LeBron James (Cavs) – He will put up his career averages. He continues to be very efficient, shooting 56% in back to back seasons. His defense will be better and he might average more assists this year. He will have his big game moments and control games with just his passing.
Kevin Durant (Thunder) – The reigning MVP will miss the first month of the season. When he returns he will put up big numbers. He might win another scoring title but the MVP award might go to someone else this season. Westbrook might get some attention because he will be playing without Durant.
Blake Griffin (Clippers) – Chris Paul will sit out some games this season and Blake will step up again. Last season he proved he is more than a dunker. He is gaining more confidence with his jumper and has improved his free throw shooting. He will have a 20-10 season and if the Clippers can get that top seed in the Western Conference he will have a good chance at winning MVP.
Derrick Rose (Bulls) – Everyone will want him to be back to his MVP form but he won’t this season. He will play well but he won’t have the big numbers to grab that MVP award. The Bulls have more scoring options so they won’t rely on Rose to create everything. He will prove that he is back but not yet in MVP form.
Dwight Howard (Rockets) – He will be more focused this season after a disappointing first year in Houston. He will average a double-double and be among the leaders in blocks. He needs to dominate opposing centers and lead the Rockets to at least 55 wins to be in consideration.
Winner: LeBron James
LeBron James has the storyline this year. He was hated when he went to Miami but now he is praised for returning to Cleveland. The Cavaliers will be much better than last season and LeBron will be their best player.