New Era for the NBA

Ryan Hammond, Sports

The National Basketball Association has just suffered through about five or six years of constant domination by either the Golden State Warriors or the Cleveland Cavaliers. Now we have teams who were barely playoff caliber teams last year who have emerged as title contenders within about six months. Teams such as the Brooklyn Nets have added players like Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in the Eastern Conference. Then, you have teams like the Los Angeles Clippers adding Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to an already good team with players such as Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell. If you are an NBA fan, you are in for the most fun season you have seen in awhile. Lakers fans will get to experience Lebron James and Anthony Davis, whereas even lower caliber teams like the Phoenix Suns or Charlotte Hornets will be looking forward to seeing young players develop into what they hope can be superstar level in the NBA. My personal prediction for the NBA Finals will be the LA Clippers versus the Philadelphia 76ers. While I do believe that the race for both conferences will be tight, you can’t turn a blind eye to talent and that is exactly what both of these teams have and they have a load of it. The Clippers already have players who can fill out the bench in Montrezl Harrell, Louis Williams, Patrick Beverley, and Ivica Zubac. In addition, they are adding to the starting lineup two superstars in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Now moving on to the 76ers: they lost a really big player in Jimmy Butler. In place of him, they added Josh Richardson in a sign and trade with Miami while also retaining Tobias Harris and adding Al Horford in free agency. With a starting five of Ben Simmons, Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris, Al Horford, and Joel Embiid, the lineup is just too star-studded to not have a deep playoff run.