1. The Lakers have a 56-26 season and finish as the #2 seed in the west. LeBron is the scoring leader for the season and Russell Westbrook is a stud who finishes on All-NBA 3rd Team. Unfortunately, the Lakers lose in the second round of the playoffs to the Pelicans.
2. The Warriors have a 44-38 season and barely make it out of the Play-in tournament. Steph Curry puts up numbers similar to his 2020-2021 season and is an MVP candidate. Andrew Wiggins is an All-Star again, along with Jonathan Kuminga and James Wiseman each becoming better this season too. But, with Klay Thompson and Draymond Green unable to stay healthy through most of the season, they lose in the first round of the playoffs to the Denver Nuggets.
3. The Nets finish 58-24 and as the #1 seed in the East. Kevin Durant has the best season of his career and wins MVP this season. Kyrie gets lucky and the vaccine mandate is abolished before the season starts and he plays in at least 60 games this season. Ben Simmons also finds a way to contribute and plays almost as good as his 2019 season. However, in a shock upset, the Nets lose in the first round to the #8 seeded Raptors, who barely made it out of the play-in tournament.
4. The Magic finish 43-39 on the season and make it out of the play-in as the #7 seed in the East. Paolo Banchero wins Rookie of the Year and is an All-Star this season. Jonathan Issac is on the all-defensive first team and Markelle Fultz wins the most improved player award. The Magic lose in the first round in six games to the 76ers.