With free agency almost done, NBA fans are left waiting for the last few signings to trickle in over the coming weeks. The NBA Summer League is still going on and has provided looks at all the promising young talent each team has gained from the 2016 draft.
In a few weeks the Olympics will begin in Rio and the world will watch Team USA’s assemblage of NBA talent take on the world. The USA squad will feature new Golden State Warrior teammates Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
Durant announced his decision in early July and since that moment basketball fans all over the world have wondered what the newest “Superteam” in the NBA will look like when it hits the court for the 2016-17 season.
The Warriors are not the only team that fans want to see in action as a number of high profile players have moved. Free agency has yielded a number of familiar faces in new places.
Here are the five games that we are looking forward to in the upcoming season:
#5) Los Angeles Lakers against the Philadelpia 76ers – Simmons vs. Ingram Round Two
We had a preview of the Lakers vs. Sixers during Summer League last week. The energy in Las Vegas for the first meeting between Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram was absolutely off the charts.
Both rookies had their moments with Simmons displaying his other-worldly passing ability and Ingram hit a couple of clutch jumpers late in the game.
If the regular season meeting between these two teams is anything like Vegas, then we will be in for a treat.
#4) Boston Celtics against the Atlanta Hawks – Horford vs. Dwight in a Battle of Newcomers
Al Horford left the Highlight Factory in Atlanta for the parquet floors of Boston’s TD Garden. When he visits the Hawks for the first time he won’t just be playing against his old team but, also against his replacement in Dwight Howard.
The game will be crucial in understanding just where the Hawks stand now. The C’s are hopeful that this game will show how Horford’s choice has catapulted them into the East’s elite.
#3) The Atlanta Hawks against the Houston Rockets – Dwight Returns to Houston
Dwight Howard felt mistreated by the end of his stay in Houston. He was on the outs with his co-star James Harden, he found himself at his least effective, and the Rockets got blasted by the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs.
Superman will return to Houston to prove that the Beard doesn’t know what he is missing in the All-Star caliber center. A high scoring game is all but insured so buckle up when these two get set to square off.
#2) The Chicago Bulls against the Miami Heat – Dwyane Wade Back in South Beach
Wade County won’t be the same without number three doing his pregame ritual in American Airlines Arena for the first time in 13 years. But, fans will get to see the man that brought their franchise three championships when Chicago comes to town.
Wade brings Rajon Rondo and Jimmy Butler to town to take on his old friend Chris Bosh. Emotions will run high during this one and you won’t want to miss whatever tribute the Heat have planned for Wade.
#1) Golden State Warriors against Oklahoma City Thunder – KD Visits Oklahoma City for the First Time
Kevin Durant shocked the sporting world by choosing to sign with the Golden State Warriors. No one was probably more shocked than his former running mate, Russell Westbrook.
Westbrook has to have been thinking about this possible matchup since the fourth of July. Every fan wants to see how the Warriors fare this season and that goes doubly so for their first encounter with the Thunder in Oklahoma City.
Without question, this one needs to be on national television.