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US sports media giants, ESPN, have made their predictions on who will advance to the NBA Finals from each conference and win the Larry O'Brien trophy and which players will win each individual award.

ESPN's predictions:

Who will win next season's NBA MVP award?

  1. Kevin Durant | Brooklyn Nets: 45 votes (38.9% first-place votes)
  2. Giannis Antetokounmpo | Milwaukee Bucks: 38 votes (33.3% first-place votes)
  3. Luka Doncic | Dallas Mavericks: 35 votes (16.7% first-place votes)
  4. Joel Embiid | Philadelphia 76ers: 14 votes (5.6% first-place votes)
  5. James Harden | Brooklyn Nets: 11 votes (5.6% first-place votes)
  6. Steph Curry | Golden State Warriors: 10 votes
  7. LeBron James | Los Angeles Lakers: 7 votes

Also received votes: Nikola Jokic, Anthony Davis.

Who will win next season's Rookie of the Year award?

  1. Jalen Green | Houston Rockets: 75 votes (72.2% first-place votes)
  2. Cade Cunningham | Detroit Pistons: 58 votes (27.8% first-place votes)
  3. Jalen Suggsas | Orlando Magic: 17 votes
  4. Evan Mobley | Cleveland Cavaliers: 6 votes
  5. Scottie Barnes | Toronto Raptors: 4 votes
  6. Josh Giddey | Oklahoma City Thunder Thunder: 1 vote
  7. Davion Mitchell | Sacramento Kings Kings: 1 vote

Who will win next season's Coach of the Year award?

  1. Erik Spoelstra | Miami Heat: 23 votes (5.6% first-place votes)
  2. Steve Nash | Brooklyn Nets: 22 votes (22.2% first-place votes)
  3. Ime Udoka | Boston Celtics: 16 votes (16.7% first-place votes)
  4. Quinn Snyder | Utah Jazz: 14 balsų (5.6% first-place votes)
  5. Taylor Jenkins | Memphis Grizzlies: 13 votes (11.1% first-place votes)
  6. Monty Williams | Phoenix Suns: 12 votes (5.6% first-place votes)
  7. Steve Kerr | Golden State Warriors: 11 votes (5.6% first-place votes)
  8. Frank Vogel | Los Angeles Lakers: 8 votes (5.6% first-place votes)
  9. Rick Carlisle | Indiana Pacers: 8 votes (5.6% first-place votes)
  10. Nate McMillan | Atlanta Hawks: 8 votes (5.6% first-place votes)

Also received votes: Tyronn Lue, Billy Donovan, James Borrego, Michael Malone, Chauncey Billups, Jason Kidd, Willie Green, Mike Budenholzer.

Who will win the Defensive Player of the Year award?

  1. Rudy Gobert | Utah Jazz: 40 votes (33.3% first-place votes)
  2. Anthony Davis | Los Angeles Lakers: 33 votes (27.8% first-place votes)
  3. Giannis Antetokounmpo | Milwaukee Bucks: 30 votes (11.1% first-place votes)
  4. Draymond Green | Golden State Warriors 15 votes (11.1% first-place votes)
  5. Joel Embiid | Philadelphia 76ers: 15 votes (5.6% first-place votes)
  6. Ben Simmons | Philadelphia 76ers: 11 votes (11.1% first-place votes)
  7. Bam Adebayo | Miami Heat: 8 votes

Also received votes: Paul George, Myles Turner, Deandre Ayton, Jrue Holiday, Clint Capela.

Who will win the Sixth Player of the Year award?

  1. Jordan Clarkson | Utah Jazz: 41 votes (33.3% first-place votes)
  2. Derrick Rose | New York Knicks: 27 votes (16.7% first-place votes)
  3. Joe Ingles | Utah Jazz: 21 votes (16.7% first-place votes)
  4. Kevin Huerter | Atlanta Hawks: 20 votes (5.6% first-place votes)
  5. Tyrese Haliburton | Sacramento Kings: 18 votes (16.7% first-place votes)
  6. Tyler Herro | Miami Heat: 12 votes (5.6% first-place votes)
  7. Eric Bledsoe | Los Angeles Clippers: 5 votes (5.6% first-place votes)

Also received votes: Kendrick Nunn, Carmelo Anthony, Goran Dragic, Dennis Schroder, Talen Horton-Tucker, Alex Caruso, Patty Mils.

Who will win the Most Improved Player award?

  1. Michael Porter Jr. | Denver Nuggets: 30 votes (16.7% first-place votes)
  2. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander | Oklahoma City Thunder: 20 votes (5.6% first-place votes)
  3. Kevin Porter Jr. | Houston Rockets: 19 votes (5.6% first-place votes)
  4. LaMelo Ball | Charlotte Hornets: 18 votes (16.7% first-place votes)
  5. Anthony Edwards | Minnesota Timberwolves: 11 votes (5.6% first-place votes)
  6. Jaren Jackson Jr. | Memphis Grizzlies: 11 votes (11.1% first-place votes)
  7. Ja Morant | Memphis Grizzlies: 10 votes (11.1% first-place votes)
  8. Zion Williamson | New Orleans Pelicans: 10 votes (11.1% first-place votes)

Also received votes: De‘Aron Fox, Reggie Jackson, Terance Mann, Fred VanVleet, Christian Wood, Malcolm Brogdon, Mikal Bridges, Lonzo Ball, Collin Sexton, Darius Garland, Tyrese Haliburton.

Which team will win the Eastern Conference?

  1. Brooklyn Nets: 85 votes (78.9% first-place votes)
  2. Milwaukee Bucks: 54 votes (11.1% first-place votes)
  3. Miami Heat: 21 votes (5.3% first-place votes)
  4. Philadelphia 76ers: 9 votes (5.3% first-place votes)
  5. Boston Celtics: 1 vote
  6. Atlanta Hawks: 1 vote

Which team will win the Western Conference?

  1. Los Angeles Lakers: 87 votes (78.9% first-place votes)
  2. Utah Jazz: 40 votes (10.5% first-place votes)
  3. Phoenix Suns: 17 votes (5.3% first-place votes)
  4. Denver Nuggets: 11 votes (5.3% first-place votes)
  5. Golden State Warriors: 11 votes
  6. Dallas Mavericks: 5 votes

Which team will win the NBA Championship?

  1. Brooklyn Nets: 80 votes (78.9% first-place votes)
  2. Los Angeles Lakers: 49 votes (15.8% first-place votes)
  3. Milwaukee Bucks: 30 votes (5.3% first-place votes)
  4. Philadelphia 76ers: 4 votes
  5. Miami Heat: 3 votes
  6. Phoenix Suns: 3 votes
  7. Utah Jazz: 1 vote
  8. Denver Nuggets: 1 vote
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