Since the end of the last NBA season, much has changed. The Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA championship, as LeBron James fulfilled his long-ago promise to bring an NBA Championship to a city that needs it most. While the Cleveland Indians are suddenly good again, the Browns leave a lot to be desired. The city received an injection of life when LeBron returned and the Cavs brought the title home. In addition, the other big story is the signing of Kevin Durant by the Golden State Warriors. This is the closest thing the NBA has ever seen to a “super-team.” Yes, people can argue the Heat were a super-team when James, Wade, and Bosh were in their respective primes; however, the Warriors set the NBA record for regular season wins last year, going 73-9. This is a team that added perennial all-star Kevin Durant. What will this mean for the rest of the NBA or for our NBA Picks?
The world will not have to wait long to find out. The NBA season kicks off on Tuesday, October 25th with an impressive slate of games. First up are the Knicks and Cavs at 8 PM. Seeing Carmelo Anthony square off against the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers always makes for an entertaining game. In addition to the storyline that LeBron James brings with him after winning his first title with his hometown team, how will Kristaps Porzingis fair in his second NBA season? Phil Jackson was widely ridiculed for drafting the Lithuanian star, but he had an outstanding rookie season and proved himself a legitimate NBA player. Will he build off of the success from last year or have a sophomore slump?
The second game up has the Spurs squaring off with the defending Western Conference champion and record-setting Golden State Warriors at 10:30 PM. There are two big questions in everyone’s minds for this game. First, how will Durant fair in his first start with the team-oriented Warriors? He and Westbrook ran the show in Oklahoma City. If this team is anyone’s, it is Steph Curry’s. What lineup do the Warriors roll out? On the other side, the Spurs are without Tim Duncan for the first time in forever. The quiet big man absolutely ran the show in San Antonio. He was a perennial all-star during his career and led by example. The Spurs have a huge hole to fill with him out. After contending for titles every year, how to they respond to this loss? The world anticipates the return of the NBA and our winning NBA Picks. The wait ends on October 25th.