This season is, undoubtedly, the least predictable season in my whole life (since 2003). Here’s why:
New Duos along with the old ones
My Top 10 Rankings of Duos with Reasons:
- Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, Kawhi’s the best player in the league at the moment and George was an MVP candidate, when healthy, last year.
- LeBron James and Anthony Davis, I don’t like it but, this duo can be something special this season.
- Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, I think they can take an extra step in this intense Western Conference.
- Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, (I’ll get into this later)
- Stephen Curry and D’Angelo Russell, Curry should be in for another MVP caliber season without KD and Russell will be a good sidekick that can take some weight off his shoulders.
- Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, one of the best offensive duos in the coming season. Nikola has the best handles for a big man and Jamal will prove he’s worth the large contract extension.
- James Harden and Russell Westbrook, this duo can easily go both ways: really good or really bad. Just depends on how the ball gets distributed.
- Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, definitely the best foreign duo since Manu and Parker. A very underrated duo right now.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, Giannis can attack the glass the best in the league along with his protecting the rim skills leading to Middleton being a sidekick with his shooting abilities.
- Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley, a young stud, Mitchell will learn a lot with a veteran, Conley, is hopefully going to be a great mentorship this season.
Lebron’s team will stink… hopefully
I am the opposite of a LeBron fan. It’s the classic: my brother is a diehard LeBron fan and I can’t like him. I respect his game but, since he left Cleveland the first time, I have never cheered for the man. Many will call me a bandwagon switching from the Thunder to the Spurs to the Warriors. But, I’m not. (I actually think I might be a Warriors fan my whole life from here on out. Big Draymond, Klay, and Steph fan.)
Anyways, the Lakers are going to stink this season. Here’s why:
- The coaching situation. I guarantee, when the Lakers are barely above .500 at the All-Star break, Bron is going to approach management and say, “let my boy, Jason, coach the team. I don’t think Frank is getting the best out of our guys.” The David Platt experience all over again.
- The guard situation. News Flash: LeBron is not going to be playing PG this season. Sure, he is definitely going to bring the ball up like he’s done his whole career. But, in this day era of basketball, Quinn Cook, KCP, Bradley, and Rondo are not going to be a great options in crunch time. When facing a three-point shooting team, it is going to be hard to keep pace with them and they will lose games because of that.
No clear favorites out of the east
The Bucks and the Sixers may be considered favorites, but with them I could see less than expected output.
Giannis is going to be great unless he’s injured. A clear MVP candidate. But, if he were to go down for a third of the season, they are in deep trouble. No doubt about that. I also think the loss of Brogdon is going to hurt them. They chose to pay Middleton over Brogdon. I think that was the wrong decision. Their opportunity may have passed them up.
The Sixers are going to be great if Embiid stays out of a blazer and on the court. I think we are in for a big season from the duo mentioned before, Ben Simmons and Joel. If Ben Simmons learns to have a jump shot making the defense actually have to play defense against him more than fifteen feet away from the hoop, the Sixers will be a champion contender. The most underrated addition in the league is Al Horford. It is going to take unneeded weight off Embiid shoulders that was there when he was the only useful center on the team. All this could fall apart, though, if Embiid is not playing games this season.
will there be a change of glory in the west?
At the end of the season, the almighty Warriors might not be in the NBA Finals this season, they may not even make the playoffs according to some idiots. (Quick Reason: Stephen Curry was a two-time MVP before Durant.) But, who will represent the West in the NBA Finals?
The Clippers are my choice. It will be fine if Kawhi and Paul George only play 55 games as long as they can get it done in the playoffs. To be honest, that’s the only thing that matters at the end of the day. I’m sure the Clippers fans will be 100% cool with a title over them playing all 82 games. Also, they have the best bench in the league. Let’s be real: Lou Williams and Montrez Harrell are starters that just decide to sit on the bench the first three minutes of the game.
But, there are other good teams. Trail Blazers, you remember them? They might not have improved their roster that much since last year, but they are still a good team. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum took a step forward last year and they have the possibilities of taking the next step into the NBA Finals this season.
Also, there is the Denver Nuggets. Not much changes in roster. But, they are getting MPJ back from his injuries… hopefully. Can’t really say anything is a sure thing with this guy. But, last year they were the 2nd best in the conference and who says they can’t repeat their success.
Finally, the Golden State Warriors are being discounted in my opinion. D’Angelo Russell is going to be a knock-off version of Klay while he’s out. But, that doesn’t mean he can’t be a possible All-Star if he continues to improve like he did last year. (He practically carried the Nets the whole season last year.) Additionally, two-time MVP, Stephen Curry, should go back to being the Curry we all were in aww of before Durant came. I’m going to be watching this team religiously this season when they are playing at 7:00 ET.