6. Golden State Warriors
The Warriors are all in, but time is certainly running out. Stephen Curry turns 36 in March. Draymond Green and Klay Thompson are both in their mid-30s. It is now or never for the Warriors’ fifth championship. This might not be the last dance, but there are only a few remaining at best.
Verdict: Wide open, but will close quickly.
5. Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers did well transition from the Russell Westbrook era and have plenty of depth coming off a run to the conference finals. LeBron James is still elite and Anthony Davis is one of the best defenders in the world. LA could win it all this season, and AD and Austin Reaves could keep them in contention post-LeBron if the Lakers can find another star.
Verdict: Wide-open window with future hope.
4. Phoenix Suns
The Suns may have the best Big 3 in the current NBA, but can they win it all? The depth is questionable and injuries could prove problematic. No team wants to face Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, and Bradley Beal in the playoffs. The Suns are a serious threat and will continue to be one as long as they have D-Book.