5 NBA Teams that can make some NOISE this Season!
NBA: Teams to Watch
By: Will Kay
The 2016-17 NBA regular season is set to begin in less than a week. While the Golden State Warriors look like they are going to dominate the league, that should not stop anyone from getting invested in the rest of the league. The Warriors are one key injury away from a disappointing season or is there to much talent to win? Like the Lakers with Malone and Payton. The NBA is filled with interesting teams that will put on a good show every night. These are the five underappreciated teams that will be the most exciting to watch this season.
Jimmy Butler is one of the best young players in the league, but he was forced to carry the entire Bulls team on his back with Derrick Rose constantly injured. The additions of Rajon Rondo, Michael Carter-Williams and Dwyane Wade finally allows Butler to play with some great guards on a consistent basis. The second highest scoring team in the Eastern Conference during the preseason should put up a lot of points on a nightly basis during the regular season.
New York Knicks
While no one is going to confuse the New York Knicks as NBA Title contenders, they should be an extremely fun team to watch throughout the season. The Knicks got two dynamic point guards when they added Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings. Joakim Noah will also add some excitement to this team on the defensive side of the ball by blocking a lot of shots. The Knicks are a vastly improved team from the 32-win team last season, so it will be fun to watch them attempt to make the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
A lot was expected of the Utah Jazz last year, but they struggled to win on a consistent basis. That should easily change this season. Rudy Gobert is quickly becoming one of the best centers in the NBA. Gordon Hayward is one of the most underrated forwards in the league. Adding George Hill, Joe Johnson and Boris Diaw to the roster makes the Utah Jazz a lot tougher than they have been in recent years. This veteran presence should help the Jazz contend for a playoff spot.
The Indiana Pacers were a great team over the past few seasons, but they have completely revamped their roster entering the 2016-17 NBA season. Al Jefferson, Thaddeus Young and Jeff Teague are all new starters to the team this year. Putting them with Monta Ellis and Paul George gives the Pacers five starters that can carry the team on any given night. A balanced scoring attack and improved defense should help the Indiana Pacers put on an exciting game every night as they try to finish at the top of the Eastern Conference.
The Minnesota Timberwolves were loaded with young and exciting players last season, but they failed to win games because they had an inexperienced coach. Tom Thibodeau will bring discipline to the young stars on the Timberwolves, which should help them finally reach their immense potential. There is nothing more exciting for a basketball fan than watching young players become superstars, and that is exactly what everyone will get to do with the Timberwolves this season.