Northern Neighbour
The annual thread to showcase our prognosticating skills (or lack of). Last year's thread can be found here. Some new questions for obvious reasons. 

Toronto Raptors

1. Team MVP 

2. Most improved player

3a. Opening Night starting five
3b. Game 1 of the Playoffs starting five

4a. Team's record
4b. Atlantic Division place (e.g., first, second, third)
4c. Eastern Conference seed and overall (in terms of NBA record)

5a. First round opponent
5b. How many playoff rounds will the Raptors win and who will eliminate them (if you they lose at all)?

6a. Which Raptors will be All-Stars?
6b. Which other Raptors will participate in the ASG (e.g., Slam Dunk Contest, Skills Contest, 3-Point contest)?

7. Name the Raptors players or coach to win a year-end award (e.g., MVP, Defensive Player, MIP, Coach of the Year, etc.) 

8. Name the Raptors that will be named to the end-of-year NBA teams (e.g., all-NBA, all-NBA Defence).

9. By when, if at all, will Patrick McCaw become a full-time starter?

10. Name the Raptors who will shoot at least 39.5% from 3pt (minimum 100 attempts)

11. Will Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster make a trade(s) this year and, if so, predict the trade(s)?

12. Will the Raptors re-sign Kyle Lowry? If so, what's the contract?

13a. Which of the new FA additions (Johnson, RHJ, Payne, Terrence Davis, Matt Thomas) will be in the rotation?
13b. Who between Johnson, RHJ, and Payne is likely to be on the Raptors in 2020-21?
13c. Who between Davis and Thomas is likely to have a FVV-like impact and career?


14. Who's the best-dressed individual in the organization?

Around the NBA

1. Who will contend for the NBA Championship and who will win it?

2. League winners: 
a. MVP
b. Rookie 
c. Coach 
d. Defensive Player
e. Most Improved Player 
f. Executive
g. Most overrated player 

3a. Biggest surprise team
3b. Most disappointing team

4. Name a superstar/star that will be traded during the season.

5a. Predict Kawhi Leonard's numbers
5b. Predict LAC's record and how far they will go in the playoffs

6. First head coach to be fired

7. Team with the league's worst record 

8. Will Kevin Durant return this year?

9. Which players will retire after this season?

10. NBA leaders in:
a. Scoring

b. Assists
c. Rebounding
d. Steals
e. Blocks
f. Turnovers 
g. Three-point percentage

11. Over/under portion:
a. Ben Simmons makes 19.5 3pt FGs
b. Giannis Antetokounmpo makes 82.5 pt FGs
c. Andrew Wiggins shoots 44.5% from the field
d. Andre Drummond's FT % is 63.5%
e. Kawhi Leonard plays 62.5 games
f. Portland wins 54.5 games
g. Sacramento wins 35.5 games
h. Nikola Jokic averages at least 20 ppg, 10 rbg, and 8 apg
i. Luka Doncic averages at least 20 ppg, 6 rbg, and 8 apg
j. Markelle Fultz plays 64.5 games
k. Zion Williamson makes 199.5 dunks

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The Statistic
I’m not sure if I posted it on here when I first made the bet but I chucked 50 on Siakam and Parker for MIP paying 108 and 102, got a lovely payout. I’ll do the main ones.
MVP- Giannis
MIP- Anunoby 
ROY- Ja
6th- Gordon
Coach- Luke Walton
Exec- The cheeky air puncher
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just4_raps

Toronto Raptors

1. Team MVP - Lowry

2. Most improved player - Freddie

3a. Opening Night starting five - Lowry, Freddie, OG, Siakam, Gasol
3b. Game 1 of the Playoffs starting five - Lowry, McCaw, OG, Siakam, Gasol

4a. Team's record - 48-34
4b. Atlantic Division place (e.g., first, second, third) - 4th
4c. Eastern Conference seed and overall (in terms of NBA record) - 6th in east

5a. First round opponent - Celtics
5b. How many playoff rounds will the Raptors win and who will eliminate them (if you they lose at all)? - Zero. Celtics will beat us in 6.

