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Warriors' Draymond Green reveals his 2020 NBA championship favorite

Warriors' Draymond Green reveals his 2020 NBA championship favorite

For the first time in his career, Draymond Green won't be participating in the NBA playoffs.

Green and the Warriors will watch 16 teams compete for a chance to hoist the 2020 Larry O'Brien trophy when the postseason tournament is scheduled to begin on Aug. 17.

There are a handful of teams headed to Orlando that have a really good shot of winning the NBA title, but Green has his eyes on two teams during the NBA restart.

"I think going into the season and all season long, the [Los Angeles] Clippers were the favorite," Green said Tuesday on the "Jalen and Jacoby" show on ESPN. "When you look at their team, I think they have someone that checks every box, from a defender, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Patrick Beverly.

"When you're talking great size with Kawhi, Paul George, Marcus Morris, they check all the boxes. They can match up with any team well. And they have shooting. They have Montrezl [Harrell] down low. They have everything that you need to win a championship."

But while Green likes what the Clippers have, he's picking the Los Angeles Lakers to win it all.

"However, I think going into this bubble, the Lakers got to be the favorite because they got LeBron [James] and he can kind of adjust anything," Green said. "And I think he's probably the most disciplined player we've ever seen in the NBA, and that's going to matter going into this bubble. Having LeBron on your team going into this bubble gives you a slight advantage."

It has to be tough for Green to pick Leonard and James as the favorites to win the NBA title considering his past battles with the two NBA superstars.

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Green and James weren't exactly best friends during the four straight Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals. But their relationship has gotten better recently. They've gotten together for shows on "The Uninterrupted," and over the weekend, James showed his support for Green's push for NCAA reforms.

Green won't be in Orlando, but he's sure to be watching and reacting as games take place at the Disney World complex. We'll soon find out if Green's analysis is correct.

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Heat guard Tyler Herro studies Warriors' Klay Thompson to improve shot

Heat guard Tyler Herro studies Warriors' Klay Thompson to improve shot

Klay Thompson's shot is that of near perfection. Steph Curry might be regarded as the greatest shooter in NBA history, but his fellow Splash Brother's form is picturesque. 

Miami Heat rookie Tyler Herro is taking note, too. The shooting guard has taken advantage of his time away from the court before the NBA's restart by watching film on Thompson and other greats.

"Klay Thompson, Ray Allen, CJ McCollum, Steve Nash and Bradley Beal are the guys that’s I’ve watched, just picking different things from each player," Herro recently told reporters, via the South Florida Sun Sentinel's Ira Winderman. 

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Herro, 20, is averaging 12.9 points per game for the Heat while shooting an impressive 39.1 percent from 3-point range. As a rookie, Thompson shot 41.4 percent from deep and has a career 41.9 shooting percentage from beyond the arc. They don't make many like Klay. 

Miami's young sharpshooter is studying one specific part of Thompson's game, too.

"You know, Klay and Ray, they do the catch-and-shoot very well," Herro said. "So that's the thing that I pay attention to when I'm watching them. But every player that I watch, or the coaches have me watch, I can dissect something new or something different from their game to try to add it to mine."

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Herro and the Heat resume their season Aug. 1 against the Denver Nuggets in Orlando. In just his first season, he has helped the Heat become a contender as a feared outside shooter and will play a big role once the NBA returns. 

Rested, healthy and full of more knowledge from hours watching film, we'll soon be able to see what exactly Herro picked up from Thompson other great shooters.

Eight things Warriors must do to return to NBA championship contention

Eight things Warriors must do to return to NBA championship contention

Until the current NBA season is completed -- if it ever is -- the Warriors will remain the reigning Western Conference champions. Yes, the 15-50 Golden State Warriors.

Obviously, they didn't come anywhere near their recent level of success this season, ending their season with the worst record in the league after making five straight NBA Finals. That said, the Warriors' roster isn't anywhere near the worst in the NBA. Not even close.

Though it would seem like quite a bounce-back, a Golden State resurgence next season isn't out of the question. In fact, for many reasons, you can bank on it. But resurgence isn't what the Warriors are aiming for. They don't simply want to climb out of the cellar.

They want to win championships.

Though they have many of the key ingredients already in place, some vital developments will have to occur in order for the Warriors to get back to title contention. Some will be more easily accomplished than others, and not all of them are in Golden State's control. But if the Warriors do these eight things, they'll give themselves a chance to lift the Larry O'Brien Trophy once again.

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