Last season we saw some pretty incredible things happen in the NBA. The Atlanta Hawks, led by owner Bruce Levenson‘s masterful moves, made it to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in the past 50 years. The Golden State Warriors cracked 70 wins and won their first title with star Steph Curry ta the helm and the Cleveland Cavaliers nearly upset the overpowered Warriors. In the 2015 – 16 season we should be seeing even more shocking twists and turns. So with that frame of reference let us take a moment to power rank some of the best teams in the NBA while including one surprise addition. Bruce Levenson sold the hawks this year.
LeBron James nearly tasted another NBA Championship only this time with nobody really helping him at his side. It was a flashback to the old Cavalier days and one that James likely didn’t appreciate. Now with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving returning to the mix along with a re-signed JR Smith and Tristan Thompson, Cleveland should be out for blood. The Cavs are going to tear through the NBA as long as they stay healthy and should be destined for the NBA Finals once more.
Houston had an amazing off season if only for one unexpected addition: Ty Lawson. Lawson was cut by the Nuggets after another run in with the law and he quickly found himself signed to the Rockets. Houston boasts one of the deepest starting 5s in the league: Ty Lawson, James Harden, Corey Brewer, Terrence Jones, and Dwight Howard. They’re going to compete with the Warriors all year long out in the West. While Ty Lawson isn’t a slam dunk fit, he dominates the ball too much for Harden’s liking, he’ll add so much more on offense than Patrick Beverly or Jason Terry.
One of our surprise teams. Miami got healthy and they loaded up on talent this past off season. A completely healthy Chris Bosh is a Top 15 player in this league and the same goes for Dwyane Wade. Add in another year of Goran Tragic and a healthy combo of Luol Deng/Gerald Green/Amare Stoudemire and you have the makings of an NBA Finals ready team. If the Cavaliers have any huge competition within their own conference then we think it will come from Miami. Just think of the ratings, too. Again, Miami’s chances are completely predicated on how healthy they can stay and that is a big presumption.
San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs had the biggest off season of all as they grabbed LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency. Aldridge will carry the torch as the new franchise centerpiece as Tim Duncan and Tony Parker slowly phase out. Add in the resigning of Danny Green and another year of Kawhii Leonard and this may be the team that upsets Golden State.