Jul. 6, 2019
The Free Agent & Trade Fallout In The NBA
After Kawhi’s decision and the Paul George Trade how the two conferences shake out.
There was a time in professional sports that playing in the Eastern Time Zone was essential for one’s career in sports as well as outside the game. Now it seems that professional basketball has made a dramatic shift and the real power in the NBA lies west of the St. Louis Archway.
Look at the seismic shift that occurred over the past year. The real power teams are now:
1. LA Clippers
2. LA Lakers
3. Denver Nuggets
4. Houston Rockets
5. Golden State Warriors
6. Utah Jazz
7. Portland Trailblazers
Most likely these either of these teams would dominate any Eastern Conference team in any best of 7 series. In addition, would battle for the #1 during the regular season.
The following Western Conference teams will most likely be playoff teams without any problem:
1. San Antonio Spurs
2. Dallas Mavericks
3. Sacramento Kings
4. Minnesota Timberwolves
5. New Orleans Pelicans
Only 1 of these 5 teams will make the playoffs next season in the Western Conference. Whereby all 5 of these teams are better than the 4-8 playoff teams in the Eastern Conference.
I think only the Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors are legitimate playoff contenders in the Eastern Conference but neither of these teams are title contenders. You really can’t put the Brooklyn Nets in this top 4 until next season when Kevin Durant is capable of playing.
No longer are the star players afraid of going West in playing at 10:00 PM or 11:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.
This may suck for ESPN, or TNT but the stars have spoken look at who have now chosen to go west:
George, Kawhi, James, Davis, Thompson and all the other stars on the Western Conference teams. Only Durant and Irving choose to stay or move to the Eastern Conference. There are bleak days ahead for scheduling in the East next season with so many mediocre teams. While seemingly every Western Conference game will be a dogfight.