Clippers, Blazers, Jazz, Pelicans? Which NBA teams will rise and fall the most?

Which teams in the NBA will rise and fall the most next season from their 2021-22 level? The Locked On NBA podcast makes their predictions.

LOS ANGELES — After graduating at the end of the 2022 season, which NBA teams will move the most next year?

While there are some obvious answers, like looking at Los Angeles teams, like the Lakers, surprisingly missed the playoffs after Anthony Davis was injured for most of the year. And the Clippers, who finished eighth overall without Kawhi Leonard, will return next season.

But there was also a lot of activity outside of the season. Who got better? Who didn’t improve and could slip up next season?

That was the theme of Thursday’s Locked On NBA podcast, as hosts Nick Angstadt and Pat The Designer delved into the teams they expect to rise and fall next season.

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Angstadt started at Locked On NBA and kicked out the five teams he thinks are most likely to rise in 2022-23 from their 2021-22 standings: The Clippers, Blazers, Nuggets, Hawks and Timberwolves.

“The Clippers will rise the most for me,” said Angstadt. “Last year they were eighth in the West, 42-40. I don’t know if there is another team that will make a bigger leap. They bring back Kawhi Leonard, they bring back Paul George, their team is almost too deep. I buy them.”

Angstadt also expects a big move from the Portland Trail Blazers, who finished 13th last year after trading CJ away. McCollum and an injury to Damian Lillard. They picked up Jerami Grant from Detroit during the off-season.

“The Blazers were 13th in the West last year,” Angstadt said. They added Jerami Grant. Damian Lillard will be back. Anfernee Simmons, they signed him. I don’t know if they will break into the top 6 in the West, but if they were .500 they would be five spots off their ranking last year.”

Pat had a few teams that he believes should be up there as well, including the New Orleans Pelicans, who made the playoffs and gave the Suns a fight for their money, but still only 36-46 in that one year ended.

“If they’re healthy, I think the Pelicans are in the top five teams in the western conference,” Pat said. “They have a guy on their team that shoots over 60% from the field. And they’re going to have a full year from CJ McCollum.”

Additionally, Pat wants a healthy Cleveland team to have a better run in 2022-23. And the Nets could also improve from their eighth seed if they end up keeping Irving and Durant, he says.

“Just based on health, I think the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to be a lot tougher this season,” Pat said season, they should get promoted.”

Teams both expected to crash in 2022-23 include the Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets and Memphis Grizzlies.

Watch the Locked On NBA episode for the full talk on next season’s biggest climbers and losers.

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