Caron Butler sees Rockets with Harden and Westbrook, Wizards with Beal as sleepers in NBA's restart


Former Wizards star Caron Butler is now an NBA analyst who pays attention to the entire league and he has a few expectations for what basketball could look like when it returns at Disney World next month.

He joined Chris Miller on the 'Wizards Talk' podcast and weighed in on which teams could benefit from the adjusted format, as well as some of the potential pitfalls that could occur. For one, he thinks the Houston Rockets are being underestimated, especially with time off.

"It's wide open. I really do feel like it's wide open. I think that being part of a championship team, being part of winning teams, it's all about timing and continuity, momentum," Butler said.

"That's taken completely out. Everybody is equal. It's an even playing field. So, it's a battle of wills. A team that is dangerous to me is the Houston Rockets. Anything could happen. Russell Westbrook and James Harden, they could win you a series alone by themselves."

Butler also gave a nod to the Wizards, suggesting Bradley Beal could make a major impact. And he sees the Blazers with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum as sleepers because of their play-making ability.


Butler, though, also has some serious concerns about when basketball comes back. He had to return from a lockout during his NBA playing days and knows it can be very hard to get going again.


"My major concern with the NBA being speeded up and coming back very soon is that I think there's going to be a lot of injuries," he said. "I just think that hamstrings and not bumping into people over the course of a few months, the contact, the pounding; all those things are gonna, I just think we're going to have some injuries. I hope not, but I just feel like that's the path we're going down."

Hopefully Butler's prediction isn't realized, but it is certainly something to monitor.

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