If you know me, you know that I have been holding a grudge against the NBA due to the absence of parity in the playoffs and regular seasons that run at a snail’s pace. The last 20 years of the NBA have seen multiple dynasties run the league with the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, and Golden State Warriors. The brightest stars in the league have taken numerous off days during the regular season because of “load management” and mostly, the predictably reached an extent where you could easily predict the NBA Finals and the eventual champion. Thanks to Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors knocking off the Warriors in the most recent Finals, the “superteam” era is going dormant for the next few years and I can finally say, with the utmost confidence, that the upcoming 2019-2020 NBA season will be the must-watch season of the 21st century.
We have had the most dramatic offseason in sports history this summer with many superstars moving. In case you needed a recap, Anthony Davis was traded to the Lakers, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are teaming up on the Clippers, Kevin Durant goes from the west coast to the east coast to join Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets, Jimmy Butler took his talents down south to join the Miami Heat, and just a few hours ago, Russell Westbrook was sent to the Houston Rockets to reunite with James Harden while Chris Paul will join the Oklahoma City Thunder. Entertaining offseasons have been the norm in the NBA for the last few years but we have never seen anything that has actually sparked a new era for the league than this year. Instead of superteams, the NBA now sees numerous dynamic duos across the western and eastern conference that should generate parity throughout the league and make the fight for the playoffs the grittiest that the league has ever seen.
The western conference is running absolutely wild right now. There are ten teams in the west that have a duo that could help their franchise reach the playoffs. The Dallas Mavericks and the New Orleans Pelicans, on paper, will be in the hunt for those final playoff spots. The intensity for home-court advantage throughout the postseason will be mouth-watering. Every marquee game will have the atmosphere of a playoff game. Just look at some of these matchups in store for this fall, Westbrook/Harden versus Lillard/McCollum, Davis/LeBron versus Leonard/George. No matter how you scramble those matchups up, you are going to get an absolute dogfight and a high-octane 48 minutes of basketball.
If there was ever a season to subscribe to NBA League Pass, this is the year. Buckle up, folks.