Mailbag: Why have the Miami Heat been so quiet to start free agency?

Miami Heat’s Tyler Johnson (8), James Johnson, second from left, Kelly Olynyk (9) and Josh Richardson (0) talk on the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Miami. The Heat won 129-102. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI — It’s time for another Heat mailbag.

If you weren’t able to ask a question this time, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter (@Anthony_Chiang and @tomdangelo44). You can also email me at achiang@pbpost.com. Continue reading “Mailbag: Why have the Miami Heat been so quiet to start free agency?”

Who should be NBA’s MVP, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player and Coach of the Year? Heat coach and players reveal their picks

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) goes up for a shot against Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI — With the NBA regular season coming to a close, awards season is near.

After Sunday’s practice, we asked coach Erik Spoelstra and nine Heat players who they would vote for as the league’s Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player and Coach of the Year. Continue reading “Who should be NBA’s MVP, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player and Coach of the Year? Heat coach and players reveal their picks”

Our Miami Heat reporters’ predictions for the 2017-18 NBA season

The Palm Beach Post’s NBA playoff bracket. (By Adam Hirshfield)

The NBA season kicks off tonight with Golden State looking to become the first team since the Miami Heat in 2012 and 13 to repeat. With everybody returning and Finals MVP Kevin Durant even more comfortable after a year in the system, the Warriors could be even better than the team that won 67 games last year and defeated the Cavaliers in five games in the Finals.

But some of their biggest challengers loaded up with Paul George and Carmelo Anthony joining league MVP Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City and Houston gambling on a James Harden-Chris Paul backcourt.

The East underwent changes, too, with Cleveland and Boston pulling off the stunner of the summer by swapping point guards Kyrie Irving (to the Celtics) and Isaiah Thomas (to the Cavs). LeBron James also convinced Dwyane Wade to join him in Cleveland and the Celtics added Gordon Hayward.

Our Heat writers, Tom D’Angelo and Anthony Chiang teamed up to make The Palm Beach Post’s playoff and postseason awards picks.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

1. Boston Celtics

2. Cleveland Cavaliers

3. Washington Wizards

4. Toronto Raptors

5. Miami Heat

6. Milwaukee Bucks

7. Philadelphia 76ers

8. Charlotte Hornets

Eastern Conference playoffs

First round

Boston over Charlotte

Cleveland over Philadelphia

Washington over Milwaukee

Miami over Toronto

Second round

Boston over Miami

Cleveland over Washington

Conference Finals

Cleveland over Boston

WESTERN CONFERENCE

1. Golden State

2. Oklahoma City

3. Houston

4. Minnesota

5. San Antonio

6. Denver

7. Portland

8. L.A. Clippers

Western Conference Playoffs

First round

Golden State over the Clippers

Oklahoma City over Portland

Denver over Houston

Minnesota over San Antonio

Second round

Golden State over Minnesota

Oklahoma City over Denver

Conference Finals

Golden State over Oklahoma City

NBA FINALS

Golden State over Cleveland

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on while playing the Chicago Bulls during a pre season game at Quicken Loans Arena on October 10, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Most Valuable Player: LeBron James, Cleveland

If nothing else, James will be motivated more than ever thanks to the Irving drama and losing to the Warriors in the Finals. And without Irving, he will take on more responsibility. Let’s face it, LeBron can pick his number when it comes to scoring and he will pick a number that is enough to earn him his fifth MVP Award.

Dennis Smith Jr. #1 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts after a basket against the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Spectrum Center on October 13, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Rookie of the Year: Dennis Smith Jr., Dallas

The No. 9 overall pick in this year’s draft has been compared to players like Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose and Damian Lillard just because of the athleticism he brings to the point guard position. With the Mavericks not expected to make the playoffs this season, Smith should get plenty of opportunities to rack up big numbers.

D’Angelo Russell #1 of the Brooklyn Nets drives to the basket against Josh Richardson #0 of the Miami Heat in the second half during their Pre Season game at Barclays Center on October 5, 2017 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Most Improved Player: D’Angelo Russell, Brooklyn

Russell has not lived up to being the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft, getting lost in the Lakers rebuilding/tanking mode the last two years. He was traded for two reasons: To make room for Lonzo Ball and as incentive for the Nets to take Timofey Mozgov’s contract. But Russell is skilled and he will become one of the Nets’ top options, which should result in his production soaring.

