a failed forecast

One didn’t make it past the first round. The other could not even play the Play-In that includes the first 10 teams from each conference.

But the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers combined for 89 percent of NBA GMs’ favorability when it came to predicting which of the 30 combined would win the championship crown.

The Nets were favored by 72% of the votes cast before the start of the season that ended with Brooklyn playing the game for seventh place in the Eastern Conference and being swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.

The connoisseurs based their analyzes on the presence of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden in what would be a new edition of the “Big Three”.

However, Durant missed time on the disabled list, Irving had the issue of his refusal to receive the COVID-19 vaccine keep him from playing in home games in New York City until late in the season. regular return and Harden ended up forcing his departure via trade to the Philadelphia Sixers.

And to add insult to injury, the main player received in that transaction, Ben Simmons, did not get to uniform with the Nets due to a combination of mental and physical health issues that prevented him from helping his new team in the playoffs.

So with little chemistry and a lot of controversy, the Nets’ plan took a step backwards after reaching the second round of the playoffs last season.

The case of the Lakers was even more resounding. By adding Russell Westbrook to LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Los Angeles team was thought to be a “last nail” in the Western Conference.

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Everything turned out backwards. Westbrook never found his role under the leadership of Frank Vogel -who was fired at the end of the season-, LeBron and Davis -as always the latter- lost time due to injuries and defensive efficiency was one of the worst in the league .

Only 10 percent of GMs favored repeating the Milwaukee Bucks, who are still in the running heading into the second round in the East.

However, they did not place the Memphis Grizzlies in the top eight in the West, who finished second in the hands of star Ja Morant.

They also failed to single out Durant as the favorite for MVP and the Houston Rockets’ Jalen Green for Rookie of the Year.

What they did stick with was picking Kyle Lowry’s signing with the Miami Heat as the best move of the offseason, as well as Heat coach Erik Spoelstra as the best in the league. James won as the most versatile and the one with the highest coefficient

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