The playoffs are where you separate the good teams from the elite teams. Although 16 teams compete in the playoffs I only see 6 teams that actually have a shot at winning it all:
Lakers: I think the Lakers have the best chance to win it all. They have the best player in the game with LeBron James. LeBron evolved into a passer this year (leading the league in assists with 10.6) and constantly makes his teammates better. During quarantine, LeBron even held private workouts and practices with his teammates so they would be ready when the NBA resumed.
The Lakers are also a top defensive team in the league. They rank 3rd in defensive rating, opponents points per game, and opponents three-point percentage. They lead the league in shots blocked with an underrated Dwight Howard and Javale Mcgee. However, the anchor of this defensive team is Anthony Davis. Davis is considered a top 10 player in the league and is a candidate to win DPOY.
Davis was the teams leading scorer and was LeBron's go-to teammate to get the ball to and often finished on alley-oops.
The Lakers additionally have a pretty depth roster with Dwight Howard, Javale Mcgee in the frontcourt and Danny Green, KCP, and Alex Caruso in the backcourt. Howard and Mcgee rack up the blocks and Danny, KCP, and Caruso can shoot the three-ball and hit clutch shots.
LeBron is the best playoff player in the league who knows how to win. This team has depth, chemistry, and can play on both sides of the ball.
Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo is the favorite to win MVP. Giannis is the most dominant player in the league and leads his team night in and night out.
Giannis is top 5 in the league in points and rebounds, averaging 30 and 13. Not to mention, that he leads his team in assists with 5.8.
The Bucks lead the league in points per game and have the best defensive team in the league.
Eric Bledsoe, the team's starting point guard came off an All-Defensive First-team in 2019 and leads the team in the frontcourt.
Though, the Bucks' backcourt is where the defensive firepower occurs. Obviously, there is Giannis who is a top 3 candidate for DPOY. But, Brook Lopez is a very underrated defender. Lopez is a top 10 candidate for DPOY and is 2nd in the league in blocks (2.4).
Also, there is Sixth Man of the Year candidate Donte Divencenzo who leads the team in steals and has one of the brightest futures in the league.
On the scoring end, this team can be described as very efficient. Giannis is top 15 in the league in Field goal percentage (54.7%) and Geroge Hill, the team's backup point guard leads the league in three-point percentage (48.0%). Plus, Khris Middleton, a 2x All-star who averages 50-40-90 numbers.
If this team has Giannis they've got a chance.
Clippers: The Clippers have the best depth in the league. Just on the bench, they have two Sixth Man of the Year candidates with Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell along with solid role players in Reggie Jackson and Landry Shamet.
This bench can play in crunch time and knows how to score. Lou Williams leads bench players in assists (5.3), and he and Montrezl Harrell both average close to 19 points per game.
Yet, the Clippers are best known for their two-star players: Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Kawhi is coming off a championship with Toronto and is a multiple-time DPOY as well as one of the most focused players in the game. Kawhi has a winning mentality and a great mid-range shot. His IQ on defensive allows him to predict passing lanes and pickpocket his opponents.
The second Clippers star is Paul George, a multiple-time All-Defensive and All-NBA first-team member. George is a great three-point shooter and has the clutch gene.
Lastly, the Clippers have a great coach in Doc Rivers. Rivers has the experience, has won Coach of the Year, and won a championship as a coach back in 2008 with the Celtics.
The Clippers should have smooth sailing until they inevitably reach the Lakers in the Conference Finals. If they can get past the Lakers they should be able to win it all.
76ers: It may come as a surprise that I have the 76ers on this list. However, this team has too much star power to not have a shot at the championship. The Sixers have the talent but couldn't find a rhythm this season.
The Sixers best player Joel Embiid if often considered the best center in the league and is a great defensive center for the team.
The other side of the frontcourt Al Horford has proven to be an awful signing for the team and will be benched for the playoffs.
The 76ers have decided to change their backcourt around for the playoffs and have decided to start Shake Milton at point guard and move Ben Simmons to the small forward position.
Simmons is also a candidate for DPOY and is great at driving to the hoop. But, we all know that his shooting ability is awful. That being said, hopefully, it won't matter because of all the shooting talent in the backcourt as well as on the bench.
The Sixers bench is very deep. Right before the trade deadline, they traded for two quality bench players in Alec Burks and Glen Robinson III. Additionally, Furkan Korkmaz and Matisse Thybulle emerged as two promising players coming off the bench.
This team is top 5 in opponent's field goal percentage and has the best home record in the league (29-2).
The 76ers have a lot of talent and if they can get in the right groove they are destined to stand a chance in the playoffs.
Rockets: The Rockets could be another team to come as a surprise for making this list. Although the Rockets are a poor defensive team, their offense has too much potential to not have a shot at winning the chip.
With the best backcourt in the league with James Harden and Russell Westbrook, this team can score at will.
The Rockets' unique small ball strategy to drive and kick causes for maximum three-pointers and has been a success. If the Rockets are hot they can kill you from deep. Unfortunately, that goes both ways, so if the Rockets are cold they are just an average team.
James Harden leads the league in scoring (34.4) and his infamous step back three is deadly.
On the other side of the backcourt, Russell Westbrook is very explosive and is a decent mid-range shooter. Westbrook helps with the lack of rebounding, averaging 8 rebounds per game.
This team has hit or miss potential and can go far in the playoffs because of the three-ball.
Celtics: Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown emerged as star-caliber players and many consider them future MVP candidates. Despite, their center position being pretty weak the guards and forwards are all great shooters and are all quality starters.
The starting point guard Kemba Walker is a good leader for the team and was an All-star starter this year. Walker brings experience to the team and can help lead the Celtics far into the playoffs.
At the two-guard Jaylen Brown has a beautiful shot form and is very explosive for his position. Brown averaged a career-high 20 points and 6 rebounds on very efficient shooting.
At small forward Jayson Tatum is already one of the best shooters in the game with a great shot form. Tatum seems to possess the clutch gene, is a great rebounder, and can be extremely explosive at times.
At power forward there is Gordon Hayward who has had a very underrated year. Hayward has averaged a quiet 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. Hayward brings a veteran presence and puts up close to 50-40-90 numbers.
On the bench, Marcus Smart and Grant Williams bring some extra defensive help. Yet, the bench is pretty shallow and the team should attempt to acquire some quality bench players this offseason.
This team can work together, but still might be a little young to make the championship. Nevertheless, with a great coach in Brad Stevens, they shouldn't be counted out and are a very dangerous team.
These are the only teams I believe have a chance at winning the NBA championship.
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