Doesn’t it feel like the 2019-20 NBA season just ended? That’s because it basically did!
It’s only been about two months since LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers beat Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals to take home the NBA title. Yet, here we are again talking about another NBA season getting ready to start up.
But even though this offseason has been on the shorter side because of all the delays the NBA experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so much has changed in a short period of time. Free agency has completely transformed a handful of teams and shaken up the power rankings all across the league.
With the NBA season start date 2020 right around the corner, it’s time for you to start getting prepared for it. Here is what you need to know heading into the NBA season 2020-21.
The Lakers Are Still the Best Team in the West (and the Entire NBA!)
It’s hard to imagine the Lakers having a better season than the one they just had. But it definitely looks like they could have an even stronger team taking the court when they tip-off for the first time this season.
The Lakers managed to add a handful of key players to their roster during the offseason and could very well end up being better than they were during their 2019-20 campaign. Their additions include:
- Dennis Schroder
- Montrezl Harrell
- Marc Gasol
- Wesley Matthews
There are a few teams in the Western Conference that might still be capable of competing with the Lakers. The Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, and, of course, Los Angeles Clippers all come to mind.
But for now, it’s clear that the Lakers have no intention of giving up their crown when the NBA season restart takes place.
The Nets and Bucks Are the Teams to Watch in the East
While it appears as though the Lakers and Clippers are likely going to be the only two teams with a real chance to come out of the West this season, the Eastern Conference is absolutely stacked.
It’s hard to predict exactly which team will emerge from the East when everything is all said and done. But as of right now, our money would have to be on either Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and the Brooklyn Nets or Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.
But you shouldn’t forget about the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat just yet. They could also be in the mix for a chance at making it to the NBA Finals during the upcoming season.
There Could Be a Few Sleepers You Should Keep an Eye On
There is only enough room for two teams in the 2021 NBA Finals. And we would guess that two of the teams that we’ve mentioned thus far here will end up making it that far this season.
But there are several sleepers who could turn themselves into true title contenders by the time the end of the regular season rolls around. Some teams to keep an eye on are:
- Toronto Raptors
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Indiana Pacers
And who knows? Maybe even a team like the Portland Trail Blazers or the New Orleans Pelicans could put together a nice little run in the playoffs next season. It’ll be fun to see what happens.
So, When Does the NBA Season Start Again?
Now that you know almost everything you need to know about the upcoming season, there is only one question left to answer: “When does the NBA season start again?”
This season, it’ll be tipping off on December 22, and it’ll run through May 16 with the NBA Playoffs starting shortly thereafter. It has the potential to be the most exciting season yet given the circumstances and all the strong rosters that have been assembled by NBA teams.