6a. Which Raptors will be All-Stars? - Lowry and Siakam
6b. Which other Raptors will participate in the ASG (e.g., Slam Dunk Contest, Skills Contest, 3-Point contest)? - None

7. Name the Raptors players or coach to win a year-end award (e.g., MVP, Defensive Player, MIP, Coach of the Year, etc.) - None

8. Name the Raptors that will be named to the end-of-year NBA teams (e.g., all-NBA, all-NBA Defence). - None

9. By when, if at all, will Patrick McCaw become a full-time starter? - All-Star break

10. Name the Raptors who will shoot at least 39.5% from 3pt (minimum 100 attempts) - Lowry and Freddie

11. Will Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster make a trade(s) this year and, if so, predict the trade(s)? - If there is a market for it (not sure if there is), Lowry, Gasol, Ibaka and Norm may all be traded. As long as it keeps us flexible for 2021 Giannis, and provides some future assets.

12. Will the Raptors re-sign Kyle Lowry? If so, what's the contract? - No. As much as I would personally like to seem him retire a Raptor, I think the team underperforms and he gets traded.

13a. Which of the new FA additions (Johnson, RHJ, Payne, Terrence Davis, Matt Thomas) will be in the rotation? - RHJ because the guy hustles. He's a glue guy, but unfortunately without a jumper.
13b. Who between Johnson, RHJ, and Payne is likely to be on the Raptors in 2020-21? - None, but if I had to pick one...RHJ
13c. Who between Davis and Thomas is likely to have a FVV-like impact and career? - Neither. Those cinderella stories hardly ever happen. Freddie is a fortunate anomaly for him and the Raptors.


14. Who's the best-dressed individual in the organization? - Masai and Ibaka

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Toronto Raptors

1. Team MVP   - (Kyle Lowry)

2. Most improved player - (OG Anunoby)

3a. Opening Night starting five - (Lowry, Powell, Anunoby, Siakam, Gasol)

3b. Game 1 of the Playoffs starting five - (Lowry, trade, Anunoby, Siakam, Gasol)

4a. Team's record - (48-34)
4b. Atlantic Division place - 2nd
4c. Eastern Conference seed and overall (in terms of NBA record) - ( EC 4th) (League 8th)

5a. First round opponent - (Boston)
5b. How many playoff rounds will the Raptors win and who will eliminate them (if you they lose at all)? - (2nd round elimination vs Philadelphia)

6a. Which Raptors will be All-Stars? - Siakam, Lowry
6b. Which other Raptors will participate in the ASG (e.g., Slam Dunk Contest, Skills Contest, 3-Point contest)? - Nobody

7. Name the Raptors players or coach to win a year-end award (e.g., MVP, Defensive Player, MIP, Coach of the Year, etc.)- No winners

8. Name the Raptors that will be named to the end-of-year NBA teams (e.g., all-NBA, all-NBA Defence). (Siakam all-NBA 3rd team)

9. By when, if at all, will Patrick McCaw become a full-time starter?- Never

10. Name the Raptors who will shoot at least 39.5% from 3pt (minimum 100 attempts) - Thomas?

11. Will Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster make a trade(s) this year and, if so, predict the trade(s)? - (Yes but I have no clue who will be moved, depends how good/bad we are).

12. Will the Raptors re-sign Kyle Lowry? If so, what's the contract? - (Yes, 1yr/25mil + TO)

13a. Which of the new FA additions (Johnson, RHJ, Payne, Terrence Davis, Matt Thomas) will be in the rotation? - (RHJ/SJ)
13b. Who between Johnson, RHJ, and Payne is likely to be on the Raptors in 2020-21? -(RHJ)
13c. Who between Davis and Thomas is likely to have a FVV-like impact and career? -(Davis)


14. Who's the best-dressed individual in the organization? -(Serge)

Around the NBA

1. Who will contend for the NBA Championship and who will win it? - (Clippers/Sixers) Clippers in 6

2. League winners: 
a. MVP - (Kawhi)
b. Rookie -( Morant)
c. Coach - (Quinn Snyder)
d. Defensive Player - (Kawhi)
e. Most Improved Player- (Jonathan Isaac)
f. Executive - (Jerry West)
g. Most overrated player- (Ben Simmons)

3a. Biggest surprise team -(Utah Jazz)
3b. Most disappointing team- (Trailblazers)

4. Name a superstar/star that will be traded during the season.-(Chris Paul & Bradley Beal)

5a. Predict Kawhi Leonard's numbers- (27.5ppg, 7.8rpg, 3.8apg)
5b. Predict LAC's record and how far they will go in the playoffs- (58-24, Championship)

