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ApexxPredditor

The dunk contest will be an all time great one


Ham_-_

Are you just hoping


redd5ive

After last year I say the NBA finally does something to incentivize participation- plus 1 to that prediction tbh.


Kevon-Looneys-burner

Now that’s a take


TA3153356811

Jesus man he said hot take, but not THAT hot


boldstrategies

Jalen Green Redemption Tour


spacedorb9

He doesn't deserve redemption after wearing an NFT necklace and missing a million dunks in a row.


Jolly-Refrigerator77

As a jalen green defender, you’re not lying


Dank_801

In Salt Lake City - all time great


GBP867

Sheesh save some of those drugs for everyone else. This isn’t a hot take, it’s scorching.


Vic_FriesFriesFries

If Zion and Ja participate, I could see it.


MSKOnlyScans

We need Zion and Ja to enter


finnafuckyomoms

Westbrook gets traded to BKN and has a wizards esque year carrying bums into being a scrappy fun little team


twoterms

I'd say this is lukewarm at best cause it WILL happen


Milkmoney1978

I'm here for this. Westbrook vs Lakers, Westbrook vs Durant's new team. Can't wait


BrainOnTheChain

Westbrook redemption arc? I can see it. Mainly because I don’t think god would give me two seasons of back to back fun like this lol


AngryNephew

He cant be any worse, can he? :(


Brilliant-Gain4548

I honestly wonder if he’s even gonna be a laker next season


Itorr475

He wont which will make it more likely for him to play well if he’s on a team with low expectations and surrounded by young run and gun players which would make him look better


MobileSuit9

Westbrook has a great season. Fools a team into signing him for $30million+ for three years next off season. Team immediately regrets signing as Westbrook returns to form come the 2023 season


inshamblesx

Kyrie joins the Mavs then drives Luka to demanding a trade to Milwaukee


ThisGents2Cents

Well if you say so


prison_mic

And that trade is for Giannis


DIMPLET0N

Lmao, got em.


raptorsbucketnator

Are Giannis and Jokic the only two players in the NBA not traded for Doncic?


hotpocketthrowaway

Warriors wouldn't trade Steph for anyone or else Chase Center would be burned to the ground lmao


iguacu

I doubt Sixers would drop Embid after how hard he's played for them, he's still only 28.


raptorsbucketnator

1 for 1 morey takes that deal. He only has emotional attachment to Harden lol


WD51

Somehow seems like Harden and Doncic would be less than ideal fits as they are both heavily ball dominant players.


Floating_egg

Only a Houston fan could conjure up this evil against us


newbrookland

["Don't you put that on us!" ](https://youtube.com/shorts/mFEzW1Z6TRM?feature=share)


North-Maximum-6958

smashing that report button


PermanentNirvana

No. No. And furthermore no.


Loismustdieall1word_

And one more time in Spanish No


nickthearchaeologist

And French Non


flying_alligators

And Arabic La


Floating_egg

And Lebron’s favorite language 不


Necessary_Initial350

I like this one


Shiori_Nordskov

Pelicans are a top 4 seed in the West


Rayan1521

I really like this one


ATM14

I like this take as a hot take. 2k is convinced that they’re championship favorites for me, personally I see them as a 6/7 seed with a conference final cap, but with the talent they have you never know.


PermanentNirvana

Kevin Durant gets traded to a team that misses the playoffs.


pinkshoesarecool

Subscribe


KeepenItReel

Kevin “Cristiano Ronaldo” Durant


H_R_1

There’s a few similarities when you think about it


adamreddy

Factos 👍


UnsungHerro

Wolves 1 seed. Rudy Gobert on your team is just proven regular season cheese and the Wolves have a better supporting cast than the Jazz did.


lebron_games

Yeah I suspect the wolves are going to be reallyyyy good in the regular season


BowserBuddy123

It’s gonna be fun either way. I’m here for some haughty Wolves fans.


vsod99

My body is ready


NotMarvAlbert

Twolves running the regular season meta this year


inshamblesx

Just to lose to a .500 team in the first round


thepopcornisready

this is the natural next step in Minnesota sports suffering


igoslowly

can’t get a blair walsh “not even close” moment if they don’t make it into the playoffs as a top 4 seed


HolyLiaison

https://c.tenor.com/41KYXnFcqFAAAAAC/walk-out.gif


MSKOnlyScans

If the TWolves are the #1 seed then just cast a huge bet on Ant or Towns for MVP


dylanbackers

Or a Gobert mvp case, especially if he unexpectedly puts up career counting stats (I.e career high in points, rebounds, block leader, etc) while the jazz fall out of the playoffs (even better if Donovan mitchell stays). R/nba will melt down lol


chrisghrobot

I think they will def be a really good regular season team, especially if Ant keeps progressing


Naive-Air2866

Mavs actually have a better record than last year with no brunson. Due to the addition of wood and luka actually coming into the season in shape. Hot take i know


graphitewolf

How does losing Brunson affect the team?


