Assuming they fortify their roster or least run it back with the same core. I don’t buy the Clippers anymore. PG has proven time and time again he cannot be consistently relied upon on in the postseason. Kawhi’s health is questionable. Harrell might be gone. Lou Williams getting older. Don’t buy any teams coming out of the East after what happened to the Bucks. Nets have the potential to be scary, but we have to wait to see what that Kyrie-KD pairing looks like, especially with Durant coming off an Achilles tear. I can see the Warriors pulling something off, but even they are undersized and thin outside of their core group. As currently constructed, they are very very far from elite defensively. LeBron is fresh off a 30 ppg Finals MVP at 35 years old. He has at least a couple more runs in him. AD will only get better. So.... are we lowkey doomed for the next couple years?
Lot of things can. The Lakers were never this unbeatable team. Hell, the Heat executed a gameplan to deny AD and make LeBron work - beating them twice. Lakers have a lot of holes that they still need to fix going into next season. No one knows how this te
To be fair if you trust Dudley on Simmons podcast it sounded like they just didnâ€™t take them that seriously until game 6, didnâ€™t bother pressing Butler very much before
The league is unpredictable. A lot of things people â€śdonâ€™t buyâ€ť end up happening
Mavs go on a 3 year tear and luka rips everyone apart with sterling brown as their new acquisition
Luka is traded to denver PJ Dozier in that stretch
The Nets, but only if they can play their cards right in FA.
Fuck no. Kyrie and KD will start bitching at each other halfway through the season.
I wouldnt bet on that one. They planned for years to get together, and will have total control of their surroundings.
And KD will have to be back to at least 90% of his old self. Lakers will still have 2 of the 3 best players and continuity on their side.
If KD is less than 90% the Lakers will have the 2 best players in that potential series
It is fairly likely to have Durant back at almost full speed. He tore his non-dominant achilles, and is a primarily shooting player. Only other star to have the same injury was Dominique Wilkins, who arguably came back better.
FA doesnâ€™t matter if KD is limited
That is true, but I dont think he will be very limited. He spent this entire season, now more like season and a half with the delayed start date, getting prepared to come back with no pressure to worry about this season. I have faith hell be just fine aft
A super team being built
Clippers, Warriors, (East Finals team) only tbh. Lakers have to make moves to get better as well. Canâ€™t go back with the same roster and expect to two peat
Iâ€™m totally going to start using â€śtwo peatâ€ť.
getting in on the ground floor, i see
too much uncertainty with the warriors (and lakers) rosters to have much of an idea until the offseason moves happen.
Warriors, Nuggets with an improved MPJ, Mavs, even the Clippers and Rockets (if they dont fall apart this off-season) might cause an upset in the West.
Nuggets without Millsap and with a better player on such a contract will be something else
Any number of things: injury, a super team, LeDecline, poor synergy, key role players leave, young players get dramatically better, Warriors add a key piece, etc.
The San Andreas fault swallowing LA whole.
their free agents dont come back.
Age. If they donâ€™t decline then theyâ€™re gonna repeat. And if Clippers or Bucks ever figure it out.
AD had a great year health-wise, he was not as lucky on the Pelicans. If he misses extended time who knows if Lebron can carry the load by himself at 36. They can also lose some of their important role players, though Im sure vet min ring chasers can rep
" I donâ€™t buy the Clippers anymore. PG has proven time and time again he cannot be consistently relied upon on in the postseason. Kawhiâ€™s health is questionable. Harrell might be gone. Lou Williams getting older. ". Harrell being gone and Lou having
There are a lot of teams. We act like the Clippers and Bucks are trash now, which is crazy. I think the bubble took a toll on them and they would have played better outside of the bubble. Maybe not enough to win but it would be different. They can both ma
Really depends on what other teams look like and what moves happen
>Lou Williams getting older. If this is a knock on the clippers I dont get how "Rondo/Danny Green/Dwight(maybe lebron) getting older" doesnt get counted as an issue for the lakers
Lou looked horrible in the playoffs though. And heâ€™s already garbage on defense.
Probably the Nets.
The Lakers are far from the KD Warriors (and even they went 2/3), its far from an inevitability that they will repeat. Theyre the favorites Id say but I could see like 4 other teams winning it all next year too
with the note that the lakers had an incredible playoff run and should be the favorites for next year, some potential reasons: * they didnt dominate the regular season a la the warriors during their run. by adjusted net rating, MIL, LAC, TOR, and BOS wer
Unless another team gets a third star weâ€™re the favorites to re-peat. Nothings guaranteed though.
Or if the Nets mesh very well. I think their team has the highest ceiling of anyone in the league if KD comes back healthy and the egos donâ€™t collide.
I still believe the lakers are fundamentally flawed. Bottom line if you limit AD or Lebron in a game you will most likely win. To make matters worse the lakers will lose a bunch of its core this year. The lakers spent the entire regular season and pla
Blake Griffin for Levert and Dinwiddie, who says no?
Ppl forget that LeBron has been with the Lakers for two years yet no one mentions the first year. They didnt even make the playoffs that year.