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Thunder and Cavs are Scheduled for NBA Finals

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 07: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts after fouled by DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Los Angeles Clippers in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 7, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – MAY 07: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts after fouled by DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Los Angeles Clippers in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 7, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

It won’t be the Golden State show in 2015-16 as the cream of the NBA with names of James, Durant, Love and Westbrook will lead their respective teams into the Finals of the Association in late Spring 2016.  This could be the year that those three  (plus Love) reunite for another historic Finals as the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavs have the best top heavy talent for the NBA Championship run.  Add the defending champs Golden State Warriors, the Chicago Bulls, and San Antonio Spurs, you have your top 5  in the highest echelon of teams pre-season.  Injuries always play a part in making champions and adjustments in league rankings will be noted throughout the season.

 

Top Five teams in the NBA:
  1. Oklahoma City
  2. San Antonio
  3. Cleveland
  4. Golden State
  5. Chicago
2nd grouping of teams on the cusp for Title considerations:
6.  Los Angeles Clippers.  7.  Houston  8.  Atlanta  9.  Memphis

 

 

The rest of the league have little or no chance in bringing an NBA title to their town.
Top 10 players in the world:  Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, James Hardin, Tim Duncan, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis

 

 

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Photo Credit: http://www.nicekicks.com/2015/03/02/fear-beard-look-james-hardens-best-performances/

Western Conference Rankings:
  1. OKC
  2. San Antonio
  3. Golden State
  4. LAC
  5. Memphis
  6. Houston
  7. New Orleans
  8. Dallas
Eastern Conference Rankings:
  1. Cleveland
  2. Chicago
  3. Atlanta
  4. Washington
  5. Miami
  6. Toronto
  7. Boston
  8. Indiana
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Photo Credit: http://thoughtsonthehardwood.sportsblog.com/posts/2723848/ranking-the-number-one-nba-draft-picks-of-the-last-20-years.html

 

Top Photo:  Kevin Durant  (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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