The 2014-15 schedule was released last week. Announced along with it was the list of games selected for national television broadcast on ABC, ESPN and TNT. Filled with the usual suspects, that national schedule effectively ignores more than 60% of the league’s teams, including some of the most potentially entertaining. These 11 teams account for more than 77% of all national TV appearances in the upcoming season:
While there are some eminently watchable teams on that list like the Cavs, Clips and Blazers, how many times do we need to have it demonstrated the Knicks and Lakers are still mediocre at best?
On the other hand, what of the other 19 teams? Who are some of the best and worst bets for entertaining games? Entertainment is to a degree in the eye of the beholder. It’s not just the best teams. Very few would have described last years Pacers as fun even during the part of the season they were playing well. The champion Spurs have long (and to a large degree erroneous) reputation for being boring.
On the other hand, some of the most fun teams are only found on NBA League Pass. Last season, no one was a better watch than the Phoenix Suns, while the Minnesota Timberwolves were also entertaining, in their own way. And of course, the beginning of the Anthony Davis Era made any New Orleans game he appeared worth the time and attention.
What follows are the teams appearing on national TV ten or fewer times this season that are most likely to provide entertaining basketball and quality narrative story lines.