The 5 NBA Pretenders: They’ll Win In Regular Season But Have Zero Chance At NBA Title

Every season there are only a couple of teams that are in serious contention for the NBA championship. As the season progresses, certain teams will go on winning streaks and show their ability to win games even on off nights and for a couple weeks or a month will enter the conversation as potential NBA championship contenders and the pretenders.

Seasoned NBA fans that have paid attention to the league over the years know that even though the Vegas odds, the betting chances, the casino ohne deutsche lizenz, and the sports books may fluctuate based on how a team performs over the season, that there are only a handful of teams that have a real chance at winning the NBA title.

Going into this next season those teams are, in alphabetical order, the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks. and Phoenix Suns. Why? Because they’ve proven they can win over the last several seasons, have players that have won championships or experience in the NBA Finals, and just as important: continuity.

That’s not to say that another team might not sneak their way into the Finals, but as far as who is going to end up with the title, it’s very very very likely that it’ll be one of those five teams above.

Who Are The Pretenders?

Whenever preseason predictions come out, we talk about the contenders and the pretenders. How I define pretenders are those teams that play well during the regular season; have a great record, but just don’t have the personnel, the experience, the shot selection, the know-how, the coaching, etc. to actually compete deep into the NBA Playoffs. Pretenders have approximately ZERO chance of winning an NBA championship – no matter how much they won in the regular season.These five teams are the biggest pretenders going into the 2022-23 NBA season.

Chicago Bulls: Another team that played well during the season – well enough for DeMar DeRozan to sneak into the conversation for league MVP, but the simple fact here is that the Bulls aren’t tough enough. They have no problem putting the ball in the basket, but the toughness of their two leaders DeRozan and Zach LaVine aren’t going to be enough to really grind it out deep into the playoffs. We just can’t see a team midrange and “step back jumper” their way into the NBA Finals, must less win it.

Minnesota Timberwolves: Even with their acquisition of Rudy Gobert, Minnesota won’t win an NBA championship this year. As much as they showed they could make some noise in the post season, we learned more about their GLARING faults they we took note of the positives. It was Karl Anthony-Towns continued boneheaded fouling, D’Angelo Russell’s non-existent defense, and Anthony Edwards’ inconsistency. Until they tighten all that up, they’re going nowhere fast. Odds are last year was fool’s good.

Dallas Mavericks No doubt Luka Doncic is a force to be reckon with, but the one word here is experience. Even Luka said it himself in last season’s playoff series against the Warriors when he flat out told the media “I’m still learning.”

“I think the first two quarters, I played very bad. That’s on me. But I’m still learning. I think after this season is done, whatever we are, I think we’re going to look back and learn a lot of things.”

Enough said. The Mavs have a bright future, they just have to go through the process and continue building up their roster.

Los Angeles Lakers Any team with LeBron James can make the NBA Finals right? That’s been proven not to be true in the majority of the four years that LeBron James has been in Los Angeles. As the roster is currently constructed, with Russell Westbrook, there are just way too many question marks on the team. Even if Westbrook accepts a smaller role and decides to use his abilities to fill in the major gaps the Lakers have; it’s going to be another season before we actually see the Purple and Gold actually compete. That’s a big IF.

If we had a little more room, we would have written the Memphis Grizzlies into this piece. They’re a young brash team that don’t know what they don’t know — and even then pushed the Warriors to the brink. All that said, an immature Timberwolves team, a pretender if we’ve ever seen one, was able to push the Grizzlies to the brink. That about says it all. Can Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, and Jaren Jackson Jr. take a step back in terms of their confidence to see the bigger picture.

So if you and your co-workers or friends are betting people and must put down money on a team – stay with the Bucks, Warriors, Clippers, Celtics or Suns.

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Here’s all the Jeremy Lin hairstyles throughout the years

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We Hate Dwight Howard: The long list of NBA players that hate Dwight Howard

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Did you know that Jordan Clarkson was Asian-American (Filipino)?

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and there was a post about Jeremy Lin and Jordan Clarkson making NBA history. Continue reading “Did you know that Jordan Clarkson was Asian-American (Filipino)?”

