Professional sports have evolved rapidly over the past 10-15 years. The NBA is no exception as today’s game would look alien to old school stars like Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Which five teams are changing the way that we all view the game of basketball?
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors have dazzled fans for the last two years with the amazing shooting of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Combined with the personality of Draymond Green and added star power in the form of Kevin Durant, they exemplify what it means to be a top team in the modern NBA.
Los Angeles Clippers
Up until a few years ago, the Lakers were the top ticket in Los Angeles. That has all changed with the emergence of the Lob City Clippers. Filled with brash stars such as Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, they entertain while also winning more than 50 games a year. Multiple playoff runs in recent years have Clippers fans and fans of the NBA buzzing unlike any other time in the team’s history.
Cleveland Cavaliers Will Be a Case Study in Coaching Programs
The Cavaliers are the epitome of a modern NBA team. Led by hometown superstar LeBron James, they win games by shooting well from long range and ignoring the center position underneath the basket. Of course, its hard to criticize their tactics when they just won the NBA title. If you are getting your master’s degree in coaching, Tyronn Lue is certainly someone to look up to.
San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio may have the oldest roster in the league, but they continue to win games at an alarming pace. If it weren’t for the Warriors winning 73 games in the 2015-16 season, the Spurs 67-15 mark would have been the talk of the league. They play solid fundamental basketball, which allows them to play at a high level even as their core climbs further into their 30s.
New York Knicks
The Knicks have been awful for several years now. They tried to rectify that situation by trading Derrick Rose and signing Joakim Noah in free agency. Combined with the 2015 fourth overall pick Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony, they are going to be a test case for what happens when you cobble a team together with aging stars and spare parts from other teams.
If you are a basketball fan, you only want the highest quality product. Therefore, coaches should always be on the lookout for great players and understand through experience and education how to put them together and get their best at all times.
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Rachelle recommends a master’s degree in coaching for those that are interested. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook