NBA Offseason Winners and Losers

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Last offseason the NBA witnessed a lot of drama and almost no actual trades being made but there were some exceptions such as  LeBron James taking his talents to the Los Angeles Lakers in hopes to bring the franchise back to the Finals for the first time since 2010, Kawhi Leonard moves to Toronto after having a month long drama between the Spurs. And Demarcus Cousins making possibly the most greedy thing in NBA history by joining the Warriors for his 1st championship. But the question is which offseason move made their team a winner or a loser?

Winner: Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers this offseason have made some big moves acquiring  PG Rajon Rondo, C JaVale McGee, SF Lance Stephenson, and of course LeBron James. The Lakers last season finished 11th in the Western Conference with an 37-45 record. Last year they had 4 young promising rookies on their roster last season. Which were PG Lonzo Ball, SF Brandon Ingram, SG Josh Hart, and PF Kyle Kuzma. Now they have a roster of Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, and JaVale McGee. To me sounds like a young line-up with a lot of potential, and maybe they will make a run in the western conference playoffs.

Winner: Golden State Warriors

The Warriors this offseason were predicted to stay quiet, but surprisingly picked up the best center in the league in Demarcus Cousins to make a line-up that now features 2 MVP candidates, and 3 other top ten players. DeMarcus Cousins last year for the Pelicans averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.6 blocks per game.  In my opinion the NBA has the winner of the next 2-3 NBA Finals already decided. People have already called this lineup the best the NBA has ever seen in it’s 80 year history. They are sure to be one of the best if not the best season in the NBA has ever seen!

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The new Big 5 of the Golden State Warriors is sure to be one of the top 3 teams in NBA history. But will they meet expectations and win their 4th championship in 5 years?

Winner: Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks last season finished as expected with an 24-58 record. But one surprise was the amazing rookie season of PG Dennis Smith Jr. Last season Smith proved to be a good all-around player averaging 15.8 points, 5.2 assists, and 3.8 rebounds. Certainly promising for a rookie point guard. But he only finished 6th in rookie of the year voting according to NBC.com. But will the roster play as expected and make their first playoff series win since their championship victory in 2011.

The new starting 5 of the Dallas Mavericks is sure to make some noise during the playoffs and possibly the postseason. But will they exceed expectations and make it to the playoffs for the first time since 2015?

Loser: Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers last season shocked everybody when they went 51-31 placing 3rd in the Eastern Conference. But this offseason they shocked everybody again, but not in a good way. Before free agency began most people expected the 76ers to get LeBron James, but as we all know they did not get LeBron. And in the draft they traded down the 10th pick(Mikal Bridges) to get Zhaire Smith and a first round pick. They also lost Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova in free agency. But will the 76ers be the same team? Will they perform in the regular season and postseason?

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76ers rookie Zhaire Smith pulls up for 3 at Texas Tech last season. But will he contribute enough to the season and lead his team into winning their first playoff series since 2011?

Loser: Cleveland Cavaliers

The final loser of this list is the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Cavs this offseason didn’t do anything special because,as we all know they lost LeBron James in free agency to the Lakers. That is a pretty horrible offseason by itself. And in the draft they drafted a potential filled by a big risk in Collin Sexton. Also they extended Kevin Love with a 4 year contract. But that didn’t help with the situation at all because by extending Kevin Love he now will hurt Collin Sexton’s development. Overall the Cavs will be a bad team and they won’t be anything special until a few years. But will the development of Collin Sexton go well and maybe the Cavs could be a playoff team sooner than you think?

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Cavs rookie PG Collin Sexton will face some struggles this season, since the Eastern Conference is wide open can the Cavs take advantage and make the playoffs for the 5th year in a row?

Overall this NBA offseason has been crazy and the regular season is only going to get crazier! But who will be one of the 16 teams that will make the playoffs this year? Will it be the Golden State Warriors with their new line-up of 5 all stars, the Lakers with their new acquisition in LeBron James, the Philadelphia 76ers with the 2nd year of the Ben Simmons-Joel Embiid tandem, or will it be the Cleveland Cavaliers with their new rookie PG in Collin Sexton.

 

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NBA Offseason Winners and Losers