It’s going to be a brand-new NBA show when the season gets rolling on Oct. 22, fellow NBA fans.
With the big fish already landing at their new homes – that’d be Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to Brooklyn, Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers, Al Horford to Philadelphia and D’Angelo Russell to Golden State – the NBA landscape has changed dramatically.
The one big fish left to publically say where he’s going – as of early Wednesday afternoon – is Kawhi Leonard. If you ask Twitter and believe what the sources are sourcing, Leonard has already signed with the Lakers a few days ago. If that’s true, there’s obviously a new beast in the West.
If Leonard actually does go back home and play for the Lakers, the Big Three of LeBron James, Davis and Leonard will be the new Golden State – the next dynasty could be forming.
But Lakers’ General Manager Rob Pelinka isn’t done just yet. He needs to fill out the rest of his roster with affordable and competent role players that will fit with LeBron, Davis and Leonard. That shouldn’t be hard to do, in my opinion, because there will be plenty of guys – young or veteran – that would jump at the opportunity – even if given a small contract – to play with the best players in the world on the stage that the Lakers provide. Of course, I’m not the one trying to make the numbers work and cutting the checks. But the opportunity to make the Lakers actually good again – and not the laughing stock of the NBA – should be very exciting for some guys.
In Philadelphia, the 76ers are building a giant starting five. With newly acquired Horford, a two-way stretch big standing at 6-foot-10, Philly has what seems to be – on paper, at least – a defensive monster. Horford can guard multiple positions. Ben Simmons, a 6-10 guard, can too (he still can’t make a 3-pointer, though). Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris can both get buckets. And I like what I saw from Josh Richardson in Miami, I think he’ll be a good addition.
Philly might be the most interesting team in the NBA next season, although if Leonard is LA-bound, that might change my stance.
It should be an interesting time to be a Golden State fan. You still have Steph Curry, so that’s a great piece to start at. But with the loss of Durant and the ACL injury to Klay Thompson, the scoring options left on the roster look bleak.
That might explain why Warriors’ GM Bob Myers went out and got Russell, who just had the best season of his young career in Brooklyn. I loved watching Russell play. He’s a high-usage and Iso-heavy guard that took a ton of shots with the Nets, but that’s what he was supposed to do in that specific system. If I had to guess, the Warriors won’t tell Russell he needs to change his game. I think Golden State is an organization that lets the players play, and so far it’s been pretty successful, wouldn’t you say? With that being said, it’ll be very interesting so see how Russell plays as a Warrior.
That’s enough rambling from me. I hope everyone had a good Fourth.