The off-season seemed like an eternity (for me at least), but the NBA is back and we’re less than 3 days until the start of the 2010 NBA season. Admittedly, it’s been quiet over at Rockin’ The Rim during the off-season, but there’s been a ton of activity in the NBA. From big Shaq heading over to Cleveland to team-up with Lebron James to Ron Artest joining the reigning champions, L.A. Lakers.
With those big moves, as well as a plethora of others, NBA fans are hot to already proclaim the 2010 NBA Champions. Though many see the season to be dominated by the usual suspects, here are 3 teams that people should keep an eye on:
San Antonio Spurs
Yes, the Spurs may have been a powerhouse for years but lately they’ve been snubbed as the old team that’s past their prime. Granted, Tim Duncan is admittedly on a decline and not the beast he once was, don’t forget that Tony Parker is in his prime and Manu Ginobili will be coming back full-strength after a season of injury. Oh, did I mention that they also acquired the explosive Richard Jefferson? Yea, I’d keep them on my radar.
They’re young, fiery and play with speed & excitement – all the reason that teams should be wary of them come playoff time. They’re 2 years out from their extraordinary run in the playoffs and almost beating the Celtics – but with such an athletic team, as well as with acquiring Jamal Crawford, the Hawks are primed and ready for another run.
Portland Trail Blazers
Another fairly young team, but one with one of the league’s biggest centers – Greg Oden. Yes, he has been injury prone the last couple years – but with a star like Brandon Roy and the addition of Andre Miller, they’ll be an exciting team to watch this year…even in the tough Western Conference.
Those are my atypical teams to look out for this coming season, but what teams do you think could be added to this list?