This offseason, a lot of teams have made significant changes to their respective teams. Looking at the NBA now, there are five teams that come to mind; the Los Angeles Lakers, the San Antonio Spurs, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Orlando Magic, and the Boston Celtics.
These teams have all added All-Stars to their teams to better themselves for the upcoming 2009-2010 season.
Let's take a look at who might be winning an NBA championship this year.
The reigning NBA champions are trying for two in a row. They recently acquired Ron Artest and lost Trevor Ariza. Artest is better than Ariza in every spot in the game.
The Lakers have the experience and the players. They also have Kobe Bryant, who is an amazing player and scorer despite his age. But they need to make sure they get Lamar Odom back. That is a must on their to-do list.
Being the current NBA champions, they get a boost in percentage.
Chance of winning: 35%
The San Antonio Spurs have an amazing trio of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili. Knowing that the three are aging and are having a harder time winning games, the Spurs brought in Richard Jefferson and Antonio McDyess.
They lost Bowen, Oberto, and Thomas. These three are aging and are veterans. But the Spurs don't need that. They need a productive 20-point scorer that Jefferson can bring to the table.
McDyess can back up Duncan at the center position. He can hit his jump shots from outside the paint. He will work well with the rest of the team.
Chance of winning : 20%
This team had the best record in the NBA. They have LeBron James, a guy who can do everything. He can pass, shoot, rebound. But in the playoffs, they were stopped by Rashard Lewis, Hedo Turkoglu, and Dwight Howard.
In order to solve this, they got Shaquille O'Neal. He can compare with Howard better than Ilgauskas. Lucky for them, the Magic lost Turkoglu, who posted a match up disadvantage for the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers also acquired Jamario Moon and Anthony Parker. These guys may not be the best of scorers, but they will help the Cavaliers' bench and on the defensive end.
Chance of winning : 20%
The defending Eastern Conference Finals champions lost Hedo Turkoglu via free agency. They performed a nice trade that in my eyes will make the Magic a better team.
They traded Lee, Alston, and Battie for Carter and Anderson. Lee was a great defensive rookie but he only scored a few points and botched up in the NBA Finals. Alston was a starter when Nelson was injured. But I guess the Magic are pretty sure that Nelson's going to have an injury-free year.
On the defensive end, they're not going to be looking any stronger so that may hurt them. I hope Vince Carter will work well with the Magic.
Chance of winning : 15%
The Celtics also have a great trio. Their players are aging quickly though. So they acquired Rasheed Wallace. He's an aging player too but he will definitely help their team.
The Celtics didn't make any major changes so if they want to be closer in the hunt for another championship they need to make more changes. I think they need to go for some younger bench players.
Chance of winning : 10%