As the 2015 NBA season is going on, we will take a look at the basketball players on five of the teams, the ones that are gone or the new players that have just arrived. This will give you a good way to gauge whether either of these teams has good chances of making it far, to the playoffs, or even to the final, hoping to get the next championship victory.
Players that are gone: No significant departures. New Players: Karl-Anthony Towns, Tayshaun Prince, Tyus Jones, and Andre Miller.
Looking at the Timberwolves history we can see that they have had bad luck for at least 20 years, whether it was with poor management or bad luck in the Draft. However, this year things may be looking up as they got a few players that could truly turn the team around.
New York Knicks
Players that are gone: Quincy Acy, Cole Aldrich, Andrea Bargnani, Tim Hardaway, Jr., Shane Larkin, Jason Smith, and Alexey Shved. New Players: Arron Afflalo, Jerian Grant, Robin Lopez, Kyle O’Quinn, Kristaps Porzingis, Kevin Seraphin, Sasha Vujacic, and Derrick Williams.
Even with the hiring of Phil Jackson, things do not look too good for the Knicks. With their only star on the team, Carmelo Anthony has just gotten through a surgery and is well into his 30’s, and may not be in his prime for much longer. Without another star player to compliment him, and then possibly take over, the Knicks may be going for a losing season.
Players that are gone: Wesley Johnson, Jordan Hill, Ed Davis, and Jeremy Lin. New Players: D’Angelo Russell, Roy Hibbert, Brandon Bass, Louis Williams, and Larry Nance Jr.
With Kobe Bryant nearing retirement age, the Lakers will not have him for very much longer; some speculate he is likely to leave after the 2015-16 season. Despite the fact that Kobe is still an amazing player, does nothing for the team actually winning the championship. The players that were traded and moves made by the team will have little impact this year, and will most likely start to show improvements in at least three years down the road.
Players that are gone: Ben Gordon, Maurice Harkless, Kyle O’Quinn, and Luke Ridnour. New Players: Coach Scott Skiles, Mario Hezonja, Shabazz Napier, and CJ Watson.
Their biggest weapon this season would be the hiring of Scott Skiles as their coach. He has a lot of experience in the NBA, which is an advantage considering he is replacing Jacque Vaughn, who let his inexperience hurt the team. The main focus this season will be on developing the younger players, as well as fixing the big gap in defense; they were ranked 25th out of 30 teams last season.
Players that are gone: Ty Lawson. New Players: Emmanuel Mudiay, Coach Michael Malone, and ostas Panpanikolaou.
The Nuggets had a rough time last season, after they lost their star player, Ty Lawson, and didn’t really get anything in return. Bringing in Coach Michael Malone should bring in something positive, as his strategy is to have a cohesive team, with good relationships between players and coach. Rather than focusing entirely on getting people from the outside to help get the franchise back up and running, they invested heavily on the talent they already have; hopefully it will pay off for them in the long run.
No matter what, these five teams will have problems that they need to overcome if they want to have good chances of making it to the playoffs, so let’s hope their basketball is much better this season.