Top 10 Favorites to Win the NBA 2018-2019 Championships
Training camps are underway and before you know it the NBA 2018-2019 season will have begun. Which is good, because we’re sure you’re with us when we say that we can’t wait to watch some top-notch basketball during the regular season. Various changes were made during the offseason, rendering certain teams near unrecognizable.
10. Minnesota Timberwolves (65.00)
It’s a shame to hear that four-time all-star Jimmy Butler has requested a trade. With the change currently underway, we could see Derrick Rose replacing Butler’s role in the starting lineup. We’ll see how well Rose will adjust making plays with players such as Andrew Wiggins, Taj Gibson, and the rest of the Timberwolves.
In terms of his scoring ability, Rose averaged 14.2 points per game with a 50.9 shooting percentage. His stats are crazier than ever, and this could give the team a good start. But his ability to score was never the problem, it’s more of him being a reliable asset for a team in the long run. We’ll see if he can stay healthy all throughout his 1-year term with the Timberwolves.
9. San Antonio Spurs (48.00)
It’s a new era for every Spurs fan. The big three are gone, and with star player Kawhi Leonard leaving, the Spurs will look like a completely different team once the regular season begins. But the Spurs have always been a team that finds success not because of one or two players, but because of how the team plays together. It’s never a good idea to underestimate the Spurs led by head coach Gregg Popovich.
LaMarcus Aldridge is now in a leading role for the Spurs, and with the inclusion of DeMar DeRozan, the Spurs still has the potential to start as one of the solid teams to beat during the regular season.
8. Utah Jazz (40.00)
In the West, the Utah Jazz are up there as one of the teams to beat. Their stalwart defense led by Rudy Gobert makes them a solid contender already. But with Grayson Allen now part of the lineup and Jae Crowder and Donovan Mitchell healthy and more experienced, the Jazz are going nowhere else but up.
7. Oklahoma City Thunder (26.00)
A round 1 exit against the Utah Jazz in last season’s playoffs wasn’t the best outcome for a team that managed to keep Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony in the same roster. This team is amazing on paper, but it’s more of properly managing the key elements that keeps OKC fans up at night. Chemistry between their top scorers and an adjustment with tempo and defense is still something they need to work on as a team. If the coaching staff can make a solid adjustment entering next season, we just might see OKC dominate the west.
6. Philadelphia 76ers (18.50)
Their performance last season has placed a spotlight on the 76ers in the East. We never thought we’d say this, but they finally rallied a great team. And it feels like it will get even better when players like Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons pick up more experience, especially for the Playoffs.
5. Toronto Raptors (12.00)
The Toronto Raptors are stepping into this new season with a fresh coat of paint. With a new coach on board and Kawhi Leonard plus Danny Green now in the mix, the Raptors are still considered one of the top contenders to win the championship. Let’s also not forget the Raptors have one of the most effective benches in the league, which looks untouched this season.
4. Houston Rockets (9.50)
The Houston Rockets are one of the teams to beat in the league right now. James Harden is still a beast when he has the ball and shows no signs of slowing. With Chris Paul and Clint Capela giving the offensive support Harden needs, it all boils down to how consistent the Rockets can be with the rest of their roster.
Picking up Carmelo Anthony is the wildcard, and it would be interesting if his role on the team will improve their performance, especially during the playoffs.
3. Los Angeles Lakers (9.00)
The King is now a Laker. Considered the biggest signing news during the offseason, Lebron going to LA puts this young Laker team up in the rankings because, well, it’s Lebron James. Lebron has proven time and time again that he can lead and evolve a team into a strong contender no matter the circumstances.
2. Boston Celtics (6.00)
Many have put the Boston Celtics as the clear favorite in the East. With Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward, and the genius mind of Brad Stevens leading this Celtics team, they are considered one of the best teams in the NBA. From the way they manage the defensive side of the court, to executing clutch plays, the Celtics are a team who can beat even the Golden State Warriors. Let’s just pray that Irving and Hayward stay on the healthy side this season.
1. Golden State Warriors (1.57)
What more is there to say about the best NBA team in the league? The 2017-2018 champions were able to keep what makes the team championship-worthy and they seem stronger this year with the inclusion of DeMarcus Cousins in their starting five.
Shaun livingston and Andre Iguodala are still around and remain as key players coming off the bench. They may be at the top right now, but they have quite the challenge this season with other teams well-equipped in dealing with GSW’s new lineup. If the Warriors led by Steve Kerry can stay creative, the chances are high for them to take the championship a third time in a row.
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