Around the World: 2016-17 NBA Preview
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the NBA is finally back, and it’s looking like this could be one of the most interesting seasons we’ve seen in awhile. With all the crazy moves that took place over the offseason, let’s take get into what is expected from both conferences for the upcoming 2016-17 season.
After an unbelievable comeback in last year’s NBA Finals and winning its first championship in 52 years, the Cleveland Cavaliers, with the help of its big three in Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, and LeBron James, are looking for the repeat after rallying from a 3-1 series deficit over the 73-9 Golden State Warriors. It won’t be as easy; however, as the Warriors do look just slightly different from last season.
What’s better than having three superstars on your team in Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green? That’s right, adding another superstar. In a shocking move over the summer, superstar forward Kevin Durant spurned the Thunder, the team he had spent his first nine years with, to join the powerhouse Golden State Warriors.
Now with one of the best super teams we’ve seen in a long time, it’s hard to rule out the Warriors as the unquestioned favorites to be popping champagne in the locker room with the 2017 championship trophy in their hands. The expected move is that we’ll see a Cavaliers-Warriors rematch in the finals for the third straight year.
Now the real question comes into play, what are some of the teams that will challenge these two monsters? Well, other than Durant’s charade, there are other interesting stories to look into for this year.
In an unimaginable move, 3-time champion shooting guard Dwyane Wade returned home to the Chicago Bulls after playing thirteen legendary years with the Miami Heat, the Celtics acquired big man Al Horford, and former MVP point-guard Derrick Rose was traded to the Knicks.
The Spurs made the acquisition of former all-star power forward Pau Gasol following Tim Duncan’s retirement, and potential 2016-17 MVP Russell Westbrook is now the face of the Thunder franchise with Durant gone.
Needless to say, one can expect a lot of turmoil and drama heading into the 2016-17 NBA season.