NBA preview


Sean Markisic, Reporter

There is so much to look forward to this coming NBA season. The best teams over the past few seasons have been the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The top players of the Warriors, Stephen Curry (25.3pts, 4.5Reb, 6.6Ast), Kevin Durant (25.1pts, 8.3Reb, 4.8Ast) and Klay Thompson (22.3pts, 3.7Reb, 2.1Ast) took on the top players of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Lebron James (26.4pts, 8.6Reb, 8.7Ast.), Kevin Love ( 19.0pts, 11.1Reb, 1.9Ast) and Kyrie Irving ( 25.2pts, 3.2Reb, 5.8Ast). They had a great trilogy in the NBA Finals with the Warriors winning the NBA championship in June. However, there are so many other teams that are on the rise for many years to come.

The teams on the rise this coming season are the Boston Celtics who acquired Gordon Hayward (21.9Pts, 5.4Reb, 3.5Ast) over the summer in free agency and trade there best player Isaiah Thomas 28.9Pts, 2.7Reb, 5.9Ast) to get Kyrie Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Boston Celtics can really give the Cavaliers trouble and potentially win the Eastern Conference. The Warriors don’t have it easy either though, they might run into problems with the new and improved Houston Rockets with the addition of Chris Paul (18.1Pts, 5.0Reb, 9.2Ast) and the great team leader that they have in James Harden (29.1Pts, 8.1Reb, 11.2Ast). Though the Celtics and the Rockets have now become big time threats in the league there are other teams that can have great seasons including the Minnesota Timberwolves with the additions of Jimmy Butler (23.9Pts, 6.2Reb, 5,5Ast) and Jeff Teague ( 15.3Pts, 4Reb, 7.8Ast) along with the young and explosive talent Karl Anthony Towns (25.1Pts, 12.3Reb, 2.7Ast). Big things are expected out of the Timberwolves this coming season. Yet another team who can really step it up this season are the Washington Wizards with their superstar point guard John Wall ( 23.2Pts, 4.2Reb, 10.7Ast) and their star shooting guard in Bradley Beal (23.1Pts, 3.1Reb, 3.5Ast). It will be interesting to see how the Wizards fair against the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers the two best teams in the East. Another team that has picked up a great addition to their team are the Oklahoma City Thunder, when they picked up Paul George ( 23.7Pts, 6.6Reb, 3.3Ast) along with the dominant Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (31.6Pts, 10.7Reb,10.4Ast) who averaged a triple double for the whole season, that hasn’t been done since the 1961-1962 season when Oscar Robertson became the first player in history to average a triple double for the whole season.

Meanwhile the San Antonio Spurs have for the most part have been the same team for the past few years, but it’s been largely successful as they have always been at the top of the Western Conference for so many years now. That’s been mainly possible because of the Spurs superstar player in Kawhi Leonard (25.5Pts, 5.8Reb, 3.5Ast). The Toronto Raptors are very fortunate to have their star point guard Kyle Lowry (22.4Pts, 4.8Reb, 7Ast) resign for 3 years/$90 Million. Along with Demar Derzoan (27.3Pts, 5.2Reb, 3.9Ast) the Toronto can very well go far in the East, but they will have a tall task of doing so in a stacked Eastern Conference. In the West the Portland Trail Blazers have a very talented backcourt in Damien Lillard (27Pts, 4.9Reb, 5.9Ast) and CJ Mccollum (23Pts, 3.6Reb, 3.6Ast), but they’ll have a very challenging season ahead of them. Other team that can have a strong showing this coming NBA season are the New Orleans Pelicans who traded for a dominant center Demarcus Cousins (24.4Pts, 12.4Reb, 3.9Ast) during the All star break last season. In addition, the Pelicans have a talented power forward in Anthony Davis (28Pts, 11.8Reb, 2.1Ast) , the Pelicans can go far but Anthony Davis is injury prone so if he was to go down to yet another injury this season all the hype for the Pelicans can very well just go away. In addition, the Pelicans have no true point guard so it will be interesting to see how well Cousins and Davis will truly mesh with one another. Other teams that can have a good season are the New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angles Clippers.

This coming NBA season will be very exciting, we will have to wait and see if it will live up to the high expectations.