After the world waited with bated breath for the NBA return due to the pandemic shutdown, the carefully structured bubble in Orlando was a gamble. And though no one will claim the bubble was a perfect success, it was a resounding triumph for sports starved fans all too happy to see the season salvaged.
Some of course, will argue that the NBA championship won by the Los Angeles Lakers under these conditions deserve an asterisk. Pedantic arguments about title legitimacy aside however, the NBA will return to a season that is closer to normal than this past one was. With multiple teams expected to improve either via transactions or with key players entering their prime – here are the four teams most likely to win the NBA championship in 2021.