Monday, October 24, 2016

2016-2017 NBA Preview: Eastern Conference Western Conference Predictions

Will King James and the Cavs Be Able to Pull Out Back-To-Back Championships?

So next week begins a brand new NBA season! The defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers begin their championship defense by taking on MY beloved New York Knickerbockers on Tuesday night live from The Q Arena. They definitely would like nothing more but to win the title again. However, their opponent from last year, the Golden State Warriors have reloaded like nobody's business adding the mighty Kevin Durant to an already stacked roster. Who will win the championship this year? Here is my breakdown.

Eastern Conference Lottery Teams

1. Brooklyn Nets - Where Brooklyn at? The bottom of the standings. And what makes it even WORST is they traded away all their first round picks so they aren't even going to be able to benefit from the ineptitude that they will demonstrate this season. Poor Nets fans. All 6 of you.

2. Philadelphia 76ers - Well at least Joel Embiid will actually be able to do more than post on Twitter this year. The problem is their other rookie star Ben Simmons broke his foot. Maybe one year the 76ers will be able to put it together. This year is not it.

3. Miami Heat - The Heat are going to be AWFUL this year. They were able to resign Hassan Whiteside, but they lost their franchise player Dwayne Wade to free agency AND they lost their franchise power forward Chris Bosh to blood clots in what may very well be a career ending situation. This year definitely looks bleak for "The Magic City."

4. Orlando Magic - They have a nice young team, but nice young teams usually lose and the Magic will be no exception. Serge Ibaka will be a nice addition to add some veteran leadership but I don't expect this team to win more than 35 games this year.

5. Milwaukee Bucks - I think they could have been a playoff team this year. However, Khris Middleton being out 7 months is going to hurt them bad. Plus they can't shoot. That's a recipe for the lottery in a league where shooting has become more and more important.

6. Chicago Bulls - They lost Pau Gasol to free agency They have three ball dominate guys in Rondo, Wade and Butler and they are weaker defensively. Their bench is weaker. This is not going to go well for Chicago at all.

7. Washington Wizards - I thought the Wizards were going to make the next leap last year, but they disappointed and didn't make the playoffs. Plus you know that Wall or Beal are almost guaranteed to miss some time to injury. I think they will be close but they will just miss out on the playoffs once again.

Eastern Conference Playoff Teams

8. Charlotte Hornets - Kemba Walker is one of the top point guards in the Eastern Conference and he can flat out BALL! The problem with the Hornets is they are just short on the talent department. A lot of the other teams in the Eastern Conference just have more talent than they do. Somehow, someway, they always seem to make it to the playoffs so until they don't, I'm not going to predict otherwise.

7. Atlanta Hawks - Dwight Howard is overrated in my opinion and quite frankly is a downgrade to me to Al Horford. And the problem is this team still doesn't have a go to scorer. This team will be good enough to make the playoffs mainly because Mike Budenholzer can coach. However, I don't expect much beyond that.

6. Detroit Pistons - I think the Pistons have a good future. Stan Van Gundy knows what he is doing and they have a decent squad with Andre Drummond being the centerpoint. Ish Smith is a good pickup, however the jury is still out on whether he is what this team needs.

5. Indiana Pacers - Paul George is one of the best two way players in the NBA and one season under his belt after that horrific injury, I am expecting him to go bonkers. I love pickups of Jeff Teague, Al Jefferson and Thaddus Young. This team is good enough to make the playoffs and is probably the team nobody is going to want to face in the first round.

4. New York Knicks - Yup, I am biased but so what! Jeff Hornacek is arguably the best head coach talent-wise we've had since Lenny Wilkins. Melo is still a superstar. Porzingis has Superstar written all over him. He is just such a fundamentally sound player. The big questions are Rose and Noah. If they can get just CLOSE to old form, the Knicks can be one of the top teams in the East.

3. Boston Celtics - This team has a lot of young depth and talent and is going to be a force to reckon with. Isaiah Thomas is a fantastic player and the addition of Al Horford to an already talented team is HUGE! Plus what's even more scary is this team has so much talent and draft picks that they can easily trade for a superstar around the trade deadline. As is, I put them at #3, but there's nothing stopping them from making a trade that can put them at #2.

