If you had the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat to play for the NBA Championship, you hardly went out on a limb with those two teams.
We have already seen some major moves in the recent days and it isn’t a stretch to expect a few teams to give the Spurs and Heat a run for their money in the 2013-14 season. Here are some teams to watch for.
While the trade won’t be official until July 10, on that day the Nets will have become decidedly better when ownership wakes up and makes the blockbuster trade with the Boston Celtics official. According to reports the Nets have a trade in place to bring Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to Brooklyn. This trade will provide rookie head coach Jason Kidd a formidable roster that already includes Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez.
The report of this trade has NBA Online Sportsbooks dropping the odds for the Nets to the the NBA title from 50-1 to 25-1.
The Pacers have been a up and coming bunch for a couple of years now and it really wasn’t too surprising the they took the Heat to the brink of elimination. The experience over the last two years will mean wonders next season and can help change the landscape of the Eastern Conference. Expect the Pacers again to be at the top of the standing all season and to go deep into the playoffs – again.
Oklahoma City Thunder
It really wasn’t surprising that the Thunder could make it to their second NBA Championship. Considering they lost Russell Westbrook early in the playoffs, it was more surprising that the Thunder held on as well as they did.
Oklahoma City had a wake up call and they should now realize that they need some more depth just incase of such a disaster. How the Thunder do in the 2013-14 depends on if they find that third piece to solidify their starting roster.
The draft just concluded but there is still a lot of chatter out there about the Hawks. And, for once, Hawks fans should be smiling. While the chances of Chris Paul coming seem to be diminishing, they are reportedly in the running to land Dwight Howard, who is reportedly going to jump off the Lakers’ ship.
The question is if they need to land Howard or someone else to make the next step. All you can do is wait and see.
The Nuggets surprised many people last season, but they really shouldn’t have. After a really strong 2012 season, the Nuggets made the playoffs. The problem was that they were lacking a big man in the middle as well as experience. Now that they have the experience, they now need that big man.
The other question is how they will do with Brian Shaw replacing George Karl who was fired in early June.