6. First head coach to be fired- (Scott Brooks)

7. Team with the league's worst record- (Charlotte Hornets)

8. Will Kevin Durant return this year? - (no)

9. Which players will retire after this season? -(Vince Carter, Pau Gasol, Jamal Crawford)

10. NBA leaders in:
a. Scoring (Harden)

b. Assists (Westbrook)
c. Rebounding (Embiid)
d. Steals (Westbrook)
e. Blocks (Myles Turner)
f. Turnovers (
g. Three-point percentage- (Steph Curry)

11. Over/under portion:
a. Ben Simmons makes 19.5 3pt FGs -(Under)
b. Giannis Antetokounmpo makes 82.5 3pt FGs -(Under)
c. Andrew Wiggins shoots 44.5% from the field -(under)
d. Andre Drummond's FT % is 63.5% -(Under)
e. Kawhi Leonard plays 62.5 games -(Over)
f. Portland wins 54.5 games - (Under)
g. Sacramento wins 35.5 games -(Over)
h. Nikola Jokic averages at least 20 ppg, 10 rbg, and 8 apg -(Over, over, under)
i. Luka Doncic averages at least 20 ppg, 6 rbg, and 8 apg -( Over, over, under)
j. Markelle Fultz plays 64.5 games  -(Under)
k. Zion Williamson makes 199.5 dunks - (Under)

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Kaddrik


Toronto Raptors

1. Team MVP : P. Siakam

2. Most improved player: OG

3a. Opening Night starting five : Lowry - Davis - OG - Siakam - Gasol
3b. Game 1 of the Playoffs starting five ????

4a. Team's record :  55-27
4b. Atlantic Division place (e.g., first, second, third) : second
4c. Eastern Conference seed and overall (in terms of NBA record) : 4th

5a. First round opponent
5b. How many playoff rounds will the Raptors win and who will eliminate them (if you they lose at all)?

6a. Which Raptors will be All-Stars? Lowry - Siakam
6b. Which other Raptors will participate in the ASG (e.g., Slam Dunk Contest, Skills Contest, 3-Point contest)?

7. Name the Raptors players or coach to win a year-end award (e.g., MVP, Defensive Player, MIP, Coach of the Year, etc.) None

8. Name the Raptors that will be named to the end-of-year NBA teams (e.g., all-NBA, all-NBA Defence) : Siakam

9. By when, if at all, will Patrick McCaw become a full-time starter?

10. Name the Raptors who will shoot at least 39.5% from 3pt (minimum 100 attempts) FVV - OG

11. Will Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster make a trade(s) this year and, if so, predict the trade(s)? Yes

Ibaka + Powell for ????

12. Will the Raptors re-sign Kyle Lowry? If so, what's the contract?  Yas - One year 30M

13a. Which of the new FA additions (Johnson, RHJ, Payne, Terrence Davis, Matt Thomas) will be in the rotation? RHJ -  Davis
13b. Who between Johnson, RHJ, and Payne is likely to be on the Raptors in 2020-21? None
13c. Who between Davis and Thomas is likely to have a FVV-like impact and career? Davis


14. Who's the best-dressed individual in the organization?

Around the NBA

1. Who will contend for the NBA Championship and who will win it?
Mil - Phi - Indy - Tor - LAL - LAC - Houston - GSW - DEN

2. League winners: 
a. MVP
b. Rookie 
c. Coach : Bud or Brown
d. Defensive Player
e. Most Improved Player 
f. Executive :
g. Most overrated player beal

3a. Biggest surprise team: Atlanta
3b. Most disappointing team: LAL

4. Name a superstar/star that will be traded during the season. Beal

5a. Predict Kawhi Leonard's numbers
5b. Predict LAC's record and how far they will go in the playoffs

6. First head coach to be fired

7. Team with the league's worst record NYK or CHA

8. Will Kevin Durant return this year? YES

9. Which players will retire after this season? Pau Gasol

10. NBA leaders in:
a. Scoring

b. Assists
c. Rebounding
d. Steals
e. Blocks
f. Turnovers 
g. Three-point percentage

