On Tuesday night at 8pm, the Cleveland Cavaliers played the Chicago Bulls, tipping off the NBA season. I love watching NBA basketball. At least four times a week, there are back to back games on TNT or ESPN. Sometimes these games feature horrible teams, but when you are a fan of young talent and developing teams, even these games can be fun to watch.
Here are some things I am excited to seeing this upcoming NBA season.
The Development of the Bradley Beal
This one is biased since I am a DC homer. Everyone has been talking about the development of Otto Porter ever since he had a great stretch at the end of last season and into the playoffs. He looks like a legitimate starter in the NBA, hitting his shots and causing problems on defense with his length.
However I am more interested in the development of Bradley Beal. At just 22 years old, Beal has tremendous potential. He has a great stroke and build. It was frustrating to see him settle for so many midrange jumpers last year, but during the playoffs we got to see glimpses of how he could attack the basket. If he can learn to pick and choose when to pull up and when to blow by his defender, Bradley could become a legitimate all-star.
Russell Westbrook Demolishing the League
Russell Westbrook has become my favorite player in the league. When he was first in the league, I was in the boat with my others thinking that he was selfish and should just play second fiddle to Kevin Durant. However I have realized how lucky I am to see a player of his caliber. There are few things that are more thrilling in the NBA than watching Russell Westbrook attack the basket like a mad man. His in game antics and passion are so much fun to watch.
The Wild Wild West
There are five legitimate championship contenders in the Western Conference: the Warriors, Spurs, Thunder, Clippers, and Rockets. It is going to be exciting to see these teams battle for seeds. There are going to be multiple occasions where these teams face each other during the playoffs and it is going to be much watch TV. Just last night the Spurs faced the Thunder in an awesome game.
It’s going to be interesting to see how teams deal with the eventual injuries that are going to come up. Depth is going to be an important factor and I think people are sleeping on how good the Rockets could be.
It’s going to be a great season, can’t wait to watch!