I wrote this post more than almost 8 months ago but realized I never posted it. Now that we are to the NBA Finals, I might as well post it:
Ah, the start of a new NBA season. This one seems to be one of the most anticipated seasons yet. There hasn't been this much parity in the league for a long time, with superstars on new teams like the Cavs, and the return of teams that have already proven themselves like the Spurs.
Even though I won't be buying it, I like the idea of picking 5 teams for the cheaper plan of NBA League Pass. League Pass is an overpriced package you can buy to watch a lot of NBA games you can't get over the normal cable networks.
All of the normal big name teams like the Bulls, Lakers, Thunder, Cavs, etc. will be getting plenty of nationally televised games so I won't be picking those teams While you generally want to avoid just plain terrible teams, terrible teams with exciting players is actually good here. The young guys will have a green light to showcase their athleticism and skill.
Here are my top NBA League Pass teams:
- Minnesota Timberwolves - I love watching a great point guard more than anything else, and getting to see Ricky Rubio throwing some crazy passes to some of the most athletic talent in the league (Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine) sounds thrilling. Plus, Andrew Wiggins is Andrew Wigggins.
- Milwaukee Bucks - Great talent on bad teams doesn't necessarily make for good
- New Orleans Pelicans - They're worth watching just for Anthony Davis alone. He's already up there as a best player in the league after two seasons on a crappy team. They may not make the playoffs, but they have some talent and will play some good games.
- Charlotte Hornets - Charlotte's the local team, got the new branding (which is amazing), but they've also got a team with a lot of personality. Kemba, MKG, PJ, and others all play with a lot of grit. I've always enjoyed watching Kemba play ever since that 6 OT game at UConn. They finally have some more talent on the offensive end with Big Al and Lance Stephenson.
Other decent choices: Orlando Magic (lots of lottery talent), Phoenix Suns (Goran Dragic, lots of athletes), Washington Wizards (could finish 3rd in the East), Utah Jazz (lots of talent on a bad team), Philadelphia 76ers (especially if Embiid plays).