The Toronto Raptors won their first ever championship, defeating the Golden State Warriors in 6 games. But the NBA world is already moving on to the next big story of the summer, and that is the LA Lakers newest addition, Anthony Davis. The Lakers landed the biggest free agent of the summer, but did they give up too much in return? Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and 3 first round picks, including the 4th overall pick, will go to the New Orleans Pelicans, who already have the first overall pick in the coming NBA draft, and will use that on Zion Williamson. This trade will make the Lakers go from missing the playoffs to serious title contenders. It's supposed to, anyway, but I think the Lakers won't achieve that, at least not next year.
They will make the playoffs, and I think they will win a couple rounds, making it to the Western Conference finals, but the West won't be won so easily. The road might not go through Golden State anymore, who will be without KD for the whole 2020 season, as well as Klay Thompson for some time, but there is still the Portland Trailblazers, Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets to contend with. But imagine if the Lakers did not land AD? Lebron James probably would have left, so they had to put all their eggs in one basket and try to win. Let's face it, if they don't win at least one chip in the next 3 years with Lebron, it will be one of the biggest disappointments in all of sports history. It's hard to tell who will be the favorites just yet as we still have to wait until July for all the free agent deals to be made. We still don't know where Kawhi Leonard will sign for example.
If he stays in Toronto, it would be hard to bet against a repeat up North. As it stands now, the Lakers are +350 to win the championship which makes them the 2020 favorites, while Golden State, in comparison, is +1000. Behind LA is Milwaukee at +700, and then Houston is +900. Toronto, and the "other" LA basketball team join Golden State at +1000. But like I said, let's wait a few more weeks, and when the dust settles, we should have a much clearer picture of who the clear favorites will be. My early money will be on the Rockets.