Carlos’ Call: New looks for old teams

The 2019 NBA offseason was the most memorable and eventful that we have seen in NBA history. A plethora of players, including All Stars, Superstars, future Hall of Famers, and former MVPs, switched teams either via trade or free agency. 

The moves that were made changed the landscape of the entire NBA. Many teams that were in contention for a title have fallen out of the race, while others have climbed up to true contender status with their offseason moves.

There was a whole lot to unpack this summer following the NBA Finals, thanks to the draft and free agency.

For the first time in ages, there is no true runaway favorite entering the season. When Kevin Durant left the Thunder and moved to the Bay Area as a free agent in 2016, the Warriors were considered the favorite every season, and arguably, only injury issues prevented them from winning three titles during Durant’s three years in Golden State. 

With Durant’s move to Brooklyn came Kyrie Irving joining him to form what looks to be the best team in the Eastern Conference as soon as Durant returns from injury.

The league just feels much more open. The Lakers, Clippers, Rockets, Nuggets, Bucks, and 76ers all can make legitimate arguments for why they are the best team in the league.

The new-look Lakers were the earliest super team that was formed in the offseason. Lebron James’ first season in the purple and gold was ultimately a forgettable one, but now that he has a legitimate co-star in Anthony Davis, all eyes and expectations will be on the power duo.

There are a lot of new exciting duos across the league’s landscape, but perhaps none is more intriguing than the reunion of James Harden and Russell Westbrook in Houston. Harden and Westbrook were teammates together on the Thunder for three seasons from 2009 to 2012. 

Both have since gone on to win multiple scoring titles and MVPs .

The Clippers have done it, ladies and gentlemen. They have managed to put together a legitimate title contender. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are the best two-way players in the league. 

This upcoming season, the Clippers will have a real chance at winning their first title in franchise history.

After 16 years, 13 playoff appearances, nine Finals runs, and multiple Olympic appearances, it is beyond fair to question how much longer the 34-year-old Lebron James will be able to continue playing basketball at an MVP level. 

Like Tom Brady in the NFL, James is at the point in his career where, before every single season, people will question if it will finally be the year his play falls off. Will this season be the one where Father Time finally catches up to James?

Who will win the NBA Championship? Who will win MVP? Who will be the Rookie of the Year? Only time will tell. So, unfortunately, all we can do is wait.

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