• Elijah Rader

2019-20 NBA Preview

Life without watching LeBron, Giannis, and Kevin Durant is tough. We have to struggle through four months of this. The offseason was great, however. Seven future hall of famers changed teams, more than ever before. With Kevin Durant leaving the Dubs and joining the Brooklyn Nets in order to enhance his legacy, the NBA is now wide open.

No longer are the Warriors a 100% lock as the best team in the league. There is competition. Instead of just one team coming at you with four future hall of famers, there are now many teams with two all-star caliber players, surrounded by quality role players. With Kawhi and Paul George going to the Clippers, LeBron and AD on the Lakers, Russ and James Harden on the Rockets, and Giannis and Khris Middleton locked Milwaukee, who knows who will emerge victorious come June. James Harden is coming off of a historic season in which he dropped 37 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists, and 2 steals a game. He had the most consecutive 30+ point games (32) since Wilt Chamberlain in 1962. Having him alone on your team already puts you in a good place to win. Add a top 10 point guard in NBA history and a triple double machine in Russel Westbrook, a championship doesn’t seem too far away. However, when you compare them to the rest of the league, it kind of does.The LA Clippers are the best team by far. They are lead by the two time finals MVP Kawhi Leanord and the four time all defensive team member and 2019 MVP candidate Paul George. Not only are those two absolute game changers, the Clips have great depth beyond them. Coming off the bench is the three time Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams, a quality scorer with ice in his veins. Another force coming off the bench is Montrezl Harrell, who also is good enough to start, but shines in closing situations when the opponents are tired. Patrick Beverly is a savage. All that really needs to be said about him is that he will not get scored on by anybody taller than him. Imagine playing against the Clippers. It’s a tie game, two minutes on the clock. You think you have a chance, but oh wait. You get guarded by Pat Bev, he switches off you, but oh no, there is Paul George. He finally switches off, you think you’ve had a break, but shit, there is the best defender in the world, The Claw. I pick them, as any sane person would, to win the West. You can never underestimate a team with LeBron on it, but the Clippers have so much more depth. “The Lakers are the team to beat, LeBron can’t just be written off” Nolen Fitz (11) said. Taking the East is the defending kings of the East, the Milwaukee Bucks. Lead by the most explosive player in the league, Giannis Antentekounpo. They lost an elite three point shooter in Malcolm Brodgon, but they replaced him with Wesley Mathews. With Giannis still developing each year, the MVP season he had last lear seems like it could easily be one upped. My final, unbiased prediction is Bucks over Clippers in 7.

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