The NBA regular season is finally back. This season is a bit more interesting considering what has been going on this past week for the start of the regular season. The Golden State Warriors are still dominant as defending champs. The Warriors won their season opener at home against the New Orleans Pelicans 111-95, and their first away game against the Houston Rockets 112-92, so their season is off to a good start. You would have thought that James Harden and the Rockets would have liked some revenge, but Harden only scored 16 points, while Stephen Curry lead the game with 24.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking dominant as well after they started their season undefeated. The team defeated both the Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat. Kevin Love is back and healthy. Both Love and Lebron are the dynamic duo for the Cavaliers start. They are looking to head back to the playoffs and have high expectations on getting back to that championship series, considering Kevin Love was unable to play at all due to injuries and Kyrie Irving was injured mid series. Oklahoma City Thunder have awoken as the sleeping giant with both Kevin Durant and Russel Westbrook healthy and back on the same court together. OKC won their opening season games as they defeated the Spurs on the 28th and Orlando Magic on Friday the 30th. Russel and Kevin both ended with 40 points in their overtime win of 139-136. Russel with a huge half-court shot, tied the game 117-117 with only 3.6 seconds on the clock. The half-court shot lead them to overtime and the win. Kevin Durant shot over 60 percent during preseason and seems to be doing the same during this start of the regular season, so they are definitely ones to look out for in the West. Adding Cameron Payne to the roster will also help the Thunder. He is probably best compared to Jeff Teague as he loves to get his teammates involved.
“I think Cleveland will win the East for sure again this year,” Seth Baker said. “The only other team that poses a significant threat happens to be the Bulls, but watch out for the Wizards.”
“The Wizards have arguably the best point guard in the East with John Wall, and one of the best shooting guards in Bradly Beal,” Baker said. “Marcin Gortat and Nene make a great low post threat and they have a pretty solid bench.”
“My sleeper team this year is the Celtics,” Baker said. He said the Celtics “have a really great team, and play [together] as one too.”
“Isaiah Thomas is one of the most underrated point guards in the league, and with additions to the team such as David Lee, Amir Johnson, and Jae Crowder, the Celtics will be good with their starters and bench,” Baker said.
“I’d say the Spurs, Mavericks, and Heat are teams to keep an eye on,” Fred Schilling said. “Adding Justin Anderson from Virginia and having Wesley Matthews, Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons, Deron Williams and J.J. Barea as starters, they will be pretty good this year.”
“This year two teams pop out to me that happen to be the sleeper teams,” Frederick Betancourt said. “Timberwolves, because of all the young talent, two number one picks, crazy athletic ability, and Ricky Rubio [are] actually shooting the ball well.”
“If they can keep that up, they can make it to the playoffs. The Utah Jazz as well, because they have all the pieces and with Rudy Gobert emerging as a beast rim protector, that free flowing offense is going to excel,” Betancourt said.