The postseason is upon us, and with the NBA playoffs comes staff hype movies. It’s not sufficient to simply make the postseason to get followers excited concerning the playoffs, you need to get the digital content material staff on the case to make some video magic. Every of the 16 NBA groups that made the postseason have a video to get people excited concerning the sequence to come back.
A few of these are extra season recaps than preview movies, whereas others are supposed to preview Recreation 1 of a given sequence. However nonetheless, we’re counting them as we rank every hype video primarily based on simply how hyped we get by watching them. These rankings are fully arbitrary, unbiased, and in addition fully right. Let’s get began.
16. San Antonio Spurs
We, like everybody else, love Pau Gasol, however come on.
15. Indiana Pacers
This one wants some work. It’s quick, doesn’t present a ton of motion, and is principally simply the Pacers making an attempt to indicate up LeBron James as egocentric or one thing. Present Victor Oladipo dunking or one thing! The Pacers are cool and, sadly, this video doesn’t fairly replicate that.
14. Utah Jazz
As a lot as us writers would like to see the rebirth of print by means of using huge headlines recapping a full season of basketball, this video wants some work. It’s lengthy, it’s bought some funky enhancing, and the missteps are highlighted simply as a lot because the triumphs.
13. Golden State Warriors
The Dubs imply nicely right here, however this doesn’t minimize it in my e book. The energy of the staff is the followers? It’s, uh, in all probability the 4 All-Stars they’ve on the roster which might be making an attempt to cement the staff’s standing as a dynasty.
To be clear, I get it. However present me the products right here, people. Give me some Draymond Inexperienced swagger and or Kevin Durant dominating a recreation. Golden State went in an “inspirational video” path relatively than a “hype video” one, which works for some, however not for these rankings.
12. Boston Celtics
The Celtics have been by means of loads this yr, and having the gamers relive it for the sake of a hype video appears merciless. This one isn’t even all that thrilling, it’s simply largely concerning the haters doubting Boston as a result of they’ve misplaced just a few large identify gamers this yr. When it’s all laid out like that, it really appears totally affordable, even when they’re the 2-seed.
11. Washington Wizards
I largely like the results right here, the lens blur and all that, nevertheless it simply didn’t transfer the needle in any manner that bought me excited.
10. Houston Rockets
I favored this video extra the primary time I noticed it, however stacked up towards the opposite 15 groups it’s simply not reducing it. It’s a cool story, nevertheless it’s not getting me fired up concerning the highway forward.
9. Milwaukee Bucks
This one is extra of a season recap than something, however that additionally means it’s far too lengthy. There are such a lot of Giannis dunks right here, and all of them must be celebrated. The younger man dunks over a dang human being at one level, it must be given the reverence it deserves. But additionally, I consider this video can get the purpose throughout in fewer than three minutes.
eight. Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota’s story is nice and the video is superb. I don’t know why, nevertheless it simply made sense to place them in the course of the pack.
7. Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder
The distinction between this and the Bucks video is fairly startling. That is downright minimalist at 19 seconds, and exhibits them placing up huge banners of Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and Steven Adams on the entrance of the constructing. As a lot as I’d like to see some movies of Russ yamming on some fools, this unusually works at getting the purpose throughout.
6. Cleveland Cavaliers
This one is good as a result of some parts of it are opponent-specific, highlighting the first-round matchup with the Pacers in a greater manner than, nicely, the Pacers did. There’s little bit of Lance Stephenson in there as nicely, however I can’t think about why they’d try this.
5. Portland Path Blazers
That is one other team-specific video that I’d classify as totally “not dangerous.” The music is good right here, it has momentum. That is a completely pleasurable hype video.
four. New Orleans Pelicans
Oh hell yeah. Each staff does the “nobody believes in us” factor in the course of the postseason, however the Pelicans have a very good case for being the general winner right here on the disrespect bracket. It has a wholesome portion of Anthony Davis, because it ought to. They’re going to wish him if they need individuals to start out believing.
three. Toronto Raptors
This actually does pump me up, and the clips of speaking heads doubting the Raptors is efficient right here. The music is sweet, the clips are good. This isn’t pretty much as good as their well-known “We The North” video from 2014, which is the perfect NBA playoff hype video ever, however this nonetheless will get me excited for Toronto basketball.
2. Philadelphia 76ers
We will’t discuss this video till we speak concerning the Be a part of Or Die Sixers emblem first. It guidelines. It’s the perfect postseason debut of a emblem I can keep in mind. I wish to see it all over the place, and the Sixers look nicely on their option to doing that as a result of they’re good.
It’s additionally good to make the hype video about that emblem, with a voiceover by head coach Brett Brown and a few heavy references to how everybody doubted The Course of and the place they’re at now. The video itself is extraordinarily Philadelphia, which works for them as a result of it’s been a fairly good yr for Philly sports activities. They deserve it, identical to they deserve a video this nice.
1. Miami Warmth
Simple winner right here. Wire-to-wire, that is the perfect use of music as a traditional hype video. It’s a becoming throwback to 2009, with Rick Ross’ “Hustlin’” blaring as clips becoming the lyrics to the tune are proven. It’s bought nice Dwyane Wade nostalgia together with mixture of the way forward for the staff.
Additionally, the Warmth ought to use their Miami Vice uniforms all postseason. By no means cease the neon.
(h/t r/NBA consumer thosetusks for compiling all of the movies in a single handy location)
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