2. Toronto Raptors - The Raptors were pretty good last year and it all starts with the 1-2 punch of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. If DeMarre Carroll can remain healthy and with the addition of Jared Sullinger, I see no reason why they can't take the 2nd seed and make a bunch of noise in the playoffs once again.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers - The Cavs are the defending champions and they have the best player in the World in LeBron James (sorry Steph fans). They are bringing back almost their entire squad from last year, except for Dellavedova, PLUS they added Mike Dunleavy and Chris Andersen. They are still significantly better than everyone else in the East and I see no reason why they will not get the #1 seed once again.

Western Conference Lottery Teams

1. Los Angeles Lakers - This team is horrible! Timofey Mozgov who couldn't get off the bench in Cleveland is their starting center. And we still don't know if Luke Walton can actually coach or if he was just a beneficiary of Steve Kerr's system. I suspect the latter and I suspect the Lakers to battle the Nets for worse team in the league.

2. Phoenix Suns - They are going to stink. However, at least they are going to stink with a lot of young talent. I actually like a lot of their young guys that they have on the bench along with Devin Booker who is going to be VERY good if last year was any indication.

3. Denver Nuggets - They are probably better than this, but I don't think they are going to be good enough to compete for a playoff spot and when they realize that, if they are smart they are going to trade their veteran talent and let the kids play. They will lose as a result of it. However, that will help them get a better draft pick and let the kids get an opportunity to develop.

4. New Orleans Pelicans - It's a shame that this team has arguably the future of the NBA but they can't seem to do anything with him. Part of the problem of course is that he keeps getting injured. If Davis can stay healthy (BIG IF) and if Solomon Hill can really assert himself as a scoring threat, this team can be a lot better than where I have them. I'm not banking on that though.

5. Sacramento Kings - The Kings are still going to be a losing team but I believe they will do less losing than they did last year. I believe the Olympics will help Demarcus Cousins mature as a basketball player. I like the Affalo pickup and I like another year for Willie Cauley-Stein to develop. Still not enough to compete in the ultra stacked Western Conference, but it's a start.

6. Dallas Mavericks - They gave Harrison Barnes a max deal!!! So dumb! They mind as well given that money to Chandler Parsons instead! Stupidity won't send them to the bottom of the Western Conference. However, it will most certainly keep them from making the playoffs.

7. Minnesota Timberwolves - I really like this team! There is only ONE player right now that I am more excited about than Porzingis and that is Karl-Anthony Towns. My GOODNESS this kid can play BALL! The scary thing is he is only going to get BETTER! Andrew Wiggins should take the next step up and I like their backcourt of Rubio and LaVine. I think they barely miss the playoffs but I would not be surprised to be wrong here and have them make it.

Western Conference Playoff Teams

8. Houston Rockets - The good news is they got rid of Dwight Howard. The bad news is they got Mike Antoni instead. I don't put the D in front of his name because his teams NEVER play ANY defense! Getting Anderson and Gordon is good for this team and they will be great fits for the run and gun system they are sure to implement.

7. Memphis Grizzlies - This team is getting older and older and they had to pay Mike Conley a LOT of money. They are not moving in the right direction. However, they still have enough talent with Conley, Parsons and Gasol to make the playoffs.

6. Utah Jazz - This team is going to be one of the best defensive teams in the NBA. Rudy Gobert is a monster in the paint. They also aren't bad offensively as well even though they play at one of the slowest paces in the NBA. The big question with this team of course is injuries.

5. Portland Trailblazers - Damian Lillard is a superstar! It's a shame he can't make the All Star team in the ultra stacked western conference when you have Curry, Westbrook and Paul. They spent a LOT of money this offseason. However, I don't know if it's going to be enough to help them take the next step.

4. Oklahoma City Thunder - With Kevin Durant gone, now we get to see the Russell Westbrook show! As a daily fantasy basketball player you better believe I'm going to be having a LOT of Westbrook in my lineups! He is a triple double machine! They are going to miss Durant, but at least Oladipo gives Westbrook another player who can create his own shot.

3. Los Angeles Clippers - You can make a legitimate argument that the Clippers are the 2nd best team in the Western Conference. At least talent-wise they are. With Chris Paul, a healthy Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, they should be the team to challenge the Warriors. The problem is Doc Rivers isn't as good of a coach as Pop and that's why I can't see them finishing any higher than 3.

