2013-2014 NBA Season has Clear Favorites for Championship
The NBA preseason is underway and fans are getting their first look at their favorite teams. The NBA offseason is filled with general managers making phone calls to other teams, agents, and the players themselves in the hopes of shaping up their roster. Along with a few blockbuster signings some teams separate themselves as favorites to make a push in the playoffs for the 2013-2014 NBA season.
Miami Heat: Along with the trio of Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh the Miami Heat have made a few moves this offseason to make their team even better. As a clear favorite to win the NBA Championship the Heat have added troubled swingman Michael Beasley and injury prone big man Greg Oden. Their role players include starting point guard Mario Chalmers, three-point specialist Ray Allen, and energy guys Chris Anderson, Norris Cole, and Udonis Haslem.
Chicago Bulls: The return of the 2011 MVP and franchise player Derrick Rose gives Bulls fans everywhere the promise of returning to elitism. Paired with guard Jimmy Butler and defensive specialist Joakim Noah the Bulls have a good chance of making a run in the playoffs. Small Forward Luoul Deng and power forward Carlos Boozer helped keep the team afloat while Rose was gone, but expect the pieces to fit into place once Rose dusts off all of that rust from his time away.
Indiana Pacers: The Pacers have assembled a solid roster within the past three years. Their team is deep and led by all-stars Paul George and Roy Hibbert. Other crucial pieces include point guard George Hill, big man David West, and newcomer Danny Granger, who has everyone’s eyebrows raised to see how much of an impact he can have on the team. The Pacers lost Tyler Hansborough to the Toronto Raptors but expect energy guys like new signees Luis Scola and CJ Watson to have an immediate impact.
Los Angeles Clippers: New Head Coach Doc Rivers expects big things with his new team. Top 5-point guard Chris Paul leads the team behind dunk-masters Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Sixth man Jamal Crawford is instant offense off the bench who should fit nicely with new players JJ Reddick and Darren Collison. Their team has depth and is one of the favorites in the West to reach the NBA Finals.
Brooklyn Nets: The Nets arguably have the best starting lineup in the NBA. A blockbuster trade this offseason sent two future hall-of-famers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Big Apple to play with stars Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, and Joe Johnson. Sixth man Jason Terry came along for the ride and should listen well to former player and new head coach Jason Kidd. With a deep bench of Andre Kirilenko, Reggie Evans, and Andre Blatche expect big things for the Nets.
Golden State Warriors: As long as the Warriors can stay healthy they have one of the best offensive teams in the NBA. Many say that defense wins championships but one has to wonder when looking at the Warriors. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson lead their scoring punch while big men Andrew Bogut and David Lee pick up the scraps. Role players Harrison Barnes and Marreese Speights will contribute but the big story is the signing of Andre Iguodala, who should take this team to the next level.