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Let’s Talk Sports: NBA Preview

The Seattle Supersonics are your NBA Champions in 2015-2016.

Now that I’ve said what I wish I could say, let us get to the actual look at the season that will be tipping off next Tuesday (Oct. 27).

Who improved the most in the off season?

Clearly this conversation begins and ends with the San Antonio Spurs. The gutting of the Portland Trail Blazers this offseason was the Spurs’ gain as they signed the most coveted free agent of the summer in LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge will keep the aging Spurs in contention with the top of the West and challenge Golden State for the top.

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Photo by Garrett Ellwood

Who will improve the most since last season?

Would love to say Minnesota or Milwaukee here, but I think you have to go with the Oklahoma City Sonics- I mean, Thunder. Look, the young talent of the Bucks and Wolves are exciting but the Thunder will go from missing the playoffs to becoming a contender for an NBA Title. Kevin Durant is back, and him and his sidekick Russell Westbrook are hungry for a redemption season.

Preseason Bests:

PG: Stephen Curry, Golden State

SG: James Harden, Houston

SF: LeBron James, Cleveland

PF: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles

C: Anthony Davis, New Orleans

Rookies: DeAngelo Russell, Jahlil Okafor, Myles Turner

 

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Photo by David Santiago

Eastern Conference Teams: Cleveland and Miami.

What a perfect storyline, also known as the LeBron James melodrama continuing. But I just don’t see any teams being better, the only question coming from the Chicago Bulls. Cleveland will be healthy when it matters this season (or lets say they SHOULD be) and Miami will have a strong starting 5 with the addition of their steal of Justise Winslow in the draft. Watch for the Bucks to make some noise though, and be a year or two away from competing.

Who wins the Eastern Conference?

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Western Conference Teams: Oklahoma City and Los Angeles Clippers

Here’s my bold prediction as I leave San Antonio and Golden State out, but I really like these two squads. LA is running out of time with Chris Paul, a last effort from Paul Pierce and an aging Jamal Crawford. But in this season, Lob City will be in full swing and dangerous. As for OKC, you have to love comeback season’s for two of the leagues best players (Durant and Westbrook). Plus I’m intrigued at Billy Donovan in the NBA. Another team to watch is the Rockets… chances are the champion remains in the West this season.

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