With all the accolades and nightly triple-doubles that Luka Doncic has accumulated, he is just a 21-year old star entering his third year in the league. Many people predict Luka to come up with an MVP-caliber year this season, but that will be dependent on the level of success that the Mavericks will achieve.
Heading into free agency, Corey Kluber has to prove he can stay healthy. The former Cy Young winner has showcases planned for January after pitching under 40 innings across the last two seasons.
The battle to be named NBA Rookie of the Year will be extremely competitive this season. These are the leading contenders to take the league by storm.
At the age of 27, Anthony Davis is finally a winner. Ever since he came to the league, he has always been one of the most versatile big men out there. He made the All-Star game in just his second year and has been a fixture in the festivities ever since.
A cursory glance at NBA social media betrays popular sentiment surrounding the Milwaukee Bucks: that they are destined to fall apart postseason after postseason due in part to head coach Mike Budenholzer’s inability to adjust his schemes and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s limited offensive package—both valid assessments the team has done little to prove wrong.
The 2020/21 NBA season is here. It's been the shortest offseason in league history, but the excitement levels are as high as ever for opening night. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant matchup for the first time since Durant played for the Thunder as the Golden State Warriors and Brooklyn Nets get the season tipped off on December 22nd. The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers follow up at Staples Center.
The Orlando Magic’s last two seasons have ended at the same stage to the same team. The Milwaukee Bucks have comfortably seen off Orlando in the first round of the last two postseasons – the Magic’s offseason moves suggest a step back is much more likely than a step forward in 2021.
Kyle Kuzma was among the more polarizing players in the NBA the year he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers at #27 in 2017. In hindsight, it’s strange to remember that there were those who genuinely believed he would turn out to be a better player than Jayson Tatum, who has since blossomed into a full-blown superstar for LA rivals the Boston Celtics.
Heading into the offseason, DJ LeMahieu’s free agency appeared destined to end back where it started: Yankee Stadium.
After revamping their front office by firing Gar Forman and demoting John Paxson to a new role, the Chicago Bulls are primed for a better performance this season. The roster from last season is still mostly intact, but the coaching and front office changes could instill a much-needed winning culture within the organization.
Without a doubt the NBA is in good hands. Basketball fans are witnessing greatness from the established NBA superstars – LeBron James headlining such a cast – but some have expressed concern that over the next few years, we may have to say goodbye to some elite talent.
James Harden recently logged in his first preseason game for the new-look Houston Rockets. He has stood firm in his desire to be traded, although I do believe that the Rockets front office will stand their ground as long as they can, and see if they can rack up the wins with their new-look squad.
But then again, there will be rookies who will immediately assume more playing time than their counterparts. Obi Toppin will be one of these lucky first-years, as there’s no doubt that the rebuilding New York Knicks will be more than happy to give him the exposure he needs to fast-track his progress.
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s looming free agency decision has been the most sought-after storyline of this NBA offseason, spawning an almost-religious fervor among fans that could rival that of LeBron’s “The Decision.”
Putting to rest rumors of a possible move to South Beach, Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo jolted the NBA world when he announced on Twitter that he signed his 5-year supermax extension with the Bucks, the largest deal in league history, after weeks upon weeks of sitting on it.