From the looks of the off-season the 2015-2016 season is going to be entertaining from the tip-off. Many people consider the Spurs and Cavs as favorites to go all the way this year. Those critics are far off. If you study the coaching and roster of Oklahoma City, it’s obvious they should be the favorite to win the NBA title in 2016.
Russell Westbrook was unstoppable in 2014. In 67 games, Russell averaged 29 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists per game. He also won the scoring title last year. Westbrook is the perfect blend of speed and power at the point guard position. Watch the way he flies by defenders in the video above, no one can stay in front of him in transition. Westbrook did a great job keeping his teammates involved last year, as he averaged a career high in assists. One could argue that Westbrook should have won MVP last season. I can’t envision a team slowing Westbrook down in a seven game series.
Kevin Durant is the most dynamic player in the NBA. KD handles the ball like smoother than most point guards, but he stands at 6-10. Durant is a deadly shooter as well. The Maryland native has shot over 49% from the field in each of the past four seasons. After watching the video above, you can see why Durant cannot be stopped. His ability take his man of the dribble, hit shots for deep and finish through contact make him a hard cover.
Oklahoma City is ready to to all the way. They have bolstered their frontcourt, adding Enes Kanter next to Serge Ibaka. They have a solid bench which consists of Nick Collison, D.J. Augustin and Kyle Singler. They have addressed their coaching issues as well, bringing in NCAA coaching guru Billy Donovan.
Don’t worry about it KD, I see the same thing you do through those goggles: A championship.