What could happen in the NBA this year?
At this period of time last year, there weren’t really a lot of fascinating stories to look forward to in the NBA. Every news, controversies, and unforgettable events that happened in the league last year surprised everyone when it came out of the blue. However, this year seems promising, and 2019 could actually be one of the best years in history for the NBA league. There are so many events to look forward to and so many things to watch out for.
In this article, Eastbridge bet broker listed down five possible NBA storylines for sports fans to follow closely this 2019.
1. Who will be joining LeBron James in the Los Angeles Lakers?
Things are currently looking up for the Los Angeles Lakers. Since LeBron James announced that he would be joining the Los Angeles side, there’s been an equal level of excitements and uncertainties. However, LeBron James and the Lakers were able to exceed expectations up to this point, and it might even be possible for them to reach the Western Conference Finals.
When James joined the Lakers last year, it was believed that it could be the reason that more big names could move with them in the near future. Free agents with the likes of Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, and Damian Lillard were actually linked to joining the Lakers. Ideally, who wouldn’t want to play in a historic team together with one of the best basketball players in the world?
2. Where will the top free agents sign this year?
The 2019 NBA free agency is definitely wild. This year’s top free agents could include the above-mentioned Warriors’ Kevin Durant, Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, and Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard. Other players who are free agents include 76ers’ Jimmy Butler, Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard, Celtics’ Kyrie Irving, Warriors’ Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins, and Nuggets’ Isaiah Thomas. However, there are actually no clear indications whether these players will stay with their respective teams or if they would hit the market and explore other prospects.
3. Is this the beginning of the end for the Warriors?
In recent years, the Golden State Warriors have been dominating the NBA league. However, the six-time NBA champions have already lost 13 games this season which included back-to-back home games. A lot of things happened this season for the Warriors—the Kevin Durant and Draymond Green feud, with Green earning a one-game suspension, Green and Steph Curry’s injury, and the issue over Kevin Durant’s free agency. Aside from that, Klay Thompson is also slated to hit the free agency. The Warriors won two consecutive seasons, in 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, but will they be able to accomplish a three-peat this season?
4. Who will win the 2018-2019 Rookie of the Year award?
The 2018-2019 NBA rookie class is full of potential candidates. As the NBA league comes halfway through the season, the battle for the Rookie of the Year is one of the major league highlights that every NBA fan looks forward to. There have been lots of speculations and predictions on who will claim the coveted award. So far this season, five potential candidates are rumoured to be in the race for the sought-after title and among these are Hawks’ Trae Young, Suns’ Deandre Ayton, and Mavs’ Luka Doncic.
5. Who will be the MVP for this season?
As of now, the frontrunner in winning the MVP title for this season is Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo. He currently has the cleanest path in bagging the title. Giannis is easily the best player on the best team in the NBA league, dominating the court, unleashing his fury, and guiding Milwaukee to the top of the Eastern Conference standings. Also among the players included in the race for the MVP title are Houston Rockets’ James Harden, Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, and Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard.
A lot of exciting events are definitely in store for us in the NBA league this season. Don’t miss out on more features of your favourite leagues and teams on Eastbridge bet broker. Head over to our partner sports trading platform to have easy access to the best odds and prices for your bets!