NBA 2021-2022 has ended with the Golden State Warriors as the champions after they grabbed the title from the Boston Celtics. It happened to be the 75th anniversary of the league, giving fans another reason to remember the moment.
The league now enters the 76th version with the draft of NBA 2022-2023 ready to be published. Like its previous version, the next version will hold everyone’s excitement at a peak.
Post-NBA 2021-2022, the Golden State Warriors are now favorites to win the title again, and the Boston Celtics follow them at the second position. Other teams that have come out as favorites are, in the sequence, Brooklyn, Milwaukee, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix, Miami, Philadelphia, Memphis, and Dallas.
However, these are only predictions that can be wrong. There is no surety if the list of favorites will stand firm once the league commences, and trends suggest a similar picture.
For instance, Brooklyn was the favorite to win the title this year, but the team ended up giving its spot to the Boston Celtics. Similarly, the Los Angeles Lakers were in the second position but did not make the playoffs. A few individual changes and boosters are also expected to be crucial in switching everyone’s interest to another team.
Nikola Jokiv, the two-time MVP, will receive $260 million from the Denver Nuggets. Nothing changes his mind about accepting the offer. Karl-Anthony Towns and Devin Booker look forward to receiving a $210 million extension each. Many young players are in line to receive their first-ever contract paydays.
LeBron James will enter his 20th season this year. After catching up with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, he is expected to become the all-time scoring leader. The Los Angeles Lakers would hand him a two-year extension worth $100 million for 2023-2024 and 2024-2025.
The future of John Wall is in question. He has received the best offer of $47.4 million for the next season as the concern continues to revolve around his injuries, with heel surgery being the most highlighted one.
John Wall was a regular from 2014 through 2018. He has not been at his best since 2018, playing only 82 games and making $150 million in salary.
Meanwhile, 30 teams will participate in the NBA Summer League that starts on July 7 and ends on July 17. It will follow two small events hosted by the Warriors and the Utah Jazz. Owners will be meeting in Las Vegas in the coming month to take a call on the approval process.
Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner, said while interacting with the press that the competition committee had been studying the rule for several seasons. He expressed confidence in making the change a reality.