By Shane Brandes Sports Editor. The NBA once again is right around the corner and the headlines pop out this year more than any other. With future Hall of Fame players coming back from devastating injuries and historically great programs becoming relevant again, it’s impossible not to buy into the hype for the upcoming season.
The number of big name players coming back from injury for the start of the 2015-2016 NBA season is insane. Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, Jabari Parker of the Milwaukee Bucks, and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers are just some of the many big name players coming off injuries.
Senior Matt Lowere says that no team is going to be able to compete with the Oklahoma City Thunder. “With Durant back, OKC is obviously the team to beat in the West, no team can cover Russell Westbrook, let alone Durant and Ibaka,” said Lowere.
Sophomore Spencer Singer says that he can’t see a world where the Spurs are second best. “The Spurs are always the team to beat in the West and now that they have LaMarcus Aldridge, it wouldn’t surprise me if they win another championship,” said Singer
With the Spurs and OKC getting most of the buzz in the West, both of the Los Angeles teams are lying under the radar. The Clippers recently resigned star center DeAndre Jordan and the Lakers signed promising rookie D’Angelo Russell.
Junior Danny Spelfogel says that the Lakers mix of veterans and youngsters will be key to a successful season. “The Lakers will be the best LA team this year because of their big three consisting of Kobe Bryant, a proven veteran, Julius Randle, a top ten draft pick last year, and D’Angelo Russell, the first overall draft pick this year,” said Spelfogel.
Junior Jake Teven says that the Clippers will be the best LA team this year and it won’t even be close. “The Clippers have the best starting five in the league, it’s not even comparable to the Lakers. The combination of DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin in the paint is straight up unfair,” said Teven.
Senior Sam Weidig says that the Celtics are prime for a big season. “Danny Ainge knows exactly what he’s doing, with new addition Amir Johnson and rookies Terry Rozier and RJ Hunter the Boston Celtics could give the Cavs a run for their money,” said Weidig.
No matter what team one roots for, hiding the excitement and anticipation for players like LeBron James, James Harden, and Steph Curry is insuperable.