BDL's 2017-18 Season Previews: Sorting the wildest offseason in NBA history

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The 2017 offseason was the wildest in NBA history. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are now Eastern Conference rivals. Out West, Chris Paul joined James Harden, while Paul George and Carmelo Anthony united with Russell Westbrook. Ten recent AllStars changed uniforms, and we haven’t even gotten to Kevin Durant’s strange summer, so let’s get to previewing. The 2017-18 NBA season is finally upon us.

Kevin Durant’s pull-up 3-pointer over LeBron James was the defining shot of the 2016-17 NBA season. (AP)
Kevin Durant’s pull-up 3-pointer over LeBron James was the defining shot of the 2016-17 NBA season. (AP)

For all 30 teams, we ran through the offseason additions and subtractions, examined what success and failure might look like, and answered the question: Did the summer help at all? Plus, we provided a crystal-ball projection, which you can also find below for the teams previews we’ve published so far.

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Click on team names for previews that will prepare you for the season opener. Best to read all 30.


Central Division

ClevelandCavaliers: 54-28
MilwaukeeBucks: 46-36
DetroitPistons: 38-44
IndianaPacers: 29-53
ChicagoBulls: 21-61

Atlantic Division

BostonCeltics: 56-26
TorontoRaptors: 49-33
Philadelphia76ers: 37-45
BrooklynNets: 26-56
NewYorkKnicks: 21-61

Southeast Division

WashingtonWizards: 52-30
MiamiHeat: 43-39
CharlotteHornets: 39-43
OrlandoMagic: 26-56
AtlantaHawks: 23-59

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Southwest Division

SanAntonioSpurs: 58-24
HoustonRockets: 57-25
NewOrleansPelicans: 42-40
MemphisGrizzlies: 39-43
DallasMavericks: 37-45

Northwest Division

OklahomaCityThunder: 58-24
MinnesotaTimberwolves: 48-34
DenverNuggets: 47-35
PortlandTrailBlazers: 44-38
UtahJazz: 43-39

Pacific Division

Golden StateWarriors: 68-14
Los AngelesClippers: 46-36
Los AngelesLakers: 31-51
SacramentoKings: 27-55
PhoenixSuns: 25-57

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