Getting to the NBA championship takes team depth, superstars, healthy players, and a little bit of luck. In our imaginations, it takes just a little bit of creativity. The new year will be here before we know it. We saw plenty of changes during the offseason as teams prepared to make a run towards the playoffs, as well as winning a title.
The best-case scenario doesn’t always happen in the NBA Finals. For fans that want intense rivalries, juicy storylines, and that outside layer of drama, we envision what the best NBA Finals would be each year. Last year, there weren't a lot of storylines between the Suns and Bucks as both were fairly loveable teams. For the 2022 NBA Finals, 7 best possible scenarios will feature all the drama, but some pretty great basketball as well.
7. Denver Nuggets vs. Philadelphia 76ers
The top two leaders in the MVP voting would headline these NBA Finals. Jokic was the 2021 MVP with Embiid finishing second. Had Embiid not missed over 20 games due to injury, he might have taken the award after leading the 76ers to the top of the conference.
Back in the day, the man in the middle was the bruiser. Today, the big man has to be able to shoot threes and pass. These two are the most talented offensive centers we have watched in the modern era.
6. Phoenix Suns vs. Milwaukee Bucks
You can’t have a list of the best possible scenarios without a rematch of the previous NBA Finals. First of all, the Bucks and Suns matchup this past season was spectacular. It was back and forth between both teams. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 50 points in Game 6. The Suns held a 2-0 lead in the beginning before losing four straight. Chris Paul hasn’t won a championship yet.
Can Giannis join the likes of Shaq as a repeat champion? There are plenty of storylines left in this rematch.
5. Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers
The Heat and Lakers headlined the 2020 NBA Finals, but both teams have improved. The Lakers have one of the deepest benches as well as a triple-double machine in Westbrook. As for the Heat, the addition of Kyle Lowry makes them one gritty team in the league.
The Heat have sore wounds from losing to the Lakers years ago. This has the inklings that it would be a physical series. With players like Jimmy Butler, Westbrook, Lowry, and more in this series, who have no problem embracing conflict, you know there could be a staring showdown ready to break out.
4. Milwaukee Bucks vs. Golden State Warriors
Remember when the world thought Giannis might join the Warriors. Then, he stayed with the Bucks and won a title. How great would it be to see him defeat the Warriors? Then, the naysayers would be in Durant’s ear about his two titles.
Regardless, Curry and Giannis were third and fourth respectively in the MVP voting. This would be a showdown between two of the best players in the league. Curry can say that he has repeated as a champion. Giannis would have a tall task to defeat this former dynasty.
3. Milwaukee Bucks vs. Los Angeles Lakers
You would have legacy vs. legacy. For starters, it would be a battle between the last two champions in the league. It would give bragging rights to either team of who has truly been the best franchise as of later.
It would also be a battle between LeBron and Giannis for who is adding to their legacy in the league. Do the Bucks have enough to slow down Westbrook, Davis, and LeBron? This feels like a much harder test than the Suns.
2. Brooklyn Nets vs. Golden State Warriors
Assuming that the Warriors are healthy, this would be one for the ages. The dynasty of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green are three-time champions. They have not been to the Finals since 2019, which is the year that Durant left for the Nets.
As for Durant, he continues to get flack for joining the 73-win Warriors and is given an asterisk for his championships. This would be Durant’s chance to prove the haters wrong.
1. Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Lakers
How can this not be the NBA Finals that everyone is rooting for? You have the combination of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving vs. LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook. That’s six future Hall of Famer players in one NBA Finals.
When was the last time you saw that? Not to mention the animosity between LeBron and Kyrie. Can LeBron win championship No. 5 and get closer to GOAT status, or can Irving win without LeBron? Those are some juicy headlines.
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