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Oddsmakers look at how LeBron James would improve every team’s NBA title chances

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The best player in the NBA, LeBron James has opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat and is now a free agent. And until we learn the outcome of The Decision 2.0, everything has come to a halt.

Where he signs is almost as important as for how much, because according to the oddsmakers at, the odds of a team winning an NBA title increase dramatically with the addition of King James.

For example, the Philadelphia 76ers won 19 games last season and are a 600-to-1 shot to win the NBA championship in 2015. That improves to 20-to-1 if LeBron takes his talents to the City of Brotherly Love.

Oklahoma City would instantly become the favorite at 8-to-5 if LeBron teamed up with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

“The two best players playing together, this might not be low enough,” says Michael Stewart, an oddsmaker for CarbonSports.

If LeBron decides to join the Washington Wizards, they would see their odds chances go from a 40-to-1 long shot to among the favorites at 5-to-1.

Here is how the rest of the NBA would see their chances improve with the best player in the NBA on their squad.


Odds WOWY LeBron

Neil Greenberg analyzes advanced sports statistics for the Fancy Stats blog and prefers to be called a geek rather than a nerd.



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