The playoffs are just around the corner and we’re finally set to witness what we waited for the whole season, making or picks to try and see how’s capable of going the distance and taking home the Larry O’Brien trophy.
It’s been a hell of a ride for all teams, especially for those 16 franchises that are set to make a postseason run, even though most of them are not considered to be legit Championship contenders.
Throughout history, we’ve seen dozens of underdog stories that wind up winning it all against the odds, and we actually believe some teams have a shot at doing so this year. Today, we’re going to let you know about 5 underdogs that could beat anyone in the playoffs.
5. Minnesota Timberwolves
Some reports state that Jimmy Butler is already doing 5 on 5 workouts, so if he’s able to come back right on time for the playoffs, the Minnesota Timberwolves may actually be able to go back to the dominant face they shown during the first two-thirds of the season, especially in the defensive end.
Butler was the team’s primary scorer and helped ease a lot of pressure off both Wiggins and Towns, while he was a key element in the team’s defense. Obviously, with the Wolves likely to enter the playoffs as the 8th seed, they would have an extremely difficult task against Houston, but upon Butler’s arrival and with Harden and Paul being known as chokers, anything can happen.
4. Indiana Pacers
The Indiana Pacers didn’t get much attention, but they’ve been one of the most consistent and solid teams in both ends of the floor all season long, even when Victor Oladipo and Myles Turner were forced to be sidelined with lingering injuries.
The Pacers are a very young team with a lot of energy and nothing else to lose, and they’ve been extremely good on their home court. Also, considering how close everything seems to be in the Eastern Conference, they might as well turn a lot of heads and even reach the Conference Finals.
3. Oklahoma City Thunder
Nobody seems to trust the Oklahoma City Thunder, mostly because of their subpar performances against lesser teams, their lack of consistency in both ends of the floor and the fact that their second unit doesn’t seem to quite trustworthy to say the least, but with rotations tending to go short in the playoffs, this team may be on to something.
Also, they’ve already proven they can beat all contending teams in the NBA.
2. San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs have quietly climbed all the way up to the top 4 seed in the wild wild west and may even have home court advantage through their first playoff series, and if they manage to get Kawhi Leonard back on the hardwood, they’re instantly going to become Championship contenders.
We can’t forget the fact that Gregg Popovich is arguably the greatest basketball mind of our era, while Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Pau Gasol are desperately craving another ring before calling it a career. With their top-notch defense, their depth, their coach and Leonard, they’re the team to beat.
1. Philadelphia 76ers
The Eagles did it, Villanova did it, so we guess is the Sixers turn, isn’t it? Well, we’re trusting the process for sure, especially with the young Sixers reaching the postseason on such a high note as one of the hottest teams in basketball right now, even though they’re definitely going to miss Joel Embiid during the first round of the playoffs.
Still, Markelle Fultz’ return and Ben Simmons stellar play can be enough to get past the first round while Embiid gets back out there, and Philly has one of the most talented support casts in all the NBA right now. This team definitely has the kind of talent to pull some upsets off, so let’s see is health and luck also go their way.