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Eyeing The Competition

The NBA in this 2017-2018 season is exciting to watch, it really doesn't matter if you have a specific team that you support, or have a team that you support and watch basketball in general, or you don't have a specific team but love watching basketball. Was any of that confusing? Possibly; but not as confusing as wondering why OKC doesn't have a more distinguished record or why the Lakers prestigious rookie point guard isn't performing as many had anticipated, at least up to this point. Maybe it is all self-explanatory and there isn't any need for any further dialogue. However let's indulge, because we enjoy basketball as well as topics involving basketball.

The National Basketball Association has 30 teams, I could name them all but unless you are new to the sport you probably know them all already or are getting to know them. So I'll refrain, at least for now. It is my humble opinion regardless if standings or preference that every team in the league is exciting to watch or has a form of excitement to it in its own way. This excitement could be because of talented youth, player maturation, player additions, or the fact that a team was good and have new staff that may compliment the players' styles. Efficiency along with determination wins games, the strategy helps to win championships, but properly utilized talent gets you there.

The most competitive conference has been the Western Conference and it has been that way for quite some time now. I'm not only saying that because the Western Conference has won more titles since the 2000s but they clearly have more talent, appropriate teams. Despite that, the majority of fans, as well as media members alike, would possibly say they expect to see the defending champions, Golden State versus Cleveland as the two teams battling it out for supremacy in this 2017-2018 finals. Will that be the case however, the only way to find out is to stay tuned.

For every team that has added new talent, regardless of stature, I'm talking about good talent some have added more than one person, some may have added a good player and one or a few with potential. With that being said, a new system along with new teammates may take time to manifest or translate into winning or consistent improvement. In the case of consistent improvement, winning more games that are borderline win worthy, while possibly giving a better showing against the more well-rounded teams of the league. As for winning if you had a good team like let's say Houston and you add a premier point guard and you continue winning without a drop-off, then as a fan and coach, you would be pleased knowing that you have a player(s) that is(are) capable of taking his(their) game to the next level when the time calls for it and possibly giving them an edge that may very well take them to the promised land. The competitive juices are flowing, play on teams, play on.

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