2. San Antonio Spurs - No more Tim Duncan, but they signed Pau Gasol, so I really don't see this team missing a beat. My only concern with this team is Aldridge. There have been rumors that he hasn't been happy and they are really going to need the Portland Aldridge in order to challenge in the west.

1. Golden State Warriors - Talk about the rich getting richer! Sheesh! This team goes out and wins 73 games last year. They almost win the championship. Then they go out and get easily at LEAST the #3 player in the NBA to go with arguably the #2 player in the NBA. They won't win 73 wins again. However, they will win a LOT of games and should have no problems locking up the #1 seed again.

NBA Playoff Predictions

1. Cleveland Cavaliers over 8. Charlotte Hornets
2. Toronto Raptors over 7. Atlanta Hawks
3. Boston Celtics over 6. Detroit Pistons
4. New York Knicks over 5. Indiana Pacers

1. Cleveland Cavaliers over 4. New York Knicks
2. Toronto Raptors over 3. Boston Celtics

1. Cleveland Cavaliers over 2. Toronto Raptors

Note - If Boston trades for a big superstar, they could beat the Raptors and then lose to the Cavaliers instead.

1. Golden State Warriors over 8. Houston Rockets
2. San Antonio Spurs over 7. Memphis Grizzlies
3. Los Angeles Clippers over 6. Utah Jazz
4. Oklahoma City Thunder over 5. Portland Trailblazers

1. Golden State Warriors over 4. Oklahoma City Thunder (Please Lord Jesus give us this series!!!)
3. Los Angeles Clippers over 2. San Antonio Spurs

1. Golden State Warriors over 3. Los Angeles Clippers

NBA Finals Predictions

1. Golden State Warriors over 1. Cleveland Cavaliers 4 games to 2.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

2016-2017 NFL Divisional Picks And Wildcard Qualifiers

Here are my NFL divisional picks and wildcard qualifiers...

AFC East = New England Patriots
AFC West = Kansas City Chiefs
AFC North = Pittsburgh Steelers
AFC South = Houston Texans

AFC Wildcard Teams = Oakland Raiders & Buffalo Bills

NFC East = Washington Redskins
NFC West = Arizona Cardinals
NFC North = Green Bay Packers
NFC South = Carolina Panthers

NFC Wildcard Teams = Seattle Seahawks & Minnesota Vikings

AFC Champions = Pittsburgh Steelers
NFC Champions = Green Bay Packers

Super Bowl Champions = Green Bay Packers

Monday, June 20, 2016

June 2016 Update

It's June 20th, 2016. Almost half the year has gone passed. I just wanted to draft this update just to give you an idea of what is going on in my life, things I am thinking about and things I am working on.

When I was 17 years old I had applied to college and I had gotten accepted to Pace University in New York City. At the time there were two things that I was very interested in. They were computers and sports.

I had two choices for me. I could opt for a career in computers or I could opt for a career in sports. I really enjoyed sports. I even had a mentor already in the industry if I would have opted to go the sports route. However, I would have had to transfer or at the very least take my major classes at my school's upstate New York campus. Plus the pay for computer jobs fresh out of college was a lot higher than the pay for sports jobs.

So I opted for computers.

I regret that choice. I'm no longer in computers today and I'm not necessarily anywhere better off because of it. Plus I missed the huge explosion of sports journalism, reporting, etc with the proliferation of the internet. Who knows I could have been one of the talking heads on ESPN today either on television or at the very least the radio.

However, I am not because I opted for the easier choice. The career that would take less work and paid more money as oppose to the career around something I have been passionate about since I was a child.

Which brings me to this month.

It is June 2016 and I find myself with a similar choice. The New York Legislature has passed a bill regulating the fantasy sports industry and making it legal in this state. If the bill is signed by the Governor as expected, fantasy sports sites could be back up as early as July.
Once again I am faced with a choice. Do I go all in into fantasy sports? A relatively new industry. Or do I play it safe and focus on other business opportunities with more certainty?

I have been playing fantasy sports since I was 19 years old. I enjoy it. It is a huge passion of mine. However, there is absolutely some uncertainty. What if the bill is reversed at some point in the future? What if the federal government passes a law? What if an overzealous attorney general finds another way to shut it down? What if I'm just not good enough on the playing side or the business side.

