We’ve been so focused on football lately that many of us failed to notice that the NBA has started back up again. Yep, the regular season kicked off six weeks ago (while many of us were still focused on the World Series) and truth be told, these guys play so many games during such a long and winding season that it’s probably okay to miss a few at first. So what are our predictions for the NBA this year? Will the same teams remain on top? And which teams had the biggest shake-ups in the offseason? Here’s a quick look at some NBA teams to watch this season!
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The Sixers might be even better than they were last year. Joel Embiid is incredible and their defense is one of the best in the league, making them a favorite in the East. Big Ben Simmons is a force in the interior and they’ve just acquired young shooting guard Josh Richardson as well as center Al Horford who can help out on defense. They traded Jimmy Butler to the Heat and JJ Reddick to the Pelicans, but the Sixers’ roster still looks pretty good. Not to mention, every starting player is absolutely enormous so they’re basically the tallest team in the NBA. Definitely fun to watch!
Los Angeles Lakers
Well, they did it. After all that talk, the Lakers managed to put Lebron and Anthony Davis together. This team struggled last season, keeping King James and his injured groin away from the playoffs for the first time in years. But now they’ve got this dynamic duo, so who cares about the rest? Throw Danny Green in there and you’ve got some real championship potential. It’s too bad that DeMarcus Cousins is probably out the rest of the year with a torn ACL and Kyle Kuzma is recovering from a foot injury, otherwise, we’d be even more amped about them! But Lebron and AD alone should be able to do some damage.
Los Angeles Clippers
Okay, so forget the Lakers. The other LA team just scooped up Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and All-Star Paul George, so we’ve got high hopes for the Clippers this season. They have enough starters for two NBA teams and they’ve got Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell coming off the bench too. While the Clippers might’ve gotten a couple of games on the Warriors during the playoffs last year, this time around, they’re hoping to dominate the West. With such a stacked roster, they’re definitely a team to watch. And FYI, they’ve already beaten the Lakers once (by 10).
The Bucks and the reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo are fantastic, no doubt about it. They’ll probably dominate the East this season. But will they ever win a championship? That’s hard to say. Without Malcolm Brogdon and Nikola Mirotic, will they even be as good as last year? We shall see… but either way, it’ll still be fun to watch one of the best offenses (and defenses) in the nation take care of business.
After a breakthrough season last year, basically the best in Nuggets franchise history, Denver is really good again this year. They’re super deep too, with players like Jamal Murray, Malik Beasley Will Barton, and Paul Millsap. And Nikola Jokic could very well be MVP. But as fun as they are to watch during the regular season, similar to the Bucks, we still question whether this team can really win a title.
They’re the reigning NBA Champs so we can’t leave them out, but how will they fare without their star player this season? They’ve still got Pascal Siakam (who is basically their star now that Kawhi Leonard is gone), along with Fred VanVleet, Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, and Kyle Lowry, but we don’t think it’ll be enough to repeat last season’s efforts. And if this roster doesn’t manage to impress, you can expect some trades will be handily made. You saw what the higher-ups did in the offseason last year – they’re cutthroat. However, this Raptors team is still one to watch.
James Harden remains in Houston so the Rockets will still be on top (or somewhere near the top… probably) if he has anything to do with it. The addition of Russell Westbrook makes them even more intriguing. How will these two stars work together on the court? And with the Warriors out of the way, will the Rockets go even deeper into the postseason? Will Harden have to carry the team on his back again? How much will they miss Chris Paul? So many questions! We’ll just have to wait and see…
Golden State Warriors
Nope. The dynasty is over. Without stars like Kevin Durant (gone to Brooklyn) and Klay Thompson (out for a “significant” portion of the season recovering from an ACL tear) and supporting cast members like Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, the Warriors aren’t hanging another banner this year. Just like they didn’t last year. And in case you missed it while you were watching other sports, star shooter Steph Curry broke his hand in October. So he’ll be out for at least three months. But some are saying this could be a blessing in disguise for other Warriors players. Without the pressure of making the playoffs, they’ll be allowed to have a true developmental year.