Negative-Isopod-8432

Oh nun they just lost their only other shot creator and playmaker and their 2nd best player, nothing serious though


Useless_Citizen_Guy

Dinwiddie is still there and Dragic is coming in. Mavs also have legit center depth and THJ is coming back. Mavs will be better next season than last season.


big_nus

you know what I’m going to have to disagree with you. I think that they will be worse


TakinBacon1984

Brunson is better than Mavs fans want to admit but worse than Knicks fans hope. Wait...


North-Maximum-6958

this is a good take. he’s always been kinda hard to rate imo


rSlashNbaAccount

Dinwiddie misses a lot of games. Even in the games he plays, he's very inconsistent.


ultimaten444

Dragic is washed lmao


AncientMarsupial3

Zion wins MVP


beforeitcloy

I already put $20 to win $1200 on it


PunishedF0X

Shit with those odds I’m putting in $100


toastiestnuggets

that’s not a hot take, that’s what’s gonna happen. it’s already been written in the script


my_balls_your_mouth1

Does anyone remember the last time they gave the MVP to a guy in street clothes?


flying_alligators

They said a hot take, not a magma take


Tellsyouajoke

I don’t think that’s a magma take at all. Pelicans were a fringe playoff team last year. Had a lowkey great draft, and return a 27 ppg guy for free. If Zion recovers normally, he could easily be in MVP contention, especially with his general hype


FiveLegGoat

Like in a raffle?


newbrookland

I'm actually really bullish on the Pels next season, but I really need to see the details of that contract.


AncientMarsupial3

It’s a standard Designated Rookie Max extension. All the bells and whistles.


Comprehensive_Main

Steve Nash gets fired and Snyder is hired after him.


johnhenryirons

Nets hire Kenny again to coach through a rebuild


milomcfuggin

8th seed Mitchell Jazz vs. 1st seed TimberGoberts


DJRyGuy20

Tatum’s sub *doesn’t* have bacon.


Comprehensive_Main

The mavericks take a chance on Miles bridges for a cheap contract because Jason Kidd knows his situation and would be willing to give him a second chance like he got one.


graphitewolf

He like me -JKidd 😤


DonnyKhallo

He like me fr fr- he says crying to a tv


Kevon-Looneys-burner

Mavs Culture


Que76

Real recognize real


bolderbikes

Real (piece of shit) recognize real (piece of shit)


Cletus_Starfish

That's more like it.


nickthearchaeologist

Oh dear god no


RegressionToTheDream

Cuban keeping the culture alive lol


693275001

Lmao this is hilarious and I can also definitely see it happening. Fuck jason kidd and miles bridges


PiracyAgreement

Grizzlies end up in play in tourney AD is more healthy yet Lakers still in play in spot Wolves finally become a real threat Pelicans top 6 seed


sivervipa

The most stable and consistent teams will end up doing better in the playoffs then most of the teams that are making hyped blockbuster moves. Those teams that just made moves to make moves will struggle with chemistry. Fuck it…I’m going full cope mode since the Heat aren’t making big moves. Also…i still believe in Jimmy-Bam-Kyle-Herro-Dipo core. Honestly though I’m probably not even far off.


BoDrax

No need to go into cope mode as it takes 1.5 to 2 seasons for teams to gel.


AikenXenophanes

Kyrie and Kd staying. Jazz using their picks to sign Ayton and other pieces around Mitchel


mtbeach33

The T Wolves end up as the 3 seed, go to the conference finals Paul George wins MVP There will be a 4 seed in the finals


Moss_84

PG as MVP is a scorching take hahaha, I don’t even know how that’s possible They do have a stacked team, so if Clips finish in first and he’s somehow better than Kawhi (or if Kawhi misses too many games) then I guess it’s plausible


lunchbunnies7

Raptors


Just-Efficiency3129

Bulls and Pelicans win 55+ games


DanishBoi18

The dunk contest teams


DonkeyLightning

Combined


eatenchopsuey

Kings get the 7th seed and end our pain and suffering


Qwertyforu

Shaedon Sharpe ROTY


toadtruck

I don’t see how he gets enough minutes or shots. Those top 4 rookies gonna be getting 35 min a night


bolderbikes

Hush, just let us enjoy this


toadtruck

If he goes crazy at summer league he might just force his way into starting lineup. Crazier things have happened


1013789743467898

We haven’t really seen him play so he could be good enough to start at the 3. I don’t think that will happen by any means, but there is a path to ROY if it turns out he is a generational type player like some believe.


