Kevin Durant reveals his 2020 NBA Champion between Clippers, Lakers, and Bucks
Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant is still recovering from his torn Achilles back home while the NBA’s bubble pushes forward. Like most fans, he sees a Western Conference Finals showdown between the LA Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers, while also predicting an Eastern Conference Finals rematch featuring the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors.
As far as the NBA Finals go, Durant thinks it’ll come down to a seven-game series between the Clippers and Bucks, with LA coming out on top.
Kevin Durant recently made a guest appearance on ELITE Media Group’s ‘Play For Keeps’ podcast, where he made his prediction public.
“If I could choose, I would go Clippers-Bucks for the championship and I’ll go with the Clippers [winning it all].
“They’re just so deep. I think once they figure out — because it feels like they haven’t had their team together at once yet for a long period of time — that talent is just undeniable to me when you have PG [Paul George] and Kawhi [Leonard] at the wings. That’s what you need to win is wings. You got those two at the wings arguably the top three, top four at the wing position on one team. And then you have the two best bench scorers — well not the two best, but the best combo, they perfectly fit with the big and guard — they play off of each other well.
“And then you have moving parts like a Marcus Morris, who started on other teams, Reggie Jackson, who was a starter, Landry Shamet, who is a sniper, JaMychal Green, Joakim Noah, he’s giving you solid minutes. They can go 11-deep. Zubac, too. They’ve got like 11 players that actually can play and you wouldn’t mind putting on the court and playing.
“They all wanna win. Pat Bev, I forgot about Pat Bev! Their whole team can play in a playoff game.”
The Clippers have put a lot of work into building their championship caliber roster, but have only played 11 games this season at full strength, winning 10 of those. When Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, and Patrick Beverley all play, the Clippers are 22-7 (including the recent loss to the Suns which Beverley left with a left calf strain) They also lead the league with 30 different starting lineups used this year, so it appear the only thing holding them back is, indeed, health.
The Lakers have a great chance to win the NBA Championship this season as well, led by superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis. They’ve only won two of their four seeding games, however, and their offense has not looked good. Having the top spot in the Western Conference already locked up might also be playing a part in some of their lackluster play, but it’s a valid concern nonetheless.
The Bucks have more than capable championship roster, led by likely 2019-20 MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and his running mate Khris Middleton. Milwaukee is not as deep as the Clippers on paper, but they move the ball well and are usually solid on both ends.
All three teams have legitimate reasons they should be favored to win the NBA Championship, and the NBA’s bubble format will allow us to see the end of the season through, barring any unforeseen ‘popping’ of the bubble.