One of the most anticipated NBA seasons in professional history begins tonight. The era of the super team is over for now due to each NBA team now having the capability to facilitate at least two max contracts along with the salary cap shrinking next season due to China pulling a majority of their endorsements due to a tweet supporting the protesters in Hong Kong. The tightrope that the NBA will walk this season to appease the Chinese government will almost be as interesting to watch as the games. Nevertheless, here is a quick preview for this NBA season.
1. Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers could quite possibly have one of the tallest starting lineups in NBA history with four players being taller than 6’8″ tall. If they receive any help from a rather unproven bench, then they could be able to run away with this division. Plus, the 76ers should be motivated after losing in such a tough fashion to the Toronto Raptors in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
2. Toronto Raptors. The Raptors were actually 17-5 last season without Kawhi Leonard. The Raptors win total will drop, but will not drop as much as you may think.
3. Boston Celtics. Adding Kemba Walker helps out a lot. Losing Al Horford to the Sixers shifts the division to Philly. The lack of interior defense will hurt this team.
4. Brooklyn Nets. The Nets will have to wait until next season when Kevin Durant is back.
5. New York Knicks. Unfortunately for the Knicks, they will be in one of the toughest divisions in the NBA.
1. Milwaukee Bucks. Adding veterans Robin Lopez, Wesley Matthews, and Kyle Korver ensures that Milwaukee will have the experience in order to have another wonderful season.
2. Indiana Pacers. Victor Oladipo is back!
3. Detroit Pistons. The frontcourt of Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond ensures that the Pistons will make another run at the playoffs.
4. Chicago Bulls. The Bulls are about a year away.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers are about five years away.
- Miami Heat. Trading for Jimmy Butler should put the Heat at the top.
2. Atlanta Hawks. Adding one of the best draft classes with Trae Young and John Collins will finally give Hawks fans some optimism this season.
3. Orlando Magic. The Magic basically stayed the same team in the offseason while other teams became significantly better.
4. Washington Wizards. The Wizards will have to wait until next year with John Wall possibly being out for the entire season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon.
5. Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets are in full rebuilding mode.
1. Houston Rockets. The Rockets should win this division by default. Reuniting James Harden and Russell Westbrook should keep Houston on top of the division. Unfortunately, GM Daryl Morey will continue to be a distraction until he is fired.
2. San Antonio Spurs. Having Dejounte Murray back from injury will keep the Spurs in the playoff hunt once again.
3. Dallas Mavericks. Pairing Luka Doncic with Kristaps Porzingis has the Mavericks on the rise for this season.
4. New Orleans Pelicans. Not having Zion Williamson for the first two months of the season will set the Pelicans back this season.
5. Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies are in full rebuilding mode. I will not root for Memphis until Grayson Allen is no longer on the team.
1. Denver Nuggets. Michael Porter, Jr. will absolutely be a difference-maker for this team.
2. Portland Trail Blazers. One of the best backcourts in the NBA will be back in the mix again.
3. Utah Jazz. Adding Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jeff Green, and Ed Davis will make the Jazz a sleeper this season.
4. Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder will do a little bit better than expected because Shai Gilgeous-Alexander could become a star this season.
5. Minnesota Timberwolves. Hey, look! The T-Wolves are rebuilding again.
1. Los Angeles Lakers. Having two of the best five players in the NBA on the same team will be devastating for Lakers opponents this season.
2. Los Angeles Clippers. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are back in California again.
3. Golden State. More than likely, Stephen Curry will lead the NBA in scoring this season in order to keep the Warriors from being a disaster.
4. Sacramento Kings. Sacramento appeared to be prepared to make a run this season, but both Los Angeles teams passed them by in the offseason.
5. Phoenix Suns. The Suns are finally on the right track by adding Ricky Rubio, Dario Saric, and Aron Baynes to the roster. This team desperately needed some veteran leadership. However, this division is stacked.