The Future of the NBA

Joshua Tejano and Dion Bui

It’s been a few weeks since the NBA season has begun and with the Golden State Warriors winning the title last season, many fans across the nation are wondering if the team has what it takes to repeat as champions. Stephen Curry, last season’s MVP, has led the team to a franchise best 10-0 start. People have also been interested in the Lakers’ season. Will they do better or worse? For the past few games, it’s been really tough for the Lakers. The team has only won one game and is last in the Western Conference.

Many fans are predicting another terrible, blowout season for the Lakers. However, with the addition of Roy Hibbert and Metta World Peace (formerly known as Ron Artest), the Lakers now have a chance to improve their defense, which is something they have not done for the past couple of seasons. Also, the addition of young players like D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, and Julius Randle have given the Lakers a much less experienced roster. Kobe Bryant has also returned for his twentieth and possibly last season in the NBA.

Other big moves have been made around the league, especially with the San Antonio Spurs and LA Clippers.  LaMarcus Aldridge’s arrival in San Antonio already has an impact on the team with several fans choosing the Spurs as favorites for the title. They started the season with six wins and two losses. The Clippers have also gotten new additions to the team: Paul Pierce (former Wizard), Wesley Johnson (former Laker), and Josh Smith (former Rocket). DeAndre Jordan also changed his mind by resigning with the Clippers and ditching the Mavericks. The Clippers started the season with five wins and three losses.

It’s also been hard for the Clippers. They have been struggling to make it to the finals and have been trying to win their first championship in franchise history. With the new additions to the team and Doc Rivers as head coach, the Clippers may have a better chance of making it to the finals this season after suffering an embarrassing playoff series loss to the Houston Rockets last year while leading three games to one.

The Rockets have also been rose to prominence in recent years with the addition of Dwight Howard and James Harden. However, they have also failed to reach the finals and win a championship. With the addition of new players, such as Ty Lawson, the Rockets also have a better chance of making it to the Finals and winning a championship. They are ranked ninth in the Western Conference with a starting record of 4-4.

The start of the NBA season has been a rollercoaster for many teams. Now it’s just a matter of time for the teams to build their chemistry and win as many games as they can. It looks like the all-star teams are only getting better, while the worse teams seem to only be getting worse. As always, the season is a long journey and any team can end up being champions this year.