Who will win the NBA finals?
Ever since the massive four team trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Lakers, I've been seeing almost everyone saying that the Lakers are a sure thing to win it all this year. So I just wanted to see what everyone thought.
Personally I think there are five teams who could win the championship this season. I'm just listing them randomly so don't pay any attention to the order
1. Miami : They won the finals this past season. They are returning the core of their team plus they've added additional shooters in Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis. Lebron James is obviously playing at an incredibly high level and I don't expect that to end anytime soon. Wade and Bosh both sat out of the Olympics to be fully healthy so that should help.
2. LA Lakers: Obviously the fact that they added Dwight Howard and Steve Nash and only lost Andrew Bynum in the process is huge. Retaining Pau Gasol and pairing him with Steve Nash should help Gasol big time. Retaining Jordan Hill while adding Antawn Jamison could be huge for the Lakers.
3. OKC: They made it to the finals while all being so young and they are returning all their key players. The Olympic experience could pay huge dividends for Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and Serge Ibaka. The Thunder made some additions to the roster, but its hard to project any of them seeing consistant playing time.Getting Eric Maynor back fully healthy should be a big plus for the Thunder as well.
4. San Antonio: Whenever I think the Spurs are done they come back and play really high level basketball. Right now no one is talking about the Spurs and thats probably a mistake because they are a team you can't take lightly. The Spurs were two wins from making the finals last season and while some of their older players are getting older they have young talent that should come back better this season after seeing big minutes in key games.
5. Boston: The Celtics nearly defeated the Heat in the Eastern Conference finals while Avery Bradley was out with an injury and Ray Allen was slightly hobbled. The Celtics lost two guys from their rotation in Ray Allen and Greg Stiemsma, but they added a slew of new guys. Adding Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, Jared Sullinger, and Fab Melo should help the Celtics quite a bit. The other big news for the Celtics is Jeff Green returning after his health scare last season. If he can regain the form he had prior to his injury he should help make Boston a scary team and a definite title contender.
I'm not sure who will win it all, but I will be surprised if it isn't one of these five teams. Who do you expect to win the championship this season?
Your list isn't random at all. That's probably the top 5 favorites in that order and I definitely can't see anyone other than those 5 winning it next season.
I didn't purposely list the teams in a particular order.
One thing I still don't understand is how the &$#%#&@! did the lakers get Howard and the Magic got basically nobody. When I thought of an orlando - laker trade for howard, I wouldv' thought that they would've sent like Bynum AND Artest or something. Instead it was basically a trade where the lakers traded Bynum and got Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and Antwan Jamison Are you kidding me? What were the magic thinking? Otis Smith what have you done? The lakers are crazy man, I don't know how they do it, first Kwame for Pau and now this. Man! Gonna be an interesting year.
The original posted list is pretty much how I see things. But I also see the top 2 (Miami / LA) as very likely to be in the finals. OKC has a good shot. San Antonio / Boston are both dark horses, but should be in the discussion.
Not sure too many other teams are really in the running as of now, but seasons are long, injuries and trades happen. So who knows.
Any of the five teams listed have a legit shot if they make the finals.
I think there is a large gap between Lakers Heat Thunder and the Celtics and Spurs. I think it's a three team race between the first group. But I've learned over the past 5 years not to ever count out the Spurs or Celtics.
I would love to see a Lakers vs Celtics Finals
Both teams have defeated eachother one time and are 1 and 1 in the new millenium, I would LOVE to see a tiebreaker between these two storied franchises
But realistically it's probably going to be OKC vs Miami again, I just dinb't see the Lakers beating a young and scary OKC squad that has grown up alot of last years Finals defeat
Haven't we seen enough of the Lakers and Celtics?
Kobe is past his prime, but isn't it time we see a Kobe vs LeBron Finals?
#1 - Kobe vs Lebron
#2 - Durant vs Lebron
#3 - Celtics vs Lakers
#4 - Celtic vs OKC
#5 - Spurs vs Miami
#6 - Celtics vs Spurs
Atlanta: They can shoot, they can rebound, and they can defend. If Josh Smith can realize that he isn't one of their jump shooters, and Teague takes a step forward with JJ out of the way, this team is going to be a tough out.
Philadelphia: Front court. Just front court. I know Kwame Brown is a joke, but if he's your third center then you have something. If Turner can live up to the number two pick and Holiday can play more like '10-'11 than '11-'12, they could do some damage.
Indiana: Very strong up front. When their shooters are hot they can beat anyone. They had a series lead against Miami briefly last postseason.
Memphis: I'm not sure about their depth, but their starters can play with anyone.
Dallas: Everyone on the roster is either a former all-star or a young athlete. They're going to have to find a combination that works in the back court and stay healthy in the front court, but it's hard no to like the overall talent level.
Atlanta - no / Indiana - no / Phily - no None of these teams can beat Miami in 7 games. The celtics are the only team in the East that has a chance and the Heat WILL make the conference finals.
Memphis - could make a run, but conference finals seem like their absolute ceiling right now. I say out in the second round.
Dallas - Like Boston and San Antonio this is a team I don't like to take for granted. But right now they don't have the fire power. Will have to make some serious roster moves to make it to the conference finals. I see them out after the 1st or 2nd round.
As a Laker fan, I never slept on the San Antonio Spurs. Every year, people say they're old, but they still find a way to go far in the playoffs. Amazing team, they had unbelievable battles with the lakers.