The 2017-18 NBA regular season is finally here, and we couldn’t be more excited. With the amount of player movement and online drama that took place in the NBA this summer, this has to be one of the most anticipated seasons in recent memory. You could write an entire book on the Kyrie Irving trade alone. Then, there was the Kevin Durant fake twitter account fiasco. We’ve got Joel Embiid trading shots with Hassan Whiteside, and really, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
The NBA has owned the last several months without playing a single game.
That changes on Tuesday, Oct. 17, with the tipoff of the 2017-18 NBA regular season. Opening night features an incredible double-header with the Celtics facing off against the Cavaliers, followed by the Rockets vs. Warriors. With anticipation at it’s highest point, we thought it’d be a fun idea to jump into NBA Live 18, simulate the entire season, and see what kind of madness the folks at EA Sports are predicting.
If you’re familiar with our work here, you know that we already did this with NBA 2K18 last month, and if what NBA 2K18 is predicting holds true, we’re in for a wild ride. We’ve also simulated things like the future of the Golden State Warriors’ super team, and the rest of LeBron
James’ career using NBA 2K, but this is our first crack at an NBA Live sim, and I’m excited to see what they’ve got in store for us today. Let’s get to it.
2017-18 Western Conference All-Star Team:
I wouldn’t say there is anything completely shocking, or out of the realm of possibility here. Would I be surprised if Paul Millsap and C.J. McCollum make the All-Star team in a loaded Western Conference? Sure, but those are two excellent NBA players. It’s not inconceivable. Klay Thompson is notably missing, as well as DeMarcus Cousins and Blake Giffin.
2017-18 Eastern Conference NBA All-Star Team:
NBA Live 18‘s Eastern Conference All-Star predictions are a beautiful disaster. Andre Drummond and Avery Bradley? Nicolas Batum? Zach LaVine? In fairness to NBA Live, a lot of top-end Eastern Conference talent moved west this summer, but the talent gap between All-Star teams here is jarring.
2017-18 NBA Regular Season Awards:
Coach of the Year: Tom Thibodeau
You’ll learn just how far Tom Thibodeau takes the Minnesota Timberwolves in NBA Live 18’s simulation a few minutes, but I’ll provide a minor spoiler for you here. Thibodeau earned this. If the Timberwolves go 60-22, good for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, Coach of the Year is going to be his without question.
Most Improved Player: Jordan Clarkson
I’m kind of really into this prediction from NBA Live 18. Clarkson is a most improved player contender, but I haven’t seen anyone actually make that prediction. If he can get enough touches away from the likes of Lonzo Ball and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, this is doable.
Sixth Man of the Year: Jeremy Lin
If Jeremy Lin isn’t a starter in Brooklyn and he puts up 16 points and 6.3 assists like NBA Live 18 is predicting, he has as good a shot as anyone.
Rookie of the Year: Lonzo Ball