Who Has The Best Chance To Win The NBA Championship Next Season?

Tyler Rose@@ienjoitroseContributor IJune 19, 2009

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Now that the season has ended and the new Champs have been crowned, let's take a look at who has a legitimate chance to win it all next season.

L.A. Lakers

The Lakers are the favorites heading into next season, (assuming they get at least one deal done with either Ariza or Odom) and rightfully so.

They have one of the games top three overall players, a top three center, a point guard who just wins regardless what the stat sheet says, and until I hear otherwise they have Phil Jackson—winningest coach in NBA history.

Now If they don't get Ariza or Odom back, they will definitely be lacking at the SF position and their bench will no look nearly as intimidating.

Keys to their off-season:
-Make sure Phil's coming back for one more year
-Resign Ariza (not Odom) Ariza is much younger, a better defender, and will request less money; also he's the starter

Chance of repeating


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Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cav's are hard to depict.

They have LeBron James, who almost single handedly carried them to the Finals again. But after that they still have no-one.

I'm beginning to wonder does James make those around him better or worse? Sure, Mo Williams was an All Star this past season, but he put up similar numbers in Milwaukee.

They have an obvious need for a big man, someone with decent size who can shoot. Someone like Hedo Turkgalo.

Although they do not have the cap room necessary for a trade like that to go down, maybe they could work out a sign and trade or something.

Keys to their off-season:
-Find a good star to be LeBron's true sidekick
-Get Bigger!!!!
-Don't trade for Shaq

Chances on winning the title


Boston Celtics

Kevin Garnett returning and having the most passionate player in the NBA guarantee back-to-back championships has to mean something.

Sure these Celtics are aging quickly, but that's fine, they all have aged well to this point and continue to do what they are needed to do on a nightly basis.

The two keys to their championship run next year are KG's health and Ray Allen playing well even though he'll be 34 at season's start (where most shooting guards fall off significantly).

They have obvious needs for a player with length off the bench and a good bench shooter. Yet they still look decent enough for a lengthy post season run next year.

Keys to their offseason:
-KG rehabbing well
-Rondo Working on his Jump shot
-Getting a big man with length

Chances on winning the title


Now, Orlando made it to this year's finals, but i don't realistically see them making it back next season.

They are almost assuredly losing Hedo and Marcin Gortat. Two players who meant very much to their team.

Without them, I believe they fall back to a one and done in the post season. Regardless of how dominant Dwight Howard is.

This is my opinion feel free to leave input on what you think.