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Reasons to be excited for the 2018-2019 NBA Season

We can't hide our hype for the upcoming NBA season. This NBA Season is set to be one for the books. This could go down as one of the greatest seasons in history. There have been so many monumental changes to the league this offseason that there’s a plethora of reason to be excited for this upcoming NBA season. A series of shakeups, rule changes, and an influx of incredible talent could make this one of the exhilarating season ever.

First, LeBron’s stranglehold on the East is finally over. With LeBron’s monumental move to Los Angeles in the offseason the power balance in the West has been upended. For more than a decade LeBron has ruled the Eastern conference with an iron fist, the last time he wasn’t in the NBA Finals was in 2010. With the strength of the Western Conference it will be interesting to see where LeBron leads the Lakers group of young players and wiley veterans. With LeBron finally moving to the Western conference and to a team that won an improved 35 games last year, its possible that LeBron won’t reach the Finals this year, in fact, the West is such a gauntlet there’s no guarantee that the Lakers will even reach the Playoffs this year.

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The NBA has lifted its color requirements for shoes after relaxing it several seasons ago. That means players can lace up whatever colorway they want. It’s gonna be the wild wild west when it comes to the on-court shoe game. Avid sneakerheads like PJ Tucker, Lance Stephenson, and Nick Young have been pulling out unrivaled heat for years now so expect their game to go up another notch. With a slew of cool new colorways in signature shoes, expect the NBA’s biggest stars to go wild with their signatures. A flashy, fashion-forward player like Russell Westbrook are sure to bring out some bold colorways of their signature heat.

The top teams in the East are surging with LeBron’s stranglehold on the East finally coming to an end. Any of the East’s top tier teams could feasible make a Finals run. The Celtics are already the favorites to take over the Eastern Conference especially after finishing 2nd in the East without both of their star players Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward behind big years from Jaylen Brown and rookie Jayson Tatum.

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After languishing at the bottom of the league’s standings for years, the Philadelphia 76ers plan finally panned out with their first playoff berth since 2012. Behind otherworldly their otherworldly talents in the Australian point-forward Ben Simmons, sweet shooting big man Joel Embiid, and a swarth of young talent the Sixers have positioned themselves to be a dominant force for years to come. Just imagine what could happen when their former #1 pick Markelle Fultz returns to form.

The Toronto Raptors--last year’s number one seed in the Eastern conference--went through a serious retooling during the offseason by shipping off DeMar DeRozan in exchange for former Defensive Player of the Year and Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. The defensive tandem of Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard will starve opposing offenses ensuring every game against Toronto will be a hard fought battle where managing turnovers will be an absolute necessity.

The Victor Oladipo lead Indiana Pacers are set to recapture their glory this upcoming season following V.O.’s breakout season. Last season’s Most Improved Player was a force on both sides of the ball hitting career highs in virtually every metric. With a rejuvenated Tyreke Evans alongside him to handle some of the playmaking and scoring efforts the Pacers could be a serious team this season. Big man Myles Turner could have a breakout campaign himself with more floor spacing and room to operate down low.

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Not only do we have some of the NBA’s most dynamic stars embarking on new journeys we also have one of the brightest draft classes in years. Youngsters like DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III, Luka Doncic, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Trae Young set the Summer League on fire looking to prove their worth as lottery picks. These young talents are poised to be the face of their franchise for years to come.

Every season is a testament to those who have been putting in work on their game. Each season somebody makes that jump from ballin’ to hoopin’. Last year it was Victor Oladipo who excelled with the Indiana Pacers after lackluster stints with Orlando and Oklahoma. Some even put the league on notice in their first year like Donovan Mitchell, Kyle Kuzma, Ben Simmons, and Jayson Tatum. After seeing them for a full season one can only wonder what they can improve on and achieve as they become more acclimated to the NBA pace and play style.

There are so many new and exhilarating reason to be hype about the upcoming season that this list doesn’t do it the justice it deserves. Soon, we’ll all be on notice because NBA basketball season starts a month from now.  

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