The 2019-2020 NBA campaign is going to be a fun and crazy ride.
After seeing All-Star duos formed in Brooklyn (Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving), Los Angeles (LeBron James, Anthony Davis) and Utah (Mike Conley, Rudy Gobert), the Clippers and Rockets joined the party and in the process shocked the league. While fans collectively held their breath anticipating for Kawhi Leonard’s decision to sign with the Lakers, Clippers or Raptors, Los Angeles – not the Lakers – was on the verge of prying away All-Star forward Paul George from Oklahoma City in preparation for Leonard’s arrival.
Now, Leonard, George, and the Clippers are viewed as the odds-on favorite to capture a title in 2020 even after the Thunder sent the final piece of their 2012 Western Conference champion squad, Russell Westbrook to Houston – where he’ll reunite with former MVP, All-Star James Harden. Cedric Maxwell discusses what this all means for the NBA and its up-and-coming franchises trying to stay afloat in a top-heavy Western Conference while the Eastern Conference has suddenly opened up for a team like the Celtics – one that’s trying to compete for a conference title and return to the NBA Finals for the first time in nine years.
Where does Boston rank alongside teams like the Bucks and Sixers? Is this much player movement good for the league?
Should the NBA consider changing its playoff format from top-8 teams from each conference to a top-16 team tournament qualify for playoff contention based on a team’s record, regardless of which conference it plays for? Josue Pavon and Max break it down in this brand new episode.