11. Over/under portion:
a. Ben Simmons makes 19.5 3pt FGs Under
b. Giannis Antetokounmpo makes 82.5 3pt FGs Over
c. Andrew Wiggins shoots 44.5% from the field Under
d. Andre Drummond's FT % is 63.5% Under
e. Kawhi Leonard plays 62.5 games Under
f. Portland wins 54.5 games Under
g. Sacramento wins 35.5 games Over
h. Nikola Jokic averages at least 20 ppg, 10 rbg, and 8 apg
i. Luka Doncic averages at least 20 ppg, 6 rbg, and 8 apg
j. Markelle Fultz plays 64.5 games Under
k. Zion Williamson makes 199.5 dunks
Over

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moremilk

1. Team MVP : P. Siakam
2. Most improved player: OG
3a. Opening Night starting five : Lowry - Fred- Siakam - Ibaka - Gasol. After the first night, it will be kyle/powell/og/siakam/gasol
3b. Game 1 of the Playoffs starting five kyle/powell/og/siakam/gasol
4a. Team's record :  50-32
4b. Atlantic Division place (e.g., first, second, third) : 3rd
4c. Eastern Conference seed and overall (in terms of NBA record) : 4th
5a. First round opponent: Orlando
5b. How many playoff rounds will the Raptors win and who will eliminate them (if you they lose at all)? 1 (losing to Philly in the 2nd round) 
6a. Which Raptors will be All-Stars? Lowry - Siakam
6b. Which other Raptors will participate in the ASG (e.g., Slam Dunk Contest, Skills Contest, 3-Point contest)? Siakam, skillz
7. Name the Raptors players or coach to win a year-end award (e.g., MVP, Defensive Player, MIP, Coach of the Year, etc.) Nurse
8. Name the Raptors that will be named to the end-of-year NBA teams (e.g., all-NBA, all-NBA Defence) : Siakam, all nba 3rd team
9. By when, if at all, will Patrick McCaw become a full-time starter? never
10. Name the Raptors who will shoot at least 39.5% from 3pt (minimum 100 attempts) powell, gasol, fred, kyle, thomas
11. Will Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster make a trade(s) this year and, if so, predict the trade(s)? probably

12. Will the Raptors re-sign Kyle Lowry? If so, what's the contract?  One year max contract
13a. Which of the new FA additions (Johnson, RHJ, Payne, Terrence Davis, Matt Thomas) will be in the rotation? RHJ, Davis, Thomas, Johnson
13b. Who between Johnson, RHJ, and Payne is likely to be on the Raptors in 2020-21? Johnson
13c. Who between Davis and Thomas is likely to have a FVV-like impact and career? nobody, davis will be better and Thomas won't come close


14. best-dressed individual in the organization? serge

Around the NBA

1. Who will win the NBA?
Lakers


2. League winners: 
a. MVP Giannis
b. Rookie  Morrant
c. Coach : Nurse
d. Defensive Player Embiid
e. Most Improved Player Isaac
f. Executive : Nets or Clippers
g. Most overrated player Tatum

3a. Biggest surprise team: Orlando/San Antonio
3b. Most disappointing team: Portland

4. Name a superstar/star that will be traded. Love, possibly Beal

5a. Predict Kawhi Leonard's numbers 26/7/3
5b. Predict LAC's record and how far they will go in the playoffs 55-27, until they meet the lakers
6. First head coach to be fired no coach will be fired
7. league's worst record CHA
8. Will Kevin Durant return this year? No
9. Which players will retire after this season? Pau Gasol, Vince Carter

10. NBA leaders in:
a. Scoring Curry

b. Assists Young
c. Rebounding Drummond
d. Steals Covington
e. Blocks Robinson
f. Turnovers Harden
g. Three-point percentage Alex Caruso

11. Over/under portion:
a. Ben Simmons makes 19.5 3pt FGs Over
b. Giannis Antetokounmpo makes 82.5 3pt FGs Over
c. Andrew Wiggins shoots 44.5% from the field Under
d. Andre Drummond's FT % is 63.5% Over
e. Kawhi Leonard plays 62.5 games Over
f. Portland wins 54.5 games Under
g. Sacramento wins 35.5 games Over
h. Nikola Jokic averages at least 20 ppg, 10 rbg, and 8 apg  Under
i. Luka Doncic averages at least 20 ppg, 6 rbg, and 8 apg Under
j. Markelle Fultz plays 64.5 games Over
k. Zion Williamson makes 199.5 dunks
Under

