The 2019-20 NBA season is finally upon us. What is the biggest question for each NBA team as they prepare for the new landscape of the NBA?
It’s that time of year, friends: NBA basketball is upon us. The offseason has ended, the dog days of August and September have mercifully come to an end and opening day is right around the corner.
The 2019 offseason was one for the history books. Not since “The Decision” has the landscape of the NBA changed so quickly in such a short amount of time. Championship contenders were born practically overnight, led by the pairings of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George on the Los Angeles Clippers, LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the Los Angeles Lakers, and Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on the Brooklyn Nets.
Now, the league looks as wide-open as it has been in decades. With the Golden State Warriors hobbled and vulnerable for the first time in years, any number of teams have a feasible pathway to a championship. Who will step up to claim the throne? Will it be one of the newly minted Los Angeles super-teams? What about the Milwaukee Bucks, led by Greek superweapon and reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo? Will the continuity of Western Conference powers like Denver or Portland prove to be an advantage? Or is The Process finally ready to pay out over in Philadelphia?
This much change will come with an adjustment period. Newly minted championship contenders will need time to jell, while others will have to adapt to life without their departed stars. As opening night creeps ever closer, let’s take a team-by-team look at some of the biggest challenges the league will face this coming season.