Not the question you really want to ask on opening night but…. can you see anyone beating the Warriors this year?
Their starting five will all be All Stars once DeMarcus Cousins returns…. and their depth is stupidly strong.
It would take something special – but did we perhaps see it earlier today, in Boston?
The Celtics might not have Steph Curry or Kevin Durant. But they have Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward – two stars they didn’t possess in last year’s playoffs, and huge additions to an already potent lineup.
Like the Warriors, they’re deep and loaded. More to the point, their young stars – Tatum, Smart, Brown – all played big minutes in the big moments last year, and are have grown with that.
There’s lots to like about what Brad Stevens is working with in Boston. And maybe there’s even more to like about their growing rivalry with Philly, which is competitive as well as having a bit of spite to it.
The Sixers? They’ll improve. Especially with Simmons seemingly having taken another step after a great all-round performance in a losing team.
But they do need to still work out how best to use Markelle Fultz – and whether he can coexist with Simmons in a unique backcourt.