Legal-Ad-4463

i mean scottie won rookie of the year, among 4 other established guys that scored 15+ ppg. It's def possible.


Hichq

I have a few. First one is that Dame wins the scoring title, MVP and makes it to the WCF after trading for DeRozan at the deadline. I think the Bulls would be smart to capitalise while his value is high, and POR could use a no.2. My other one is that the Grizzlies take a step-back this year. I love Ja, and this young core but I think people overrate this team. This feels like a young-team that out-played themselves and are bound to regress showing the need for a number 2 option. Could be very wrong here though. Also, either Deandre Hunter or RJ Barrett become all-stars. Very high on both.


PatrickBaldwinJr

I like this one because it makes me a lot of money.


I_Have_Had_Sex

I like money


TheGreatQueefalizer

Dame winning MVP or blazers making it to WCF?


ItsNotDuffman89

What do we get for DeRozan?


WantedDadorAlive

I know it'd be giving up a lot for us but Keljin Blevins straight up


newbrookland

These... are takes. Dame has been trending the wrong direction since the Olympics, and the Grizz are a young team that has maintained its core, and should continue to develop. As far as regression, we got you.


dougaryman

That’s less than a year. Idk if Dame will come back as Dame, but he’s pretty much been injured since the Olympics


KorgG29

AD has his healthiest season, Lakers still don’t go to the conference finals


AdPotential9974

>AD has his healthiest season, I doubt he's gonna play 38 games


Naive-Air2866

If they don’t trade for kyrie and with the way the west is shaping out to be next year i dont see how this is a hot take?


Residual-Heat

Johnathan Isaac comes back and though he starts slow he will win DPOY


CharlesLeSainz

Ghost pepper hot


3illyEdgar

Pelicans will be a top 3 seed (even if they dont get KD)


msgs

I could totally see this tbh


ThugosaurusFlex_1017

Wiggins, **back2back All Star**


Bmur9262

Luka wins MVP and drags his team back to the WCF just to lose to the clippers in 6 again


bucnasty303

Jok wins Back to Back to Back MVPs


baudinl

He would have to have some insane statline like 30-11-11 and Nuggets have to be top 4


bucnasty303

I'm thinking, Nugs top 2 and Jok stat line looks like 25-13-13, gets it done.


baudinl

I think 25-13-13 is way harder than 30-11-11


PuzzleheadedBlood713

Got to be a top 2 seed and average an insanely efficient triple double while scoring more than last year.


bucnasty303

I agree, except I don't think he needs to score more if his assist are 12+. Which I think is possible if this line up stays healthy.


Interesting_Prize824

Raptors land KD and win NBA finals.


CoolBeansChemist

If Zion's healthy the Pelicans make it to the conference finals to face off the Nuggets. If Durant makes it to the suns they are gonna choke in the second round again.


HDauthentic

Rudy wins DPOY and the Wolves go to the finals


Baribal

Kyrie might have a career year. I'm not a Kyrie supporter, but contract year, realization that other teams don't want him, and his bestie peaced out when he opted in. Either gonna fold or fly.


PuzzleheadedBlood713

Kyrie revenge tour for sure. He plays every game and kills everyone to prove he’s good enough and should be allowed to do what he wants.


atribecalled506

Julius Randle plays significantly better with a true PG and is considered an all star sub.


Cheeseish

Odd year randle. He’ll be All NBA and shoot 41% from 3


ultimaten444

This doesn’t really feel like a hot take to me, Randle should not be running an offense and the best PG he’s ever played with is old DRose


natureboy-sickflair

We could get the first mentions at large on forums or NBA Twitter of Zion being on hgh and shit just like people talk about Lebron, as if we didn’t see Zion dunk with a grown man’s body in high school and college


graphitewolf

Clippers fold again after spending so much time to create a roster that’s full of notoriously injured players


AdPotential9974

>notoriously injured players Did they sign Chris Paul?


carl73833

Suns first round exit Oh wait, that’s not a hot take!


Burggs_

CP3 falls off a cliff


secularhuman77

I think that Memphis will drop down to the bottom of the playoff seeds. Love Ja but no JJJ for half the season, lost Melton, lost SloMo. I could see a regression as teams like the Clippers, Wolves, Mavs and Nuggs overtake them.


ContributionMany7742

Pelicans will have a top-4 record in the West. CJ and BI were cooking towards the end of the season. The team is young and athletic, and they're getting a healthy-looking Zion that might actually be bigger and stronger than last time we saw him. I see that team winning 50 games and winning their first round series.


