Bold Predictions for 2021
2020 was a weird year for sports (to say the least), but now that we are in 2021 I'm hoping for some normalcy. With that said, I'm hoping this is year is interesting but in a MUCH different way. Here are my bold predictions for the upcoming sports year.
Josh Allen Wins MVP
The Bills QB has had a great season thus far. He’s led the Bills to its first division title in over 20 years and his progression this season has been impressive. He's at the top of the list in the major passing categories, and he broke Jim Kelly's record for most passing touchdowns in a season as Bill as well as Drew Bledsoe’s record for most passing yards.
While he won't win the MVP this season, it wouldn't be a surprise if he gets a few votes. Allen should be in the conversation next season if he keeps this type of play going. It should be noted that a Bill’s player hasn’t won an MVP in almost 50 years. Book it, 2021 will belong to Josh Allen.
Auston Matthews Takes Home the Rocket
Even though I’m a homer, Matthews is completely capable of taking home the Rocket Richard trophy this season. Matthews had only one goal less than Pasternak and Ovechkin, who both shared the prestigious award, so it’s not totally out of this world if he takes it home this year.
Matthews has become one of the most dangerous goal scorers in the league. The American sniper has scored 158 goals in the first four campaigns of his career, which ranks 10th in totals goals in the last 5 seasons. He's already reached the 40 goal plateau twice and although it’ll be tough to hit that mark again with a shortened season, a hot start could be all he needs to do it again.
Also, playing the Senators 9 times this season should surely help the former first overall picks odds to become the first Rocket winner in Leafs history.
Raptors Make Big Move
The Raptors are 1-4 so far this season and truth be told, are in complete limbo. While they are a competitive team, they might aren’t strong enough to compete for another NBA title. With Giannis and Gobert off the market, the Raps are going to have to make a splash outside of the free agency market, and that splash may come in the form of James Harden.
However, if Toronto doesn’t want to give the pieces necessary to land Houston’s star, then Kawhi Leonard could be an option as well. The former Raptor could be a free agent if he decides to decline his player option for next year, and considering the pair were a match made in heaven, it is possible the Klaw comes back north of the border.
The Raptors could possibly lure in Victor Oladipo, but he's been injury prone and a lot less attractive of name than the previous two mentioned. Regardless, the Raptors management should be busy in the coming months to keep the team competitive.
Durant - LeBron 4
It is early to predict the NBA finals matchup, but it's hard to bet against the Lakers, especially if the team stays healthy. But who will face the Lakers? Look no further than the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets with Kevin Durant will be a huge threat in the East, and so far KD looks phenomenal.
The Nets' start this season hasn’t been anything special, but it's still very early in the season. The Nets have plenty of time to get rolling and get their chemistry where it needs to be.
A fourth Durant-Lebron final will be something to watch. Both players have won finals MVP against each other and a matchup between the league’s two best players should create another entertaining finals. Don't forget Kyrie Irving would be going against his former mentor and we all know the fallout between Kyrie and LeBron. Plus this little tidbit Kyrie said last year…
“One thing I’ve always been comfortable with is, I’ve felt like I was the best option on every team I’ve played for down the stretch. This is the first time in my career where I can be like “that motherf***** can make that shot, too.”
Need I say more?