By Justin Batiste
Why should you want to watch the NBA this year?
The day has finally come! Today is the start of the NBA season. This off-season has been ridiculously interesting. Starting with the NBA draft. This draft class may be one of those classes that we talk about for years to come. What makes this draft class so special? This draft class has an abundance of players that can be franchise changing players.
UCLA guard, Lonzo Ball, is one of them. Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma has been playing at a high level but Lonzo is still the No. 1 rookie on everyone’s watch list because of all the hype he and his dad Lavar Ball have created over the summer.
Fans should also be on the lookout for rookies like De’Aaron Fox, Dennis Smith Jr., Markelle Fultz, and Donovan Mitchell this season, just to name a few. Jayson Tatum is another rookie fans should pay attention to.
Tatum is playing for one of the most talked about teams of the off-season, the Boston Celtics.
The Celtics are one of the teams that will make this NBA season especially fun to watch this year after signing forward Gordon Hayward and trading for superstar Kyrie Irving. What’s even more exciting is that the Celtics play against Irving’s former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, on opening night.
Although the Cavs lost Irving, this didn’t diminish their chances of winning another championship. It actually increased them. Cleveland has a whole new roster and they’re better on paper.
It’ll be interesting to see how they play against the Golden State Warriors in the Finals this year (assuming both teams make it back).
That’s a series that could go seven games.
Although the Celtics and Cavaliers run the East, there are other appealing teams like John Wall’s Washington Wizards, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee Bucks, Kemba Walker’s Charlotte Hornets and Kristaps Porzingis’ New York Knicks.
However, the most appealing team in the East are the Philadelphia 76ers.
As of now everyone is healthy and Philly fans may even see their team make the playoffs this year.
With the way things look, the 76ers and the Lakers are the teams of the future. But competition in the West is too tough for the Lakers to make a playoff berth right now.
This offseason the West distanced themselves from the East even more.
- The Minnesota Timberwolves signed Jimmy Butler.
- The Oklahoma City Thunder signed Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.
- The Houston Rockets signed Chris Paul.
- The Denver Nuggets signed Paul Millsap.
- The New Orleans Pelicans signed Rajon Rondo.
Although the Warriors are the favorites to win the Finals again, this year’s Western Conference playoffs will be a gladiator match. However, the East and West will be interesting to watch. Even the non-playoff teams will be fun this season because every team has someone who’s on the come-up.
Not to mention the fact that the All-Star format also changed this season.
There’s so much to look forward to this season starting with the opening night slate of the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors vs. the Houston Rockets tonight on TNT!