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Fans will be in for a real treat this year.

For NBA fans, the Christmas season officially started on July 6th

Forget about the NBA Summer League. Forget about Wimbledon. Forget about baseball, soccer and college football — the NBA just exploded.

Lon Shapiro
Jul 9, 2019 · 20 min read

The NBA has changed radically in the last ten years.

This could be the most competitive season in NBA history.

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The battle for Los Angeles basketball supremacy may determine the NBA Title.

Tier 3 — the Longshots

#9 Denver (2 boxes checked)

#8 Utah (1 box checked)

#7 Portland (2 boxes checked)

Tier 2—the Wild Cards

#6 Houston (2 boxes checked)

#5 Golden State (3 boxes checked)

The problem is that a Russell-Curry back court means that Stephen Curry is your best back court defender. This is a recipe for disaster, but one that should be rectified when Bob Meyers makes a deal before the trade deadline to get a more complementary two-way player.

#4 Philadelphia (3 boxes checked)

Tier 1 — the Contenders

#3 Milwaukee (4 boxes checked)

#2 Los Angeles Lakers (4 boxes checked)

Does it matter that Kawhi Leonard’s delayed decision cost the Lakers the chance to sign another superstar, or at least some top free agents? Who cares? They got Anthony Davis, just like I predicted back in 2017.

#1 Los Angeles Clippers (5 boxes checked)

Once again, Jerry West proved to be a genius at team building. Who cares if the Clippers were tampering all year?

Leonard averaged 30.5 ppg, and 9.1 rpg, with 40 steals, with at least a .545 eFG%. Only one other player in history has ever done that in the playoffs… the guy in the locker room down the hall at Staples Center.

We’ve got a massive present already sitting under the tree, and we can’t open it for another five months.

I’m already excited about next season, though sad that I won’t be able to share the craziness with my dad. As the 4th of July weekend came to an end, I poured out one more drink in his honor. Now, the long count down begins.

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