Basketball : NBA 2016/2017 season preview

Cavaliers won their first NBA title

Cleveland Cavaliers won their first NBA title and became the first team to overturn a 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven NBA finals as they beat Golden State Warriors. A LeBron James-inspired Cavaliers won the deciding game 93-89 to complete their comeback against the defending champions, who had won a record 73 games out of 82 in the regular season. James was named Finals MVP.

Cleveland - Toronto4 : 2
Toronto - Miami4 : 3
Cleveland - Atlanta4 : 0
Miami - Charlotte4 : 3
Toronto - Indiana4 : 3
Cleveland - Detroit4 : 0
Atlanta - Boston4 : 2
Atlantic Division
3New York39.0
Central Division
Southeast Division
Gold. St. - Oklahoma4 : 3
Gold. St. - Portland4 : 1
San Ant. - Oklahoma2 : 4
Oklahoma - Dallas4 : 1
LA Clipp. - Portland2 : 4
Gold. St. - Houston4 : 1
San Ant. - Memphis4 : 0
Southwest Division
1San Ant.81.7
5New Orl.36.6
Northwest Division
Pacific Division
1Gold. St.89.0
2LA Clipp.64.6
5LA Lakers20.7

NBA 2016/17 key dates

  • October 1 : Preseason begins
  • October 25 : Regular season starts
  • February 19 : All-Star Game (New Orleans)
  • April 12 : Regular season ends
  • April 15 : NBA Playoffs begin

NBA 2016/17 favorites

These are odds to win NBA 2016/2017 Championship published by online bookmakers before the start of the season:

Golden State2Indiana41Milwaukee101
San Antonio8Memphis61Orlando126
Boston21Utah61LA Lakers151
LA Clippers26Portland67Denver151
Atlanta36New Orleans67Sacramento201
New York41Houston81Brooklyn501

Last year's Golden State Warriors team finished with a regular season record of 73-9 and came up just short of winning back-to-back NBA titles. Kevin Durant is arguably one of the best players in the NBA and he signed with the Golden State Warriors in the off-season in an effort to bring another title to the Bay Area. The loss of Andrew Bogut could hurt, but Zaza Pachulia is a good player who should fill in nicely for Bogut. While Golden State may not surpass last year's 73-win total, it's a sure bet to be one of the premier teams in the NBA once again.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers delivered on their promise to bring an NBA championship to the city last season. They re-signed LeBron James, Richard Jefferson and James Jones but they lost Timofey Mozgov and Matthew Dellavedova and replaced them with Chris Andersen and Mike Dunleavy. The Cavaliers never seemed at risk of losing LeBron this offseason but his three-year, $100 million deal left them with little room to add to their championship roster. Cleveland will have an uphill climb trying to take down Golden State but there is little reason to doubt their ability to get back to the Finals.

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With Tim Duncan retired, the San Antonio Spurs acquired Pau Gasol in free agency to pair alongside LaMarcus Aldridge in the frontcourt. Neither Aldridge nor Gasol can defend like Duncan could, but both are talented offensive players. Other big men such as David Lee and Dewayne Dedmon were added as well. Even without Duncan, expectations remain high for a bunch that once more figures to chase Golden State for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

Since bottoming out in 2013-14, the Boston Celtics have been slowly and steadily improving each subsequent season since. And they got a lot better in the offseason. The headlining move was adding perennial All-Star center Al Horford. The Celtics were already one of the best defensive teams in the entire league and Horford not only improves them defensively, but also provides much-needed offensive punch. While they still may be a player away from being one of the NBA's best, they still have the assets to deal and perhaps make another addition.

