The Dallas Mavericks finished the 2020-2021 season with a 42-30 record. This record landed the team the fifth seed in the Western Conference. Dallas is a rare organization, where the team rarely changes front offices and the coaching staff.
The Memphis Grizzlies finished the 2020-2021 NBA season with a 38-34 record. The team made the playoff play-in game tournament as the ninth seed in the Western Conference. They would win both games against the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors to obtain the eighth seed in the playoffs. In both games, Grizzlies superstar Ja Morant excelled in his first taste of the NBA playoffs.
If scientists discover that the Trail Blazers have been stuck in an isolated time-loop since 2013, the fans may buy it. How else does one explain five first-round exits in the playoffs across eight seasons with head coach Terry Stotts and Damian Lillard running the show?
There will be a new NBA Champion this season. After three straight losses to the Phoenix Suns, the Los Angeles Lakers lost in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. It is not the ending the defending champions wanted.
The Washington Wizards finished the season with a 34-38 record, which landed them the Eastern Conference’s eighth seed. The Wizards struggled for most of the season, as the team could not stay healthy.
The Chicago Bulls had plenty of hope and excitement coming into this season. They made changes to their front office by hiring Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley. Billy Donovan was then hired as the new Bulls head coach.
The Miami Heat were just eliminated from the NBA playoffs. In the first round, the team ended up being swept by the Milwaukee Bucks led by Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Heat finished the season as the sixth seed, with a record of 40-32.
The Indiana Pacers finished this season with a 34-38 record. This gave the team the 9th seed in the Eastern Conference, which clinched the team a spot in the new play-in tournament. They would eventually be eliminated and now look to the offseason.
As with after the first time that LeBron James left Cleveland to win titles elsewhere, the Cavaliers have talented young pieces, but seemingly with no plan on how to contend in their division, let alone their conference or the NBA.