Eric Gordon #10 of the Houston Rockets reacts during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on February 23, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Sixth Man of the Year: Eric Gordon, Houston

Gordon won this award last season and he’ll win it again this year. He flourished in his first season in Mike D’Antoni’s system, making a career-high 3.3 3-pointers per game at a 37.2 percent rate. Gordon will get even more open looks this season with Chris Paul joining James Harden in Houston.

Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors in action against Nemanja Bjelica #8 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Golden State Warriors as part of 2017 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 8, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)

Defensive Player of the Year: Draymond Green, Golden State

Golden State finished with the NBA’s second-best defensive rating last season. Want to know why? Just look at Green play defense. He can guard every position on the floor. The Warriors’ defense will be one of the best in the league again and Green will win this award for a second consecutive season.

Head coach Tom Thibodeau of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts during the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Golden State Warriors as part of 2017 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 8, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)

Coach of the Year: Tom Thibodeau, Minnesota

The Timberwolves are headed in the right direction after adding Jimmy Butler to the improving Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. Minnesota had the third-worst record in the West last season (31-51) and we predict a big jump to around 48 wins.

All-NBA

First team

G: Russell Westbrook, OKC

G: Stephen Curry, Golden State

F: LeBron James, Cleveland

F: Kevin Durant, Golden State

C: Anthony Davis, New Orleans

Second team

G: James Harden, Houston

G: Kyrie Irving, Boston

F: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio

F: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee

C: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota

Third team

G: John Wall, Washington

G: Chris Paul, Houston

F: Draymond Green, Golden State

F: Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers

C: Hassan Whiteside, Miami

[Anthony Chiang’s Miami Heat predictions: Josh Richardson will have a breakout season]

[Tom D’Angelo’s Miami Heat predictions: Hassan Whiteside will be recognized as one of the league’s best]

 

 

Could a weakened Eastern Conference push Gordon Hayward away from the Jazz?

ORLANDO — As the Heat wait to hear Gordon Hayward’s decision, the Eastern Conference continues to weaken.

Even before the start of free agency, Indiana traded four-time All-Star Paul George to Oklahoma City and Chicago traded three-time All-Star Jimmy Butler to Minnesota. Since free agency began, Paul Millsap has left the Hawks to sign with the Nuggets.

Just with those transactions, the Heat have a chance to move past the Pacers, Bulls and Hawks in the East’s power rankings. After finishing as the ninth-best team in the conference last season, that would probably be enough to push Miami into the group of eight East teams that make the playoffs even if the Heat just brought back last season’s core. Continue reading “Could a weakened Eastern Conference push Gordon Hayward away from the Jazz?”

Miami Heat shut out of All-Star game for first time since 2004

 

Neither Hassan Whteside nor Goran Dragic made the All-Star roster
Neither Hassan Whteside nor Goran Dragic made the All-Star roster

CHIGAGO – The Miami Heat will be without an All-Star for the first time in 13 years.

Neither center Hassan Whiteside nor guard Goran Dragic were named by the coaches as an Eastern Conference reserve, breaking a streak that dates back to 2005. Starting that season, the Heat have had multiple All-Stars every year except three.

The East added Indiana’s Paul George, Cleveland’s Kevin Love and Atlanta’s Paul Millsap to the frontcourt and guards Isaiah Thomas of Boston, Kyle Lowry of Toronto, John Wall of Washington and Kemba Walker of Charlotte.

The Eastern Conference starters are guards Kyrie Irving Cleveland and DeMar DeRozan of Toronto and frontcourt players Jimmy Butler of Chicago, LeBron James of Cleveland and Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee.

The Western Conference reserves: Frontcourt players DeMarcus Cousins of Sacramento, Marc Gasol of Memphis, Draymond Green of Golden State, Gordon Hayward of Utah and DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers and guards Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City and Klay Thompson of Golden State.

The West starters: guards Stephen Curry of Golden State and James Harden of Houston and frontcourt players Kevin Durant of Golden State, Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio and Anthony Davis of New Orleans.

The biggest reason for the Heat run is Dwyane Wade, who was named an All-Star 12 consecutive seasons in Miami, from 2004-05 to last season. But Wade, who is playing his first year in Chicago, had that streak snapped this year.

Chris Bosh had an 11-year All-Star game streak snapped that started in 2005-06 in Toronto and continued for the last six seasons with the Heat. Bosh has not played this season because of recurring blood clot issues and his Heat career is over.

