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As the league enters an offseason of more uncertainty, we’re taking a way-too-early look at where all 30 teams stand heading into the 2020-21 season.
Note: These rankings are based on which teams voters (a group of more than 40 reporters, insiders and editors) think belong higher heading into next season, taking into account potential player movement and the draft. Title odds for 2021 were provided by Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill.
1. Los Angeles Lakers
2019-20 record: 52-19
Result: NBA champions
2021 title odds: +325
LeBron James and Anthony Davis have delivered the franchise’s 17th championship banner to the rafters. Now GM Rob Pelinka will look to maintain a championship-contending roster around James. First priority is Davis, who can opt out and get a raise. Markieff Morris, Jared Dudley, Dwight Howard and Dion Waiters are free agents. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Avery Bradley, JaVale McGee and Rajon Rondo all have a player option for 2020-21. Pelinka