i feel like i'm constantly listening to podcasts etc where people are like "at least eight teams can win the title this year!" which seems bogus and ahistorical to me. the idea of who "can win" is pretty nebulous (of course any team in the playoffs "can" win) but i wanted to survey the crowd to see how many teams you guys think, in the parlance of the times, really "can win" the 2021 nba title
― J0rdan S., Thursday, 6 May 2021 19:17 (eight months ago) link
― call all destroyer, Thursday, 6 May 2021 19:20 (eight months ago) link
personally, i'm willing to say i think only three teams can win it this year
no explanation necessary here
top two players have been together for years, two time MVPs tend to figure things out in the playoffs, jrue makes them better in the playoffs than previous years, better shooting (or so it seems....)
i have my concerns about some of their guys but i think they might have the best 5 man playoff line up in either conference
teams i don't think "can win" (will win)
don't think you can roll out a team full of holes w/ a bunch of injury prone stars who have barely played together and a coach w/ no experience and walk your way into an NBA title
two man team that i don't think has ever had "it" and still doesn't
not good enough at the top end
too injured, not enough firepower
every other playoff team
not good enough
...this prob means it will be clippers-nets in the finals but i'm ready to plant my flag and do away w/ this "any team can win it!" nonsense
― J0rdan S., Thursday, 6 May 2021 19:24 (eight months ago) link
my list is the east top 3 and the two LA teams, just on the basis of having premium talent.
the one thing that could get interesting is the crazy seeding in the west giving a team like phoenix an easy path to the finals but i wouldn't give them much of a chance once there.
― call all destroyer, Thursday, 6 May 2021 20:49 (eight months ago) link
Any other season i wouldn't give these teams a shot but 2021 is weird so these wouldnt be that surprising to me:
― i was too much listening to your accent (Spottie), Thursday, 6 May 2021 21:23 (eight months ago) link
nuggets being forced to up the usage of porter is working out. they are still down two other rotation pieces as well.
― i was too much listening to your accent (Spottie), Thursday, 6 May 2021 21:25 (eight months ago) link