The NBA finals in the last five years

2016   Cleveland - Golden State   4:3
2015   Golden State - Cleveland   4:2
2014   San Antonio - Miami   4:1
2013   Miami - San Antonio   4:3
2012   Miami - Oklahoma City   4:1

LA Lakers161/41/8---
San Antonio51/2finalstitle1/81/4
Golden State4-1/41/8titlefinals
New York21/81/4---
New Orleans----1/8-
LA Clippers-1/41/81/41/41/8

The table shows the overall number of NBA titles since 1947 and team success in the last five seasons.

key players

Atlanta Hawks

Center Dwight Howard, Forwards Kent Bazemore and Paul Millsap, Guards Dennis Schroder and Kyle Korver

Boston Celtics

Center Amir Johnson, Forwards Jae Crowder and Al Horford, Guards Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley

Brooklyn Nets

Center Brook Lopez, Forwards Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough, Guards Jeremy Lin and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Charlotte Hornets

Center Cody Zeller, Forwards Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams, Guards Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum

Chicago Bulls

Center Robin Lopez, Forwards Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson, Guards Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo

Cleveland Cavaliers

Center Tristan Thompson, Forwards LeBron James and Kevin Love, Guards Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith

Dallas Mavericks

Center Andrew Bogut, Forwards Harrison Barnes and Dirk Nowitzki, Guards Deron Williams and Wesley Matthews

Denver Nuggets

Center Nikola Jokic, Forwards Danilo Gallinari and Kenneth Faried, Guards Emmanuel Mudiay and Gary Harris

Detroit Pistons

Center Aron Baynes, Forwards Marcus Morris and Tobias Harris, Guards Reggie Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Golden State Warriors

Center Zaza Pachulia, Forwards Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, Guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson

Houston Rockets

Center Clint Capela, Forwards Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson, Guards Pablo Prigioni and James Harden

Indiana Pacers

Center Myles Turner, Forwards Paul George and Thaddeus Young, Guards Jeff Teague and Monta Ellis

Los Angeles Clippers

Center DeAndre Jordan, Forwards Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Blake Griffin, Guards Chris Paul and JJ Redick

Los Angeles Lakers

Center Timofey Mozgov, Forwards Luol Deng and Julius Randle, Guards D'Angelo Russell and Louis Williams

Memphis Grizzlies

Center Marc Gasol, Forwards Chandler Parsons and Zach Randolph, Guards Mike Conley and Tony Allen

Miami Heat

Center Hassan Whiteside, Forwards Justise Winslow and Chris Bosh, Guards Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson

Milwaukee Bucks

Center John Henson, Forwards Rashad Vaughn and Jabari Parker, Guards Giannis Antetokounmpo and Matthew Dellavedova

Minnesota Timberwolves

Center Karl-Anthony Towns, Forwards Andrew Wiggins and Gorgui Dieng, Guards Ricky Rubio and Zach LaVine

New Orleans Pelicans

Center Omer Asik, Forwards Solomon Hill and Anthony Davis, Guards Tim Frazier and Buddy Hield

New York Knicks

Center Joakim Noah, Forwards Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis, Guards Derrick Rose and Justin Holiday

Oklahoma City Thunder

Center Steven Adams, Forwards Andre Roberson and Domantas Sabonis, Guards Russell Westbrook and Andre Roberson

Orlando Magic

Center Nikola Vucevic, Forwards Aaron Gordon and Serge Ibaka, Guards Elfrid Payton and Evan Fournier

Philadelphia 76-ers

Center Jahlil Okafor, Forwards Robert Covington and Nerlens Noel, Guards Jerryd Bayless and Gerald Henderson

Phoenix Suns

Center Tyson Chandler, Forwards T.J. Warren and Jared Dudley, Guards Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker

Portland Trailblazer

Center Mason Plumlee, Forwards Al-Farouq Aminu and Maurice Harkless, Guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum

Sacramento Kings

Center DeMarcus Cousins, Forwards Rudy Gay and Willie Cauley-Stein, Guards Ty Lawson and Ben McLemore

San Antonio Spurs

Center Pau Gasol, Forwards Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge, Guards Tony Parker and Danny Green

Toronto Raptors

Center Jonas Valanciunas, Forwards DeMarre Carroll and Patrick Patterson, Guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan

Utah Jazz

Center Rudy Gobert, Forwards Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors, Guards George Hill and Rodney Hood

Washington Wizards

Center Marcin Gortat, Forwards Otto Porter Jr. and Markieff Morris, Guards John Wall and Bradley Beal

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