The NBA is as popular as it's ever been. In fact, we could argue that it should be considered “America’s Sport.” With superstars across the league and new faces on new teams, there is plenty to look forward to this upcoming year. So, with the season tipping off only a few days from now...we figured we'd give you the best storylines to look for heading into this year.
First things first, we have to talk about the biggest chess move of the off-season and that's LeBron James heading west to play for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Philadelphia 76ers haven't had this much expectations heading into a season since the days of Allen Iverson but with the cornerstone pieces of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons - the 'Sixers might make some noise in the East; post-LeBron. However, the shift to their starting lineup heading into the season has some people worried because of how dominate last year's starting squad was.
After the 2014 NBA Finals, plenty of NBA fans assumed that the San Antonio Spurs would gracefully transition into the next act of their dynasty. Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli, and Tim Duncan could help newly awarded NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard become one of the best players in the game.
Ultimately, Kawhi did become that player but now he's with a new team; and every player mentioned before is no longer in San Antonio. The strange exit of Kawhi to Toronto continues to remain fishy on details, but his potential lone season in the 6 could still be fruitful for him and the Raptors. Kawhi may very well be the best player in the Eastern Conference with LeBron out West and a Raptors squad that was already a one seed last year without him -- could have people calling for MVP honors.
Then there’s an embarrassment of riches in Boston. And thanks to some hypothetical dysfunction in Golden State, it could very well pave the way for a new champion in the NBA. Despite missing arguably two of their best players last year for a good chunk of the season, including the playoffs, the Celtics were only one game away from making it to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010.
So with all that in mind, Complex is here to deliver you a preview of the NBA season with plenty of other storylines to look out for.