Nazim Trammell-Wells | Staff Writer
The NBA is back.
Deep 3s, slam dunks, on-court antics and personalities have made their way back to television.
Many fans anticipated the season, which started Oct. 16. All the superstars and off-season drama will make this season a special one, but the same question still remains: Is anyone going to finally dethrone the Golden State Warriors?
The NBA of late has been helpless against the Golden State Warriors. The Oakland-based powerhouse has won two straight titles, three out of four, and it feels like they aren’t done yet. The Warriors drafted and developed their core of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. The trio were already champions and a force to be reckoned with. Still, many fans thought LeBron James and the rest of the NBA stood a chance to win a championship.
The Oakland-based powerhouse has won two straight titles, three out of four, and it feels like they aren’t done yet.
That all changed when the Warriors added four-time scoring champ Kevin Durant, making them almost impossible to beat.
The Warriors defeated James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in three of the past four finals, and the league has been trying its best to compete.
Paul George and Russell Westbrook are paired together in Oklahoma City, and Carmelo Anthony joined the double-headed monster of James Harden and Chris Paul in Houston.
The biggest blockbuster move of the summer was James taking his talents to Hollywood. While the new Lakers will not be in the title-contending conversation, many fans look at them as a team to watch in the West and favorable opponent to at least wear down Golden State.
Another team that has significantly improved is the big green giant in the East: the Boston Celtics.
Last year, the Celtics, who were led by second-year player Jaylen Brown and rookie Jayson Tatum, fell short to the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The return of superstar Kyrie Irving and All-Star Gordon Hayward make the Celtics a scary squad.
Even scarier: Even with those additions, Golden State still is the overwhelming favorite.