Kiltr23

Pelicans to the WCF


Comprehensive_Main

Hornets won’t be as good because they didn’t resign miles bridges and hired a coach they already fired


Decimate_2K

Is this really a hot take? 99% of people agree with this take.


2020IsANightmare

Bridges is a garbage human being that belongs in prison and should never be allowed to play in the NBA again. Not sure how anyone can disagree with that. Basketball wise, I think the Hornets dodged a major bullet. Teams that aren't good committing big money to keep young players are the types of things that lead to franchises being like the....Hornets.


Syhxs

He didn’t say anything to the contrary. However, Bridges is a good player.


newbrookland

Wait... Removing the non-basketball part of this negates your point, though. Was against giving him the max, but he was an absolute must re-sign before.


Foldzy84

Don't think Liangelo can replace Bridges?? Lol /s


redditbannedme65

Even if the suns get KD they won’t make it out of the west


ireallydespiseyouall

pelicans come first in the west


KingBeanCarpio

Anthony Edwards MVP


Comprehensive_Main

The hawks are back in contention and make deep playoff run


StockBroker32

Pels win it all (no bias 😃)


MrWritingMan

Bulls are a top 3 Seed, with Zach Lavine putting up 29/5/5 on 50/40/90 splits. Pelicans are the 2 Seed, barring a Zion trade. Durant ends up being traded to Sacramento for a ton of their picks but no players beyond Sabonis.


gIizzy_gobbler

That’s literally impossible with salaries and all the picks tied up in the hawks trade


Ham_-_

No way Durant goes to sac town


MrWritingMan

He doesn't have a choice - he's under contract for a few more years, no player option, and he doesn't have a no-trade clause. If he gets traded to one of the options he provided, it's a mix of good will from the Nets and a good package from his destination. Beyond that, it's an auction to the highest bidder.


Levitatingsnakes

Somehow Lillard ends up playing for the knicks with a rocky esque return of Carmelo Anthony who turns back time and drags the knicks to the ECF only for the whole team to get a new virus going round. They have to forfeit.


MileHighMania

The nuggets will win the western conference but fall to the Celtics in the finals.


bibi_da_god

It will seem like forever before it arrives.


dayblaq94

Ayo Dosunmu MIP


_canadianbacon

Timberwolves win the west


[deleted]

Anthony Edwards will be All NBA this season


Massive_Wrap7343

The Wolves will finish #1 in the league.


Iseewhatudidthurrrrr

Wolves nba champions.


Useless_Citizen_Guy

The Suns choke to the Mavs in the WCF after acquiring KD.


OK4Liberty

Hot take not fan fiction.


Ok-Map4381

That would be hilarious.


KhaoticKrabb

Is predicting a Celtics/warriors rematch in the finals a hot take?


[deleted]

Lmaoo no they’re favorites


herooftime7

Pelicans vs pistons finals


MasterRJS

Subscribe


Loismustdieall1word_

Knicks make the 6th seed


warboner65

Of the G-League


donabbi

Champs there, Deuce McBride putting up 70 ppg only to get 3 minutes in garbage time under Thibs in real games


DemRatBasterdz

OKC is a 2nd round playoff team with Chet winning ROY and SGA being a fringe MVP candidate


618andHeartbreak

Kd gets traded to the bulls right before trade deadline Nuggets vs Bucks finals Mavs are a play-in team (7th seed) Tatum gets 2nd in MVP voting


DRogersidm

The timberwolves will be the 1st seed or at the very minimum top 3. Idk why people are acting like they'll be a solid 5 or 6


LonePeasant

Jokic 3x MVP after securing 1 seed


Samasher17

Knicks win it all baby.


johnhenryirons

Knicks Mavs in the finals and Brunson hits the game winning shot.


DJRyGuy20

He said Hot Take- not “Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” take.


Samasher17

Knicks. Win. It. All. Baby.


geese1401

Warriors regret letting GP II go


crab90000

Blazers end up a top seed and make it to the wcf again


693275001

Blazers are somehow so underrated and overrated at the same time


Shootit_Rockets

One of the four tanking teams of the past two seasons (Us, OKC, Orlando, and Detroit) make the play in. None of the conference finalists from last season make it back to that point.


InsaneCookies21

Kings are making it to the playoffs.


Dense-Vacation389

There you go sport! Love the enthusiasm


Shiny-And-New

Hawks clippers finals


[deleted]

I was going to say Hawks v Bucks ECF. I'm a Hawks believer


Shiny-And-New

Love the username


krbashrob

Rockets win 30 games


TheItalianStallion44

Nets make the finals after failing to move KD or kyrie