LeBron James and Co. are favored to win their third consecutive title next season, but offer little value to do so in comparison to other teams in the league.
Let’s take a closer look at the future NBA odds to win the 2013-14 NBA title at William Hill.
Miami Heat (+230): The roster needs some tinkering, but the best player in the world will be motivated to pull off a three-peat. LeBron James is undeniably the king of the NBA at this point in time, but with little value on the line, should bettors be quick to back the Heat with their NBA picks?
Oklahoma City Thunder (9/2): It was probably hard for Kevin Durant to watch the 2013 NBA Finals, considering his team likely lands in that spot if not for a season-ending injury to point guard Russell Westbrook.
Chicago Bulls (6/1): Point guard Derrick Rose will be the most watched player in the league when the 2013-14 regular season tips off. A major player due to the toughness the roster displayed against the Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
San Antonio Spurs (7/1): The media continues to try to close the window of winning a title on this team, but it should have walked away with the franchise’s fifth title. Forward Kahwi Leonard is officially a star in this league.
Los Angeles Clippers (10/1): A talented roster, but I’m not about to predict a championship for this franchise.
Houston Rockets (10/1): The only question mark is if this team can play enough defense to advance in the later rounds of the playoffs. Acquiring Dwight Howard would go a long way in accomplishing that task.
Indiana Pacers (15/1): Roy Hibbert demonstrated that he’s capable of defending the lane against the Heat, but the rest of the team needs to take better care of the basketball. Can Danny Granger stay healthy at this point in his career?
Memphis Grizzlies (20/1): Trading away Rudy Gay was the right thing to do, but there’s no doubt the club needs to find a scorer in the free agent market. Point guard Mike Conley has turned into a dynamic player on both ends of the floor.
Los Angeles Lakers (20/1): An absolute circus a season ago. I’m only interested in backing this team at odds of 30/1 or higher, as shooting guard Kobe Bryant is coming off a major injury.
New York Knicks (22/1): Carmelo Anthony is the odds on favorite to lead the league in shot attempts.
Golden State Warriors (22/1): A dangerous team if center Andrew Bogut can stay healthy. Problem is—he hasn’t played more than 32 games since the 2010-11 campaign.
Denver Nuggets (25/1): A lot of pressure on management to find the right guy on the sidelines after firing longtime head coach George Karl.
Brooklyn Nets (30/1): Future Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd will now draw up plays on a clipboard rather than running them. Deron Williams should benefit from the hiring, but Joe Johnson will need to play better in big moments for this team to make noise.
Dallas Mavericks (30/1): Will likely be one of the busiest teams in the offseason from a player personnel standpoint, especially since the window is closing with an aging Dirk Nowitzki.
Boston Celtics (50/1): An older version of the Bulls—no thanks.
Atlanta Hawks (75/1): The inability to negotiate successfully with Josh Smith may set this franchise back a few years. A second-tier squad in the Eastern Conference.
Minnesota Timberwolves (100/1): An intriguing offering at triple-digit betting odds, as forward Kevin Love will be motivated after missing most of the 2012-13 campaign. Point guard Ricky Rubio is ready to take the next step as well.
Philadelphia 76ers (100/1): The acquisition of former Lakers center Andrew Bynum was a disaster. Way too many question marks.
Portland Trail Blazers (100/1): Very little depth on the roster, but point guard Damian Lillard and forward LaMarcus Aldridge are nice building blocks. I’ll be interested to see their number in 2014-15.
Utah Jazz (100/1): Worth a look if they played all 82 games at EnergySolutions Arena.
New Orleans Pelicans (150/1): A 40-win season isn’t out of the question if shooting guard Eric Gordon can remain healthy.
Cleveland Cavaliers (150/1): It’s unfortunate that the 2013 NBA Draft is seen as one of the weaker ones in years at the top, but point guard Kyrie Irving is a nice building block.
Sacramento Kings (150/1): The city managed to keep its team. That’s enough of a reason to celebrate.
Washington Wizards (200/1): A very important offseason for a squad that played some of the best basketball in the league when point guard John Wall returned from injury. If you’re looking for a major score—this is the best ticket to buy.
Toronto Raptors (200/1): Virtually impossible to win a championship North of the Border.
Phoenix Suns (300/1): Point guard Goran Dragic is a nice player, but he’s not going to win a title with this surrounding cast.
Detroit Pistons (300/1): Rodney Stuckey has trended downward since signing a major contract. So has the team.
Orlando Magic (400/1): Is Dwight Howard returning to the Sunshine State? Probably not.Charlotte Bobcats (500/1): The franchise continues to miss in the NBA Draft.