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

ExpertMVPROYDPOY
David Aldridge (Turner Sports)LeBron JamesJoel EmbiidDeAndre Jordan
Greg Anthony (Turner Sports)Paul GeorgeJoel EmbiidKawhi Leonard
Steve Aschburner (NBA.com)Russell WestbrookJoel EmbiidRudy Gobert
Fran Blinebury (NBA.com)LeBron 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 (NBA.com)Russell WestbrookJoel EmbiidHassan Whiteside
John Schuhmann (NBA.com)James HardenJoel EmbiidRudy Gobert
Sekou Smith (NBA.com)Kevin DurantJaylen BrownKawhi Leonard
Steve Smith (Turner Sports)LeBron JamesKris DunnDraymond Green
Isiah Thomas (Turner Sports)LeBron JamesJaylen BrownKawhi Leonard
Ian Thomsen (NBA.com)James HardenJoel EmbiidDeAndre Jordan
Lang Whitaker (NBA.com)LeBron 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 (NBA.com)D'Angelo RussellStanley JohnsonTom Thibodeau
Fran Blinebury (NBA.com)Myles 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 (NBA.com)Bismack BiyomboAndre IguodalaTerry Stotts
John Schuhmann (NBA.com)JaMychal GreenCory JosephBrad Stevens
Sekou Smith (NBA.com)Victor OladipoJamal CrawfordTyronn Lue
Steve Smith (Turner Sports)Jabari ParkerZach RandolphTyronn Lue
Isiah Thomas (Turner Sports)Zach LaVineJamal CrawfordTom Thibodeau
Ian Thomsen (NBA.com)Myles TurnerJamal CrawfordTom Thibodeau
Lang Whitaker (NBA.com)Karl-Anthony TownsJamal CrawfordBrad Stevens

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