All legitimate concerns.

However, I feel like I'm 19 years old again and I'm facing a similar choice.

This time though I am going to follow my passion and go the more difficult route that matches my heart.
If I fail? It won't be the first time that's for sure. However at least I would fail at doing something that I am passionate about and something that I would do for free.

However, what if I succeed?

I would achieve the freedom that I have been seeking since 2005 when I left computers to seek out an opportunity to build a business and work from home.
Earning a living playing fantasy sports, teaching others how to play fantasy sports and teaching others how to build businesses serving fantasy sports players.

Having the freedom to pursue ministry opportunities and opportunities to help others in need.

That is too much of a dream to pass up on.

So if the Governor signs this bill into law, you know what I will be doing for the second half of this year.
Fantasy sports...

All out massive blitz for you football fans!

Some other things I am working on that I am really excited about...

I'm writing a book! It's going to be about struggles in life and how you can turn them into victories in life. My initial goal was to have it done by October, but with fantasy sports back plus what I am announcing at the end that is probably not going to happen now. It will get done though!

In the meantime because the book will likely not be done in October, I do want to have something available to you by then. So I am working on a Tele-Seminar that is going to be about the same topic. The Tele-Seminar will be available to you by October so keep an eye out for that! You can turn your struggles into triumphs and I want to help you in any way I can to do just that.

Finally, I currently work with a team that produces content to help Christians in the area of relationships. This year, we started a show called The Royal Court. I am happy to announce that every Wednesday night I will be hosting a one hour episode of this show! My first episode was last week Wednesday. I will be posting the episodes here on my website so you can all check them out.

So that's where I find myself right now. I look forward to continuing to add value to your lives in anyway that I can. If I can help in anyway feel free to reach out!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Why is Love So Hard When Lust Is So Easy?

In the second part of this mini-series, we discuss why loving can be difficult when lust is very easy to engage in. Hosted by Roosevelt Cooper, our panel consists of Kea Askew, Deborah Shy, Demetrius Aldridge, James Thomas and Andre Howard!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Why Do I Want To Get Married? The Real Purpose Of Marriage

The Royal Court Show is a blog talk radio show that discusses Loving God first, becoming whole and healed so you can enter into a healthy, loving Godly relationship.

On this episode we talk about the real purpose of marriage and why the panel members want to get married. Hosted by Roosevelt Cooper, our panel today consists of Demetrius Aldridge, Terry Gilmore, Christina Clemonts and Kea Askew

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

2015-2016 NBA Preview: Eastern Conference Western Conference Predictions

Will Chef Curry and the Warriors Have What It Takes To Repeat As Champions?

So tonight a brand new NBA season begins! The defending champions, the Golden State Warriors kick off their title defense tonight taking on the New Orleans Pelicans lead by Anthony Davis, a man who could actually be the MVP this year if the Pelicans play good enough. Will the Warriors have what it takes to win it all again? There are a lot of other teams that want to make sure the answer to that is no! So with that said, here are the breakdowns of how I believe the season will play out.

Eastern Conference Lottery Teams

The following teams in the Eastern Conference are the teams that I believe will fail to make the playoffs this year...

1. Philadelphia 76ers - They won a lottery pick and took Jahil Okafor but that's about all they will be winning. At least Joel Embiid will have plenty of time to write tweets on Twitter since he won't be playing basketball once again this year!

2. Brooklyn Nets - Where Brooklyn at? The bottom of the Eastern Conference standings that's where they are at. The Russian Billionaire tried to buy a title when he brought the team but instead he got strapped with an over the cap team of aging veterans good enough just to make the playoffs. This year they won't even be good enough to do that. There will truly be No Sleep Till Brooklyn this year because they aren't going ANYWHERE!

3. Orlando Magic - They have a nice young core and several players who will be a part of my fantasy basketball lineups. However, I still think they are a year away from putting it all together. I think they will be better defensively under Scott Skiles. However, they aren't going to the playoffs. Maybe next year.

4. Charlotte Hornets - They had a great preseason but the injury bug has bit already taking out Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for probably the entire season. On a team that needed all hands on deck just to make the playoffs, this pretty much puts them in the lottery this year.

