For arguably the past decade, basketball fans have been subjected to the fact that they are relegated to having a pre-determined winner of the NBA season.
Whether it be the Miami super team with LeBron, the Popovich-led Spurs or, most recently, the Golden State Warriors, these superteams have been the league’s dominant forces.
The NBA has always had one team that has stood out above the rest for the last decade. If you asked any NBA fan over the past three years, they could have told you that Golden State was at least going to make the finals.
This is the year where all that changes. We have all been witnesses to a truly historic and amazing offseason for the NBA.
With the departure of Kevin Durant from the Warriors, the floodgates were opened for a bevy of moves that have allowed a surplus of teams to improve their rosters.
Everywhere you look, there are teams that one could make an argument for winning it all. Most notably, both Los Angeles teams have dynamic duos that are some of the best we’ve ever seen talent-wise.
NBA fans are salivating at the chance that we could be subjected to a Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Lakers. Many analysts have justly ranked them as the two best teams in the league.
Regardless of the potential playoff matchups, it is going to be can’t miss LA basketball this year with LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George all playing in the same town.
Let’s take a look elsewhere in the West. We have one of the more recent offseason acquisitions taking place in Houston. The Rockets managed to unload Chris Paul’s atrocious contract and bring in the far younger and more athletic Russel Westbrook.
Harden and Westbrook both put up surreal numbers and could compete with just about any team if they learn how to play together.
Meanwhile in Utah, the Jazz have finally added in what they hope is the last piece to take them over the top. The recent trade for star guard Mike Conley has many believing in the ability of this team. They were already the best defensive team in the league before Conley’s arrival.
The triple team of Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley and Rudy Gobert have the ability to truly make some noise this season and thwart a few teams’ plans for league dominance.
Taking a trip to the East Coast, we are going to look at one of the last teams that has truly added an embarrassment of talent to its squad.
Brooklyn has now become the center for basketball in NYC. With the addition of superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, it is obvious that the Nets are going to be a perennial playoff threat to the league.
This killer tandem does have plenty of competition, especially with the addition of Al Horford to the Philadelphia 76ers. This offseason, many had little hope for the city of brotherly love after the departure of star guard Jimmy Butler.
Philly somehow managed to add a veteran talent in Al Horford, who is going to dominate the paint with the help of Joel Embiid. Many believe that this is the year Philadelphia finally takes the next step.
With the emergence of teams like the 76ers, many are overlooking the obvious contenders that managed to keep their squads together from the year before.
Portland, Denver, San Antonio, Golden State, Boston and Milwaukee are all potential contenders and candidates to hoist the NBA Finals Trophy.
Almost a third of the league’s teams have a chance to win it all, and NBA fans are ecstatic for this next season.
It’s anyone’s league. If you are a fan of basketball action and enthralling drama, then you do not want to miss out on any of the action the NBA has to offer this year.
The NBA may truly be where amazing happens this year.