The New Faces Of The NBA

 

               First and foremost, I want to let everyone know that when it comes to the NBA, let’s just say it isn’t my cup of tea.  Growing up I found the NBA because of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.  We won’t get into the discussion of if or how the game has changed since then but with the changing of the guard my interest has become less and less.  However, the playoffs this year have a different feel to them and my interest has slowing become more and more.  I have a feeling this is due to the newest faces of the NBA making their presences known and their teams having more impact on the traditional NBA powerhouse teams.

               Who is the first person that comes to mind when I mention the term “Superteam”? I have a feeling most everyone said Lebron James.  The most recent influx of superteams were inspired by the Lebron James lead Miami Heat teams with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.  We all saw the “Not 1, not 2, not 3” interview and that left a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths.  This team structure has led to players and organizations to pattern their team after them.  The Heat, Cavs, Warriors, Lakers, and what seems to be every team having a “Big 3” style team.  This dominance can lead some folks away from the game but can also inspire others to watch more just because of their dislike of superteams.  To be honest, the dominance has pushed me away because it isn’t as much fun to watch.

               Even this season’s playoffs has its fair share of superteams but if you take a closer look you will see some of the emerging teams and players that are, to me anyway, making the NBA worth watching again.  As I write this article, the Suns lead the Lakers 3 games to 2 having beat the Lakers by 30 points.  Yes I know Anthony Davis is injured but for me, the Suns and Devin Booker are the real deal.  We have seen Ja Morant and the Grizzlies push the newest superteam, the Nets in their series.  Who would have ever thought that the Utah Jazz would have the best record in the NBA?  When was the last time the New York Knicks were relevant?  My best guess is the Patrick Ewing era.   The NBA is better overall when the Knicks are making noise.  To me it is a nice breath of fresh air when you see new teams and new faces becoming factors in the playoffs.

               If you are like me and your interest in the NBA has been almost nonexistent, I urge you to give it another chance and watch some playoff games.  These playoffs have been more exciting than the past at least 5 playoffs in my opinion.  I love seeing new players, rookies, and new teams make noise and force us as sports fans to recognize them and see how they are preforming.  If you are looking for players or teams to watch I highly recommend Devin Booker and the Suns and 2ks has always been a huge Luka Doncic fan.  The game is in good hands with these young and upcoming players.  Let’s watch and celebrate them before they ultimately leave their teams and join the newest NBA superteam.