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With the NBA season kicking off tonight, we here at SB Nation Dallas-Fort Worth decided to forecast the upcoming NBA Season. Playoff teams, MVPs, Rookie of the year and, of course, the eventual 2010-2011 NBA champion are all predicted by our SB Nation staff.

The NBA season begins tonight with three games set to kick us off. While many have already anointed the Miami Heat 2010-2011 Champions, the season still has to be played and there should be plenty of other storylines around the league other than the Miami Heat. Will New Orleans trade Chris Paul? Will the Nuggets trade Carmelo Anthony? Will a lockout ensue in the 2011-2012 season? Among a myriad of others. 

The big story of the off-season was the Miami Heat. They will kickoff the NBA season against the Boston Celtics tonight at 6:30 CT. Will Dwyane Wade, Lebron James and Chris Bosh be enough to bring a title to Miami? Or will Orlando and Dwight Howard remind everyone that they were in the NBA finals just two season ago? The Celtics have formed a deep squad this off-season but age could be a detriment after signing Shaquille and Jermaine O'neal this summer.

In the West, you have the Los Angeles Lakers looking for a three-peat. Will Kobe Bryant and Co. give Phil Jackson one final year for the ages?  Or will Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder assert their status as a perennial powerhouse in the NBA?  The Trailblazers will be looking to exercise  their injury demons.  You have the Mavericks and Spurs trying to hang on to past successes.  New faces Tyson Chandler and Tiago Splitter should give them much needed jolts but the key for each team here lies in Beaubois' left foot and Ginobili's ankle, or nose, or hand... 

With that out of the way, here are the official predictions of the 2010-2011 NBA season from the SB Nation Dallas-Fort Worth staff!


Christopher Fitz

Eastern Conference:

1. Boston
2. Miami
3. Chicago
4. Orlando
5. Cleveland
6. Atlanta
7. Indiana
8. Charlotte.

Western Conference:

1. Los Angeles Lakers
2. Dallas Mavericks
3. Oklahoma City Thunder
4. Utah Jazz
5. San Antonio Spurs
6. Denver Nuggets
7. Portland Trailblazers
8. Golden State Warriors.

NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers over the Miami Heat.

Rookie of the Year: Blake Griffin
Most Valuable Player: Keven Durant


Robbie Griffin:

Eastern Conference:

1. Miami Heat
2. Orlando Magic
3. Chicago Bulls
4. New York Knicks
5. Boston Celtics
6. Milwaukee Bucks
7. New Jersey Nets
8. Cleveland Cavaliers

Eastern Conference Championship: Orlando Magic over the Miami Heat

Western Conference:

1. Los Angeles Lakers
2. Oklahoma City Thunder
3. Portland Trailblazers
4. San Antonio Spurs
5. Golden State Warriors
6. Dallas Mavericks
7. Denver Nuggetts
8. Utah Jazz

Western Conference Championship: Los Angeles Lakers over the OKC Thunder

NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers over the Orlando Magic

Most Valuable Player: Dwight Howard
Rookie of the Year: Blake Griffin.


Maurice London:

Eastern Conference:

1.Miami Heat
2. Orlando Magic
3. Boston Celtics
4. Chicago Bulls
5. Milwaukee Bucks
6. Atlanta Hawks
7.Charlotte Bobcats
8. Indiana Pacers

Eastern Conference Championship: Orlando Magic over the Miami Heat.

Western Conference:

1. Los Angeles Lakers
2. Oklahoma City Thunder
3. Dallas Mavericks
4. San Antonio Spurs
5. Portland Trailblazers
6. Utah Jazz
7. Houston Rockets
8. Los Angeles Clippers

Western Conference Championship: Los Angeles Lakers over the Dallas Mavericks.

NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers over the Orlando Magic

MVP: Kevin Durant
Rookie of the Year: John Wall


Brett Perryman:

Eastern Conference:

1. Miami Heat
2. Orlando Magic
3. Boston Celtics
4. Chicago Bulls
5. Atlanta Hawks
6. Milwaukee Bucks
7. New York Knicks
8. New Jersey Nets

Eastern Conference Championship: Miami Heat over the Boston Celtics

West:

1. Los Angeles Lakers
2. Oklahoma City Thunder
3. Dallas Mavericks
4. Portland Trailblazers
5. Houston Rockets
6. San Antonio Spurs
7. Utah Jazz
8. Denver Nuggets

Western Conference Championship: Los Angeles Lakers over Oklahoma City Thunder

NBA Finals: Miami Heat over the Los Angeles Lakers

Most Valuable Player: Kevin Durant

Rookie of the Year: Blake Griffin

 

Liam Ponting:

East:

1. Boston Celtics
2. Miami Heat
3. Orlando Magic
4. Chicago Bulls
5. Atlanta Hawks
6. New York Knicks
7. Milwaukee Bucks
8. Charlotte Bobcats

Eastern Conference Championship: Boston Celtics over the Miami Heat

West:

1. Los Angeles Lakers
2. Oklahoma City Thunder
3. Portland Trailblazers
4. San Antonio Spurs
5. Dallas Mavericks
6. Denver Nuggets
7. Utah Jazz
8. Houston Rockets.

Western Conference Championship: Los Angeles Lakers over the Oklahoma City Thunder

NBA Finals: Boston Celtics over the Los Angeles Lakers

 

Most Valuable Player: Kevin Durant

Rookie of the Year: Blake Griffin

 

JP Starkey:

Eastern Conference:

1. Miami Heat
2. Chicago Bulls
3. Boston Celtics
4. Orlando Magic
5. Atlanta Hawks
6. New York Knicks
7. Milwaukee Bucks
8. New Jersey Nets

Eastern Conference Championship: Chicago Bulls over the Miami Heat

Western Conference:

1. Los Angeles Lakers
2. Oklahoma City Thunder
3. Dallas Mavericks
4. Golden State Warriors
5. Portland Trailblazers
6. Phoenix Suns
7. Utah Jazz
8. San Antonio Spurs

Western Conference Championship: Oklahoma City Thunder over the Los Angeles Lakers

NBA Finals: Chicago Bulls over the Oklahoma City Thunder

MVP: Kevin Durant
Rookie of the Year: John Wall.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.