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Although Dragic has been the Heat’s best player this season, Whiteside was thought to be the Heat player with the best chance of being voted in as a reserve. He is averaging 16.9 points, 13.9 rebounds and 2.0 blocks and led the league in rebounding for most of the season, falling out of that spot after recording a season-low one board during Miami’s comeback win at Brooklyn Wednesday, the Heat’s fifth consecutive win.

Whiteside signed a max four-year, $98 million contract last summer and is the 15th highest paid player this year with a salary of just more than $22.1 million. He finished 11th in the fan vote, 14th in the player vote and eighth in the media vote – the votes that determined the starters – among Eastern Conference frontcourt players.

When asked about falling out of the top 10 of the fan vote the second week it was revealed, Whiteside said it would be different if his numbers were put out there without a name attached.

“You put my numbers up and just don’t put a face up there I feel like the (voting) numbers would be different,” Whiteside said. “Just my honest opinion. I feel like if you put a blackout screen and just put my numbers up there people (would say), ‘Oh, man, how is he not an All-Star?’ I feel like that’s what it is. Who likes who.”

Dragic is one of the more most respected players in the league. The problem is the NBA is so deep at the guard position it was nearly impossible for the nine-year veteran to break through and be named an All-Star for the first time.

Dragic leads the Heat with 19.5 points and 6.3 assists. He has a team-high 60 three pointers. Dragic finished 17th in the fan vote, tied for 15th in the player vote, and did not receive a vote from the media among Eastern Conference guards.

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The NBA will name the All-Star Game reserves today; but first our picks

 

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The NBA revealed the 10 starters for the All-Star Game a week ago and today the league will fill out the rosters by naming seven reserves from each side.

Our Miami Heat beat writers, Anthony Chiang and Tom D’Angelo gave you their picks for the starters a week ago and now they list the seven players from each conference who they believe should round out the rosters for the Feb. 19 game in New Orleans.

First here are the starters as voted in by a combination of the fans, players and media:

Eastern Conference – Guards: DeMar DeRozan, Raptors; Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers. Frontcourt: LeBron James, Cavaliers; Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks; Jimmy Butler, Bulls.

Western Conference – Guards: Stephen Curry, Warriors; James Harden Rockets. Forwards: Kawhi Leonard, Spurs; Kevin Durant, Warriors; Anthony Davis, Pelicans.

Tom’s All-Star reserves …

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Isaiah Thomas, Celtics guard: The biggest snub among the starters in the East, Thomas is second in the league in scoring and on an amazing run averaging 34.2 ppg and on 40 percent  shooting his last 11 games. Oh, and he is 5-9. This is a no-brainer.

Kyle Lowry, Raptors guard: Another easy choice. Although DeRozan leads Toronto in scoring, he takes more than six more shots per game than Lowry. And Lowry leads in assists and steals.

John Wall, Wizards guard: Wall has been an All-Star the last three years and he is having his best season with career highs in points (23.1) and steals while still averaging around 10 assists.

Kemba Walker, Hornets guard: Walker is having his breakout year with 23 points per game and he has the Hornets once again in playoff contention. He deserves to finally break through and be an All-Star.

Kevin Love, Cavaliers frontcourt: Love was not chosen his first two years in Cleveland, but understandably as it took time for him to get comfortable. But his numbers are on the rise this year and he is one of five players averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Paul George, Pacers frontcourt:  The Pacers have been a disappointment but George continues to thrive in the second stage of his NBA career since returning from his broken leg. He is one of four players averaging at least 20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.5 steals.

Joel Embid, 76ers frontcourt: The toughest choice with the Hawks’ Paul Millsap and Miami’s Hassan Whiteside in the mix. But Embid has been a great comeback story and is carrying the 76ers up the standings lately. He is on the verge of becoming a true star.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Russell Westbrook, Thunder guard: This pick requires no explanation. The man averaging a triple-double and having one of the transcendental seasons of all time should be a starter.

Klay Thompson, Warriors guard: Thompson had a rough start trying to figure out out his role with Kevin Durant in the mix but he has adapted nicely and now is back to the player he has been the last two years starting with a 60-point game in early December.

Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers guard: Lillard was snubbed last year and responded by having a great second half. He is averaging 26 points and six assists. Don’t let it happen again.

DeMarcus Cousins Kings frontcourt: One of the game’s more puzzling players. Cousins has all the talent in the world but continually shows his immaturity. Still, he and Anthony Davis are the only two averaging at least 28 points and 10 rebounds.