5. Indiana Pacers - The Pacers are a run and gun team now??? This should be interesting.

6. Boston Celtics - I like the additions of David Lee and Amir Johnson to bolster up the front court. Isaiah Thomas could definitely be in contention for 6th man of the year. I think they will be in it until the very end, however, I believe they are going to fall just short of making the playoffs.

7. Detroit Pistons - This team has a great foundation and I like the Marcus Morris signing. However, like the Celtics I think they are just a little bit short of making the playoffs.

Western Conference Lottery Teams

1. Portland Trailblazers - The loss of Lamarcus Aldridge is simply devastating. They just have to tank and hope they can get a good draft pick to rebuild all over again. They stand a snowballs chance in Hell at doing anything in a very stacked Western Conference.

2. Denver Nuggets - Emmanuel Mudiay could be the Rookie of the year, but there's really not much to like about the Mile High's chances at competing this year.

3. Minnesota Timberwolves - Rest In Peace to Flip Saunders. That's really sad. The Wolves are a very young team with a lot of young talent but Rome wasn't built in a day and neither will the Wolves be built into a playoff contender in a day especially competing in the stacked Western Conference

4. Los Angeles Lakers - If we can just see Kobe play a full season that would be enough for me. However even with Kobe there the full year, they simply don't have enough. It will be fun to see what the Russell/Randle combination can do.

5. Dallas Mavericks - It's been a long time since the Mavs have been a losing team. Well that time has come. They struck out big time in the DeAndre Jordan sweepstakes after signing him only to have the Clippers steal him back right underneath their nose. They will also strike out on making the playoffs this year.

6. Phoenix Suns - Tyson Chandler will help them get some leadership and shore up the defensive presence. However, Chandler alone isn't enough to get this team back into playoff contention.

7. Sacramento Kings - I like the Kings and I think they are going to be fun to watch this year. I just don't like their chances of making the playoffs although I think they will come close. They should definitely win over 30 games. However in the West, that's not going to get it done.

Eastern Conference Playoff Teams

8. New York Knicks - Yeah I know you are laughing at me, but so what, my Knicks will go to the playoffs this year! Carmelo Anthony is still one of the best players in the NBA and arguably after Kevin Durant the most dominate offensive player in the game. While the Knicks failed to acquire that second star to get them back into title contention, I like the veteran core that they picked up. Lopez makes them much better defensively in the middle. I like the young Grant/Galloway back court coming off the bench. And Porzingis looks like he can play ball. I'm not naive enough to believe we have ANY chance at doing anything in the playoffs. However, I believe we can at least sneak by with an 8th seed.

7. Washington Wizards - Last year I predicted that they would take that next step up and be a legitimate force in the Eastern Conference. Instead that was Atlanta and while they put up a valiant performance in the playoffs they just couldn't get it done. Now with no Paul Pierce they will take a step back in my view. They will still be a playoff team because John Wall is REALLY good, but not much else.

6. Toronto Raptors - The Toronto Raptors look good to win the division once again as I don't think the Knicks, Celtics and Nets have enough to take it from them. The problem is, winning the division doesn't get you a guaranteed 4th seed anymore. It still comes down to your record and I think there are at least five other teams in the Eastern Conference that will have a better record than them.

5. Milwaukee Bucks - The Bucks have a pretty good team! Signing Greg Monroe was HUGE as it showed that a smaller market team can attract free agents and get them to sign for long term. Jabari Parker can absolutely ball. They also have Michael Carter-Williams and Giannis Anteokounmpo as well! I don't understand why people don't have this team ranked higher. I definitely see them at least a 5 seed and it honestly wouldn't surprise me to even see them crack the top 4.

4. Atlanta Hawks - This team absolutely shocked me last year. I got to shout out my boy Owen Graham. He told me at the beginning of the season the Hawks were going to be good and I laughed at him. I didn't even have them making the playoffs and they ended up with the #1 seed in the East. The Hawks are still going to be good again this year. However, I think there are three other teams in the East that are better than them this year.

3. Miami Heat - Until Chris Bosh went down for the year, Miami was looking pretty good. There's no way you can tell me with a straight face a team with a starting lineup of Goran Dragic, Dwayne Wade, Loul Deng, Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside isn't going to make some serious noise in the East if they all remain healthy. Their bench got better too, with Gerald Green, Amar'e Stoudemire and Justise Winslow. Miami is clearly a top 3 team in the East.

