NBA Preview

Byron Dixon| BKD TV

Fresh off a FIBA World Championship Gold Medal and the shortest off season in major sports, the NBA season is upon us yet again so put down or pause the NBA 2K15 and let us get ready for the tip off. So much has changed in just three months in the NBA landscape that could make this one of the best seasons in recent memory.

First thing first it seems as though the world champion San Antonio Spurs are not receiving the credit and attention they deserve, that is actually the way the boys of the river walk like it. Coach Greg Popovich who is the best coach in the NBA is by far a many of little words but his work on the court speaks volumes. The Spurs should indeed be favorites to repeat as they return everyone from their championship run which is unusual in the world of chasing the checks instead of the rings. With the aging yet still effective big three of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and the greatest power forward of all time Tim Duncan they are ready to bring another banner to the Alamo.

The King returns to his kingdom as LeBron James comes home to Cleveland with a lot more help this time. How soon we forget a far less talented Cavaliers team won 61 games with mainly just James and a cast of mediocre talent. This time around Love accompanies James Kevin Love that is, and let us not forget about the FIBA World Championship MVP and former number one overall pick like LeBron Kyrie Irving. This is a talented a big three we have seen since the one James just left in Miami. The Cavaliers will be favored in the East but James knows about the struggles of a super team uniting in their first season.

A Rose is still a Rose right? With the return of Derrick Rose yet again and the addition of Pau Gasol and Doug McDermott to go along with Joakim Noah and the leadership of Tom Thibodeau the biggest threat to LeBron’s new look Cavaliers will be the always physical and defensive minded Chicago Bulls. If Rose looks like he has in the preseason the Bulls will be in contention for the Eastern Conference crown.

The NBA Eastern Conference will be competitive, yes ladies and gentlemen this is not a misprint the Eastern Conference will be fun to watch. While there are not many great teams in this conference some new faces on new teams such as Paul Pierce to the Wizards, Lance Stephenson to the Charlotte Hornets, Al Horford returning from injury for Atlanta, and Paul George getting injured in a scrimmage it will be fun to watch. Teams three through eight are going to be so close it will be a tough race. What about the Phil Jackson Derek Fisher coached Knicks with Carmelo? Will Toronto continue to improve? Are John Wall and Bradley Beal the best young back court in the NBA? The Miami Heat in the post LeBron era will be fun to watch with a motivated Dwyane Wade and newly paid Chris Bosh and supporing plays like Luol Deng they will be right in the mix. Will the Paul Pierce be the truth in Washington? Will Stan Van Gundy lead to Detroit back ti the playoffs?

The wild wild Western Conference will be fun to watch as it always is. For the first time since the 2009-2010 season each team may have to win 50 games to get into the playoffs. With the injury to reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant OKC may see more losses in the beginning of the season until KD makes his return sometime in December. The Spurs will be in the top half as well and be in contention come May and June. The LA Clippers under Doc Rivers and Chris Paul with the emergence of Blake Griffin and addition of Spencer Hawes may help CP3 reach his first conference finals. That could catapult Chris Paul into the MVP discussion. Steve Kerr takes over in Golden State and with the Splash Brothers in Stephen Curry and Clay Thompson which may also be the best young back court in the league. The Warriors have a good team but one may question if they are ready to take that next step under Kerr who has never been a coach before. The Dallas Mavericks will be an under the radar team in my opinion with Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis and the additions of Chandler Parsons, Tyson Chandler, and Jameer Nelson can help Mark Cuban and one of the best coaches in the NBA Rick Carlisle return to glory. Will the Lakers be any good? What Kobe will wee see? Will Dwight Howard and James Harden take Houston past the first round of the playoffs? Will Portland with two young stars in Damian Lillard and Lamarcus Aldridge make their mark in the tough West?

The rookie class is one of the best in years. From Andrew Wiggins to Jabari Parker to Dante Exum to Julius Randle, and Joel Embiid there are plenty of rookies that will be factors in the NBA for years to come.

