Updated: August 27, 2010, 2:52 PM ET

Which Team Will Reign Over Next Decade?

By ESPN.com

J.A. Adande, ESPN.com: Miami Heat.

It might not happen immediately, but the Heat have too much talent and Pat Riley is too savvy to let it go to waste. Riley will patch up whatever holes become evident on the roster and address any coaching issues that come up (even if he handles them himself). You might hate them, but you'd better get used to seeing them in June.


Chris Sheridan, ESPN.com: Oklahoma City Thunder.

It comes back to Kevin Durant, my pick for player of the decade, and what a special talent he is. The Thunder have also surrounded him with solid, young, complementary pieces that have only begun to scratch the surface of what they are capable of (especially Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka; I am not as sold on Jeff Green), and they have a great coach who is still young enough to relate to such a young team. If the core sticks together, the sky is the limit -- especially over the last five years of the decade.


Marc Stein, ESPN.com: Los Angeles Lakers.

Hate to keep dragging the business side of the game into the discussion, but the prospect of a lockout and the uncertainty of what the next collective bargaining agreement will bring in terms of teams' ability to put pieces around their stars can't be ignored. The Heat have a better chance in this area than any one Heater has of denying Kobe in the player of the decade hunt, but the worst-case lockout/CBA scenarios give the Lakers another leg up here.

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Who Will Win 2010-11 NBA Championship?

By ESPN.com

Kevin Arnovitz, TrueHoop: Miami Heat.

Barring injury or turmoil, the Heat and Lakers could face off in one of the most interesting Finals matchups in recent years. The Heat aren't without vulnerabilities, and the Lakers have the length and skills to exploit them. Still, James and Wade in their primes might be too much, even for the Lakers.


Larry Coon, ESPN.com: Los Angeles Lakers.

It's tempting to ogle the talent at the top of the Heat's lineup and pencil in Miami as the eventual champ. But this isn't your fantasy league, it's the NBA. The Heat will take time to jell, their warts will be exposed and mismatches will be leveraged. The playoff-hardened Celtics will be ready for them -- it's not a lock the Heat even make it out of the East.

Meanwhile the defending champs also got better this offseason, adding Steve Blake and Matt Barnes to address their only real weaknesses -- the point guard spot and their second unit. Kobe Bryant is healthy again, after enduring a litany of injuries last season. The Lakers' path to the Finals is a lot easier than the Heat's, and they have the size that Miami can't match.

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