2. Chicago Bulls - Tom Thibodeau is a great coach. However, I personally don't see the Bulls failing without him and they might even be better. I definitely don't see them being better defensively. However, Tibs runs his teams hard and the Bulls had a lot of injuries last year, one of the primary reasons why I believe they didn't go further in the playoffs than they did. Hoiberg is going to have this team running a very aggressive fast pace offense and I believe they definitely have the talent to run it. Injuries are always a concern especially with Derrick Rose but if they can limit the injury bug you can't look at this team as anything less than a force to be reckoned with an a potential championship contender.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers - I told you all last year the Cavs will not finish in 1st place in the East and that there was going to be another team that would have a better record that the Cavs. My only mistake was I thought it was going to be the Wizards when in reality it was the Hawks. This year though? Cavs will be the best team in the East. The only question mark that I had about this team was Tristan Thompson holding out and that was addressed. Like him or not, LeBron James is the best player in the NBA BY FAR and he has a SERIOUS squad to work with. Cavs will EASILY win 60 games this year and quite frankly could even make a run at 70 because they are that good. 

Western Conference Playoff Teams

8. Utah Jazz - I like the Jazz to make the playoffs this year. They played some really good basketball the 2nd half of the season. Quite frankly they could even be one of the best defensive teams in the NBA. I certainly have Rudy Gobert as my pick for defensive player of the year. They have a ton of young talent that is only going to get better. A full year like the 2nd half of last year equals playoff appearance in my eyes.

7. New Orleans Pelicans - They have arguably the best player in the NBA not named LeBron James and he's only 22. I wasn't thrilled with their decision to fire Monty Williams who I felt did a good job, but I like that they hired Alvin Gentry and I think his fast pace offense will help them. I think they are still short of the talent that they need in the ultra competitive West but they will be good enough to get a 7th seed.

6. Memphis Grizzlies - They are the "old men" of the West but it's hard not to like a team anchored by Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. We know what we are going to get with them. I LOVE Mike Conley. This team could probably win the East. The problem though is that they aren't in the East they are in the West and for that reason, they will be what they always have been. A team no one wants to play that will make the playoffs but will take a first or second round exit.

5. Los Angeles Clippers - This pick is going to shock many of you as I know a lot of you are big Clipper fans and have them finishing much higher than 5th. Not me. I personally think the Clippers are a little overrated. They remind me of the Seattle Supersonics back in the day. That classic Western Conference team that would win a bunch of games in the regular season but just couldn't get it done in the playoffs. Only this year I don't even think they are going to win as many games as they did last year because the top 4 teams have gotten better. I'll still be watching though, I'm definitely a fan of watching me some Lob City Clips Lob Lob City Clips highlights on ESPN!

4. Oklahoma City Thunder - Oklahoma City has a lot riding on this season. Kevin Durant's contract expires at the end of the year and if this team can't put together a title run, I suspect that he is out (I'm hoping, praying and fasting that it is going to be to the Knicks lol). However, you absolutely cannot have a team with Kevin Durant and Russell WestBEAST on the same team and NOT have them as one of the top teams in the conference. The talent is just too good. Injuries are always a concern and I personally expect at least one of those guys to miss some time like they always do. However if they are healthy all year, you can make a serious argument that they can finish EVEN in the TOP 2! 

3. Houston Rockets - I think the Rockets could be better than many of us think. While I wouldn't go as far as saying he's the best in the NBA like HE believes, James Harden can BALL and pairing him up with Dwight Howard is a potent one-two punch. They also get a HUGE upgrade adding Ty Lawson in the backcourt. I think a lot of people are sleeping on the Rockets. I'm not though. I have them finishing in the top 3 of the West and would have them even higher if I didn't believe the two teams ahead of them were the best two teams in the NBA right now.

2. Golden State Warriors - The champs are here! The Warriors were clearly the best team in the NBA and they proved it, winning a bunch of games in the regular season, winning a bunch of games in the playoffs and dispatching of LeBron and company in the NBA finals. The main criticism of this team is they were a little lucky. You know what though, that's the nature of sports. Sometimes it just simply comes down to which team has the least amount of injuries or is healthy at the right time and that was the Warriors. 