Marc Gasol, Grizzlies frontcourt: In his ninth NBA season, Gasol is thriving under first-year coach David Fizdale. He is averaging more than 20 points per game while grabbing about six rebounds and Memphis firmly is in the playoff picture, bunched in that fifth through seventh spot.

Gordon Hayward, Jazz frontcourt: Hayward is having a breakout season and is going to cash in this summer with a mega-bucks contract. But first he’s in line to make his first All-Star game. He will have competition for one of the frontcourt spots from teammate Rudy Gobert.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves frontcourt: My toughest pick in the West with Gobert and the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan also deserving. But Towns is a double-double machine, trailing only Harden and Westbrook, and should start a long-run of being selected to the All-Star Game.

Anthony’s All-Star reserves …

EASTERN CONFERENCE

John Wall, Wizards guard: Washington has won nine of its past 11 games and is currently in the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference. Wall is a big reason for the Wizards’ success this season, averaging a career-high 23.1 points on a career-best 46.4 percent shooting.

Isaiah Thomas, Celtics guard: Many believe Thomas should have been voted into the All-Star game as a starter. The 5-foot-9 Thomas is having a career season, leading the Eastern Conference in scoring with 28.9 points per game.

Kyle Lowry, Raptors guard: Among all NBA guards averaging 20 or more points per game, Lowry ranks sixth in field goal percentage at 46.7 percent. The 30-year-old is also shooting a career-best 42.2 percent from 3-point range.

Paul George, Pacers frontcourt: George is one of four players in the NBA averaging 20 or more points on 45 percent or better shooting from the field, 38 percent or better shooting from 3-point land, and 90 percent or better shooting from the free throw line.

Kevin Love, Cavaliers frontcourt: This is Love’s best season in a Cavaliers uniform, as he’s averaging 20.5 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. Love hasn’t finished a season averaging a double-double since his final season with Minnesota in 2013-14.

Hassan Whiteside, Heat frontcourt: I know Miami is near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, but it’s hard to ignore the season Whiteside is having. The Heat’s $98 million center is the only player in the NBA averaging at least 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Paul Millsap, Hawks frontcourt: Atlanta is currently the fourth-best team, record-wise, in the Eastern Conference and Millsap is leading the way. He’s averaging a team-high 17.9 points to go with 8.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists this season.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Russell Westbrook, Thunder guard: It’s pretty amazing that Westbrook was not voted in as a starter. He’s averaging a triple-double. A TRIPLE-DOUBLE! On top of averaging a triple-double, he leads the NBA with 30.8 points per game.

Klay Thompson, Warriors guard: Even with the addition of Kevin Durant, Thompson has still found a way to be super productive. He’s averaging 21.1 points and shooting 39.9 percent from 3-point range, while also serving as one of the most reliable perimeter defenders on Golden State’s roster.

Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers guard: The 26-year-old is putting together the best season of his NBA career, averaging a career-high 26.2 points on a career-best 44.5 percent shooting. He’s already scored 30 or more points in 14 games this season.

Gordon Hayward, Jazz frontcourt: Hayward’s career season paired with the Jazz’s success should get him into the All-Star game. The 26-year-old is averaging a career-high 21.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting and 39.9 percent from three.

DeMarcus Cousins, Kings frontcourt: Cousins is averaging a career-high 28 points on 45.2 percent shooting from the field and 37.4 percent shooting from 3-point land to go with 10.3 rebounds this season. Yes, he can be an issue off the court at times, but he’s an All-Star on the court.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves frontcourt: At 21 years old, it’s amazing how good Towns is already. He’s averaging 22.4 points, 11.9 rebounds and three assists per game in his second NBA season. Get this man to the All-Star game.

Marc Gasol, Grizzlies frontcourt: Gasol has already earned two All-Star Game appearances over his NBA career. He should get his third trip this season, as he’s averaging a career-high 20.1 points and 4.2 assists per game.

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Who deserves to be a starter in the NBA All-Star Game? Our picks

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives to the basket on Portland Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives to the basket on Portland Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

The NBA will unveil the All-Star Game starters today.

The announcement should come with few surprises with all of the league superstars expected to be on the court at the start of the game.  Still, our Miami Heat beat writers, Anthony Chiang and Tom D’Angelo, bring you who they would have representing the two conferences for the Feb. 19 game in New Orleans.

Anthony’s All-Star starters …

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks forward:  This trip to the All-Star game would be well-deserved. The 22-year-old “Greek Freak” is rated as the NBA’s fifth-most efficient player, according to NBA.com’s efficiency rankings, behind just Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant.

