The Los Angeles Lakers, the Houston Rockets and the New York Knicks will have to wait a while before they get their chance to claim their respective NBA titles.
But who will be the league’s most valuable players for the next five years?
Here are the five teams that are the most valuable in NBA history.
LeBron James, Cavaliers: No one has ever been better than LeBron James in the NBA, and he has proven to be that elite talent even with a broken thumb.
That means he will have a lot of competition for the MVP award next year, but the Cavs are the best team in the league, and their superstar is on a roll.
Steph Curry, Warriors: The reigning MVP is coming off a career-best performance in the 2016 NBA Finals, and it is only natural that he should win the MVP again this year.
But there is a lot at stake for the Warriors, and the MVP trophy has not been won by a player since LeBron James won it in 2016.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks: The No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft was an All-Star during his rookie season, and his performance in this season’s playoffs will go a long way toward determining whether he becomes a superstar.
Kobe Bryant, Lakers: The NBA’s all-time leading scorer, the reigning MVP and the only player in NBA History to score more than 50 points per game, will have the best chance of earning the award in 2017.
Bryant will also have to contend with Kyrie Irving, who is one of the best shooters in the game.
Gianni Versace, Knicks: Versace has had a great season in New York, leading the Knicks to the playoffs for the first time since 2015.
But he also has to contend against Carmelo Anthony, who won the MVP in 2016 and has been unstoppable this season.
The Knicks are going to need to win out to get their fourth title in five seasons, but they are a team with a lot to prove this season and will need to be better in the postseason.