by Gunner Ellsworth – Staff Reporter
The 2016-2017 NBA season is nearly halfway through. The teams have gotten over their early regular season jitters, and are only looking at one thing: where they will be seeded on the playoffs. For teams who probably won’t be in the playoffs like (8-28*) Nets or the (11-27*) Mavericks they are just trying to finish the season with some pride and hope for next year. For borderline playoff teams like the (18-18*) Bucks (19-19*) Bulls or the (18-18*) Wizards every game is a battle. A win brings them closer to their goal, and a loss just farther away.
For some teams they are already ahead of the game, teams like the Golden State Warriors (32-6) or the Cleveland Cavaliers (28-8) are just looking to lock up a good seed, then rest their players so they can be at their best come playoff time.
The Cavaliers starting lineup against the Bulls in a recent game had only two of their normal starters in, they lost the game but weren’t too put out, knowing that if they ever really want a win, they can utilize all their players, and get it. They are the best team in the NBA. Especially with the addition ofKyle Korver.
The playoffs this year are going to be very similar to last year with the number one seeds pretty much locked up by the Golden State Warriors of the west and the Cleveland Cavaliers of the east. Teams like the San Antonio Spurs, the Toronto Raptors, the Boston Celtics, and the Houston Rockets are all fighting for a second or third seed in their conference in order to have a leg up in the playoffs. A team that can consistently win games must consist of multiple great players working together, teams like the Thunder only have one good player, these teams can’t put together as many wins as a team with all five players working together.
Teams always have a strategy to get the best position they can, whether a team is rebuilding or contending for a championship each team will be looking for their best chance at a good year, or a good next year.
Below is a prediction I have made concerning the 2016-2017 playoff seeding. These are based off the current standings and projections of what I think will happen.