1. San Antonio Spurs - Talk about the rich get richer! They already have the best coach in the NBA by FAR! They already have Big Fundamental who seems to age like wine. They already have Kawhi Leonard who you can make a legitimate argument that he could be the best two-way player in the NBA. Then they turn around and get LaMarcus Aldridge??? LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE??? ARE YOU KIDDING ME????? Not to mention they got David West too???? This team is just downright scary. Injuries are always an issue when you have a team this old. However, the way they look on paper??? This team could win 75 games!!!!

NBA Playoff Predictions

Eastern Conference Finals - Cleveland Cavaliers vs Chicago Bulls
Western Conference Finals - San Antonio Spurs vs Golden State Warriors
NBA Finals - Cleveland Cavaliers vs San Antonio Spurs

Roosevelt's Prediction For The 2015-2016 NBA Champion

The San Antonio Spurs - Plain and simple unless they suffer a serious injury they are winning. We mind as well just simulate the NBA season this year, I don't see ANYBODY beating them if they don't get hurt. With that said, injuries are a reality so that's why we get to play the games. Cavs would be my pick if something happens to the Spurs followed by the Golden State Warriors repeating.

So what do you think? Agree??? Disagree? Let me know!!!

Monday, September 7, 2015

2015-2016 NFL Preview - NFC Regular Season Standings and Playoff Predictions

After back to back Super Bowl appearances can the mighty Seahawks make it 3 in a row?

So yesterday I gave you my 2015-2016 NFL Preview - AFC Regular Season Standings and Playoff Predictions. Now it's time to tell you how I see the NFC playing out this year. The Seattle Seahawks have dominated the NFC over the last couple of years, winning one Super Bowl and one Conference Championship. There's a lot of other teams though that are looking to knock them out this year. Will they be able to do it?

Let's get things started by taking a look at the NFC East

NFC East Regular Season Predictions

1. Philadelphia Eagles - Chip Kelly went 10 and 6 with a bunch of players who did not necessarily fit his particular style or system. Now he gets a chance to prove what he can do with a team that is specifically designed with his system and style of play in mind. I think Sam Bradford can be REALLY REALLY good in Kelly's system, the question with him as always is can he stay healthy. You're not doing bad at all when you lose your star running back and upgrade him with an even bigger star running back. And for all the changes in offense, it could be the defense that steals the show for this team. They are my pick to win this division.

2. Dallas Cowboys - It's hard to count "the boys" out when they have arguably the best offensive line in the conference and one of the better quarterbacks in the league. I think the loss of Murray is going to hurt. I don't believe McFadden and Randal are the answer, although this offensive line will make them better than they actually are. I think they improve slightly on the pass rush, however, I still think they have some questions in the secondary and for those reasons, I don't see them repeating as division champions.

3. New York Giants - Sorry Giants fans there's not much to like about your team this year. Defense is weak already and thanks to the infamous fourth of July incident Jason Pierre Paul bare minimum won't be 100% and more likely is going to miss a couple of games. Your front 7 is suspect. Your secondary is suspect. At least there's Odell Beckham Jr. He'll be a ton of fun to watch. I don't expect much improvement on last year's 6 and 10 record.

4. Washington Redskins - This team is a mess! We don't even know if they are even going to be able to keep their team name, much less whether they are going to be able to play any football. Their star quarterback Robert Griffin III is now a backup. New GM, new head coach, completely new team. I expect completely similar results to last year. They just aren't that good. I would be impressed if they could win 6 games with the team they are going to put out on the field. Kirk Cousins is not the answer. Their offensive line is suspect. Their defense is suspect. They have a couple of pieces at running back and wide receiver and that's it. Another ugly year for the Redskins.

NFC North Regular Season Predictions

1. Green Bay Packers - Losing Jordy Nelson for the year definitely hurts. However, this is the Green Bay Packers and make no mistake about it, in my Stephen A Smith voice, Aaron Rodgers is a BADY MAN! Eddie Lacy is one of the best running backs in the NFL. I think Davante Adams has what it takes to step up now that Randall Cobb becomes the #1 option and they have some young talent who can also step up as well. Special teams is still an issue but other than that, I don't see anything not to like about this team.

