Hornets247 Predicts the 2010-2011 NBA season

Published: October 27, 2010

On the eve of the regular season, Hornets247 is ready to make our predictions. No time to waste, so lets get right to it.


Michael McNamara: Kevin Durant- 33 PPG for #1 seed in the West.

Joe Gerrity: Kevin Durant


MM: John Wall

JG: Blake Griffin

Coach of the Year

MM: Scott Brooks- OKC finishes with best record in the West and Brooks gets it.

JG: Jerry Sloan- Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while, right?

Most improved Player

MM: Demarr Derozen- Somebody has to get the points for Toronto

JG: Marco Belinelli- Something just tells me he’s going to have a great season.

Atlantic Division Champs

MM: Boston

JG: Boston

Central Division Champs

MM: Chicago

JG: Milwaukee

Southeast Division Champs

MM: Miami

JG: Orlando

Pacific Division Champs

MM: Lakers

JG: Lakers

Northwest Division Champs



Southwest Division Champs

MM: Dallas

JG: Dallas

Western Conference Finals

MM: Lakers over OKC

JG: Lakers over OKC

Eastern Conference Finals

MM: Miami over Boston

JG: Boston over Orlando

NBA Finals

MM: Miami over LA

JG: Lakers over Boston

Paul a Hornet at years end?

MM: Yes

JG: Yes

West a Hornet at years end?

MM: Yes

JG: Yes

Thornton a Hornet at years end?

MM: No

JG: Abstain

Hornets make the playoffs?

MM: No, the Hornets fall two games short of making the playoffs.

JG: YES, 7 seed


  1. 42

    October 27, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Can someone explain the love affair with Dallas to me?

    I see them as a capable team that will not win a title this year. Admittedly, I seem to have an irrational disrespect for them that I can’t explain really, but I just don’t see them as a clear winner.

    A few words about Dallas would be nice.

    Otherwise, I smell what you’re cooking.

    • Michael McNamara

      October 27, 2010 at 12:23 pm

      No love affair from me- just objective prognostication. Because of their depth I think they will be a very good regular season team. Unlike most teams, they can sustain injuries and still move forward since they are 2 and sometimes 3 deep at every position. For instance, I like Ian Mahinmi more than any of our backup centers and he is their 3rd (possibly 4th) string center.

      San Antonio will coast through the regular season, Memphis doesn’t have the talent to win this division, and Houston and NO need time to jell with their new pieces- so Dallas wins the division. That being said, I can easily see them being the #2 or #3 seed and losing in the first round.

    • Mikey

      October 27, 2010 at 12:35 pm

      42: If you look at their roster, they are legit 2 deep at every position except PF. They have the size to be able to keep pace with the Lakers and Jazz in the West, and still have a top 10 player in Nowitzki. The Mavs aquisition of Tyson Chandler late this summer was a huge move for them. Chandler is an elite 1-on-1 defender in the paint, and those are very rare. Don’t get me wrong, it still won’t be enough to win them a championship, but they should win the Southwest division.

  2. Joe Gerrity

    October 27, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Deep, talented, and you know they are willing to add a piece.

  3. Diane

    October 27, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Watching The Rockets last night they looked pretty darn good.

  4. jtshoopsblog

    October 27, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    OKC ain`t goin to no conference Finals. They`re too young and will crack on the pressure everyone has given them.

    • JCS

      October 27, 2010 at 1:50 pm

      I cosign with jts

  5. Chris

    October 27, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Am i the only one to see this? JG has MIA over LA in the finals, but doesn’t even have MIA in the Eastern conference finals? Am I missing something?

    • m_W

      October 27, 2010 at 4:24 pm

      Looks like JG’s and MM’s finals picks got switched.

      • Joe Gerrity

        October 27, 2010 at 11:27 pm

        sorry. Rushing all day.

  6. 42

    October 27, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Thanks. I think we see them same way: capable, but not enough. I do appreciate the details.

    I say love affair because generally they seem to be a popular pick across the board, not just on here. Winning a division is more about consistently good play throughout the year, and I think the points you make establish why they are the front-runner to be just that.

    I can’t stand them. Other than the obvious one, I have zero problem with the Spurs taking the division.

  7. HiMyNameisSteven

    October 27, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    joe- bucks over the bulls? really?

    • JCS

      October 27, 2010 at 1:49 pm

      Bozo is out with an injury and next up will be Deng. That’s what Duke players do best.

      PS – I’m from Chicago

      • HiMyNameisSteven

        October 27, 2010 at 2:58 pm

        still d rose and joakim and lets not forget TAJ GIBSON (im a USC student haha)

      • JCS

        October 27, 2010 at 3:45 pm

        Believe me, I want the Bulls to take it to the top, but Team Jennings has too many weapons IMO.

        I guess we’ll see tonight when pack of deer encounters a swarm of hornets in the home opener.

    • Joe Gerrity

      October 27, 2010 at 11:29 pm

      I think it will be close, but for some reason I see Milwaukee taking a big step forward this year.

  8. hewhorocks

    October 27, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Bah. 50 wins and fourth seed (tie-breaks) you heard it here first!….and well maybe last.

  9. Michael McNamara

    October 27, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Really hope you are right! And if this team could get just one more big that could control the boards for stretches in the game (A Birdman for Denver in 08-09 type)- I could see 50 wins being possible.

  10. stymie

    October 27, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    email I sent to a friend on Oct. 14th– before Bayless trade.

    Ok. So I looked at all of the rosters of the teams in the Southwest Division and no one really scares me. Why can’t we win the Southwest? I think we have made some really good offseason moves considering our financial constraints. We still need a decent backup PG but other than that if we stay healthy I think we can contend. Maybe another defensive PF/C that can rebound but let’s see hopefully someone on the current roster steps up. Apparently, Jason Smith played well last night

    Saw we signed another big body DJ Mbenga. Looks like an extra body with no offensive skills but given enough minutes he sounds like a decent defensive player who can rebound. At this point until we get rid of Peja this about all we can do. But…
    What if Peja is finally healthy and he and Thornton provide the boost we need from the bench? Call me an optimist but I don’t think we are as bad off as the national media thinks. Or just call me delusional..

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