Another NBA season is finally upon us! And no matter who they’re a fan of, everybody has high hopes for their team. Let’s look at the best case scenario for the upcoming season for every team, summarized in a sentence or two.
DISCLAIMER: Obviously every team wants to win the title, but I won’t do that for every team because for some it’s out of the realm of possibility. I am not predicting any of these will happen.
Dwight Howard wins DPOY, Dennis Schroeder proves he’s a franchise PG, and Paul Millsap makes an All-NBA Team.
As LeBron cruises through the regular season to save himself for playoff time, Boston takes the 1 seed in the East and takes Cleveland to 7 games in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Brook Lopez stays healthy for a full season and averages 20 and 10, making him a valuable trade piece, and Jeremy Lin and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson prove to be more than capable players to keep around in the long haul.
Kemba Walker has an All-Star season, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist develops a jumpshot, and Roy Hibbert re-emerges into a solid Center, making Charlotte one of the top 4 seeds in the Eastern Conference.
Wade, Butler and Rondo somehow make it work, the front office adds a shooter midway through the season (or Doug McDermott breaks out), and the Bulls win a playoff series.
This year being the first time in his entire career LeBron has had no pressure on him to win, he let’s Kyrie carry the scoring load and establish himself as an elite player in the league during the regular season, and dominates everyone in his path en route to a second straight NBA Finals victory and MVP.
Dirk continues to be Dirk (which means awesome), Harrison Barnes wins Most Improved Player of the Year and averages 20 points a night, and Deron Williams turns back the clock and has a fantastic season, leading Dallas to the playoffs once again.
Emmanuel Mudiay and Will Barton emerge into one of the better backcourts in basketball, Nikola Jokic continues to develop his skills, and Denver sneaks into the playoffs.
Andre Drummond puts himself up there with Anthony Davis, Karl Anthony-Towns, and others as one of the most dominant bigs in basketball, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope proves himself to be one of the better two-way guards in the league, and Detroit hosts a playoff series.
Everything works to perfection, Steve Kerr properly rests his stars and they don’t go for 74 wins, and run through the playoffs similar to the 2001 LA Lakers.
Houston plays no defense but their offense is so good it doesn’t matter. James Harden wins the MVP and pushes his team to the Conference Finals.
Paul George finally cements himself as a superstar, all of the offseason acquisitions work perfectly, and Indiana gives Cleveland a run for their money.
Chris Paul or Blake Griffin wins MVP, the other is close, and they challenge Golden State in the Conference Finals (and maybe even win!).
Russell and Clarkson both break out, Brandon Ingram wins Rookie of the Year, Timofey Mozgov proves to be a solid Center they’re paying him to be, Luke Walton is a great Head Coach and LA sneaks into the playoffs.
Marc Gasol returns to the dominant level he was once at, Zach Randolph is rejuvenated off the bench, Mike Conley takes another leap in his game and the Grizzlies fly under everyone’s radars all the way to the Conference Finals.
Hassan Whiteside makes the unexpected leap into an elite player, Justise Winslow proves he can be the guy to fill the shoes of Dwyane Wade, and Pat Riley’s team is back where a lot of people don’t expect them to be, the postseason.
Milwaukee doesn’t lose a step without Khris Middleton. Jabari Parker steps up the plate with a big year and the Greek Freak has the breakout season everyone says he’s going to have, leading the Bucks to the playoffs.
Karl Anthony-Towns continues to break the norm and develops his game into that of a superstar in his second season. Andrew Wiggins turns himself into an All-Star as well, and Minnesota gets into the playoffs.
Anthony Davis takes the league by storm and wins MVP, Buddy Hield wins Rookie of the Year, and New Orleans wins a playoff series or two.
The trio of Rose, Anthony and Noah stay healthy, Kristaps Porzingis continues to develop quickly, and the Knicks are back in the playoffs.
Russell Westbrook wins the MVP easily, and surrounded by the talent around him, they give us the matchup everyone would want to see: Warriors vs Thunder, Western Conference Finals.
The incredibly odd offseason they had proves to have worked out Serge Ibaka makes a tremendous impact, and Evan Fournier and Mario Hezonja more than make up for the loss of Victor Oladipo.
Joel Embiid and Dario Saric are tsk KD the front runners for Rookie of the Year, Ben Simmons returns in the winter with an improved jump shot and no athleticism lost.
The development of Devin Booker continues to serve Phoenix well, Eric Bledsoe stays healthy and either Brandon Knight wins 6th Man of the Year or gets traded for a solid big man.
They dynamic duo of Lillard and McCollum continues to impress, and free agency acquisition Evan Turner proved to be very valuable to Portland.
New Head Coach Dave Joeger brings a stable environment in Sacramento that they have long been desperate for. They ride Demarcus Cousins’ fantastic skills to the playoffs.
Kawhi Leonard wins MVP and Defensive Player of the Year, and leads the Spurs to an improbable championship.
DeRozan proves wrong his many haters and has a fantastic season, leading Toronto back to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Utah goes all of the way to the Western Conference Finals thanks to Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert and others.
John Wall and Brad Beal finally both click and stay healthy, resulting in Washington being one of the top 4 seeds.
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