Does Trading for Jimmy Butler Make the 76ers Legit NBA Title Contenders?

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The Philadelphia 76ers acquired Jimmy Butler to help them win an NBA championship. | Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Jimmy Butler saga dragged on longer than most anticipated. However, the Minnesota Timberwolves, after waiting as long as they could, finally traded away the disgruntled All-Star.

So, which team “won” the Butler sweepstakes? That’d be the Philadelphia 76ers. But, it definitely cost them:

The Sixers have been looking to add a third star for a while now, and they clearly think Butler is that guy. The question is, do Vegas oddsmakers believe this trade increases Philly’s chances of winning an NBA championship? Let’s take a look at the latest odds and find out.

Odds courtesy of Bovada via OddsShark as of November 11, 2018. 

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Boston Celtics (+950)

The Boston Celtics have gotten off to a slow start this season, but it’s only a matter of time before they figure things out. Kyrie Irving is slowly finding his groove, while Jayson Tatum continues to prove he is a superstar in the making. If Gordon Hayward can get back to his pre-injury form, the C’s will be even more equipped for a championship run.

Toronto Raptors (+850)

The offseason addition of Kawhi Leonard didn’t just help the Toronto Raptors stake their claim as the team to beat in the Atlantic Division, it made them a genuine threat to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals. The Raptors are 12-1 to begin the 2018-19 season and currently rank in the top 10 in both offensive (3rd of 30) and defensive (9th of 30) rating. Simply put, the Raptors are for real.

Golden State Warriors (-150)

The Golden State Warriors are a cheat code. There’s really no other way to put it. Klay Thompson is setting three-point records like it was nothing, Kevin Durant continues to humiliate defenders on a nightly basis, and Stephen Curry, well, we have three words for you: Most Valuable Player. The Dubs look absolutely unstoppable.

Statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference.

Other notable teams to watch:

  • Philadelphia 76ers (+1400)
  • Houston Rockets (+1400)
  • Milwaukee Bucks (+2000)
  • Los Angeles Lakers (+2500)
  • Oklahoma City Thunder (+3000)
  • Denver Nuggets (+3500)
  • San Antonio Spurs (+4000)

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