NBA is ready to begin its long and excited season once again. The 2014-2015 season is set to open on Tuesday, October 28th. This season has numerous stories going along that could have an immense impact on the way that the season turns out. From Cleveland to Minnesota, this season has the players and the drama to be another great one.
Last season gave fans a few shimmies and a few shakes to keep everyone guessing on how the season would end. Injuries to Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose led the injury storylines. There was wonder if LeBron and Dwayne Wade would three-peat as champions. The San Antonio Spurs showed the world that age can defeat athleticism as they ran to their fifth title in the Tim Duncan era. Kevin Durant exploded as the leads leading scorer for the fourth time in five years. First overall pick Anthony Bennett showed that he is a possible bust in the NBA. The western conference showed again why it was the better conference with such talented teams as the Los Angeles Clippers, The Oklahoma City Thunder, The Golden State Warriors and Portland Trailblazers. The western conference playoffs were exciting from game one all the way through the western conference finals.
Of all of the top stories coming into the season, it is no doubt that the biggest one is the Cleveland Cavaliers. Stories started as magically the Cavaliers won the NBA draft lottery for the third time in four years; drafting Andrew Wiggins from the University of Kansas. Then, LeBron James, the best basketball player in the world, decides to leave the Big Three in Miami to join the Cleveland Cavaliers (So that James could “go home.”) After LeBron, the Cavs trade their first pick Wiggins for Kevin Love, arguably the best power forward in the game after averaging 26 points and 12 rebounds a game last season. This season has all eyes on the King and his Cavaliers.
Injuries and comebacks are another hot topic this year, beginning with the comebacks of Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose. After the Lakers showed no signs of being able to win without Bryant, he is back to show what resilience and perseverance he has as his legend is known of his work ethic. Derrick Rose, having not had a season in three years, is back with the Chicago Bulls to show if he still has the bounce and athleticism that got him an MVP as a 21-year-old. Injuries to two of the top players in the league in Paul George and Kevin Durant are also very much important. Paul George was on the cusp of being elite until his tragic and disturbing injury while playing with team USA that led to a very broken leg. Kevin Durant as the reigning MVP and best overall scorer in the NBA, is out until at least December with a broken foot that he injured during practice. It will be interesting to see how Russell Westbrook and the Thunder handle life without Durant.
With the NBA season ready to begin next Tuesday, some players will be in the eye to step up and become the top players in the NBA. Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Damien Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trailblazers, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers; these NBA greats will need to be the head of their teams in what appears to be a great upcoming season with great stars and incredible competition.
By Evan Linneman
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