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N.B.A. 2020-21 Predictions: LeBron James vs. Luka Doncic for M.V.P.

The final time the sports activities employees of The New York Occasions and various pals gathered to make the annual set of N.B.A. preseason predictions, we got some things right.

Forward of the 2019-20 season, a number of of us thought that Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks would repeat because the N.B.A.’s most beneficial participant. (Yawn.) Others predicted that the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder would have a surprisingly profitable season after a summer time through which they traded Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers, and that the Memphis Grizzlies’ Ja Morant would win the league’s Rookie of the Year Award over Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans.

However nobody predicted that the Los Angeles Lakers would win the championship — not to mention advance to the N.B.A. finals. (The Clippers have been the unanimous alternative to return out of the West.) Or that the Lakers’ title run would come after the arrival of one thing known as the “coronavirus,” which might droop the season for 4 months and earlier than resuming in a spectator-free bubble at Walt Disney World outdoors Orlando, Fla.

The purpose being: Predictions are troublesome, and typically unattainable. However that isn’t about to cease us from making an attempt once more.

Here’s a have a look at a few of our extremely unscientific picks and prognostications for the season forward:

(The New York Occasions doesn’t allow its employees to vote for the official N.B.A. awards.)

The predictors:

  • Jonathan Abrams, sports activities reporter

  • Harvey Araton, Corridor of Fame sportswriter

  • Elena Bergeron, assistant sports activities editor

  • Jonah Bromwich, employees author

  • Scott Cacciola, sports activities reporter

  • Sopan Deb, sports activities reporter

  • Evan Easterling, senior employees editor

  • Shauntel Lowe, N.B.A. editor

  • Marc Stein, Corridor of Fame sports activities reporter

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