NBA Analyst Predicts Golden State Warriors Will Dethrone Los Angeles Lakers Next Season

Published 11/06/2020, 4:56 PM EST
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) holds up four fingers after winning his fourth NBA championship after game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Los Angeles Lakers won 106-93 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers will defend their NBA title in the 2020-21 season. As of now, the league is in a great place and multiple teams will have a chance to contend for the title next season.

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However, according to NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith, the Golden State Warriors will be the one to dethrone the Lakers.

“In terms of the direct question, ‘Who has the best shot to knock off the Lakers?’, it would be the Golden State Warriors. For a simple reason, it doesn’t need to be complicated like some people might try to make it. 

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“They have the greatest shooting backcourt known to man. There has never been anybody, backcourt in NBA history that can shoot like these brothers, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.”

There are no doubts that the Warriors have been the most dominant team for the last few years. But in the next season, they will have to prove themselves again. The 2019-20 season ended them on a pretty bad note as they finished dead last in the league.

But with Steph and Klay back, this could be the perfect chance to return to the biggest stage.

Do the Warriors have what it takes to dethrone the Lakers?

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OAKLAND, USA – JANUARY 10 : Head coach of Golden State Warriors Steve Kerr speaks during a press conference before the start of an NBA basketball match against the LA Clippers at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, United States on January 10, 2018. (Photo by Joel Angel Juarez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The rivalry between Stephen Curry and LeBron James is nothing new. LBJ and Steph battled for four straight seasons in the NBA Finals, where Curry won three titles.

LeBron is now in the West, though, and if he were to face off against the Warriors, it would be the perfect matchup for WCF next year. While James has Anthony Davis by his side, Steph’s second option is Klay Thompson.

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If the two Western juggernauts lock horns in the playoffs, it would certainly spike fans’ interest. But nothing is written on the stone yet, as no one knows how good the Warriors will actually turn out to be after their two superstars are coming off of injuries.

Will the Warriors become the hindrance in the Los Angeles Lakers’ path to a potential repeat next season? What are your thoughts? Let us know your views in the comments section below

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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