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Which sides could steal the Warriors crown of league entertainers in the upcoming season?

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We all know that NBA scoring has been on the rise in recent years thanks to the higher volume and efficiency of three point shooting around the NBA, which has led to higher scoring and more entertaining games.

Yet Indiana Pacers star man Paul George believes his team can go even further, stating this past week that he believes his team can ‘easily be a 115-point team per night’. 

Now this may be stretching it a bit, as the historic 73-win Golden State Warriors side of last year were able to manage 114.9 points per game, but it does raise a new question, is there any team that can better the Warriors in terms of entertainment this season?

Here are three teams that could give them a run for their money...

Minnesota Timberwolves

After what was previously written, the Minnesota Timberwolves go against the grain slightly, as even though they have one of the most exciting young squads assembled in recent years, they have very little in the way of three-point shooting.

What they do have, however, are guys that can jump, with Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins two of the top five dunkers in the NBA and point guard Ricky Rubio’s passing something to marvel at on a nightly basis.

With Tom Thibodeau in as the new coach their defense will be improved, and better defense means more turnovers by the opposition and turnovers = fast breaks which could lead to lots of regular highlight plays from the young Wolves.

Houston Rockets

When you hire Mike D’Antoni, you know what you are going to get, games played at super speed each night. D’Antoni wants his teams to run and run and run, what else from a man who used an offense called ‘seven seconds or less’.

New York Knicks v Houston Rockets

This will make a Houston team that were already a fun watch even more of one, as James Harden will likely be the man tasked with running D’Antoni’s attack, which could see him return to the form which made him the runner-up in MVP voting two seasons ago.

The addition of Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon give him even more options to pass to on the wings and KJ McDaniels is highly capable of a few posterizing dunks each month.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Two words. Russell. Westbrook.

The shackles are well and truly off, Kevin Durant has left the team and now Westbrook is free to reign terror on the NBA, and you can be sure he is desperate to do so. Westbrook will be in full runaway train mode all year, looking to stake a claim at his first ever league MVP.

He can finally be the undisputed leader of the Thunder, something he has clearly wanted for some time, and it would not be a surprise if he also has his eyes set on becoming the second player to average a triple double for the entire season.

Nevertheless, it is still hard to look past the Warriors, who are the born entertainers of the league, and have only increased this status with the addition of Durant, and the tag of ‘league bad-guys’ could only serve to enhance their entertainment factor.

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Minnesota Timberwolves
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Houston Rockets
Southwest Division
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