There has not been a time where there has been more anticipation for an NBA season since the start of the 2010-11 campaign. The year was when the Miami Heat managed to snare LeBron James and Chris Bosh to pair with Dwyane Wade.
The Golden State Warriors have assembled their own super team of sorts with Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. An embarrassment of riches that outstrips “The Big 3” in South Beach.
Obviously, that is the big storyline heading into next season. There are other stories that bear watching for with respect to the other teams in the league.
You don’t win championships on paper, which is something the new-look Warriors will learn this season.
Here are the three storylines that you may need to watch for heading into the 2016-17 season:
3) The young Wolves look to take the next step together
Kris Dunn had an impressive summer league this year in his debut for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He joins a newly established core of Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Zach Lavine.
This trio of young players has fans excited for Wolves games in a way that they haven’t been since the days of Kevin Garnett’s first stint with the team. The Big Ticket is now an elder statesman on this team.
He has been personally grooming Towns into the next cornerstone of the organisation. Couple his elite defensive ability with Wiggins and Lavine’s striking athleticism and the squad will definitely be exciting.
2) Where do the Wizards go from here?
The Washington Wizards were curiously absent from this year’s Eastern Conference Playoffs. Fans had gotten used to seeing John Wall and his team represented in the spring against the best of the conference.
The former Kentucky guard found himself without his running mate Bradley Beal due to injuries last season. He kept up his electric play but, he struggled for help from his supporting cast as the year stretched on.
Beal is back this year and locked in with the team on a max contract. Young players like Kelly Oubre and new addition Trey Burke will help bolster an offence that lagged last season.
Will we see a resurgence of the House of Guards this season?
1) What is going on down in Memphis?
The Memphis Grizzlies had a busy summer as they signed Mike Conley to the richest contract in NBA history. Many people were astounded by the sheer number of Conley’s five-year $153 million contract.
The Ohio State product has been called underrated by many in the media over the course of his career. He has steadied the rudder of a Grizzlies team that struggled through one of the most injury-riddled seasons in recent memory this past year.
The club went and acquired Chandler Parsons for $94 million in free agency. Parsons never seemed to click in his previous start with the Dallas Mavericks. His outside shooting will be crucial for a Tennessee team that struggles to score from beyond the arc.
Can the team host another playoff game in the Grindhouse this season?