The NBA season is set to start this upcoming Tuesday October 17, 2017, and sitting at top of the food chain once again are the Defending Champs Golden State Warriors. Them Kats showed the league what they were about last year and that was nothing less than a Championship. Mission accomplished. Now with a new NBA season ahead they will be trying to secure their first back-to-back Championship.
I don’t see their momentum stopping any time soon but I do anticipate for them to hit a few roadblocks along the way in the form of the Western Conference. Coming out the WESTSIDE is challenging within itself. Them teams over there have been adding pieces left and right specifically to stunt the Warriors from steamrolling through the league like their previous years.
The usual suspects in my eyes on the WESTSIDE that are hopping to stunt on the Warriors this year are Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets. No disrespect to the rest of the Western Teams but these three teams mentioned are battle tested and have acquired some very interesting acquisitions that may possibly shift the playing field over on the WESTSIDE.
Carmelo Anthony and Paul George joining last year’s MVP in Russell Westbrook, on paper might possibly create a legit threat to the Warriors if they can get it together right?
Houston with the addition of Chris Paul’s leadership could be the missing ingredient to help James Harden get over that hump?
The Spurs well these Kats are a threat on any given year. They have a sound team that is very cerebral when they step foot on that court. You can never count a team coached by Gregg Popovich out. This man is a genius with his X’s and O’s regardless of whom he’s got suiting up to play. REAL TALK!
The rest of the western teams will be competitive as usual battling it out in the deepest conference while staying relevant in the league.
The EASTSIDE had their own makeover also.
Starting with the Defending Eastern Conference Champions the Cleveland Cavaliers swapping point guard Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas? Unbelievable!! I never saw that one coming. Now add Dwayne Wade and Derrick Rose to the mix and the Cavs become instant Championship contenders. Just like that.
With the Boston Celtics adding all-stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward to their squad, they still maintain enough firepower to possibly upstage Cleveland and give them a run for that No. 1 spot in the EAST. Kyrie’s got something to prove here and he will be gunning for it.
Not far behind is our canadian squad the Toronto Raptors. The last few years they’ve been able to stay competitive and in the mix. They have the right core of Kats to get it poppin over there but just keep missing the mark by a small margin of errors. But don’t sleep on them cause they can definitely stunt hard in the Eastern Conference and still cause enough damage to finish with a high seed come Playoff time.
The other remaining squads in the Eastern Conference is a toss- up. Some of them got better and others actually regressed. Only time will tell to see which sleeper team can actually make enough noise this year and earn some respect on that court. REAL TALK!
I’m eager to see how this NBA season 2017/2018 will unfolds.
The West as usual is still the toughest conference to play in. However, the youth of the players runs through both conferences with again the star power still riding on the WESTSIDE. With all the blockbuster trades that went on during the summer, this NBA season will be entertaining. Tune in this Tuesday night October 17, 2017 and be part of the “New Generation” taking over the league.