With the first month of the 2016-17 NBA season in the books, nothing is really shocking us yet. Sure, there have been a few pleasant surprises, but the Cavaliers are still the team to beat, while the Golden State super-duper team has the best record in the NBA. Hey, remember when the Warriors were struggling to put it all together to start the season, for like a whole day? Those were fun times. Now, it’s basically a matter of can they lose? Can LeBron James upset the unstoppable Warriors again? Or, God willing, can another team rise up and save us all from the NBA’s jarring lack of parity?
With one month down, and as many as 19 games played by some teams, there are still more questions than answers at this point, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dust off the old crystal ball and make some predictions. And not just any predictions. BOLD predictions, because what’s the point of being safe and smart?
First up, forget the Warriors and Cavs, because they’ll both be watching the Finals from home.
The Clippers will win the NBA Championship
The Evil Clippers’ red hot start has cooled, as they’ve dropped three in a row including an inexplicable dud to the dud-tastic Brooklyn Nets, but this team is still really good (and very evil). Sure, the Voltron-like Warriors have won 12 straight and the Spurs and man-god Kawhi Leonard are right behind them with nine in a row, but the Clippers are powered by a healthy, happier Blake Griffin and Chris Paul’s new cyborg laser eyes.
On top of it all, they’re the NBA’s new villains, so we need the bad guys to step up and win it all against the underrated and unheralded good guys.