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2012-13 NBA predictions: OKC Thunder-Miami Heat NBA Finals won't be an exact copy

BY JOHN ROHDE Published: October 29, 2012
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photo - Miami's LeBron James (6) looks to get the ball past Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) during the NBA basketball game between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 25, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Miami's LeBron James (6) looks to get the ball past Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) during the NBA basketball game between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 25, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

*Charlotte (16 wins) still stinks.

NBA picks

The Oklahoman's staff members make their picks for the 2012-13 NBA season.

Jenni Carlson, Columnist

MVP: LeBron James, Miami

Scoring champ: Kevin Durant, Thunder

Rookie of the Year: Anthony Davis, New Orleans

Coach of the Year: Doc Rivers, Boston

Defensive Player of the Year: Dwight Howard, LA Lakers

Most Improved Player: Derrick Favors, Utah

Thunder record: 65-17

Western Conference champ: Thunder

Eastern Conference champ: Miami

NBA champ: Thunder in 6

Darnell Mayberry, Thunder writer

MVP: Kevin Durant, Thunder

Scoring champ: Kevin Durant, Thunder

Rookie of the Year: Anthony Davis, New Orleans

Coach of the Year: George Karl, Denver

Defensive Player of the Year: Andre Iguodala, Denver

Most Improved Player: Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia

Thunder record: 58-24

Western Conference champ: Thunder

Eastern Conference champ: Miami

NBA champ: Thunder in 6

John Rohde, NBA writer

MVP: LeBron James, Miami

Scoring champ: Kevin Durant, Thunder

Rookie of the Year: Anthony Davis, New Orleans

Coach of the Year: Mike Brown, LA Lakers

Defensive Player of the Year: Dwight Howard, LA Lakers

Most Improved Player: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento

Thunder record: 61-21

Western Conference champ: Thunder

Eastern Conference champ: Miami

NBA champ: Thunder in 7

Berry Tramel, Columnist

MVP: LeBron James, Heat

Scoring champ: Carmelo Anthony, Knicks

Rookie of the year: Anthony Davis, Hornets

Coach of the year: George Karl, Nuggets

Defensive player of the year: LeBron James, Heat

Most improved player: Andre Iguodala, Nuggets

Thunder record: 62-20

West champ: OKC

East champ: Miami

NBA champ: Miami in 6

Mike Sherman, Sports Editor

MVP: LeBron James  

Scoring champ: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City

Rookie of the Year: Damian Lillard, Portland

Coach of the Year: Avery Johnson, New Jersey

Defensive Player of the Year: Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers

Most Improved Player: Klay Thompson, Golden State

Thunder record: 55-27

Western Conference champ: Thunder 

Eastern Conference champ: Heat

NBA champ: Heat in 7 games 


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