Rowan Radio’s Joe Stauffenberg is excited for another action packed NBA season. He’s here to offer 10 teams that have a shot at winning the championship!
With the NFL season halfway over already, the MLB season coming to a end, and the NHL already a few games in, the NBA season is finally here. A new season means that any team has a shot to win the championship at the end of the season. And after a crazy off season filled with trades and free agency pick-ups, anything can happen. But, there are a few teams that you can easily make a case for to win the Larry O’Brien trophy at the end of the season.
Here are ten teams that have a good chance to win the 2017 NBA Championship:
1.Golden State Warriors
The Warriors are coming off of the record-breaking 73-9 season, and are looking for their 2nd Championship in 3 years. After losing both Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut to the Dallas Mavericks, the Warriors were able to sign the former MVP, Kevin Durant, along with key bench players with Zaza Pachulia and David West. They join an already stacked Warrior squad with Curry, Thompson, Green, and Iguodala.
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James led Cleveland to their first ever NBA championship last year and hopes are high to repeat for this upcoming season. The Cavaliers lost Mathew Dellavedova and Timofey Mozgov in free agency, which will make it tough for them to repeat, but the signings of Chris Andersen and Toney Douglas will add bench production for their team. James is entering his 14th year in the league as he looks to make it to the Finals for the 7th straight time.
3. San Antonio Spurs
Even with the retirement of Tim Duncan, the San Antonio Spurs are still one of the early favorites to win it all. Veterans Tony Parker and Manu Ginóbili take over the team as newcomer, Pau Gasol, tries to replace Duncan at the Power Forward position.
4. Los Angeles Clippers
Nine-time All-Star, Chris Paul, leads the Clippers with high hopes of winning his first championship. The team added big man Brandon Bass and guard Alan Anderson to improve the bench. Paul Pierce will be looking to add one final championship, as he has said this will be his last season.
5. Toronto Raptors
After losing to Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals last year, the Toronto Raptors are looking to make it back this year. Philadelphia-native Kyle Lowry tries to bounce back after a disappointing performance in the playoffs last season. The Raptors made a big move by signing Jared Sullinger from the Boston Celtics to help their chances to make it to the Finals.
6. New York Knicks
Surprisingly, the Knicks are one of the favorites to win the NBA Championship. With a healthy Carmelo Anthony and 2nd year sensation, Kristaps Porzingis, New York added big names like Derrick Rose, Joakin Noah, Brandon Jennings, and Courtney Lee. They will try to win their first Championship in over 40 years.
7. Oklahoma City Thunder
Despite the departure of Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka, the Thunder are still the hunt for this year’s championship. Russell Westbrook, who is one of the favorites to win MVP, will take control of the team alongside Steven Adams, André Roberson, and big-time dunker, Victor Oladipo.
8. Boston Celtics
One of the big names in this year’s free agency was Al Horford. The Celtics were able to sign the big man for a 4-year deal worth $113 million and he is ready to be the man in the middle for this team. Third-overall pick in the 2016 Draft, Jaylen Brown, is looking to make an impact in his first year in the NBA. He will join rising stars Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart.
9. Chicago Bulls
Over the past 2 years, Jimmy Butler has been the proven leader of this Bulls team. With stars like Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah on their way to New York to join the Knicks, the Bulls still pulled out a lot of great signings this free agency. The newcomers include Dwayne Wade, Rajon Rondo, and rookie big man Denzel Valentine. The team has all the talent, but will they play up to their ability?
10. Portland Trail Blazers
One of the most underestimated teams coming into the season is the Portland Trail Blazers. Portland was able to hold on to almost everyone from their roster last year. With the addition of Evan Turner and Shabazz Napier, they will take some of the pressure off of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, and Festus Ezeli was brought in during the off-season to help Mason Plumlee in the front-court.
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