NBA projections: ’16 – ’17

by Gunner Ellsworth – Staff Reporter

As the seasons of the NBA have progressed “Super Teams” have formed. Super Teams consist of a “Big Three,” this term describes a team with three all-star level players. These more often than not dominate the NBA.
These “Big Threes” are making the NBA unrecognizable. No longer can the game of basketball be dominated by just one player like Michael Jordan, or George Mikan it takes an elite squad containing three all-star players to compete.
The NBA is doing the opposite of that the United States is doing economically; the NBA is eliminating the middle class, no longer are there mediocre teams. In the modern rat race that they call the NBA being mediocre isn’t possible anymore.
The first modern big three was the San Antonio Spurs in 2004. It consisted of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli and Tim Duncan. They were a dynasty that lived until about 2014 winning three championships until they all got old, and couldn’t keep up with the newer faster players.
The next, and probably one of the most controversial big threes of all time was the 2011 Miami Heat. They put together a team consisting of LeBron James, (arguably the best small forward in the league at the time,) Dwayne Wade (arguably the best shooting guard at the time,) and Chris Bosh, an excellent power forward. This team won two championships together, and probably would have won another then LeBron James left.
This year there are more big threes than ever before. The Golden State Warriors even have a big four this year, including Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green this team is heavily favored to win the NBA championship.
Other teams with a “big three” include, the New York Knicks: with Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony, and Joakim Noah, and the Chicago Bulls: with Rajon Rondo, Jimmy Butler, and Dwayne Wade.
Other teams have made huge improvements this year such as, The Utah Jazz, who have Gordon Hayward in his prime, Derrick Favors, Joe Johnson and Dante Exum, and the Indiana Pacers who have Jeff Teague, Monta Ellis, and Paul George.
Teams that are looking like conference finals contenders this year are the Cavaliers, and Clippers (playoff sureties and possible contenders for the championship.) Also the Spurs with Kawhi Leonard (defensive player of the year 2016), and Lamarcus Aldridge, and even the Memphis Grizzlies who have Mike Conley a deeply underrated point guard, and also Marc Gasol one of the best centers in the league. The Grizzlies are good enough to make the playoffs, they are in an easy division and have enough skill to make it.
Finally, two teams that will be good for years to come are the Phoenix Suns, who have young talent in Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, and Devin Booker who I see maybe making it to the playoffs this year and definitely next year.
The other team is the Boston Celtics, they have acquired an excellent team with the likes of Paul Millsap, and Isaiah Thomas, but that’s not all. The Celtics have traded for a ton of first round and second round picks in the upcoming drafts, they will get so many good young players that in five years I predict they will go all the way and take an NBA championship.
Frankly, this next NBA season is going to be a doozy, there are more changes this season than any before and, predictions can be made, but the only real way to find out what happens this season is to sit back and watch.

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