Top 5 Teams Who Could Potentially Win the NBA Finals

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The NBA Playoffs are finally here and our long wait for fun basketball is over, as there are only 16 remaining teams left in the quest to win an NBA Finals! The top teams include the Toronto Raptors, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Houston Rockets.

First off we will start with the Toronto Raptors, the Raptors this season have been absolutely outstanding as they are standing with a 59-23 record. They ended their season first in the Eastern Conference this season. One of their solid players that helped them become the best team in the East is C Jonas Valanciunas he is averaging 12.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game. Another solid player for the Raptors is Serge Ibaka, Ibaka this season has been a key factor in the Raptors amazing season. He averaged 12.6 PPG, 5.6 RPG, and 0.8 assists per game. This year most experts predict the Raptors to go all the way, but will they crack under the pressure or will they pull through to the Finals?

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Raptors PG DeMar DeRozan driving up to the basket in game 2 against the 8 seeded Wizards. They are now trying to close out the series in their hopes for a title.

The next team who is possibly in contention for the Finals is the Philadelphia 76ers, the 6ers this season have been not what most 76ers fans thought what it was going to be. There record was 52-30 which is their first 50 win season since the 2000-2001 season. Their star players include former LSU SF Ben Simmons who is averaging a astounding 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 8.2 assists per game. He is one of the most well-rounded players in the league. His star teammate Center Joel Embiid is one of the most dominant big man in the league(if he stays healthy). This year he is averaging 22.0 PPG, 11.0 RPG, and 3.2 assists per game. These two rookie sensations could be the people to take the 76ers all the way to the finals for the first time since 2001!

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Joel Embiid looking for space to shoot against Bam Adebayo during game 4. Now the 76ers are looking to close out the Heat in 5 games.

The next team that is on the list is the Golden State Warriors, the Warriors this season have struggled with multiple injuries to Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson. But potential MVP candidate Kevin Durant is leading the way with 28.4 points per game this season. But the key for the Warriors to make a deep run is their bench play, one of their bench pieces is Nick Young. Young this season was what they were expecting this season, a great role player and a good 3 point shooter. He is averaging around 7.3 points per game. Another key bench player is the player who filled in for Curry in the time of his ankle injury, Quinn Cook. Cook this season wasn’t what the warriors expected this season. He is averaging 9.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game. Can this overpowered team(if they stay healthy) can reach the NBA Finals for the 4th time in a row?

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Warriors guard Quinn Cook celebrating after making 3 pointer. He has been a key part in Steph Curry’s absence.

The final team who is in serious contention for a finals ring is the Houston Rockets, the Rockets this season have been outstanding reaching the 60 win mark for the first time in franchise history! Their key players include Center Clint Capela, who has been one a very productive center since his draft year in 2014. His stats are 16.0 PPG, 14.0 RPG, and 2.0 BPG(blocks per game). This year he was a big part of their magical 65 win season. Another key player on the Rockets roster is potential MVP, James Harden. Harden this season had an incredible year averaging 30.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 8.8 assists per game. Even with all of this early success in the regular season and playoffs, can they pull it off and reach the NBA finals for the first time since the 1994-1995 season?