The Milwaukee Bucks have 29 groups gunning for his or her crown.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, even after injuring his knee in the convention finals, led the Bucks to their first title in 50 years final season. He was the NBA Finals MVP and was the point of interest round the group’s run by means of the Finals over the Phoenix Suns.

Milwaukee additionally brings again Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Brook Lopez to the beginning lineup.

There are few formidable challengers in each conferences. But listed here are 5 who could actually make a run and dampen the Bucks’ hopes of repeating as champions.

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Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins shows emotion on the court against the Miami Heat in the first half Oct. 14, 2021, at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

Atlanta Hawks ahead John Collins reveals emotion on the courtroom towards the Miami Heat in the first half Oct. 14, 2021, at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
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John Collins stated earlier than the begin of the season that Kyrie Irving’s absence from the Nets could find yourself hurting the group. He stated he felt like the Hawks have been “real contenders” for the NBA title. He’s not unsuitable.

Trae Young performed an enormous half in why the Hawks acquired to the Eastern Conference finals, solely to lose to the Bucks final season. Having Young, Collins, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Clint Capela and a wholesome De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish will make Atlanta legit NBA title contenders.

Los Angeles Lakers

  Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the game against the Golden State Warriors Oct. 12, 2021 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Warriors won, 111-99.

  Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) throughout the sport towards the Golden State Warriors Oct. 12, 2021 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Warriors received, 111-99.
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Any group with LeBron James goes to battle for the title. Injuries to James and Anthony Davis price the Lakers down the stretch final season. The group limped into the playoffs solely to be doused by the Suns. James is more likely to be wholesome for the season and so is Davis.

The group added Russell Westbrook to the combine in the offseason. Though his participant effectivity score was down from 2019-20 to 2020-21 and he missed out on an All-Star look for the first time in six seasons, Westbrook nonetheless averaged a triple-double. Having anybody on the group do that can actually enhance your possibilities of profitable the title.

Denver Nuggets

Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon looks to pass the ball during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic on Sunday, April 4, 2021, in Denver.

Denver Nuggets ahead Aaron Gordon seems to be to move the ball throughout the second half of the group’s NBA basketball sport towards the Orlando Magic on Sunday, April 4, 2021, in Denver.
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Denver has the reigning NBA MVP in Nikola Jokic, a possible star in Michael Porter Jr. and a full season of Aaron Gordon. The Nuggets could additionally get Jamal Murray again throughout the season as he recovers from a torn ACL. Denver has been amongst the high groups in the Western Conference for a couple of years, and its window to win is as large because it’s going to be. 

Boston Celtics

,Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown reacts after his three-point basket against the San Antonio Spurs in the third quarter April 30, 2021, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

,Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown reacts after his three-point basket towards the San Antonio Spurs in the third quarter April 30, 2021, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
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The Celtics appeared like they could beat the Nets in the first spherical of the Eastern Conference playoffs final season. The group didn’t get the greatest play from Kemba Walker, and Jaylen Brown was damage. Walker is gone, and Brown is wholesome, and if Robert Williams and Marcus Smart proceed their arduous play, the Celtics could flip heads and will make a run to the title out of the East.

Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant watches as he sinks a three-point shot during the fourth quarter of Game 5 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks, Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in New York.

Brooklyn Nets ahead Kevin Durant watches as he sinks a three-point shot throughout the fourth quarter of Game 5 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff sequence towards the Milwaukee Bucks, Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in New York.
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Kevin Durant’s foot was the distinction between the Nets shifting onto the convention finals and watching their opponents win the championship. Even as Kyrie Irving’s season is in flux, the group nonetheless has James Harden and a deeper bench to make the Nets one in all the greatest groups in the league.