NBA teams top contenders to watch ahead of the new season
The fans want to tune into the games with not only the NBA best players, but the best teams with the best storylines, up-and-coming talent, and the teams with the best odds of making highlight-reel plays.
Here are our picks for the 5 teams to watch out for:
Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to make an NBA postseason appearance for the first time since 2012. That should be a feasible goal considering the team posses arguably two of the top five to six players in the world.
The Lakers were already a team that garnered attention because of the history of the franchise. However, with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, they became a must-see side now. LeBron and Davis potentially could be the best perimeter player and big man combo we’ve seen since Shaq and Kobe.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers went from a cinderella playoff team to a legitimate contender overnight with the additions of finals MVP Kawhi Leonard through free agency and Paul George via trade.
Immediately, the Clippers feature three of the premier perimeter defenders in the league, including Patrick Beverley. While they’ll never really take over LA with the Lakers in town, I will say it will be fun to watch them try. Two of the best two-way players in their prime, with Kawhi coming off an all-time individual playoff run and Paul George coming off a top-three MVP season, is a recipe for must-see TV.
Not to mention that the team features the best sixth man in the league, Lou Williams, who is one of the most intelligent scorers in the entire league, not just the bench.
The Rockets are a polarizing team because of the way James Harden plays isolation basketball. Some people are awe of his scoring ability and appreciate the level of greatness, others have a tough time watching him launch stepback three after stepback three. Nonetheless, the Rockets are always one of the best teams in NBA and peak even more interest this season with the addition of Russell Westbrook.
The team will now feature two of the last three league MVPs, the only team in the league to be able to say that. With Westbrook now in the fold the Rockets should be able to play much faster.
Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors have advanced to the NBA Finals the previous five years and the reasons for that are star power and the unselfishness they play with on offense. That’s also the reason that they’ve been one of the most-watched teams in that span.
Even with the loss of Kevin Durant, the Warriors still have stars that can get it done. The motion offense the Warriors run is just a joy to watch as a basketball fan. The way Steph and Klay Thompson run off screens and get each other open is fascinating and reminds everyone that this is a team game.
Although without Klay for much of the year, D’Angelo Russell is more than good enough to fill that void. The possibility of Curry returning to his 2016 MVP form is always a reason to tune in.
The Brooklyn Nets had a very active free agency period this past summer, landing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. After landing those two big fish, this will be the most eyes the Nets franchise have had on them since moving to Brooklyn back in 2012.
Even though the Nets will be without Kevin Durant (Achilles) for the majority, if not all, of the season, they’re still projected to be a scrappy and competitive team in the NBA Eastern Conference.
Kyrie Irving is still one of the leagues most exciting scorers and when he gets on a roll there’s nothing like it. It’ll be interesting to see if Kyrie can mesh better with Brooklyn’s supporting cast that features a plethora of young talent and veteran DeAndre Jordan.