The Most Intriguing Storylines of the 2017-18 NBA Season
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 25, 2017 09:03 PM
With everything that went down during the offseason, can Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors stay cool and keep the top spot in the NBA? (AP File Photo/Janie McCauley)
Over the last few years, the NBA offseason has been just as colorful and as exciting as the NBA season itself. And with everything that’s happened since June, it’ll be interesting to see how these developments will play out once the new season starts. Below are some of the storylines that we can’t wait to see unfold in the 2017-18 season.
The Blockbuster Deals
Multiple blockbuster deals went down during the offseason, with names like Chris Paul, Paul George, and Jimmy Butler all finding themselves on new teams.
• In Houston, two ball-dominant stars will have to learn to share the ball. James Harden transformed himself into a point guard last season, but with CP3 now in the fold, how will he adjust his game?
• The Thunder were able to nab Paul George in what was essentially a steal, but can PG13 and Russell Westbrook win enough together to want to come back next season, and longer, in OKC?
• In Minnesota, Tom Thibodeau has assembled an impressive young core mixed with in-their-prime talent. It’ll be exciting to see if Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Andrew Wiggins can take the Wolves to the next level and challenge the West’s elite.
The Cavs-Celtics Saga
After seeing Kyrie Irving’s surprising trade request granted, the NBA season opener between the East powerhouses just became even more of a must-see game. In this matchup alone, there are already many stories to unpack. Will LeBron James go off at Irving’s expense? How will Irving fare alongside fellow Boston Celtic newcomer Gordon Hayward? Will the Cavaliers come out on top just like they did in this past Eastern Conference Finals? We also don’t know the status of Isaiah Thomas’ hip, which means he could miss an extended period before making his Cleveland debut. There is a ton of questions surrounding these two rivals, and the only place we’ll find answers is on the court.
A Golden Dynasty?
A dynasty in sports is a rare thing, but it looks like the Golden State Warriors are in the midst of building one. All members of their championship core will be back, with Steph Curry re-signed for the long-term to a $201M deal over five years. Curry’s certainly worth every penny because all that has happened to the team—even Kevin Durant’s arrival—could be attributed to him. The new contract indicates that he remains as the Warriors’ golden boy. This isn’t surprising because in spite of KD’s stellar play, Curry is still the formidable offensive threat that strikes fear into opposing defenses. He’s still the same man that won’t let the Warriors down.
Steph Curry continues to perform at a high level because he depends on the World’s No. 1 Deodorant to stay cool and confident. The two-time MVP only trusts Rexona Ice Cool to help him feel dry and fresh all day, so he can be his best on the court, and even off it.
So yes, Curry’s back. KD’s back. The rest of the crew is intact. Barring any major injuries, a dynasty may indeed be on the horizon. So perhaps the most interesting storyline this season is: Will anyone be able to dethrone the defending champions?
The new season can’t come soon enough.