NBA Season Preview 2016-2017: All 30 teams’ predictions, projected rosters

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Here’s your one-stop shop for every NBA team preview for the upcoming 2016-2017 NBA Season. All are updated by the time the season opens on October 25, 2016.

Will LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers repeat as champions? Can Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and the rest of the Golden State Warriors break their own 73-9 win-loss record in the regular season? Will LeBron and Curry set up a trilogy in their rivalry or will the underdogs boot one or both from another NBA Finals appearance?

Can the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder make some noise out in the wild, wild West and pull the rug under the star-studded Golden State team?

Are the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks for real? Or will they fizzle out again when LeBron James comes charging at them? Will the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons continue to grow into a legit East contender?

Who will suck most among the Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers? Will James Harden learn how to play defense before he retires from the NBA? Which among the Sixers big men will be traded first?


Just click on the team names to jump to the team preview you want to read. Tell us your thoughts below if you agree (or disagree) with the opinions and predictions.

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division
Boston Celtics – Will the Celtics make the leap to becoming legit contenders?
Brooklyn Nets
New York Knicks – ‘Super Team’ arrives in the Big Apple
Philadelphia 76ers – The pressure on Ben Simmons 
Toronto Raptors – DeMar DeRozan receives new mandate 

Central Division
Chicago Bulls – Jimmy Butler era, stabilized by Dwyane Wade shared leadership
Cleveland Cavaliers –  ‘Big 3’ of LeBron, Love and Irving looking for repeat
Detroit Pistons – Drummond, Jackson improvement makes team East contenders
Indiana Pacers – Paul George ready to take Pacers deeper in the playoffs
Milwaukee Bucks – Giannis Antetokuonmpo ready for superstardom

Southeast Division
Atlanta Hawks – Dennis Schroder becomes franchise player?
Charlotte Hornets – Nicolas Batum and the curious case of Marco Belinelli
Miami Heat – Whiteside and Dragic are the franchise players of the future
Orlando Magic – Frank Vogel looks at veterans, experience as its cornerstone?
Washington Wizards – Whose team is it? Wall’s or Beal’s? 

Western Conference

Southwest Division
Dallas Mavericks – Dirk Nowitzki the aging superstar
Houston Rockets – The James Harden Team
Memphis Grizzlies – Parsons to play wingman under the leadership of Conley
New Orleans Pelicans – Anthony Davis back in MVP race?
San Antonio Spurs – Tim Duncan’s legacy

Northwest Division
Denver Nuggets – Jamal Murray brings hope to Mile-High City
Minnesota Timberwolves – Can the young T’Wolves make the playoffs?
Oklahoma City Thunder – Life without Kevin Durant starts
Portland Trail Blazers – Damian Lillard carries load for Rip City
Utah Jazz

Pacific Division
Golden State Warriors – Curry, Durant to dominate league again
Los Angeles Clippers – Just enough talent to go against Golden State?
Los Angeles Lakers – Start of a New Era
Phoenix Suns – Devin Booker is the future of the Suns
Sacramento Kings – DeMarcus Cousins & Kings breaking point

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