In the end as it may be a shocker to some but LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will defeat the San Antonio Spurs in seven games and bring the first major sports championship to Cleveland since 1964.

First thing first it seems as though the world champion San Antonio Spurs are not receiving the credit and attention they deserve, that is actually the way the boys of the river walk like it. Coach Greg Popovich who is the best coach in the NBAis by far a many of little words but his work on the court speaks volumes. The Spurs should indeed be favorites to repeat as they return everyone from their championship run which is unusual in the world of chasing the checks instead of the rings. With the aging yet still effective big three of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and the greatest power forward of all timeTim Duncan they are ready to bring another banner to the Alamo.

The King returns to his kingdom as LeBron James comes home to Cleveland with a lot more help this time. How soon we forget a far less talented Cavaliers team won 61 games with mainly just James and a cast  of mediocre talent. This time around Love accompanies James Kevin Love that is, and let us not forget about the FIBA World Championship MVP and former number one overall pick like LeBron Kyrie Irving. This is a talented a big three we have seen since the one Jamesjust left in Miami. The Cavaliers will be favored in the East but James knows about the struggles of a super team uniting in their first season.

A Rose is still a Rose right? With the return of Derrick Rose yet again and the addition of Pau Gasol and Doug McDermott to go along with Joakim Noah and the leadership of Tom Thibodeau the biggest threat to LeBron’s new lookCavaliers will be the always physical and defensive minded Chicago Bulls. If Rose looks like he has in the preseason theBulls will be in contention for the Eastern Conference crown.

The NBA Eastern Conference will be competitive, yes ladies and gentlemen this is not a misprint the Eastern Conferencewill be fun to watch. While there are not many great teams in this conference some new faces on new teams such asPaul Pierce to the Wizards, Lance Stephenson to the Charlotte Hornets, Al Horford returning from injury for Atlanta, andPaul George getting injured in a scrimmage it will be fun to watch. Teams three through eight are going to be so close it will be a tough race. What about the Phil Jackson Derek Fisher coached Knicks with Carmelo? Will Toronto continue to improve? Are John Wall and Bradley Beal the best young back court in the NBA? The Miami Heat in the post LeBron era will be fun to watch with a motivated Dwyane Wade and newly paid Chris Bosh and supporing plays like Luol Deng they will be right in the mix. Will the Paul Pierce be the truth in Washington? Will Stan Van Gundy lead to Detroit back ti the playoffs?

The wild wild Western Conference will be fun to watch as it always is. For the first time since the 2009-2010 season each team may have to win 50 games to get into the playoffs. With the injury to reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant OKC may see more losses in the beginning of the season until KD makes his return sometime in December. The Spurs will be in the top half as well and be in contention come May and June. The LA Clippers under Doc Rivers and Chris Paul with the emergence of Blake Griffin and addition of Spencer Hawes may help CP3 reach his first conference finals. That could catapult Chris Paul into the MVP discussion. Steve Kerr takes over in Golden State and with the Splash Brothers inStephen Curry and Clay Thompson which may also be the best young back court in the league. The Warriors have a good team but one may question if they are ready to take that next step under Kerr who has never been a coach before. The Dallas Mavericks will be an under the radar team in my opinion with Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis and the additions of Chandler Parsons, Tyson Chandler, and Jameer Nelson can help Mark Cuban and one of the best coaches in the NBARick Carlisle return to glory. Will the Lakers be any good? What Kobe will wee see? Will Dwight Howard and JamesHarden take Houston past the first round of the playoffs? Will Portland with two young stars in Damian Lillard andLamarcus Aldridge make their mark in the tough West?

The rookie class is one of the best in years. From Andrew Wiggins to Jabari Parker to Dante Exum to Julius Randle, andJoel Embiid there are plenty of rookies that will be factors in the NBA for years to come.

In the end as it may be a shocker to some but LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will defeat the San Antonio Spurs in seven games and bring the first major sports championship to Cleveland since 1964.

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