As the regular season begins to come to a close, a few teams have emerged as clear front runners for the Larry O’Brien Trophy this year. As usual there are the perennial powerhouses, a few young teams with “on-the-rise” talent, and teams that have no business in contention but have out-played their potential. After watching and analyzing these select teams, I’ve concluded that these teams have the best potential. Further analysis is presented in the link listed above.
Best shot: Oklahoma City Thunder
Though they haven’t been remarkable recently, going 3-3 in their last three games, the Thunder still are the front runners. They have a dynamic big three in Harden, Durant, and Westbrook that play seamlessly together and can all isolate almost any defender in the NBA. Though they lack consistent interior scoring, they also prevent a lot of inside scoring with shot blockers (Perkins and Ibaka) roaming the paint. The Thunder are going to be a tough out with a supreme home court advantage and youthful exuberance.
Good shot: Chicago Bulls
The Bulls have had an up-and-down season this year and have the league’s best record despite missing Derrick Rose for over forty percent of the season. Lately, the offense has been sputtering, but as long as they figure it out and Get healthy, they should be able to get through the Eastern Conference.
The Hear are who we thought, they have three supreme stars and a very weak supporting cast. If they can get some production from Chalmers and Haslem and maybe a little shooting from Miller, then the Heat can win. However, if Lebron doesn’t put up near triple-double numbers every game, the Heat aren’t going anywhere.
San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs are the same team they’ve been for the past ten years. They move the ball, play hard every possession, and almost always have the coaching edge. If the Spurs run into a team with multiple bigs, this could pose a problem. However, if Tony Parker continues to dazzle, we could be looking at another title run for Duncan and crew.
Los Angeles Lakers
With the addition of Ramon Sessions, the Lakers now have a chance to win it all, especially with Andrew Bynum having thirty rebound games. They have the best closer in the game who is determined to get his sixth ring in what could be one of his last years to tie Jordan. The Lakers could be a tough out this postseason.
The Celtics possess all they keys to win especially with the emergence of Avery Bradley and the chemistry of the team. If KG and Ray Allen can turn back the clock, no one will want to play the Celtics.