No, let’s not talk about the NFL this week, we do it every week and it’s not like anything has really changed. Yeah the Chiefs lost their undefeated streak, the Rams are the best team in the league and boy did the Cowboys blow the Jaguars out of the planet! It was a nice change to not have Jalen Ramsey talking smack for once. But who cares about all that, ladies and gentlemen it is time, time to get the Jordan’s out, time to start hating on Lebron all over again, time to call Kevin Durant a sellout even if it’s old worn out news, yes yes yes people the NBA is back! With Lebron out in the West now it’s going to be even harder to play in the Western Conference but also what all this means is that the East is finally up for grabs. So how is this season going to play out and where should you be putting some money into? Let’s do this.
In the Eastern conference a new era starts, one without Lebron James guiding what the playoff picture might end up looking at for all the other teams. With James gone to the Lakers the first thing we need to do is count the Cavs out from any contention because, let’s be honest, the Cavs are just a bunch of bums with the Eastern Conference Title on their belts, not more than that. Now that we’ve taken the Cavs out who is there to take over in the east? Well the answer is very simple, the best when healthy team in the league in my opinion, the Boston Celtics. The Celtics even with their injury passes last season still came up as the most dominant team in the East, yes even over Lebron’s Cavs. Guys like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown stepped up and said let’s go. Just imagine what the Celtics would’ve been like if they hadn’t lost Gordon Hayward in the first game of the season and Kyrie Irving when he was needed the most. The picture is a nice one, right? Well people, this is exactly what we will be getting from them this season because they are all coming back and boy do they want to cause a much needed splash.
Apart from the Celtics who else could really come up big in the East this season? In my opinion it’s up to two other teams, the Toronto Raptors and the Philadelphia 76ers. The Raptors, on one hand, did get rid of one of their stars DeMar DeRozan but on the other hand did get a defensive superstar, when he feels like playing and not causing drama, Kawhi Leonard. The Raptors already have enough talent in the backcourt to get the team up and going and if Leonard gets back to his dominant Spurs ways then get ready because Toronto is going to go for it all. Then we have the Sixers, man I want to love this team so much, they got everything you would expect from a good Sixers team. They got talent, they got force, they got swag and they got big mouths. Their process is long over and now it’s time to start collecting the profits from all the waiting, if they can find a way to add maturity to their game then I can see them giving the Celtics a true run for their money.
On the western conference, well, it’s becoming kind of a thing to find that the West just gets stronger and stronger and stronger. Let’s start out with the Rockets for a change, why oh why did they let Trevor Ariza walk out? The Rockets defensive system came through him, sure the Rockets can score as many points as they want on anyone, even more now with the addition of Carmelo Anthony but let’s be honest, nobody has ever seen Melo play defense, not even him and that won’t change in Houston. Still, the Rockets are looking strong and good. Talking about good defenses for a change I really like the Jazz. Just starting out with the fact that Rudy Gobert could be looking at yet another year as Defensive Player of the Year and Donovan Mitchell looking at this season as the one where he starts making his mark truly felt could give the western conference a cool new outlook.
At the end of the spectrum we have two teams that will just live out the Lebron vs. Warriors rivalry more often now than before. The Lakers shook the basketball world when they decided to sign Lebron James, not just that they went and got Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, Michael Beasly and Lance Stephenson. Any other basketball fan could look at that list and call it a list of mostly washed up bums but Lebron sees some good substance here and that’s what he needs to get guys like Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma to really reach their top potential in the NBA. The Lakers won’t be contenders, but they won’t suck and they will definitely entertain everyone. Last but not least we have the Warriors, what can be said about them, they are coming back for yet another ring and it looks more and more every day like they won’t really have that much competition, I already see them in the finals, a Warriors vs. Celtics finals, now there’s something good to be looking forward to.