“That call to Oklahoma City was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life” -Kevin Durant. Durant joined the already star-studded Golden State Warriors last season, and they played like they wanted the championship trophy back in the Bay Area. With Durant they became one of the greatest teams ever, destroying the competition, making it back to the finals, and taking revenge on Lebron and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The new Warriors super team has made NBA teams scramble in the offseason to be competitive enough to try and beat them Warriors.
After last season, the Cavaliers’ team and management crumbled, Kyrie asked to be traded, and Lebron and the team were upset. They were worried about how they would be able to compete, so they traded Kyrie to the Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and some draft picks. They also signed former MVP and redemption-seeking Derrick Rose, as well as Lebron’s former teammate and superstar Dwyane Wade. The Cavs rebuilt quickly and are predicted to be number one in their division and top two in the East.
Other than the Celtics and the Cavs, the frontrunners to win the East, the entire Conference is predicted to be not as good as the West. The overall young talent in the East is very exciting. For example, the Sixers are building a team that can compete in the playoffs. The Bucks, Wizards, and Raptors are the next line of talent, they can compete for playoff spots to help their playoff runs. The rest of the teams in the East will be fighting for the last few spots in the playoffs.
The Western Conference is going to be super competitive. The Warriors are predicted to be on top, but second place is up for grabs. The Thunder, who have acquired Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, and the Rockets, who now have Chris Paul with James Harden, will fight with the Spurs for second place. The Timberwolves and Pelicans will fight for their spot right under the teams mentioned above. The rest of the teams are building their squads up every year, and they are trying to compete with the super teams.
The MVP race is huge this year. I surveyed the BCS middle and high school students to see who the favorites are. At number one, Stephen Curry is looking for his third MVP. James Harden, the number two vote, has been knocking on the door for MVP for a couple of years now. Kawhi Leonard is in third with a similar predicament as Harden: he is so close to being able to win the award. Lebron James and Kevin Durant are next. Being the two best players in the league, they are always in the MVP talks and could always win the award. It will be an exciting year.
The NBA Finals is predicted to be a fourth straight rematch with the Warriors versus the Cavaliers. It would be a hard fought battle, but the Warriors are favored. The teams in the West could knock off the Warriors somehow, but they are pretty much secured to get to the finals again. However, the Cavs are going to have to work hard to get there. Getting past the Celtics and the young Sixers won’t be a walk in the park. This season is going to be very exciting and will be a fun ride. Let’s see who comes out on top.