Good Morning Dub Nation,
As the Denver Nuggets claimed this year’s NBA title on Monday night, Vegas released their odds, projecting the betting favorites for next season’s champions. According to PointsBet Sportsbook, the Golden State Warriors currently have the fifth-best odds of reclaiming the NBA title heading into next year.
NBA Outright Winner odds for 2023/24— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) June 13, 2023
Denver Nuggets +500
Boston Celtics +550
Milwaukee Buck +550
Phoenix Suns +700
Golden State Warriors +1200
Philadelphia 76ers +1200
Los Angeles Lakers +1600
Los Angeles Clippers +1800
Miami Heat +2000 pic.twitter.com/01ZSEC6DCl
The Warriors only trail the defending champion Nuggets, the Boston Celtics, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Phoenix Suns on this list. Of course, this was released right after the conclusion of the NBA Finals, and these numbers are expected to change heavily depending on what occurs during the NBA Draft and NBA Free Agency in the next coming weeks.
Having said that, these Vegas odds should serve as a reminder that Golden State is still viewed as a viable title contender going into next season. They won a championship just a year ago with most of those same players still on the roster. The core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, and Kevon Looney are still intact, while the young players on the team will hopefully see some improvement after adding another year of experience.
That’s not to say the Warriors are without their flaws. While their core players have their own things to improve — especially after such a disappointing postseason exit — the Warriors’ bench desperately needs an influx of quality depth. Their lack of depth not only forced them to strain themselves more heavily in the regular season, it also kept their options slim during critical moments in the playoffs when the starters needed rest.
Meanwhile, the Nuggets — led by their dynamic duo of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray — aren’t going anywhere. They project to be just as good, if not better, after getting over the obstacle of their first championship. Not to forget, teams like the Suns, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Los Angeles Clippers are still lurking in the West as they look to make adjustments to improve their rosters as well.
The Warriors will have their work cut out for them, but with the right moves, they can return to being serious title contenders. It will all come down to how well they execute during this very critical upcoming offseason.
Here are the rest of today’s stories:
In case you missed it from Golden State of Mind:
- The Warriors seem in no rush to name a GM
- Former Warriors assistant wins NBA title
- Warriors ‘not actively’ shopping Jordan Poole on the trade market
- June gloom mailbag
- Monday mock draft roundup 2.0
Other Warriors News:
- Kris Murray all for rivalry with Keegan if Warriors come calling (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Warriors face new reality as West runs through Nuggets (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Seth Curry on free agency options from Charlotte Hornets to teaming with Steph Curry (Greenville News)
- Warriors’ Jonathan Kuminga sends cryptic IG post amid uncertain future (Clutch Points)
- June 13, 2019: Klay Thompson showed us the heart of a Warrior (Twitter)
- NBA Finals: Nuggets revel in championship, from Nikola Jokić’s Champagne spray flub to dynasty talk (Yahoo Sports)
- Local Man Thought Monday Was His Last Day Of Work, Learns He Has Something To Do Thursday (Uproxx)
- Rival NBA Execs Expect Miami Heat to Trim Payroll This Offseason (Bleacher Report)
- NBA Finals ratings down from 2022, but playoff viewership up (ESPN)
- Sources: Victor Wembanyama headlines 19 NBA draft green room invitees (ESPN)