If it feels like the NBA season recently wrapped up, that’s because it did. The Los Angeles Lakers, led by LeBron James, were crowned NBA champions. In the eyes of many, the Lakers won the title this year for Kobe Bryant, who tragically passed away close to a year ago in a helicopter accident. Now, the NBA season is starting to heat up once again. There are many people who are wondering who the top contenders are this season. There are several teams that stand out after conducting a detailed sports analysis. What does the upcoming NBA season hold this year?
Of course, one of the obvious contenders is the team that won it all just last year. The Los Angeles Lakers are poised to be competitive once again this season. LeBron James is coming back and the Los Angeles Lakers are expected to re-sign their second-best player, Anthony Davis. With a little bit more outside shooting, the Los Angeles Lakers should be one of the favorites to win the title again this season. At the same time, there are a few teams that are going to provide the Los Angeles Lakers with a little bit of competition.
Another major team in the Western Conference that is going to be competitive is the Golden State Warriors. Just last week, many people thought the Golden State Warriors were going to be the favorites to win the title again. Even though the Warriors lost Kevin Durant to the Brooklyn Nets two years ago, the Golden State Warriors are still led by Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry. Unfortunately, Klay Thompson tore his Achilles about a week ago. Because he missed all of last season, and Stephen Curry was also hurt for a significant portion of the year, the Warriors had one of the worst records in all of basketball. Therefore, they took James Weisman with the number two pick in the NBA draft, plugging an obvious hole. Sadly, the dreams of the Golden State Warriors returning to the top may have to wait for another season. Klay Thompson is going to miss all of the upcoming NBA season.
One team that everyone is curious about is the Brooklyn Nets. With Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving recovering from injuries, the Brooklyn Nets struggled mightily this year. Now, with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving healthy, the Brooklyn Nets are one of the favorites to make it out of the Eastern Conference this year. Of course, this is going to be the first time that these two players have played together. Furthermore, do the Nets have the other pieces around them? That will be one of the big questions to answer this year.
These are just a few of the top contenders that are predicted to compete for the NBA title this season. The NBA season is going to kick off Christmas week. It will be exciting to see how the season unfolds with the players returning to the court.