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Well, Now that the NFL season is basically over. It’s time to start talking about the National Basketball Association. Most of you know me for football at PSF. But I really enjoy the sport of basketball and look forward to writing more articles on the sport! But without further ado let’s introduce my top 5 NBA teams.
- Golden State Warriors RECORD: 39-10 OFF EFF: 1ST DEF EFF: 21ST
There’s not much of a surprise or debate here. When healthy, this team is the best and the margin between other teams isn’t that close. If this team stays healthy and doesn’t defeat itself the Warriors will be NBA Champions. Debate about other teams having a chance is nonsense.
2. Houston Rockets RECORD: 34-12 OFF EFF: 2ND DEF EFF: 17TH
RIGHT NOW, The only team even close to competing with the Warriors are these Houston Rockets (I know, The Rockets defeated the Warriors 116-108 the other night) but let’s be honest, the Rockets are another star away from competing with these Warriors. This Chris Paul/James Harden teamup has worked out better than any of us would have expected but this isn’t enough in the end.
3. Boston Celtics RECORD: 35-14 OFF EFF: 23RD DEF EFF: 2ND
This is where the real debate could begin. The Celtics are coming off a 4 game losing streak. Losing to teams that top teams shouldn’t be losing too (Lakers, Magic) in particular. But the overall body of work looks very good. The true test will come Saturday night at Golden State. Which COULD be a finals preview. The 2nd ranked defense against the top ranked offense.
4. Minnesota Timberwolves RECORD: 31-20 OFF EFF: 6TH DEF EFF: 16TH
This Timberwolves team has a lot of potential. No, I don’t believe enough to think they have a chance against the Warriors. But I believe we could see them upset any other team. IF Jimmy Butler is healthy.
5. TORONTO RAPTORS RECORD: 32-15 OFF EFF: 3RD DEF EFF: 9TH
It’s hard to buy into this Toronto Raptors team. I’d like to buy in but I feel like this is the same story as we have seen recently. LeBron’s Cavaliers are 8-2 against this Raptors team (The 2 losses coming in the Eastern Conference Finals). Other than that it’s been sweeps. I believe this team would be competitive against either the Cavaliers or the Celtics but won’t be able to pull it off.
OUTSIDE LOOKING IN:
San Antonio Spurs
Oklahoma City Thunder