The coaching change would certainly seem to favor a player like John Wall, since Brooks was an integral part of Russell Westbrook’s development into a superstar. In that respect, the biggest move of the summer was probably the coaching change.
The Raptors fell in six games to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. It’s unlikely that anybody will unseat the reigning champions, but the Raptors are one of two teams with a really good shot to get to that conference finals round.
One of the best teams in the league after the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, the Jazz got a ton of betting love and attention heading into the regular season. They lost 42 games and missed the playoffs. What will change this year?
The Spurs fell short of an epic matchup with the Warriors because the Oklahoma City Thunder pulled the upset in six games. Gregg Popovich’s team certainly has something to shoot for this season and they usually make what they are shooting for.
There’s some really good talent on this team. It all starts with DeMarcus Cousins. Death, taxes, and DeMarcus Cousins double-doubles are about the only certainties in life.
This is a team that has been regressing at a pretty rapid clip. The loss of Aldridge had a lot to do with it last season, but this is a disturbing three-year trend. What will the 2016-17 season have in store for Portland? The answer may surprise you.
It will be very interesting to see how things go in Phoenix this year. After regularly being among the league leaders in pace, there’s a chance that Watson slows it down, since he preached defensive responsibility after he was named the interim head coach.
There’s nowhere to go but up for the Philadelphia 76ers. At least, you would think that would be the case. Of course, then Ben Simmons suffered a fracture in the fifth metatarsal in his foot and you start to wonder if there’s anything for the Sixers to look forward to this season.
Frank Vogel thrived as a defensive-minded guy for the Pacers and the hope is that he’ll do the same here. You can see in some of the moves that Orlando made over the summer that they want to get stronger on the interior defensively and have a clearer plan going forward.
This is hardly a team devoid of talent. It’s simply a team that will rely even more on Russell Westbrook than in past seasons. It seems like they have the right man for the job in Billy Donovan.