Every NBA teams Ceiling

Written by Nick Papa

*Lineups not final*

*These are predictions*

*NBA Championship=Winner*

1. Milwaukee Bucks

Ceiling: NBA Championship

Floor: 2nd Round Exit

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Eric Bledsoe, SG – Wesley Mathews, SF – Kris Middleton, PF – Giannis Antetokounmpo, C – Brook Lopez

2. Los Angeles Clippers

Ceiling: NBA Championship

Floor: Eastern Conference Finals exit

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Patrick Beverly, SG – Paul George, SF – Kawhi Leonard, PF – JaMychal Green, C – Ivica Zubac

3. Philadelphia 76ers

Ceiling: NBA Finals appearance

Floor: 1st Round exit

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Ben Simmons, SG- Josh Richardson, SF- Tobias Harris, PF, Al Horford, C – Joel Embiid

4. Houston Rockets

Ceiling: NBA Finals appearance

Floor: 1st Round exit

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Russell Westbrook, SG – Eric Gordon, SF – James Harden, PF – PJ Tucker, C – Clint Capela

5. Denver Nuggets

Ceiling: WCF appearance

Floor: 1st Round exit

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Jamaal Murray, SG – Gary Harris, SF – Will Barton, PF – Paul Millsap, C – Nikola Jokic

6. Los Angeles Lakers

Ceiling: NBA Championship

Floor: 2nd Round exit

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Rajon Rondo, SG – Danny Green, SF – LeBron James, PF – Anthony Davis, C -DeMarcus Cousins

7. Boston Celtics

Ceiling: ECF appearance

Floor: 1st Round exit

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Kemba Walker, SG – Jaylen Brown, SF – Gordon Hayward, PF – Jayson Tatum, C – Enes Kanter

8. Portland Trail Blazers

Ceiling: WCF appearance

Floor: 1st Round exit

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Damian Lillard, SG – CJ McCollum, SF – Rodney Hood, PF – Zach Collins, C – Hassan Whiteside

9. Utah Jazz

Ceiling: WCF appearance

Floor: 1st Round exit

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Mike Conley, SG – Donovan Mitchell, SF – Joe Ingles, PF – Bojan Bogdanovich, C – Rudy Gobert

10. Golden State Warriors

Ceiling: WCF appearance

Floor: 2nd Round exit

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Stephen Curry, SG – D’Angelo Russell, SF – Alfonzo McKinnie, PF – Draymond Green, C – Willie Cauley-Stein

11. Brooklyn Nets

Ceiling: 2nd Round appearance

Floor: 1st Round exit

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Kyrie Irving, SG – Caris Levert, SF – Joe Harris, PF – Taurean Prince, C – DeAndre Jordan

12. Toronto Raptors

Ceiling- 2nd Round appearance

Floor- 1st Round exit

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Kyle Lowry, SG – Norman Powell, SF – Pascal Siakam, PF – Serge Ibaka, C – Marc Gasol

13. San Antonio Spurs

Ceiling- 1st Round appearance

Floor- 9th seed

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Dejounte Murray, SG – Derrick White, SF – DeMar DeRozan, PF – Rudy Gay, C – LaMarcus Aldridge

14. Miami Heat

Ceiling- 2nd Round appearance

Floor- 1st Round exit

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Goran Dragic, SG – Jimmy Buttler, SF – Justice Winslow, PF – Kelly Olynyk, C – Bam Adebayo

15. Detroit Pistons

Ceiling- 8th Seed

Floor- No playoffs

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Reggie Jackson, SG – Luke Kennard, SF – Tony Snell, PF – Blake Griffin, C – Andre Drummond

16. New Orleans Pelicans

Ceiling- 8th seed/ First round exit

Floor- No playoffs

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Jrue Holliday, SG – JJ Reddick, SF – Brandon Ingram, PF – Zion Williamson, C – Derrick Favors

17. Indiana Pacers

Ceiling- ECF appearance with healthy Oladipo

Floor- 1st Round exit

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Malcolm Brogdon, SG – Jeremy Lamb, SF – T.J Warren, PF – Domantas Sabonis, C – Myles Turner

18. Dallas Mavericks

Ceiling- 8th seed

Floor- Injury ridden late lottery

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Delon Wright, SG – Luka Doncic, SF – Tim Hardaway Jr, PF – Kristaps Porzingis, C – Dwight Powell

19. Sacramento Kings

Ceiling- Inconsistency outside looking in

Floor- Late lottery team

STARTING LINEUP: PG – De’Aron Fox, SG – Buddy Hield, SF – Harrison Barnes, PF – Marvin Bagley III, C – Dewayne Dedmon

20. Orlando Magic

Ceiling- Playoff appearance

Floor- Late lottery team

STARTING LINEUP: PG – D.J Augustin, SG – Evan Fournier, SF – Jonathan Isaac, PF – Aaron Gordon, C – Nikola Vucevic

21. Atlanta Hawks

Ceiling- outside looking in

Floor- Late lottery team

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Trae Young, SG – Kevin Huerter, SF – De’Andre Hunter, PF – John Collins, C – Alex Len

22. Minnesota Timberwolves

Ceiling- 10th seed or higher

Floor- Top 6 lottery team

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Jeff Teague, SG – Josh Okogie, SF – Andrew Wiggins, PF – Robert Covington, C – Karl Anthony-Towns

23. Chicago Bulls

Ceiling- Outside looking in

Floor- Late lottery team

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Tomas Satoransky, SG – Zach LaVine, SF – Otto Porter Jr, PF – Lauri Markkanen, C – Wendell Carter Jr

24. Memphis Grizzlies

Ceiling- 13th seed or higher

Floor- Top 6 lottery team

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Ja Morant, SG – Josh Jackson, SF – Kyle Anderson, PF – Jaren Jackson Jr, C – Jonas Valanciunas

25. Oklahoma City Thunder

Ceiling- 20 wins

Floor- Top 3 lottery team

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Chris Paul, SG – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, SF – Terrance Ferguson, PF – Danilo Gallinari, C – Steven Adams

26. Phoenix Suns

Ceiling- 25 wins

Floor- Top 6 lottery team

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Ricky Rubio, SG – Devin Booker, SF – Kelly Oubre Jr, PF – Mikal Bridges, C – DeAndre Ayton

27. Washington Wizards

Ceiling- 25 wins

Floor- Top 6 lottery team

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Isaiah Thomas, SG – Bradley Beal, SF – Troy Brown Jr, PF – Rui Hachimura, C – Thomas Bryant

28.New York Knicks

Ceiling- 20 wins

Floor- Top 3 lottery team

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Dennis Smith Jr, SG – R.J Barrett, SF – Kevin Knox, PF – Julius Randle, C – Mitchell Robinson

29. Charlotte Hornets

Ceiling- 20 wins

Floor- Top 3 lottery team

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Terry Rozier, SG – Nicolas Batum, SF – Miles Bridges, PF – Marvin Williams, C – Cody Zeller

30. Cleveland Cavaliers

Ceiling-15 wins

Floor- Top 3 lottery team

STARTING LINEUP: PG – Darius Garland, SG – Colin Sexton, SF – Cedi Osman, PF – Kevin Love, C – Tristan Thompson

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