NBA 2019/2020 Preseason Rankings: Kawhi and PG to bring Clippers over the top!

Our favorite time of the year has finally come and the longest off-season, as it seems, in decades has come to an end! NBA is back!

For the past 5 seasons, NBA has been a monopolistic league with only a handful of teams being able to actually compete for a championship, and only a dozen could even be seen as somewhat of a threat.

The Western Conference finals in the last five years has only hosted five teams, with the Golden State dynasty coming out on top every single time. Houston Rockets are the only other team with multiple performances in the WCF in the second half of the last decade, with them also being only a bit shy of dethroning the Curry-led Golden State team in 2018. However, tides are completely different! A huge chunk of the NBA’s elite players are playing in the Western Conference in teams better all-around than the Warriors’ team. Clippers, Nuggets, Lakers, Rockets, Warriors and even Utah Jazz have their case in contending for the WCF!

Western Conference

  1. Los Angeles Clippers
  1. Denver Nuggets
Nuggets will feature Michael Porter Jr as well as Bol Bol added to their young core
  1. Los Angeles Lakers
The best 1-2 punch the NBA has seen in awhile
  1. Houston Rockets
  2. Golden State Warriors
  3. Utah Jazz
  4. Portland Trailblazers
  5. Sacramento Kings
  6. Dallas Mavericks
  7. San Antonio Spurs
  8. New Orleans Pelicans
  9. Memphis Grizzlies
  10. Oklahoma City Thunder
  11. Phoenix Suns
  12. Minnesota Timberwolves

Eastern Conference

As far as the Eastern Conference is concerned, its landscape has shifted dramatically after the departure of ”The King” leaving the East in the hands of the next generation of stars, predominately Giannis Antetokoumpo and Joel Embiid. Yes, the East was won by the Raptors this past season, but it seemed like an experiment which happened in the right place at the right time, since Milwaukee needed a ‘down-to-earthing’ experience, whilst Philadelphia was a shot away from beating the eventual champion even though its star players in Simmons and Embiid did not play nearly as expected. Milwaukee seems like a team to beat currently, but 76ers with Al Horford and Josh Richardson might just be enough for them to make the first final since Allen Iverson‘s MVP season!

  1. Milwaukee Bucks
Will Giannis show his full potential in the last stretch of the playoffs?
  1. Philadelphia 76ers
Tall and lanky – Can they reach the NBA Finals?
  1. Indiana Pacers
Healthy Oladipo = Healthy life for the Pacers in the East
  1. Toronto Raptors
  2. Boston Celtics
  3. Detroit Pistons
  4. Brooklyn Nets
  5. Miami Heat
  6. Orlando Magic
  7. Chicago Bulls
  8. Atlanta Hawks
  9. Washington Wizards
  10. Cleveland Cavaliers
  11. New York Knicks
  12. Charlotte Hornets