NBA WINNERS AND LOSERS OFFSEASON TRADES AND DRAFTS PICKS

If you weren’t satisfied with how the 2016-2017 NBA season went, then I hope you were as excited as I was for this crazy offseason! From the free agent signings, to the trades and to the NBA draft, this offseason couldn’t have gone any better. On that note, the odds for some of these teams have drastically changed.

TOP NBA WINNERS DURING THE OFFSEASON

1) Timberwolves

Head coach and president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Tom Thibodeau has recreated his team into a potential contender in the western conference. After acquiring Jimmy Butler and a 16th overall pick in a trade from the bulls for Kris Dunn, Zach Lavine who is coming off an ACL injury and a 7th overall pick, you can say the Wolves just had one of the biggest steals of the summer. Jimmy Butler is an all-star in this league and with the arms race to acquire talent at an all time high, the Wolves just improved their team dramatically. Furthermore, the Wolves acquired Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford in this offseason and look to make a couple more moves still this offseason.

Projected Starting Lineup:
PG: Jeff Teague
SG: Jimmy Butler
SF: Andrew Wiggins
PF: Karl-Anthony Towns
C: Gorgui Dieng

Odds to Win Championship: 33/1

2) Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets now have arguably the best backcourt in the NBA. With the trade for Chris Paul, the Houston Rockets now have James Harden and Chris Paul handling the ball. Especially in a league where elite point gaurds are needed to win championships (Steph Curry for GSW and Kyrie Irving for Cavs), Chris Paul fits right in line with the Houston Rockets quest to win a championship. When the San Antonio Spurs took full control of the Houston Rockets during the 2017 Western Conference Final, it was evident James Harden had difficulty creating easy looks for himself as he was forced to handle the ball every possession. However, with Chris Paul now in the mix, James Harden can play off the ball more and become more efficient with his shots. If that wasn’t scary enough, their are talks that Carmelo Anthony could be traded to the Houston Rockets.

Projected Starting Lineup:
PG: Chris Paul
SG: James Harden
SF: Trevor Ariza
PF: Ryan Anderson
C: Clint Capela

Odds to Win Championship: 10/1

3) Boston Celtics

While the Boston Celtics made it to the Eastern Conference Finals, they were still easily outclassed by the more-dominant Cleveland Cavaliers. This offseason they were able to sign Gordon Hayward who is about to enter the prime of his career. This signing will give Boston another scoring option and alleviate a lot of the offensive burden that Isaiah Thomas had to carry last season. In addition to this signing, Boston traded their first overall pick to Philadelphia for their third overall pick and a future first round pick. This allows Boston to draft Jayson Tatum, who has looked phenomenal in this year’s summer league, and to have the potential to further improve their team in future drafts. Another trade to acquire Marcus Morris from the Pistons for Avery Bradley was made as Boston already had one too many guards in their lineup.

Projected Starting Lineup:
PG: Isaiah Thomas
SG: Jae Crowder
SF: Gordon Hayward
PF: Marcus Morris
C: Al Horford

Odds to Win Championship: 15/2

**Notable Winners: Oklahoma City Thunders, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings**

TOP NBA LOSERS DURING THE OFFSEASON

1) New York Knicks

The New York Knicks just got even worse this offseason. After signing Tim Hardaway Jr. to a four year $71 million contract, his contract took 18% of the team’s cap space and he might arguably not even start for his team. The New York Knicks are simply a mess right now and with Phil Jackson gone and Carmelo Anthony most likely being traded, Porzingis looks like the only bright spot for the team. With no present or future, the Knicks look to be digging a bigger grave for themselves.

Projected Starting Lineup:
PG: Derrick Rose
SG: Courtney Lee
SF: Carmelo Anthony
PF: Kristaps Porzingis
C: Joakim Noah

Odds to Win Championship: 150/1

2) Indiana Pacers

It’s always tough to lose a superstar and that’s exactly what happened to the Indiana Pacers. With Paul George saying he wanted out of Indiana, the Pacers had no choice but to trade him this season. In return they got Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. While these two young players do bring some sort of potential, the Pacers still took an enormous hit after losing George. If that wasn’t enough they also lost Jeff Teague to free agency. The only thing they could look forward to now is potentially tanking for a top seeded pick in the 2018 draft.

Projected Starting Lineup:
PG: Darren Collison
SG: Victor Oladipo
SF: Glen Robinson III
PF: Thaddeus Young
C: Myles Turner

Odds to Win Championship: 200/1

3) Los Angeles Clippers

While not all bad for the Los Angeles Clippers, after signing Blake Griffin a five year max deal worth $173 million, they did lose their starting backcourt and six-man. And by not all bad, I still mean it’s bad. Chris Paul, J.J Reddick and Jamal Crawford are all gone from the roster. With the backcourt looking bleak as ever, the front court of Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan are going to have to carry the load. But, in a guard-oriented league, spacing in the Clipper’s offense is going to prove to be a problem.

Projected Starting Lineup:
PG: Patrick Beverley
SG: Austin Rivers
SF: Sam Dekker
PF: Blake Griffin
C: Deandre Jordan

Odds to Win Championship: 100/1

**Notable Losers: Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs**

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