* – indicates playoffs
MVP – G Luka Doncic – Dallas Mavericks
Rookie – G Anthony Edwards – Minnesota Timberwolves
Coach – Lloyd Pierce – Atlanta Hawks
Defensive Player – C Bam Adebayo – Miami Heat
Most Improved – G Markelle Fultz – Orlando Magic
Sixth Man – F Montrez Harrell – Los Angeles Lakers
Executive – Travis Schlenk – Atlanta Hawks
1. Los Angeles Lakers
As long as Anthony Davis stays healthy, they will be championship contenders for many years.
2. Los Angeles Clippers
After the way last season ended the only way to erase that memory is to make it to the Finals and win. Do they have it in them?
3. Phoenix Suns
Adding Chris Paul puts them in the ‘most interesting team to watch’ category in the Western Conference.
4. Golden State Warriors
Not having Klay Thompson does diminish the thought of contending for a title, but if Stephen Curry is healthy this roster has some good complimentary pieces in place.
5. Sacramento Kings
It is clear that De’Aaron Fox is the face of this franchise. Now will the rest of the roster take the next step with him?
1. Denver Nuggets
They boast one of the best rosters in the league. There’s no doubt that they are contenders.
2. Portland Trail Blazers
When Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are clicking they are just about unstoppable.
3. Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert aren’t going anywhere. That means Utah will continue to be a playoff team.
4. Minnesota Timberwolves
Is this going to be Karl-Anthony Towns’ team, D’Angelo Russell’s or Anthony Edwards? All three were top-two picks with Russell being selected #2 by another team.
5. Oklahoma City Thunder
With the amount of assets they have, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them become instant contenders sooner rather than later.