The NBA Live Season Preview

By Sam Rubenstein

EA Sports has simulated the whole season in NBA Live. I like to do this kind of thing myself, but it is NOWHERE NEAR AS THOROUGH. Here’s a summary:

Dallas Mavericks Capture First NBA Championship IN

Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki Receives Finals MVP Award  –

Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Garnett Earns Regular Season MVP Award –

NEW YORK and REDWOOD CITY, CA, OCTOBER 30, 2006 – The Dallas Mavericks captured their first NBA championship by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games during an Electronic Arts NBA LIVE 07 videogame simulation that offers complete fantasy results on the entire 2006-07 NBA season.

Mavericks’ forward Dirk Nowitzki was named The Finals MVP after averaging 20.3 points and 8.8 rebounds in the playoffs.  During the regular season, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Garnett received the MVP award after scoring 25.8 ppg, leading the league in rebounding (12.1 rpg) and finishing third overall in blocks (2.5 bpg).

The fourth playoff seed in the Western Conference after posting a 56-26 regular season record, the Mavericks reached the The Finals for a second consecutive year after defeating the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs in a seven-game Western Conference Finals.  The Cavaliers defeated the defending NBA champion Miami Heat in seven games to capture the Eastern Conference Finals.  Last year the NBA LIVE simulation correctly predicted Miami would advance to the NBA Finals (losing to San Antonio) and Kobe Bryant would capture the regular season scoring title.

In the NBA LIVE 07 simulation, the Spurs posted an NBA-best 65-17 record while the New York Knicks finished last overall with a 19-63 mark.  Eight teams posted 50 or more wins including the Spurs (65-17), Phoenix Suns (62-50), Cavaliers (58-24), Mavericks (56-26), Los Angeles Clippers (55-27), Heat (54-28), Houston Rockets (52-30) and Chicago Bulls (52-30).

Additional results of the NBA LIVE 07 simulation for 2006-07 NBA Season include:
Philadelphia 76ers’ Allen Iverson capturing the NBA scoring title with 30.5 ppg, but unable to lead the 76ers into the playoffs.
Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, ranking fifth in scoring with 27 ppg, and leading the Cavaliers to the best regular season record in the Eastern Conference at 58-24.
Chicago Bulls’ Ben Wallace earning Defensive Player of the Year award.
Charlotte Bobcats’ Adam Morrison receiving the Rookie of the Year award.
New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets’ Desmond Mason receiving the Sixth Man award.
Orlando Magic’s Jameer Nelson earning Most Improved Player.
San Antonio Spurs’ Greg Popovich receiving Coach of the Year award

2007 NBA Playoffs & Results

NBA Finals: Dallas Mavericks defeat Cleveland Cavaliers, 4-2
MVP: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas

Eastern Conference
First Round
(1) Cleveland defeats (8) Indiana, 4-2
(4) New Jersey defeats (5) Detroit, 4-3

(3) Chicago defeats (6) Milwaukee, 4-1
(2) Miami defeats (7), Washington, 4-2

Second Round
(1) Cleveland defeats (4) New Jersey, 4-3
(2) Miami defeats (3) Chicago, 4-2

Eastern Conference Finals
(1) Cleveland defeats (2) Miami, 4-3

Western Conference
First Round
(1) San Antonio defeats (8) Denver, 4-0
(5) LA Clippers defeats (4) Minnesota, 4-2

(3) Dallas defeats (6) Houston, 4-2
(2) Phoenix defeats (7) LA Lakers, 4-2

Second Round
(1) San Antonio defeats (5) LA Clippers, 4-2
(3) Dallas defeats (2) Phoenix, 4-2

Western Conference Finals
(3) Dallas defeats (1) San Antonio, 4-3

For MUCH MUCH more, check out the whole document here.