The NBA is back, and 22 teams will now be competing for spots in the NBA playoffs. While there are already foregone conclusions for the top-seeded teams, other teams will be fighting for chances to sneak into the playoffs. Since the season has been interrupted and players have had plenty of rest, every NBA team feels like they have a shot to win it all.
While title odds are the more realistic for some over others, there are still 22 teams that will be competing over an eight-game regular season. As such, it is time to rank the 22 teams that will be competing in Disney World to complete the 2019-2020 NBA season.
22. Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Durant has been out for the season, and Kyrie Irving seems like he will not be returning to play inside the new NBA “Bubble”. Without these two superstars, the Nets have zero chance of winning an NBA title. To Make matters worse, Spencer Dinwiddie is also not playing in the Bubble, although they signed Jamal Crawford and Michael Beasley to pair alongside Caris LeVert. Still, they won’t be enough to get past some of the top teams in the East including the Bucks and Raptors and will not move the needle this year at all.
21. Washington Wizards
The Wizards are not a threat to any of the top teams in the league, mainly because John Wall is injured and Bradley Beal is the only player that has to carry the load for a very weak team. Beal is averaging 30.5 PPG this season, but the Wizards don’t have much talent beyond him. Unless Beal can somehow turn into Michael Jordan, the playoffs are out of the picture for Washington.
20. Phoenix Suns
Phoenix has an exciting core led by the likes of Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton, but they like any sort of playoff experience and this will come back to haunt them. As a matter of fact, it is extremely unlikely that they’ll even be in the playoffs. They still cannot find any sort of consistency on the floor and will struggle against better teams ranked in the top-10, even if Booker is averaging 26.1 PPG this season.
19. Orlando Magic
Even if the NBA has resumed in Orlando, The Magic don’t have the benefit of home-court advantage. This means that the chances of winning a title are extremely slim to nil, although they will be fighting for a playoff spot. Jonathan Isaac seems to be coming back, the team has some bright spots especially in the frontcourt. But the Orlando Magic will struggle as they have done in years past and won’t make it out of the first round if they make the playoffs.
18. Sacramento Kings
The Kings will go as far as De’Aaron Fox takes them. He’s an ultra-speedy point guard that has All-Star potential and can be a driving force for a franchise that probably would love to be in the playoffs. Still, they will struggle against some of the better teams in the West and it is likely the season ends early for them.
17. San Antonio Spurs
It’s a shame to see the Spurs ranked so low, but that is the reality of the situation. LaMarcus Aldridge is out for the season, all the pressure is on the margarine in Gregg Popovich to lead this depleted Spurs team into the NBA playoffs. Without Aldridge, Spurs should be ranked even lower, but a benefit of the doubt is given to them because of Popovich as the head coach. But the Spurs aren’t very good, ranking 24th in defense 18th in rebounding.