We have now reached an era of NBA basketball in which I woud like to call the “Super Team” era. Why? You might ask. Well, In case you haven’t see over the past little bit, superstars are trading in their loyalty for a chance to make it big. Last season said it all with Kevin Durant leaving Oklahoma City, to take his talents to Golden State. This year, rumors of Jimmy Butler, Paul George, and now Kyrie Irving have scared GM’s across the board into pawning off these stars for well under what they “should” be worth. Let’s also not forget that “Boogie” Cousins was traded to the Pelicans to team up with Anthony Davis, Chris Paul now to the Houston Rockets with James Harden, and Gordon Hayward to the Celtics now with Isaiah Thomas. The game has changed! It’s a little disappointing, to see the unloyalty all around, but at the same time, it’s kind of exciting! What is going to happen this next season? Will Golden State lock it up in easy fashion again, or will they hit a massive road bump along the way?
Moving along, here is my prediction for the top five teams in each Conference…
1- Golden State Warriors- They are all around the best team in the NBA. Curry, Durant, Green, Thompson, and then the role players. They are coming off of a spectacular season winning it all, and the have not lost much of their team at all. They are comfortable playing with each other, and have had a lot more experience together than a lot of these up and coming star duos. Don’t get me wrong though, it won’t be as much of a breeze for them this year!
2- Houston Rockets- The Rockets already had a stellar run this past season, and they just got a whole lot better too. Granted, they did give up a few pieces in Beverley, and Williams, and a bunch of other bench guys. But they went and got Chris Paul! Not only that, they got a good piece in forward PJ Tucker as well. To think that they were scoring enough already. Adding Chris Paul is just going to open up the door even more for James Harden.
3- Oklahoma City Thunder- Though Westbrook carried the team as much as he possibly could last season, it just wasn’t enough. They didn’t have enough scoring power to make it past the first round of the playoffs. Now, adding another star in Paul George to the lineup, Westbrook doesn’t have to carry the entire team on his back with the scoring load. The only question is, will this team click enough in this first year of the duo to keep George and Westbrook around longer.
4- Minnesota Timberwolves- This team was already on the rise, but they just accelerated that even further with the acquisition of Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague. These guys have both not only proved themselves to be great players, but have experience going deep into the playoffs. This team is clearly going to be the biggest turnaround as far as record goes with their upgraded roster.
5- Denver Nuggets- This is my dark horse. The Nuggets picked up a solid player in Paul Millsap to go along with their rising star Nikola Jokic. They still need some help in the backcourt, but I think they are going to find it later in the season. They have assets to trade. I wouldn’t even be surprised to see Kyrie Irving end up on their roster at some point. Mark my words though. These guys are going to be making the playoffs though.
1- Boston Celtics- They went out and got Gordon Hayward to team up with Isaiah Thomas and the gang. They are going to be a tough team to beat this year. Personally, I think that if they would have had Hayward last season, they would have taken the Eastern Conference easy.
2- Washington Wizards- The Wizards are keeping the band together. With Wall at the reigns, and Beal on his side, they are going to remain a threat in this game. The question is, can they get somebody else who will be able to push them to the next step.
3- Cleveland Caveliers- The Cavs are falling, but for now, they still have LeBron James. As long as the hold on to LeBron, they are going to keep winning games. Also, if Rose can stay healthy, he could be a good fit in Cleveland.
4- Toronto Raptors- As long as Derozan and Lowry are here, they will win games. But they will never be on top if they can’t get a better surrounding cast. They will always be this average team int he playoffs in my opinion.
5- Charlotte Hornets- The Hornets went and got Dwight Howard. That may or may not be good. I think he will fit in just nicely with this team. Kemba running the point. Batum and Williams running alongside. With Howard at the post, these guys are gonna be tough!
This is my prediction going into next season. Things are always bound to change. Trades will be made that can swing all of this out of line. Let me know what you think and if you believe I made a mistake on here! Comment are welcome!