NBA Parity Is Finally Here

The NBA finally has its much needed and much wanted parity.

Parity doesn’t hurt the NBA, we just think it does. What hurts them most is not having the biggest stars and biggest personalities in the playoffs. There are however, a lot of people and a lot of fans who have been calling for more parity in the league. We’ve had to choke down the Golden State Warriors for the better half of five years and that looks to be coming to an end in a matter of one offseason. The Cleveland Cavaliers have been around for most of that Warriors run too. Although they only took home one title, it has been about those two teams for multiple years. Now that LeBron James is with the Lakers, the Cavs are back in the lottery and rebuilding stages as a franchise. In the past we have dealt with the Heat, Spurs, Lakers, and Celtics at one point running the league. This will be the first time in a long time that we all can legitimately say we really don’t know who will win the NBA title next year. There are more than a handful that will have a real shot at it all and I’m not so sure that has ever happened in the history of this game.

The NBA has gone from a ‘big 3’ type structure to a dynamic duo adding in a second-tier player and great depth. Teams now will need great bench play for playoff seeding and deep playoff runs, but having that elite star is what is still going to lift the trophy at the end. Players are now starting to pair up and spread out to lift their legacies past needing to be on a super team to win championships. Kevin Durant will be out the entire season next year, so we won’t truly see what they’re working with in Brooklyn until the following year. Klay Thompson looks to be out until around March for the Warriors, who brought in D’Angelo Russell. They definitely won’t cruise through the western conference now, but I don’t think they are going to fall completely off of a cliff either. They will still compete. The eastern conference has gotten better while the west has continued in being a force while becoming more well rounded and way more than just a one or two team conference.

The team-ups below prove to bring the most parity this sport has ever seen at the professional level. Who’s your favorite? Who are you most excited to see play together? Who’s your pick to win it all? Either way, it is going to be a lot more fun to watch throughout the regular season with more games and stars in different places. All of this is great for the league, great for the sport, and I am here for it all.

-Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving (Nets)

-LeBron James and Anthony Davis (Lakers)

-Kawhi Leonard and Paul George (Clippers)

-Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and D’Angelo Russell (Warriors)

-Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley (Utah)

-Giannis and Kris Middleton (Bucks)

-Damien Lillard and CJ McCollum (Portland)

-James Harden and Chris Paul (Rockets)

-Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons (Philly)

-Jason Taytum and Kemba Walker (Boston)

-Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray (Nuggets)

-Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis (Mavs)

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