BlackJack: Maybe I’m Crazy, But I Kinda Like The 76ers to Win The Whole Damn Thing


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Feb 22, 2019, 09:45 PM EST
  • The latest 2018-19 NBA title odds: Golden State Warriors (-215), Toronto Raptors (+1050), Milwaukee Bucks (+1200), Philadelphia 76ers (+1500), Boston Celtics (+1500) and Houston Rockets (+1500).
  • While the Warriors are the most likely champion (as the odds indicate), BlackJack Fletcher explains why the 76ers have value at the current price.

I want to start this by saying the most likely outcome of the 2018-19 NBA season is the Golden State Warriors hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy in June.

There’s a reason they’re around -200 favorites to win it all, but it’s not quite a fait accompli.

Great teams have lost. Superteams have lost. Just look at the 2004 Los Angeles Lakers. They were a so-called Superteam. They were coming off three titles in four seasons, had Phil Jackson as coach and a roster consisting of Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Gary Payton and Karl Malone.

Yet they could not get past the Detroit Pistons and it signaled the end of their dynasty, as O’Neal and Payton were traded and Jackson retired.

I’m not saying the Warriors are a one-to-one comparison with the Lakers, but there are some parallels.

Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson could be on their way out after this season due to free agency. Steve Kerr may not be leaving, but it is worth noting he has had numerous health problems and has dealt with internal strife this year between Draymond Green and Durant, and has won three titles.

To be clear (again): The Warriors are still the most dominant team in the NBA, but I’ll be taking a futures position on a different team, the Philadelphia 76ers.

Philadelphia has gone all-in on this season. Much like Toronto and Milwaukee, the 76ers were active in the trade market. Toronto added Marc Gasol, the Bucks added Nikola Mirotic.