The National Basketball Association(NBA) is one of the most popular sporting associations in the sports arena. The League houses some of the best athletes in the world and boasts over 2 million television viewers in the regular season alone. This season will be no different. The League’s million plus viewers will tune in each week to catch the drama of the season. Here are the top five teams to watch this season:
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors are coming off one of the best seasons in franchise and NBA history after winning a record 73 games in one season and making it to the NBA Finals. The all-start team fell to Cleveland in the NBA finals but will enter the new season with the confidence and experience of a championship team. They also just acquired one of the best free agents in Kevin Durant. Durant was the MVP of the League and the leading scorer for the season. Durant will be joined by Stephen Curry creating a lethal combo that will make waves in the league.
The Cavs have a mental advantage leading into this season after ending the city’s 52 year Championship drought by claiming the crown in last year’s NBA finals. Cleveland will open the year with basically the same roster as last year’s championship line-up which includes stars LeBron Jame and Kyrie Irving. With its confidence and star power, Cleveland is definitely a team to watch this season.
San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs are guided by five-time NBA Coach of the Year Greg Popovich. The team took a big hit with the loss of legend Tim Duncan this past season but acquired big man Pau Gasol in free agency. Gasol paired with LaMarcus Aldridge should prove an effective front-court pairing. The team also boasts offensive strength with the additions of David Lee and Dewayne Dedmond. While the team will be missing Duncan’s contributions, Popovich has the leadership and experience to guide this new mix to a great season.
Raptors Coach Dwane Casey has just signed a three year extension on his contract and will be leading the team once again this season. The team also managed to re-sign the team’s star performer, DeMar DeRozan. Last season, the Raptors put together a winning record and even gave the eventual NBA Champions a run for their money by going six games against the Cleveland Caveliers. It’s evident that this team has the fire power to make a statement in the league this year, so keep an eye on this Canadian powerhouse.
The Mavs have landed a spot in the playoffs four out of the last five seasons, but have failed to make it past the first round. This year, the team has high hopes for advancing later in playoff action with a veteran team filled with players like Dirk Nowitzki and Deron Williams. The team has also added three-point shooter Seth Curry to the mix. Under the leadership of Rick Carlisle, the team should find themselves in playoff position once again this year.
These are just a few of the hottest teams to watch this NBA season. With All-Star rosters and veteran coaching you won’t want to miss any of the action!