A sequel of the 2022 Finals can’t possibly be as riveting as the original, can it? Antetokounmpo is leaving his plucky underdog years and growing into his god-tier prime and embodying the “nobody can beat me, but myself” attitude that’s elevated Jordan, Kobe, and LeBron before him. However, there have been 15 teams in NBA history who have lost in the NBA Finals and then won it the next season. These Suns are more reminiscent of the 2014 Spurs, who ran it back with essentially the same roster, but with Kawhi Leonard in a more prominent role than the 2017 Warriors who added Kevin Durant.
NBA playoff matchups we’d love to see (and one we wouldn’t)