Jimmy Butler, Bulls forward: This guy is having a career season. Butler is averaging career-highs in points (24.8), rebounds (6.8) and assists (4.8).

LeBron James, Cavaliers forward: This one is easy. He’s the NBA’s best player on the Eastern Conference’s best team. Nothing more to write about this one.

DeMar DeRozan, Raptors guard: Among the 15 Eastern Conference players averaging 20 or more points per game, DeRozan ranks fifth in shooting percentage. He’s averaging 28.2 points on 47.4 percent shooting.

Isaiah Thomas, Celtics guard: One of the most exciting players to watch in the Eastern Conference. The 5-foot-9 Thomas is the conference’s top scorer this season with 28.4 points per game.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Anthony Davis, Pelicans center: One of the top all-around players in the NBA. He’s second in the NBA in points per game (29.0), seventh in rebounds per game (12.0), and second in blocks per game (2.5).

Kevin Durant, Warriors forward: Different team, same Durant. He leads the Warriors in scoring with 25.8 points per game in his first season with Golden State.

Kawhi Leonard, Spurs forward: One of the NBA’s most efficient players. He’s averaging 24.8 points on 48.8 percent shooting from the field and 90.7 percent shooting from the free-throw line.

James Harden, Rockets guard: The four-time All-Star has thrived in Mike D’Antoni’s system. Harden has recorded 13 triple-doubles for a Rockets team that’s now considered a Western Conference contender.

Russell Westbrook, Thunder guard: This man is averaging a triple-double. AVERAGING a triple-double. Westbrook is in the middle of a historic season.

Tom’s All-Star starters…

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks forward: The Greek Freak is one of the most underappreciated players in the league. He leads Milwaukee in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks and leads the league in points the paint. He will become the Bucks’ first All-Star in 13 years.

Jimmy Butler, Bulls forward: Just think of where the Bulls would be without Butler. He has become one of the best all-round forwards in the game. A recent streak saw Butler score at least 40 three times in a six-game span.

LeBron James, Cavaliers, forward: Still the best player in the league no matter what the MVP voting saying. LeBron’s numbers have gotten a little better each of his three years in Cleveland, the biggest jump this year in assists with 8.1 a game.

Kyle Lowry, Raptors guard: This was the toughest choice and it came down to teammates Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. DeRozan leads Toronto in scoring, Lowry leads the team in assists and steals. But DeRozan also takes seven more shots per game. I went with Lowry.

Isaiah Thomas, Celtics guard: At 5-foot-9 Thomas may be the most exciting player in the league. He is carrying Boston with an amazing 25 straight games of at least 20 points and has scored 35 or more in four of the last six games. He is averaging 34.4 points and shooting better than 50 percent in his last nine games.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Anthony Davis, Pelicans, center: This was a tough call but Davis edges out Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins for the third frontcourt position. Davis is second in the league in scoring and blocks and No. 7 in rebounding.

Kevin Durant, Warriors, forward: Yeah, I think the Durant to the Warriors thing is working out okay. They are on pace to win 70 games and Durant leads the team in scoring and rebounding while shooting nearly 54 percent.

Kawhi Leonard, Spurs forward: The Spurs keep losing superstars, or at least watch them start to fade, and then just develop another. Leonard is in his sixth season and his scoring and assists averages have increased each year. That is hard to do. This is his team and Tony Parker, LeMarcus Aldridge and Manu Ginobili are along for the ride.

James Harden, Rockets guard: Harden has flourished in Mike D’Antoni’s offense. Being moved to point guard he now has the ball in his hands constantly, leading the league with more than 100 touches per game. The Heat attempted to tire out Harden on Tuesday and he scored 40 with 12 rebounds and 10 assists in Miami’s win.

Russell Westbrook, Thunder guard: As good as Harden has been, Westbrook has been better. He is on the verge of an historic season, averaging a triple double. Oh, and he leads the league in scoring and is second in assists behind Harden.

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What are betting odds for Miami Heat winning 2017 NBA championship, landing LeBron James?

Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat talks with LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena on April 2, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat talks with LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena on April 2, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Golden State is still the favorite to win the NBA title next season despite losing in this year’s NBA Finals.

According to early odds released by Bovada on Monday, the Warriors are the overall championship favorite at 2-1 to claim the 2017 title. The Heat are tied with the Bulls for the seventh-best title odds at 33-1. Continue reading “What are betting odds for Miami Heat winning 2017 NBA championship, landing LeBron James?”