After years of epidemic, the NBA has returned to its previous schedule this year, experiencing a full off-season and training schedule. In the face of the upcoming season, ESPN collected the opinions of 15 coaches, scouts and executives to compile their insiders’ outlook on the new season.
In the “Who’s the best player in the NBA right now” category, 11 of the 15 respondents voted for the Bucks (Giannis Antetokounmpo), with Stephen Curry coming in second with three votes.
I think Kevin Durant’s shooting touch and scoring ability make him the best player in the league in terms of talent, but Giannis Antetokounmpo’s willpower, mental strength, day-in and day-out training, and effort to help his teammates grow…make Giannis Antetokounmpo a very difficult player to beat,” said a scout from the Western Conference. Antetokounmpo will be hard to beat.
As for the scouts who voted for Stephen Curry, the reason is simple: Stephen Curry “knows how to win”, after all, he has already won four championship rings in his 13-year career and has an outstanding cumulative record of 545 wins and 281 losses, which may be the reason why the Golden Nugget star (Nikola Jokic), who is the MVP of the year, has not received similar evaluation.
In addition, in the divisional championship prediction, 8 respondents believe that Los Angeles Clippers will dominate the West Division, PHO Phoenix Suns and GS Golden State Warriors received 3 votes each, while the East Division championship presents a two-way tie, with 7 respondents favoring the Bucks and BOS Boston Celtics. As for who will dominate the new season, five respondents voted for the Los Angeles Clippers, while the MIL Milwaukee Bucks and BOS Boston Celtics came in second with four votes and the GS Golden State Warriors, who are seeking to defend their title, received only two votes.
The Los Angeles Clippers are expected to welcome back a healthy Kawhi Leonrad this year, and with the addition of John Wall, many people are looking forward to their performance in the new season. I don’t think he cares about the award, but if it’s the MVP of the playoffs, he’s the best of the best.