After an exciting season where a team without LeBron or Steph won the NBA Championship, who’s ready for more basketball? The 2019 NBA preseason tips-off on September 20th before the 74th NBA regular season gets underway on October 22nd.
Bold Predictions for the 2019-20 NBA Season
Lakers Still Lackluster
After the Lakers acquired Anthony Davis, everyone went nuts in La-La Land. All was right in the world again because The King and the top big man in the league had landed in the same spot and that same spot was Hollywood.
Unfortunately, Laker fans will be disappointed again. LA still doesn’t have a real point-guard while AD is more of a walking wounded regular than starting player in the NBA. Oh, they’ll make the playoffs, they just won’t go anywhere.
Clippers Slice and Dice the Rest of the NBA
Kawhi and PG-13 are going to go Friday the 13th on the rest of the NBA this season. Expect the pair to take a chainsaw to their competition. Why? Unlike the Lakers who went all-in for a talented but injury-prone superstar, the Clippers kept players that will flatter Leonard’s and Paul George’s skills.
Celtics Find a Tiny Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow
Boston’s dead, right? Not so fast. The Celtics have an excellent group heading into the season. Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, and Gordon Hayward should surprise plenty in the dull Eastern Conference. Also, the Bucks didn’t change all that much, which means the tiny pot of gold the Leprechauns are likely to find, a playoff berth, could turn into a giant pot of gold, a trip to the NBA Finals if everything comes together.
In Oakland, Splash Brothers Return to Championship Form
Really? The Warriors won’t 50 games because Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala are gone? Let’s get serious for a moment.
The Golden State Warriors traded for a real point-guard, DeAngelo Russell. That means they can rest Steph Curry. That means Steph will be ready to roll before the playoffs. That means Steph takes the pressure off Kyle. That means Steph can get close to bringing 2015 back. Plus Klay Thompson will be back from knee surgery.
Will Brodie and the Beard Show Up or Fizzle?
It sounds like a match made in heaven. Reunite two superstars. But will having the best backcourt in James “The Beard” Harden and Russell “Brodie” Westbrook equate to wins, especially playoff wins?
The Beard is a seven-time NBA All-Star, won an MVP award in 2017-18 and has made the All-NBA First Team five times. Last season, Harden averaged 36.1 points, 7.5 assists and 6.6 rebounds per game. An eight-time NBA All-Star himself, The Brodie has also won an NBA MVP (2016-17), has been selected to an All-NBA team seven times and was the league scoring champion in 2015 and 2017.
Will there be enough time on the clock for both players to get the looks they desire?