NBA returns with a parade of stars seeking the crown of Jokic and the Nuggets | Video
The 2023-2024 season of the NBA will start this Tuesday with the crown of the Denver Nuggets of Nikola Jokic at stake and with a list of suitors headed by the new 'supers', the Boston Celtics, the Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks, and with a parade of stars ranging from the Slovenian Luka Doncic to the french prodigy Victor Wembanyamathe first absolute choice of the last draft.
It was June 12 when the Nuggets defeated the Miami Heat and won the first ring in their history, a victory that bore the Serbian's name. Nikola Jokic and from the Canadian Jamal Murrayvisible faces of a franchise that, after leaving far from the favorites, earned the title with merit after becoming a real steamroller.
The new campaign will begin with two games this Tuesday, a Nuggets-Lakers, a reissue of last year's Western Finals, and a Golden State Warriors-Phoenix Suns.
If possible, the competitive level increases this year, with rivals in the West like the Suns of Devin Booker, Kevin Durantthe arrival of Bradley Beal and the output of Chris Paul bound for Warriors.
The Suns, whose dream of being crowned is becoming an obsession, also changed their center. He came out Deandre Ayton and Jusuf Nurkic arrived from Portland, within the scope of an operation that dynamited the balance of the NBA.
The Blazers received Ayton in a three-franchise deal that led to Damian Lillard to the Milwaukee Bucks. A new chapter for 'Dame', who will form a stellar duo in the Bucks along with the Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Bucks sacrificed Jrue Holidaya rival they will meet in the same Eastern conference, after he ended up in the Celtics' super project.
Everything is at stake for everyone in Boston, who lost the Finals in 2022 and ended up one game away from repeating the Finals last season, losing in the seventh game of the series against the Heat.
TO Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown Holiday and the Latvian joined Kristaps Porzingis. The price? A notable reduction in the bench, with losses such as Malcolm Brogdonin addition to the owner Marcus Smartlanded in the Memphis Grizzlies.
Not much changed for the Miami Heat, who surprised everyone last year by reaching the Finals. In the team led by Erik Spoelstra there will be Mexican representation with Jaime Jaquez Jr in a locker room led by Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo.
MVP Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid They also start with maximum ambitions, but with problems at home due to the uncertainty about the future of James Hardenwho very clearly expressed his desire to leave, but who remains part of the group.
In the West, the Suns emerge as the main threat to the Nuggetsin addition to franchises always to take into account as the Warriorschampions in 2022, who added Chris Paul and the Spanish Usman Garuba to a squad guided by Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Jordan Poole left for Washington.
They want to get away from the performance shown in the second part of the last campaign. Los Angeles Lakersin the twenty-first season in the NBA of Lebron James. The group is intact, with Anthony Davis as a great partner of 'Rey'.
More difficult to decipher are the ambitions of the Los Angeles Clippers, who with the permission of injuries have a highly competitive squad, led by Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Of course, in recent years the Clippers have lost their stars at key moments in their seasons.
New threats come from Texas, where Luka Doncic starts the year wanting revenge after experiencing the worst season of his career in Dallas, being left out of the postseason.
Jason Kidd has the challenge of finding a way to express the duo's potential to the fullest. Doncic-Kyrie Irving and, at the same time, find defensive intensity, the enormous limit seen last year.
It will also be the first year of the prodigy Wembanyamafirst overall choice of the San Antonio Spurs, who at 19 years old caused an expectation in the NBA that had not been experienced for 20 years, with LeBron as the protagonist.
(With information from EFE)
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