If any of these end up being way off, I'll deny, deny, deny...
No. of games played for Shaquille O'Neal: 69.
Sounds like a lot? That's because it is, and I'm probably crazy to think he can do it. He has only played 70 or more twice in the past seven seasons. But he has played at least 67 in six of the last eight seasons, so two more doesn't seem like that much of a stretch.
No. of games missed, combined, between the starting backcourt of Dwyane Wade and Jason Williams: 20.
Most of that will come from Dwyane, who'll probably miss eight or so to start the season. I just believe Jason is as healthy as he has been in three years, and he tries to play through any pain anyway, so you know he will in a contract season.
Points averaged by Wade, O'Neal and Davis: 25 ppg, 19 ppg, 16 ppg.
That would be a total of 60 ppg -- a tad more than the top three in any of the years Wade and Shaq have been together. But they'll need more from the top three than they ever have because of questionable depth.
I actually think that if the guys stay healthy it'll be an easy 50-win season, but I don't want to sound like the eternal optimist. I just don't think you can assume guys will be hurt. I mean, what other teams are people assuming significant injuries for? I can't think of one.
Playoff seed: Third
Tricky here, but I think the Magic and Heat will battle it out for the division, with the Magic taking it by a hair. I also figure either the Celtics or the Pistons (I can't decide on which one) will get the No. 1 seed, with the other team being a slight disappointment (there is no rhyme or reason to that prediction, it's just what my crystal ball says). That'll leave the Heat with the third-best record. Also, the Cavs and Bulls (yes, even with Kobe Bryant) will have slightly disappointing regular seasons.
How will the season end? Can't see that far into the future. Not without watching Dwyane Wade play for a couple months. Get back to me after the trade deadline.