Finally, after a couple of months, the season is here. After a summer of watching old clips, following free agency and the draft the NBA has a new landscape. And I’m very excited about it!
For me there are a couple of big storylines heading into this season:
Cavaliers – Celtics rivalry
There was already a very heated rivalry between these 2 teams and the Isaiah Thomas – Kyrie Irving trade has only spiced it up. Although Isaiah will not return until December or January, we got a first look of how these 2 teams actually look like in yesterday’s opener. Will Kyrie be the leader of this Celtics team or did he overplay his hand? How do all the new players on the Cavs roster perform and how long will everyone stay happy with all the roster shifts that has been made by coach Lue? Yesterday, we got the first chance to see how all decision and changes played out. Kyrie played a decent game, and the Cavs only won by three point, but it is too early in the season to draw a conclusion.
Teams with new looks
With a lot of free agents that changed teams, I am very eager to see how good some of these teams can be. I am thinking about the T-Wolves with Jimmy Butler, the Sixers with their core of young fantastic players and OKC with their new star trio. Are they actually that good that either of these teams can come out of their conference? I think they do! The 76-ers (if they mesh), can be the team of the future. In a very weak Eastern Conference, they have the potential to take away the crown of the Cavs in my opinion. The T-wolves with their mix of young superstars and veterans can have an immediately impact on this loaded Western Conference. And for OKC; they have such a big quick line up, they can score, the can defend every position and I think they have the biggest chip on their shoulder, as a team this season to dethrone the GSW.
Finally they changed the format of the All-Star Game and we can actually see players play together that have never played together in a game before. If I think about the idea of Lebron James throwing a lob to KD, I’m definitely going to watch this year’s game.
Free agency this year
Although this season has barely started, next year’s free agency will be the buzz of this season. Where will Lebron go? Will Paul George leave OKC? These are just a few questions that pop up in my head. The entire season, these will be the primary questions that will surface in NBA talks and rumors. It can possibly reshape the NBA landscape once again, if certain players will change teams and conferences. And that leads me to this question: how much will this year’s All-Star game affect player’s decision to leave? Let’s think about this: what if players that have never been on the same team, click very well during practices and during the game? Will that trigger their desire to play with each other? I think it might!
It’s gonna be an exciting NBA season and can’t wait to watch it all play out