It’s been all about the Warriors and the Cavaliers for three straight years. That’s the first time in NBA history that two teams have faced off in the NBA Finals in three consecutive years, and it looks like it won’t end here, as they are the favorite to go head to head again in the Finals in the next couple of years.
Which team in each conference has the highest chance to dethrone its superior?
The Celtics had a good run this season, finishing as the first seed in the Eastern Conference with a record of 53-29. However, they came up short to the Cavaliers in 5 games in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Celtics are a decent team with a very good coach in Brad Stevens. They are building around Isaiah Thomas with a group of young competitive guys in Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart, who have potential once they hit their peak.
Not to mention that the Celtics also have the first pick in the 2017 NBA draft, a pick which might land them an eventual superstar.
If Gordon Hayward signs with the Celtics in the off season, they could prove to be a deadly force that can at least stop the Cavaliers from winning by 44 points at the Garden in an Eastern Conference Finals Game.
San Antonio Spurs:
The Spurs had the second-best record in the NBA with 61 wins. They have an MVP finalist and a two-time Defensive player of the year in Kawhi Leonard, who is only getting better with age.
Although it is hard to judge based on how the Spurs’ season ended, given they lost Tony Parker in the playoffs and then Kawhi against the warriors in game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. The Spurs were up by 23 midway through the third quarter of game 1 until Kawhi got injured and was out for the rest of the playoffs.
Even though the Spurs team is getting older, it is still the best defensive team in the league with the best head coach, Gregg Popovich.
If the spurs land Chris Paul in free agency this summer according to rumors, they will only get better and thus have a better chance of stopping the Warriors’ historic run.