The Golden State Warriors created the last dynasty in the NBA, winning three crowns in five visits to the NBA Finals. However, injuries to Steph Curry and Klay Thompson along with the departure of Kevin Durant has brought their empire crashing down in the 2019/20 season. The Warriors could return to the summit in the future by reloading their roster with the use of draft picks.
However, they may have to contend with the rise of others in the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference to battle for the NBA Championship in the future. We’ll now look at three teams, who are ready to become the next dynasty in the league.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are seemingly the next team on the rise. After years of underachievement, Frank Vogel has his team on course for the NBA Championship, as they are one of the favorites for the crown in 2020 in the odds on NBA betting on bet365. LeBron James’ arrival last season sparked an immediate improvement in their fortunes on the court. His presence then attracted Anthony Davis to Los Angeles, handing Vogel two elite players to work with in his first year as head coach at the Staples Center.
To the surprise of no one, LeBron and Davis have been dominant together on the court, while Danny Green, Avery Bradley and Javale McGee have all been solid. The Lakers are on course for the top seed, and possibly their first NBA Championship since 2010. LeBron’s age could limit their ability to become the next dynasty, while there are no other superstars in waiting on the roster. If LeBron’s form were to decline, leaving Davis to carry the team alone may hinder their title hopes. There are teams ready and waiting to capitalize…
The Bucks are the team on the rise in the NBA. They were dominant last term in the Eastern Conference, earning the number one seed, only to be beaten by the Toronto Raptors in a thriller in the Conference Finals. Giannis Antetokounmpo won the first of his MVP crowns in 2018/19 and is well on his way to another award in the 2019/20 campaign. Giannis is the centerpiece of their charge and he has been flawless over the course of the season, averaging 29.6 points per game, ranking behind only James Harden and Bradley Beal in the league.
The 25-year-old is on the trajectory to be the NBA’s next dominant player and is entering the prime years of his career. Giannis is not only a potent force in the final third, but also an outstanding defender. Alongside him, Khris Middleton is one of the league’s most underrated players, playing the best basketball of his career. Eric Bledsoe and Brook Lopez have plenty left in them for a run for the next few years. The Bucks have the talent, but first need to get over the hump and make their first NBA Finals’ appearance since 1974.
Do not count out the Raptors from becoming the next dynasty. Kawhi Leonard’s arrival sparked their first surge to the NBA Finals, winning their inaugural crown. Leonard’s stay was a brief one in Toronto as he secured a move to the Los Angeles Clippers. There was an expectation that the Raptors would fall out of contention without their star man. However, it has not proven to be the case as Pascal Siakam has risen to the occasion to take on the mantle left by Leonard.
The 25-year-old has been nothing short of sensational at both ends of the court. Siakam is developing into the franchise player that the Raptors could build a dynasty around. Kyle Lowry has remained his consistent self on the court, while Fred VanVleet has taken the next step in his development. OG Anunoby and Norman Powell are other young talents that have made their mark. Nick Nurse’s men appeared well placed for a run in the Eastern Conference, with hopefully more mouth-watering games against the Bucks on the horizon.