The dust has settled and the NBA offseason has officially hit its conclusion when it comes to the futures market.
We are back with the 2013-14 edition of the Sheridan Hoops team-by-team season preview index.
In August, we asked bloggers who cover the NBA to give us five things to watch for the teams they cover for the upcoming season. You can read them simply by clicking on the team logo or name below.
You can also get caught up on each team’s payroll, draft picks and financial outlooks with our salary cap analysis index.
Whenever the NBA and the Players Association negotiate a collective bargaining agreement, the media – including Sheridan Hoops – goes to great lengths to understand and explain its rules, exceptions and nuances.
But since the first wave of players began making the jump from high school to the NBA in the mid-1990s, the premise of every new CBA could be summed up in six words: To save the owners from themselves.
Restraint never has been the collective strength of NBA owners. In every CBA, they have installed mechanisms that mandate restraint and prevent them from spending stupidly.
Teams with a strengthened core, like Brooklyn, are confident they have done everything possible to take the final step to win a title.
Teams such as Oklahoma City and Chicago, who were limited by injuries, are optimistic that if healthy, championship dreams are realistic.
Teams that have been building, like Cleveland, are thrilled with the young talent they have added and even though they know they are not championship contenders, they fantasize about that next step to the playoffs. And after that, dare to dream.
And then there are the Los Angeles Lakers, whose fans have had to deal with rejection in a way they have never experienced in their history. The Lakers have always been a destination franchise – a place where Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal and countless stars and role players wanted to play.
Welcome to the Sheridan Hoops team-by-team season preview index.
In September, we asked bloggers who cover the NBA to give us five reasons why fans should feel positive about their team for the upcoming 2012-13 season. You can read them simply by clicking on the team logo or name below.
If the link appears dead, don’t worry. We have published previews for nearly all of the league thus far. As we publish more, they will be linked in this index.
You can also get caught up on each team’s new personnel with our offseason activity index, which includes grades for every team.