BY JUSTUS STURTEVANT – GRAPHICS EDITOR
At the beginning of the National Basketball Association season, it seemed like most of the experts expected the same few teams to be competing for an NBA title this season.
Everyone expected the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder to emerge as the top tier of teams in the Western Conference, while the Cleveland Cavaliers walked away with the Eastern Conference.
With most of the regular season in the books, those exact teams have emerged as the heavy favorites to make a run at a championship.
Where is the parity in the NBA these days? None of the other top professional leagues in the U.S. seem to have teams that are this dominant.
Last season in Major League Baseball, the New York Mets and Houston Astros shocked everyone with their deep runs in October.
In the National Football League, the Carolina Panthers surprised many with a 15-1 regular season.
In the NBA, though, it seems like there is a ruling class of a few elite teams every year.
And it looks like the parity in the league could get even worse.
The salary cap in the NBA rose 11 percent for the 2015-2016 season and could rise even more in the following years thanks to a massive television deal signed by the league.
Such a large salary cap had led to rumors of top teams getting even better.
One rumor going around the league has superstar Kevin Durant heading to the Warriors.
Such a deal would put Golden State in a whole other world.
Maybe it’s time the NBA considered its parity problem before it gets completely out of hand.