The Golden State Warriors are the 2022 NBA champions, Stephen Curry has won the long-awaited Finals MVP award, and the Warriors’ big three of Curry, Clay Thompson and Draymond Green finished in fourth place.

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Okay, what’s next?

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After fighting in the Finals where the Warriors and Boston Celtics register for 2022-23 season? What about Eastern Conference rivals such as the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Philadelphia 76ers who have failed to score playoff goals this season?

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What’s in store for the Phoenix Suns — the league’s top regular season team for the 2021-2022 season — ahead of the big off-season decision around center DeAndre Ayton? Where do LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers end up after failing to make the play-in tournament?

Yes, it’s too early. But before we move on to the draft and free agency, let’s recap the current state of the league.

Note: These rankings are based on what our panel members (Sportzshala’s Kendra Andrews, Tim Bontemps, Jamal Collier, Nick Friedell, Andrew Lopez, Tim McMahon, Dave McMenamin, Kevin Pelton and Om Youngmisuk) think teams are going for next season. , taking into account the movement of the potential player and the draft. Title odds for 2023 from Caesars Sportsbook.

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1. Golden State Warriors

Record 2021-22: 53-29
Result: NBA champions
2023 title chances: +500

Having just completed their fourth league title in eight seasons, the Warriors have a lot to celebrate, including the return of Clay Thompson and the arrival of Jordan Poole. However, they have a long off-season ahead of them. The Golden State roster has just eight players, along with several key free agents, including Kevon Looney and Gary Payton II, and an opportunity to pick up Andrew Wiggins. The Warriors are already the highest-spending team in the league, and as much as they’d like to reclaim that titled group, it’s unclear if that’s possible. — Andrews


2. Boston Celtics

Record 2021-22: 51-31
Result: Lost in the NBA Finals.
2023 title chances: +600

It was a remarkable turnaround for Boston, which went from under .500 at the end of January to two games short of winning the NBA. Ultimately, however, Boston’s loss to the Warriors in the NBA Finals was proof that this group has yet to grow to get where it wants to go, which is the offensive end of the court. Offensive fluidity and cold spells have proven to be a differentiator from Golden State, and those are things that Boston hopes to improve in the future. — good time


3. Milwaukee Bucks

Record 2021-22: 51-31
Result: Lost in Eastern semi-finals.
2023 title chances: +750

Time and health are two of the biggest hurdles that could prevent a championship team from repeating their title, so it’s only fair if Milwaukee fans are still wondering “what if” Chris Middleton was available for a second-round exit by the Bucks. against the Celtics. However, playing in the postseason without Middleton exposed some of the Bucks’ weaknesses, especially on the flanks. For another championship, they will need to retool around three of their best players: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday and Middleton. — Collier


4 Memphis Grizzlies

Record 2021-22: 56-26
Result: Lost in the semi-finals in the West.
Chances for title in 2023: +1600

Signing Ja Morant to a potential rookie supermax expansion is an easy decision for general manager Zach Kleiman, who won the Executive of the Year award as the architect of the Grizzlies’ quick recovery. Kleiman has tougher decisions to make about Tyus Jones and Kyle Anderson, a pair of veterans who were quality role players, and how aggressively to play in the trading market where the Grizzlies’ first-round picks were acquired. may have been valuable commodities in previous transactions. — McMahon


5. Dallas Mavericks

Record 2021-22: 52-30
Result: Lost in western final.
Chances for title in 2023: +1600

The Mavs are confident they will re-sign Jalen Brunson after reaching the finals in the West. He is likely to be Dallas’ second-best player again behind Luka Doncic as general manager Nico Harrison is handcuffed by the Mavs being in the luxury tax zone with limited first-round picks to hang out in trade packages. . Dallas is looking to add an athletic big man and wing depth. — McMahon

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6. Miami Heat

Record 2021-22: 53-29
Result: Lost in Eastern Final
2023 title chances: +1400

Pat Riley & Co. must find out if they can find the number most suitable for the Tyler Herro extension. They also need to wait and see if PJ Tucker picks his player for next season. Both Riley and coach Eric Spoelstra made it clear late in the season that they would like to find a way to bring Tucker back even if he refuses. It remains to be seen what the market is for veteran Victor Oladipo as he continues to recover from injuries that have derailed his past few seasons. Riley has also made it clear he wants experienced point guard Kyle Lowry to get into better shape, but the 77-year-old president appears pleased with the return of the same core led by Jimmy Butler. — Friedel