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Northern Neighbour

Toronto Raptors

1. Team MVP - Siakam

2. Most improved player - Anunoby

3a. Opening Night starting five - Lowry, FVV, Anunoby, Siakam, Gasol
3b. Game 1 of the Playoffs starting five - same as above

4a. Team's record - 54-28
4b. Atlantic Division place (e.g., first, second, third) - 1st
4c. Eastern Conference seed and overall (in terms of NBA record) - 2nd in East, 5th overall

5a. First round opponent - Miami Heat
5b. How many playoff rounds will the Raptors win and who will eliminate them (if you they lose at all)? - Eliminated in ECF

6a. Which Raptors will be All-Stars? - Siakam
6b. Which other Raptors will participate in the ASG (e.g., Slam Dunk Contest, Skills Contest, 3-Point contest)? - Thomas in 3PT shooting

7. Name the Raptors players or coach to win a year-end award - Anunoby as MIP

8. Name the Raptors that will be named to the end-of-year NBA teams (e.g., all-NBA, all-NBA Defence) - Siakam 3rd Team All-NBA

9. By when, if at all, will Patrick McCaw become a full-time starter? I originally though by Christmas, but with his injury probably not this year.

10. Name the Raptors who will shoot at least 39.5% from 3pt (minimum 100 attempts) - Thomas (48.5%), Powell (44.9%), FVV (42.3%), Anunoby (41.7%), Gasol (40.8%)

11. Will Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster make a trade(s) this year and, if so, predict the trade(s)? - Ibaka or Gasol to Portland for a 1st-round pick

12. Will the Raptors re-sign Kyle Lowry? If so, what's the contract? - He re-signed

13a. Which of the new FA additions (Johnson, RHJ, Payne, Terrence Davis, Matt Thomas) will be in the rotation?
- Davis
13b. Who between Johnson, RHJ, and Payne is likely to be on the Raptors in 2020-21?
- Johnson
13c. Who between Davis and Thomas is likely to have a FVV-like impact and career?
- Davis

14. Who's the best-dressed individual in the organization? - Serge

Around the NBA

1. Who will contend for the NBA Championship and who will win it? - Nuggets vs. Bucks with Denver winning its first.

2. League winners: 
a. MVP - Steph Curry
b. Rookie - Ja Morant
c. Coach - Michael Malone
d. Defensive Player - Rudy Gobert
e. Most Improved Player - OG Anunoby
f. Executive - Sam Presti
g. Most overrated player - Russell Westbrook 

3a. Biggest surprise team - Sacramento
3b. Most disappointing team - Philadelphia

4. Name a superstar/star that will be traded during the season - Andre Drummond

5a. Predict Kawhi Leonard's numbers - 26 ppg, 8.3 rbg, 3.2 apg, 53 FG%, 37 3PT%, 86 FT%
5b. Predict LAC's record and how far they will go in the playoffs - 55-27, lose in WCF

6. First head coach to be fired - Scott Brooks

7. Team with the league's worst record - NY Knicks

8. Will Kevin Durant return this year? - No

9. Which players will retire after this season? Vince Carter, Pau Gasol

10. NBA leaders in:
a. Scoring
- Curry
b. Assists - Chris Paul
c. Rebounding - Steven Adams
d. Steals - Marcus Smart
e. Blocks - Gobert
f. Turnovers - Harden
g. Three-point percentage - Joe Harris

11. Over/under portion:
a. Ben Simmons makes 19.5 3pt FGs - Over barely
b. Giannis Antetokounmpo makes 82.5 pt 3FGs - over
c. Andrew Wiggins shoots 44.5% from the field - over
d. Andre Drummond's FT % is 63.5% - Under
e. Kawhi Leonard plays 62.5 games - Over
f. Portland wins 54.5 games - Under
g. Sacramento wins 35.5 games - Over
h. Nikola Jokic averages at least 20 ppg, 10 rbg, and 8 apg - Over
i. Luka Doncic averages at least 20 ppg, 6 rbg, and 8 apg - Just misses
j. Markelle Fultz plays 64.5 games
- Over
k. Zion Williamson makes 199.5 dunks
- Under
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