Updated 2017 NBA Futures
Published on Friday, 7/22/16, at 2:38 p.m. Eastern.
Here are what the odds to win the 2017 NBA title looked like before the Draft, free agency and even the conclusion of the 2016 Finals.
Obviously, after the major overhaul rosters went through with the Draft and free agency, things look a lot different at this point. Free agency brought us surprises galore such as…Kevin Durant to Golden St., Al Horford to Boston, Dwyane Wade to Chicago, Joakim Noah to New York, Dwight Howard and Chandler Parsons to Memphis. There were also trades that saw Derrick Rose land with the Knicks, Serge Ibaka getting shipped to Orlando and Jeff Teague moving to Indiana.
We also saw the greatest power forward in NBA history retire and head off into the sunset with his five rings. No Farwell Tour like d-bag Kobe. Not even a tearful presser. Nothing. Tim Duncan just did his way — with class, zero ego and sans the cheese factor.
Oh, and I’ll also add Duncan did it like used to be (correctly) done back in the day. You know, the way icons like Larry Bird, Michael Jordan (the Wizards thing was different, he owned the f’n team!), Magic Johnson, Joe Dumars and Isaiah Thomas went about their business. In other words, they won titles on their team and didn’t go join other champions in attempt to garner their first ring.
I bring this up since our new set of numbers below, compliments from the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas that were accurate as of Tuesday of this week (7/19), seemingly indicate that the race to win next year’s title basically boils down to three teams.
Warriors 2/3 (risk $150 to win $100)
Cavs 5/2 (risk $100 to win $250)
Trail Blazers 80/1