5 NBA Teams You Need To Keep An Eye On This Season
Maybe you didn’t notice because of all the news coverage surrounding Hurricane Sandy (and rightfully so!), but the 2012-13 NBA season started last Tuesday night. And, it got off to a great start thanks to exciting games between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks. The expectation is that the Heat and the Lakers will meet up in the 2013 NBA Finals, so it was great to see both of those teams play on opening night.
Since Tuesday, we’ve also seen a lot of other really good NBA action. But, outside of the Heat, the Lakers, and all of the other playoff teams from the 2011-12 NBA season, who else should you be paying close attention to? And, which other teams could make some real noise in the NBA this season? Well, to help you out, we put together a list of the 5 NBA Teams You Need To Keep An Eye On This Season. If you’ve got NBA League Pass, make sure you catch a few games featuring these teams this season.
Thanks to the addition of No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Davis and his fellow first-rounder Austin Rivers, the Hornets have instantly become a more exciting team. We’re not sure if we’d pencil them into the playoffs just yet. But, Davis has already shown flashes of greatness and this team is definitely going to be a contender sooner than later.
Even before the Rockets traded for James Harden last week, they were going to have the spotlight on them because of the addition of Jeremy Lin in the offseason. But now, with Harden serving as the shooting guard in the backcourt with Lin, we think this team could and should contend for one of the eight playoff spots in the Western Conference.
The Nets moved a few miles and instantly made themselves a team to watch simply because of their new location. Couple that with the fact that they added superstar Joe Johnson to a team that already includes Deron Williams, Gerald Wallace, and Brooke Lopez and there’s reason to be excited inside of the brand-new Barclays Center.
Before Kyrie Irving suffered a series of injuries towards the end of last season, the Cavs looked like a team that might sneak into the playoffs. Now that they’ve got everyone healthy, including Irving and Anderson Varejao who both looked great in the Cavs first game of the season, this team might be ready to do some damage in the East.
Even though Kevin Love broke his hand recently and won’t play until later this month, we still think this team could contend for, at the very least, a low playoff seed. Love seems determined to get this franchise on the right path this year, so when he comes back, look for him to take the lead. They may still be a year away from the playoffs. But, if there’s one team that could be a real surprise out West, it’s the T-Wolves. We can’t wait to see how it all plays out.