By Doug Russell Special to Published Dec 27, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Division winners:

Atlantic: New York

Central: Chicago

Southeast: Miami

Northwest: Oklahoma City

Pacific:  LA Lakers

Southwest: Dallas

Predicted finish in the Eastern Conference:

  1. Miami
  2. Chicago
  3. New York
  4. Orlando
  5. Boston
  6. New Jersey
  7. Milwaukee
  8. Atlanta

Predicted finish in the Western Conference:

  1. Dallas
  2. Oklahoma City
  3. LA Lakers
  4. LA Clippers
  5. Memphis
  6. San Antonio
  7. Denver
  8. Phoenix

NBA Finals: Miami over Oklahoma City

MVP: Blake Griffin, LA Clippers

Rookie of the Year: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland

Coach of the Year: Pat Riley, Miami (no, this is not a misprint)

We'll see how I do in June!

Doug Russell Special to

Doug Russell has been covering Milwaukee and Wisconsin sports for over 20 years on radio, television, magazines, and now at

Over the course of his career, the Edward R. Murrow Award winner and Emmy nominee has covered the Packers in Super Bowls XXXI, XXXII and XLV, traveled to Pasadena with the Badgers for Rose Bowls, been to the Final Four with Marquette, and saw first-hand the entire Brewers playoff runs in 2008 and 2011. Doug has also covered The Masters, several PGA Championships, MLB All-Star Games, and Kentucky Derbys; the Davis Cup, the U.S. Open, and the Sugar Bowl, along with NCAA football and basketball conference championships, and for that matter just about anything else that involves a field (or court, or rink) of play.

Doug was a sports reporter and host at WTMJ-AM radio from 1996-2000, before taking his radio skills to national syndication at Sporting News Radio from 2000-2007. From 2007-2011, he hosted his own morning radio sports show back here in Milwaukee, before returning to the national scene at Yahoo! Sports Radio last July. Doug's written work has also been featured in The Sporting News, Milwaukee Magazine, Inside Wisconsin Sports, and Brewers GameDay.

Doug and his wife, Erika, split their time between their residences in Pewaukee and Houston, TX.