Get Ready, It’s Time For The Greatest NBA Season Of All Time

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Get Ready, It’s Time For The Greatest NBA Season Of All Time

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Get Ready, It’s Time For The Greatest NBA Season Of All Time

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It’s Christmas season for basketball fans across the globe. It’s been 124 days since we last witnessed an NBA game, and it’s about that time both players and fans embark on a new season. It almost seems like before every season, fans say, “this will be the greatest NBA season of all time.” Most of the time, this is just fans getting ahead of themselves. Despite the legendary generation of basketball we’ve been blessed to witness, this statement never holds true. However, if there’s a season that has a legitimate chance to take this mantle, it’s the upcoming 2022-2023 season.

There are more preseason narratives and questions than we’ve ever seen before. How will the Brooklyn Nets fare after a summer full of drama? Will the Los Angeles Lakers bounce back? How do the Golden State Warriors handle the Draymond Green situation? Can the Los Angeles Clippers finally stay healthy, and is that enough to win them championship gold? How will the Phoenix Suns respond after being dismantled in the postseason? Can James Harden turn around his career and transform Philadelphia into a contender? If we sat here listing off all of the questions ahead of the season, this article would be finished before it even started. Nearly every contending team has some sort of narrative surrounding themselves, and as much of a problem they can be in some regard, the league is way more fun with a ton of storylines attached.

Let’s also talk about parity. Frankly, there really has never been this much parity in a single season ever. A majority of the main contenders will stay towards the top. Teams like the Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics remain atop the league, just as they were last season. Adding teams that are finally getting healthy to the equation such as the Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets and Brooklyn Nets brings more upper-echelon groups toward the top. As always, there will be multiple surprise teams who make a jump to contention. There are more preseason contenders for the “surprise team” label than usual, with many predicting teams such as the New Orleans Pelicans, Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves to make jumps from playoff hopefuls to legitimate championship contenders. Teams like the Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies weren’t even mentioned here, as those four can all give any team a run for their money on any given night. All 13 teams mentioned here have a world where they can win a championship, which is more than we’ve ever seen before.

Those 13 teams nearly make up half the league. Although it’s tough to put the other 16 in the same group as the others, the depth in terms of pure playoff contenders is also at an all-time high. You can’t count out teams such as the Toronto Raptors, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, and Chicago Bulls to have great regular seasons and push a team come playoff time. Groups such as the Detroit Pistons, Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, New York Knicks, and Washington Wizards are all fast, exciting teams to watch that can make the play-in and scare teams on any given night. And after all, the Los Angeles Lakers still have LeBron James and Anthony Davis. With those two on the roster, although it’s hard to predict where they’ll fall in the standings, they consistently keep a championship ceiling as long as they are on the roster.

Minus the narratives and parity, the talent in the league is at an all-time high. It almost seems as if nearly every team is deep, with players who serve different roles filling out an entire rotation. The combination of star power, role players, and young contributors with breakout potential has never been this widespread throughout the entire league. Due to this, even the bottom feeders will be fun to watch. The Charlotte Hornets may be in for a rough season, but it’ll be intriguing to watch LaMelo Ball’s progression. The Indiana Pacers are tanking, but we get to see Tyrese Haliburton finally get to lead his own team. The Houston Rockets don’t have enough to be winners yet, but Jalen Green is in for a big jump. 

Also, for the bottom teams, a few will receive a bigger reward than usual at the end of the season. This draft class has quite easily the greatest prospect since LeBron James, in the form of Victor Wembanyama. It’s never good to overreact at a draft prospect right away, but it’s almost a sure thing Wembanyama becomes a franchise cornerstone very early into his career. The league is clearly trending in a direction centered around versatile, offensive “bigs”, but we’ve never seen a seven-foot-four behemoth like Wembanyama. He can shoot from anywhere on the floor and out run the nine other players on the court while tallying five blocks on a consistent basis. It’s going to be interesting to monitor the Wembanyama watch, while speculating who the lucky team is that will have the honor of building around him the next season.

This is by far the best a season has looked to be in decades. With all the parity, talent, and questions, the storylines and entertainment will be off the charts. This will be a memorable season that no one ever forgets, so expect this to be a season we one day tell our children about.

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