It seems like an eternity ago that Steve Kerr’s thrilling Golden State team cruised to the Finals before easily dismantling an injury hit Cleveland side. We have all had the summer to reflect on what was another intriguing season, and now it is time to turn our attention to the upcoming season which tips off on the 27th of October. The preseason is currently underway and we are getting glimpses into what we can expect this campaign, and there are plenty of teams, coaches and individual players who have a point to prove in the 2015-16 season.
10. Rookie Watch
As always, there are plenty of fresh faces in the league this season, which will hopefully add plenty of excitement and improve a number of the struggling teams. The Timberwolves picked up 7’0″ center Karl-Anthony Towns, who has impressed in the preseason and will benefit from the guidance of veteran Kevin Garnett this year. The Lakers picked up D’Angelo Russell, who possesses excellent vision and passing ability, potentially making him a huge asset for the team. The third pick, Jahlil Okafor, will also be one to watch at the 76ers; it will be refreshing to see an old school back-to-the-basket player like him enter the league. Elsewhere, Detroit’s Stanley Johnson (eighth pick) has been dazzling in preseason and will be full of confidence come the start of the regular season. Orlando’s Mario Hezonja (fifth pick) is the flashiest and cockiest of the bunch, and should provide plenty of highlights.