3. Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks traded for Damian Lillard and just re-signed Giannis Antetokounmpo. Things are fantastic in Milwaukee, and the team is scary good. Will it all come together and lead to a championship? They have the talent but will need some luck along the way.
The Bucks’ four superstars are 29, 32, 33, and 35 years old. They only have three or four chances to win it all before their top-end talent is out of their prime. It is a fantastic place to be, but time is already ticking.
Verdict: Among title favorites for the next three years.
2. Boston Celtics
The Celtics have arguably the deepest top-six in the NBA. Jayson Tatum is a top-ten player and just 25 years old. Jaylen Brown and Kristaps Porzingis are in their prime. Jrue Holiday is the only key piece over 30. Boston is going to be one of the best teams for years to come.
Verdict: Among the title favorites over the next five years.
1. Denver Nuggets
The reigning champions have the best player in the world in his prime. Their four best players are 28 or younger, and the Nuggets just dominated the playoffs. They went 16-4 and never lost more than two games in a series. Put some respect on the Nuggets. There were no flashy offseason moves, but Denver is primed to make it two straight.
Verdict: Nuggets have five to seven years left with Nikola Jokic at the top of his game.
The NBA is loaded with talent, and several teams believe they can win the championship. Do the Golden State Warriors get back on top? It will be a fascinating season, so stay tuned.