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Video: Jeremy Lin blocks Draymond Green’s layup into the stands

Against the Golden State Warriors, the 6-3 Jeremy Lin chased down the 6-7 Draymond Green for a shocking block. Continue reading “Video: Jeremy Lin blocks Draymond Green’s layup into the stands”

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Byron Scott has given up on Jeremy Lin, Lakers and winning

It’s not as if we need any more evidence that Byron Scott has it out for Jeremy Lin, but his comments after the Laker’s loss to the New York Knicks on Thursday just proves that winning isn’t on his mind. Continue reading “Byron Scott has given up on Jeremy Lin, Lakers and winning”

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Jeremy Lin shoots just 2-12, but aggression keeps Lakers flowing

Jeremy Lin didn’t have the best shooting night, in fact he only hit two shots in twelve attempts, but he was instrumental in getting the Lakers on the cusp of a road win vs. the Milwaukee Bucks. Continue reading “Jeremy Lin shoots just 2-12, but aggression keeps Lakers flowing”

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Jeremy Lin highlights vs. Orlando Magic

Jeremy Lin led the Lakers with game high 18 points Saturday night. Los Angeles was playing with Kobe Bryant and notched a rare easy win over the Orlando Magic 101-84. Continue reading “Jeremy Lin highlights vs. Orlando Magic”

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Jeremy Lin plays well vs. Memphis Grizzlies, still gets yelled at by Kobe Bryant

Jeremy Lin had himself a game against one of the Western Conference’s best teams, the Memphis Grizzlies, but unfortunately the Lakers came up a little short 109-106. Continue reading “Jeremy Lin plays well vs. Memphis Grizzlies, still gets yelled at by Kobe Bryant”

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Could the Los Angeles Lakers have played any better without Kobe Bryant?

When Byron Scott decided to sit Kobe Bryant in order to rest the fatigued 36-year old star, the rest of the Lakers knew that they had to step up. Not because they didn’t want to be embarrassed Continue reading “Could the Los Angeles Lakers have played any better without Kobe Bryant?”

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Hey Kobe, maybe you’re fatigued because you lead the NBA in field goal attempts

After two straight close losses in which Kobe Bryant shot a combined 11-45, Kobe admitted that he was physically fatigued. Continue reading “Hey Kobe, maybe you’re fatigued because you lead the NBA in field goal attempts”

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Lakers wear “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts: Why it’s important we see Jeremy Lin wearing the shirt

As everyone knows by now, Eric Garner, a 43-year old African-American male, died after New York police put him in an illegal chokehold. Continue reading “Lakers wear “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts: Why it’s important we see Jeremy Lin wearing the shirt”

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Jeremy Lin highlights (18 pts, 11 asts) from Lakers vs. Timberwolves match

Jeremy Lin had 18 points, 11 assists and 4 steals in a close 120-119 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves last night. Continue reading “Jeremy Lin highlights (18 pts, 11 asts) from Lakers vs. Timberwolves match”

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I’m finally getting used to the idea of Jeremy Lin wearing a Laker’s jersey

A few months ago when I learned that Jeremy Lin would be joining the Los Angeles Lakers, I wasn’t sure if I could stomach watching Lin play on a team that I dislike,  Continue reading “I’m finally getting used to the idea of Jeremy Lin wearing a Laker’s jersey”

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Love/Hate: Jeremy Lin will play alongside Kobe Bryant

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Jeremy Lin crosses Ron Artest, hit by Robert Sacre (Video)

Jeremy Lin got knocked on his ass last night…. AGAIN. And Clyde Drexler (Houston’s announcer) reiterates that Jeremy “has to learn how to fall.”

I just don’t think that’s possible right now; Lin goes to the basket with such momentum that any moderate contact will put him off balance, and ultimately on the ground.

Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin celebrate 3 point play vs lakers

In any case, Lin crossed Ron Artest (I’m not calling him that other “name”) and bolted to the hoop, where he was promptly met by Lakers cheerleader Robert Sacre (who was forced to start without Dwight and Gasol). Lin scooped up a high-arching layup and got hit by Sacre as the ball laid into the hoop.

LOL, Sacre, Lin still hit the shot. Lin laid out on the ground and let out a primal scream as Parsons and Harden came to his aid.

Admirable effort by Sacre, but he was highlight reel in all the wrong ways last night. Earlier, Harden dunked on Sacre’s bald head (+1) and later Beardy McPoints passed the ball between Sacre’s legs to Marcus Morris for the “easy two”. LOL. Five straight wins for the Rockets. Boom. Continue reading “Jeremy Lin crosses Ron Artest, hit by Robert Sacre (Video)”

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JLIN has 19p, 6r, 5a, 4s vs. Lakers (Video Highlights)

Another boxscore stuffer for Jeremy tonight: 19 points, 5 assist, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals. BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! Act now and we’ll include SEVEN TURNOVERS!

Lin got off to a slow start and was benched five minutes into the game, but he teamed with Beardy (31 points), Sultry Eyes Bromance (20 points) and that Kool Kat Delfino (19 points) to eventually overwhelm their opposition. You want to play “who can score more” against the highest scoring NBA team in the league?  YOU WILL LOSE (probably).

Lin has been shooting at a much higher clip as of late, and in tonight’s game, he continued that pattern; shooting 7-13 overall and 2-6 from three. All this against the Los Angeles Lakers – it feels so sweet! Good night. Continue reading “JLIN has 19p, 6r, 5a, 4s vs. Lakers (Video Highlights)”

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