By: John Drumm
The NBA’s season has been wild to say the least, between the bubble and the protests, there is still one question on everyone’s mind: Who will win the NBA finals? Now, many people have discussed if this will be the easiest championship or hardest, but I believe that this may be one of the hardest championships to win. The players are tired of being away from their families and are dealing with the strain of many social justice issues This leaves room for only the strongest teams to win the NBA finals.
Now, unlike the last four years, there are now several teams competing in the west to make it to the finals, and the team at top is the Lakers. The Lakers are arguably the best team in the league due to the Lebron James and Anthony Davis duo and their strengths on both defense and offense. You could argue that Anthony Davis is the most important player on the Lakers due to his offense and especially defensive capabilities, alongside Lebron running the floor. This duo is seriously something to fear in the playoffs. However the Lakers have had third star trouble with Kyle Kuzma and he will be the x-factor for the Lakers in their playoff run this year. If Kyle can stay consistent and produce, I would almost guarantee the Lakers win the finals.
The second favorite to win the finals, in my opinion, is the Bucks. They are led by Giannis Antentokounmpo and Khris Middleton, but it is their depth this makes them an excellent contender. The eastern conference is wide open, and I think there is no way the Bucks don’t make it to the finals. The only two teams that could give the Bucks trouble are the Raptors, Celtics and Heat, but they do not come close to the Bucks. Overall the Bucks, led by Giannis along with their depth, are a fair pick to win it all, just a step below the Lakers.
Back to the west, the second seed Clippers are my third favorite to win it all. You can never doubt Kawhi Leonard, the reigning champ, but the big question is if the rest of the team can support him in the fight for the finals. Of course there is the second star, Paul George, but for as long as people can remember he has been inconsistent, even gaining the nickname PG13%. The stars are not everything on this team because the Clippers have more depth than arguably anyone else in the league. With two all-stars, a Sixth Man of The Year, great defensive players and a young supporting cast, this team will never be an easy matchup for any team. If Paul George can be consistent and support Kawhi through the playoffs they could go up to the second favorite, but for now they’re the third favorite.
Now for a dark horse contender: the Miami Heat. Led by all-star Jimmy Butler alongside an amazing young cast, including Tyler Herro, Bam Adebayo and Kendrick Nunn, this team won’t go to the finals, but I see them doing work in the playoffs. The winning mentality and grit on this team is stunning, and I think they have the capabilities to upset anyone they play against. Overall the Lakers, Bucks and Clippers are favorites to win it all with teams like Miami having the ability to upset any team. This year’s playoffs will be one of the most exciting in years due to the amount of talent and the number teams competing for the title.