The NBA and the great title contenders are back they are already taking positions to start their race towards the precious ring. Despite the media uproar over the refusal of some stars to get vaccinated, the world is already setting its gaze on the five clear contenders for the ring who will star in the best basketball battle in the world.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles team, led one more year by LeBron James (19th season in the NBA), has closed the most ambitious summer of all franchises to give the King a new competitive roster. After a post-ring year marked by Anthony Davies’ injuries and LeBron himself, the Lakers have recruited from names like Russell Westbrook, Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo and Carmelo Anthony, which despite having their best days behind them will give a plus to a squad that is very hungry to regain the lost throne.
The current NBA champions do not start as the big favorite, but the mere presence of Giannis Antetokoumpo, alongside his luxury squires Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday, is enough to scare their rivals. The loss of PJ Tucker is a blow to the Bucks ‘defensive gear, but one more year of Giannis’ maturity and without the pressure of achieving his first ring can be a plus for a team that will recover one of its best shooters: Donte DiVincenzo.
The ‘Monsters’ of the real NBA. The Big Three team, the most hated and undoubtedly the most controversial in the competition for Kyrie Irving’s extra sporting affairs. Led by a fully recovered Kevin Durant, the team coached by Steve Nash is surely the most fearsome offensive machine in the basketball world. KD, Irving and James Harden are three gifted in the art of scoring and one more year they will base a large part of their options on shooting more than their rivals. Avoiding the injuries of his stars and ensuring that Irving does not miss games by not getting vaccinated will be key to his aspirations.
Golden State Warriors
Curry, who performed at the MVP level last season and came third in the final vote, he recovers his best squire, Klay Thompson, to try to regain the glory days in San Francisco Bay. Non-sporting conflicts, however, can dynamite the aspirations of the Golden State Splash BrothersLike Irving, the Warriors have in Wiggins, their third offensive sword, another anti-vaccination player who could miss all 41 home games due to the laws of the Californian city.
The current NBA runners-up will attempt the final assault on the ring that is still resisting in the showcases of the legendary Arizona franchise. With Chris Paul’s renewal, Monty Williams’ team ensures the continuity of one of the best point guards of the last decade and its engine last season. Despite losing 2-0 in the final against Giannis’ Bucks, the Suns are confident that one more year of experience from their star, Devin Booker, as well as the growth of Ayton and Bridges, will be enough to return to war in the West against a renewed Lakers.