5 Teams That Could Challenge San Antonio Spurs in 2014-15

5 Teams That Could Challenge San Antonio Spurs in 2014-15

Top 5 teams to challenge San Antonio Spurs in 2014-15
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It's good to be king, but every king must defend their throne, and right now the San Antonio Spurs are the reigning kings of the NBA. However, there are a lot of teams that could be a serious threat to the Spurs' attempt at a title defense. Let's see who they are.

5. Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers to challenge San Antonio Spurs in 2014-15
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5. Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers to challenge San Antonio Spurs in 2014-15
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They may be up-and-coming, but the Portland Trail Blazers are good. Last season, we saw the best of LaMarcus Aldridge as he finished as a 20-and-10 guy for the first time in his eight-year career. He was even scarier in the postseason and the Rockets can attest to that, but he was no match for the Spurs. With more help from star PG Damian Lillard, SG Wesley Matthews, SF Nicolas Batum and C Robin Lopez, Aldridge could spearhead a massive upset.

4. Los Angeles Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers to challenge San Antonio Spurs in 2014-15
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4. Los Angeles Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers to challenge San Antonio Spurs in 2014-15
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Different owner, different season, same focus. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan had their best seasons last year, in terms of individual numbers which translated to the Los Angeles Clippers finishing with a franchise high of 57 wins, all while Chris Paul missed 20 games. Griffin and Jordan raised the bar and the expectations last year, and if they can put on an encore performance with a healthy CP3, the San Antonio Spurs might be over matched.

3. Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder to challenge San Antonio Spurs in 2014-15
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3. Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder to challenge San Antonio Spurs in 2014-15
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They've done it before, but can they do it again? The Oklahoma City Thunder pose a big threat to the San Antonio Spurs in 2014-15 because OKC has made it all the way to the NBA Finals before. Yes, that was three summers ago with James Harden still on the roster but backup PG Reggie Jackson has developed well throughout the years and has added depth to their team. If star PG Russell Westbrook can stay healthy, the Spurs will have their hands full.

2. Chicago Bulls

Chicago Bulls to challenge San Antonio Spurs in 2014-15
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2. Chicago Bulls

Chicago Bulls to challenge San Antonio Spurs in 2014-15
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With the most depth on their team since the Michael Jordan era, the Chicago Bulls are looking for more than respect this season; they're looking for a ring and they know that they'll probably have to knock out LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers along the way. Unfortunately, the ultimate prize for advancing in the East will probably be to face the San Antonio Spurs next, but the Bulls are fearless, deep, determined and extremely confident.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers to challenge San Antonio Spurs in 2014-15
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1. Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers to challenge San Antonio Spurs in 2014-15
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Can LeBron James make it five straight trips to the NBA Finals with two different teams? I think so and I'm sure that if he accomplishes this feat, he'll be in elite company, or in the company of one. However, James won't feel alone with the Cleveland Cavaliers' beefed up roster which makes his old Miami Heat team look — well old. The Spurs would face a very tough test against James and Co. with vengeance on his mind and a hero's tale at stake.

Walton Yeboah-Amoako is an NBA writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter @WaltYeboah, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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