For the first time in five years, the NBA will not have a predetermined winner, or an overwhelming favorite to win the championship heading into the season. The Golden State Warriors formed a dynasty by winning three out of the last five NBA Finals, and setting the all-time regular season record at 73 wins and 9 losses in 2015-16.
Having a star-studded powerhouse team with Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry leading the way, along with all-stars Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, and crafty veterans Andre Igoudala and Shaun Livingston, made for amazing basketball (if you’re a Golden State fan). Conversely, it also created a league-wide imbalance, and fans across many teams reacted negatively toward their dominance, and as a result, the suspenseful nature of high-level basketball was put on hold.
The summer of 2019 was the most significant off-season in NBA history as star duos have decided to team up in Los Angeles (Clippers: Kawhi Leonard & Paul George; Lakers: Lebron James & Anthony Davis), Brooklyn (Kevin Durant & Kyrie Irving), and Houston with (Russell Westbrook & James Harden), reshaping the expectations fans come into the season with.
Here is a list of NBA teams that added star power to their lineup:
- Boston Celtics received Kemba Walker
- Detroit Pistons received Derrick Rose
- Golden State Warriors received D’Angelo Russell
- Miami Heat received Jimmy Butler
- Oklahoma City Thunder received Chris Paul
- New Orleans Pelicans received Zion Williamson via 2019 NBA Draft.
The new look landscape from both the Eastern and Western Conference will add a level of mystery that hasn’t been seen in almost five seasons. One of the teams being counted out early as a contender includes the hometown team, Detroit Pistons.
The Pistons have consistently battled over the past few seasons for a low seed in the playoffs, but this year is different, with an added burst of energy behind the addition of former MVP, Derrick Rose. The Pistons finished with an overall preseason record (3-2). In all three of the home games, Derrick Rose has been given standing ovations each time PA announcer John Mason announced lineups.
The energy in that building was certainly palpable as Rose imbued Little Caesars Arena with “ooh’s” and “aah’s, with fans marveling at his physical exploits, including his agility, and finesse game. The biggest takeaway for the Pistons was that the preseason should serve as an indication to a drama-filled, and exciting season ahead.
Pistons coach Dwane Casey expressed enthusiasm about his new player as he said: “he looks like he’s got rockets in his back pockets,” alluding to Rose’s pure athleticism that he’ll bring to the team.
The Detroit Pistons will start their campaign on the road against the Indiana Pacers this Wednesday, October 23rd. Their first home game will be against the Atlanta Hawks the following night. Tickets to the game are available on Seatgeek, Ticketmaster, Vividseats, and Stubhub. All of the action will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit.
NBA tip-off begins tonight at the Staples Center. The changing of the guards will officially shift from the Bay Area to Los Angeles, as the Warriors are no longer favorites heading into the season. The NBA universe will center on the battle of LA, as the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Los Angeles Clippers at 10 p.m. ET on TNT.
Buckle your seatbelts, this season is going to be one for the history books!