2. Minnesota Vikings - I think this team is going to be a lot better than some people may expect this year. Remember they went 7 and 9 last year without Adrian Petersen and now they get him back for a full year. Teddy Bridgewater is going to improve even more with another year under his belt and if defenses try to stack the box, I think Bridgewater has the tools to punish them. Don't be surprised if they beat out the Lions and sneak into the playoffs.

3. Detroit Lions - The Lions still have a strong core on the offensive side of the ball with Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson. However, the long of Suh and Nick Fairley is huge and I don't believe they have made enough moves in the offseason to address the huge hole they have in their defensive line right now. Running game could be better assuming Bell can stay healthy. Improving on their 11-6 record to me is out of the question and I wouldn't be surprised if they only go .500 this year.

4. Chicago Bears - John Fox is a great coach and giving enough time I think he has what it takes to turn this team around. However, I don't think that's going to happen this year. Jay Cutler is suspect. Their wide receiving corp is pretty banged up. They are one of the weakest defensive teams in the NFL (if you play daily fantasy football a free tip for you is target offensive players playing the Bears). They just have way too many holes this year to really do anything of significance.

NFC South Regular Season Predictions

1. New Orleans Saints - This division is hard to pick not because everyone is good but because everyone is BAD!!! They have one of the best Quarterbacks in the NFL in Drew "Feel That Smooth Brees." They lost several games by only a few points last year and although they will miss Jimmy Graham I think they have enough to get it done on the offensive side of the ball. The big question is what is always the question in this team and that is the defense and that's what's going to determine whether they win the division or not.

2. Carolina Panthers - I actually had them winning the division again until Kelvin Benjamin got hurt for the season. That is a HUGE loss and in a division that is so close because everyone is bad, a injury of that magnitude could very well be the difference between winning the division and not making the playoffs because you better believe there will be no wild card team coming from this sorry division! Their defense though is pretty good. It could be good enough to help them get over the top.

3. Atlanta Falcons - This division is such a disaster the Falcons are certainly capable of winning it also. The problem is their offensive line looked horrible in the preseason and if they don't get it together it's going to be a LONG year for Matt Ryan. Their defensive line has gotten better a little bit but not much. This team definitely looks like they are in full out rebuilding mode and are definitely a number of pieces away from contention.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - They have Jamesis Winston and Mike Evans but this team still has a ways to go before they can compete even in this terrible division. The offensive line is garbage. The secondary has probably taken a step back. Hopefully their defensive line will be better, but they still aren't ready to compete yet. Maybe in another year or two.

NFC West Regular Season Predictions

1. Seattle Seahawks - You must be smoking crack if you are seriously considering putting anybody else as the division winner here. If Pete Carroll decides to throw it at the one yard line, at least this time Russell Wilson now has Jimmy Graham to throw the ball to. I'm not exactly thrilled about the Kam Chancellor situation and there are legitimate concerns with their offensive line but other than that, I see this team easily winning the division and absolutely in the conversation for getting back to the Super Bowl.

2. Arizona Cardinals - The Cardinals were looking like the team to beat last year until Carson Palmer got hurt. Looks like they got some insurance by making the trade to get Matt Barkley after he lost out in the battle for signal caller for the Eagles. John Brown and JJ Nelson could be a very explosive backfield of targets for Palmer to throw to and the running game has definitely gotten better as well. I don't think they are good enough to challenge the Seahawks unfortunately but a wild card is certainly an option especially considering how far the 49ers have fallen from grace.

3. St Louis Rams - I like Nick Foles at Quarterback getting rid of Bradford who while very talented just couldn't stay on the field long enough to make a difference. Their defense is always good and this year is no exception. Their offensive line is very young though and that could definitely be an issue. I'm also concerned about whether they have enough weapons in wide receiver to be competitive.

4. San Francisco 49ers - This team is a disaster. They lost pretty much EVERYBODY. The offensive line is still terrible. They lost Patrick Willis, Aldon Smith AND Chris Borland thus decimating their lineback core. New coach. New offensive system. Tough division spells VERY long year for the 49er faithful in the bay area.

NFC Playoff Prediction

Division Winners

Philadelphia Eagles
Green Bay Packers
New Orleans Saints
Seattle Seahawks

Wild Card Winners

Dallas Cowboys
Arizona Cardinals

NFC Championship

Seattle Seahawks defeat Philadelphia Eagles

Super Bowl

Seattle Seahawks defeat Indianapolis Colts