7. Phoenix Suns

Record 2021-22: 64-18
Result: Lost in the semi-finals in the West.
2023 title chances: +800

It will be DeAndre Ayton’s summer in the desert. The only question is whether he can come to an agreement on an extension, or whether Phoenix will help him find a new home with a sign and an exchange. Last summer, the Suns were unable to negotiate a contract extension with Ayton, arranging a fight this summer when he could become a restricted free agent. Now that showdown is here. — Lopez


8. Los Angeles Clippers

Record 2021-22: 42-40
Result: Lost in Play-In Tournament
2023 title chances: +800

The Clippers are expected to be title contenders, and Kawhi Leonard is set to return after missing all of last season while recovering from a torn ACL. A healthy Leonard and Paul George are as good as any duo in the league, but their supporting lineup is arguably deeper than ever. The Clippers’ mid-season trade for Norman Powell and Robert Covington added a third forward and another defenseman to their team. Coach Tai Liu could play as part of all interchangeable units that can switch defensively, with players like Nick Batum and Marcus Morris Sr adding versatility. Reggie Jackson will now have more options as he doesn’t have to carry the offensive load like he did last season. And Ivica Zubac, Luke Kennard and Terence Mann showed what they can do with great opportunities. – yongmisuk


9. Denver Nuggets

Record 2021-22: 48-34
Result: Lost in the 1st round.
2023 title chances: +2200

The Nuggets say they’re entering a phase of their organization they’ve never talked about before: either win or lose. With back-to-back MVP Nikola Jokic and the return of Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr., Denver will finally come together again. However, it’s unclear if these parts with the Nuggets cast will be enough. And if not, who exactly can they target to help them get over the hump in the West? — Andrews


10. Brooklyn Nets

Record 2021-22: 44-38
Result: Lost in the 1st round.
2023 title chances: +600

Brooklyn remains on standby, waiting to see if Kyrie Irving will pick his player in the summer. Nets general manager Sean Marks made it clear in his end-of-season press conference that the Nets need players who are ready to be part of the team, and Irving hasn’t proven he can be counted on every game. especially after he missed most of the home games in New York last season due to refusing his COVID-19 vaccinations. As the Nets wait to decide what to do with Irving going forward, they should also hope that Ben Simmons recovers from his back surgery and can play at a high level again next season. Veteran center Andre Drummond played well for the Nets after being acquired from Philadelphia on Simmons’ trade, but with the money already on the balance sheet, it’s unclear if Brooklyn could re-sign him. — Friedel


11. Philadelphia 76ers

Record 2021-22: 51-31
Result: Lost in Eastern semi-finals.
Chances for title in 2023: +1600

Who would have thought that the off-season in Philadelphia would be full of drama? Well, anyone, given that it’s been that way for the last eight or nine years. Next for the 76ers? Deciding what to do with James Harden after Ben Simmons traded in a blockbuster to acquire it at the February deadline. Will Harden get the maximum? Will he choose his option? Will the parties compromise on anything else? How both sides play out will be a defining moment for the franchise as superstar center Joel Embiid reaches his peak and will secure his own supermax contract for the next few seasons. — good time

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12. Minnesota Timberwolves

Record 2021-22: 46-36
Result: Lost in the 1st round.
Chances for title in 2023: +6000

Returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2018 and scaring the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round, Minnesota has contracts for the 2022-2023 season with all eight players who have played at least 70 minutes in the series. That means the biggest challenge for new president Tim Connelly is a possible renewal for center Karl-Anthony Towns, who is eligible for a supermax after making the NBA Third Team. The big change could come in 2023, when the Timberwolves can create room for maximum level by entering the final season of rookie Anthony Edwards’ contract. — Pelton


13. Chicago Bulls

Record 2021-22: 46-36
Result: Lost in the 1st round.
Chances for title in 2023: +6000

The Bulls returned to relevance in the 2021–2022 season, reaching the playoffs for the first time in four years since DeMar DeRozan’s career year. Now the hardest part: to move from a simple good player to the fight for the championship. After reviewing the roster over the past 18 months, management has preached continuity with the core of the team and signaled…