November 22, 2022
Championship Rivals – NBA 2023Another NBA season has begun, and the 2022-23 NBA prospects are starting to move. The Boston Celtics topped the majority of the NBA’s betting streaks all summer, but coach Im Odoka’s suspension and mixed results between top contenders brought the Eastern champions back to earth. It really is anyone’s crown, so when the contenders start to emerge, let’s take a look at the top teams vying for championship rings, or should I say fingers.
The Boston Celtics failed to add another NBA championship to their illustrious franchise. Even though they lost to the Golden State Warriors, the Celtics’ impressive feat and performance of first-year head coach Im Odoka cannot be overlooked. Jayson Tatum has shown during the NBA Playoffs that he has the potential to be one of the league’s biggest stars. He had his days off, but the play of Smart, Horford, and especially Gaylen Brown more than made up for it. One of their most important assets in reaching the NBA Finals was depth for the Boston Celtics. Since they aim to run another title, their consistency should set them apart from the other Eastern contenders.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers are a great team from head to toe, and they’re going to be hard-pressed to beat them at full strength. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, like Tatum and Brown, are undoubtedly among the best wing duos in the NBA. It’s also full of shooters, insurance advocates, game makers, and savvy veterans. John Wall has been an excellent addition to a team that has relied on Reggie Jackson to manage the point – and be top scorer – at key moments over the past year and a half. Isaiah Hartenstein’s departure to the Knicks reduces the depth of the Los Angeles big man a bit, but don’t be surprised if this team wins a lot of games with a small-ball lineup.Philadelphia Seventy Sixers
The 76ers have the talent and depth to compete in the Eastern Conference. Last season, Therese Maxi emerged as a third star, joining last season’s Player of the Year runner-up Joel Embiid and James Harden’s mid-season acquisition. Furthermore, the 76ers acquired PJ Tucker from a major conference rival, traded for De’Anthony Melton, and added Montrezl Harrell to backup Embiid. It was the kind of offseason that could catapult a perennial play-off contender to the top of the standings. Over the current streak of six consecutive playoff games, Philadelphia has had no problem picking up regular season wins. Breaking through and winning the Finals is a big step, but one that Daryl Morey put together for Doc Rivers.
When completely healthy, the Milwaukee Bucks have a strong case to be considered the best team in the East and the best team in the NBA. Even without All-Star Khris Middleton, the Bucks were among the best teams in the league. With the exception of PJ Tucker, the 2021 NBA Champions still have the most NBA Finals rotation, led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, the number one player on our ranking list. Although Middleton is expected to miss a great deal of time, Bucks will still be a tough opponent for every team night. A team can hit anyone as long as #34 is in the field.
After adding Donovan Mitchell in the offseason, the Cavs have completed their roster overhaul and are looking great. They have a deep roster, and Mitchell has been playing like a real MVP so far, which is one of the main reasons they’re 10-6 and third in the Eastern Conference. They surround him with a massive support staff that fits their roles well, and if the Cavs continue to play like this, they will easily crack the 50-win regular season mark before the playoffs begin.