More and more Aussies are becoming NBA fans these days, along with the growing interest in the NBA across the globe. So if you are becoming interested in the NBA like plenty of other Aussie fans recently but haven’t yet decided which team to align your allegiance with, this is a guide to help you choose your team.
Team on the UP: the best course of action would be to jump on a team that is on the ground floor but is heading towards the penthouse of the NBA. You don’t want to look like you are jumping on a front runner and band wagoning so here is where you should consider starting.
My first choice for this slot is the Minnesota Timberwolves; here you got a team overflowing with young talent. There is Last season’s number one selection from the draft Karl Anthony-Towns a 7-foot centre who can do it all on the court, including defend well (underrated in star players). They have Zach LaVine a shooting guard who may be the most exciting highlight generating player in the NBA today and is developing a decent game to compliment his yearly dunk contest titles. Add to that Andrew Wiggins who could develop into a top 5 wing player in the NBA and could be the best challenger to LaVine in the dunk contest if he wanted to, but I don’t think he wants to enter only to come second. Wiggins was the number one draft pick in 2014s draft. His defensive potential is huge and if that develops he could be looking like Kawhi Leonard in a few years. The biggest reason to expect improvement out of this team is the recent hiring of head coach Tom Thibodeau, who last coached Chicago from 2010-2015 and has been an assistant with Team USA since 2013. Known for his defensive teams this along with his young talent and their potential it looks like there is a sparkling bright future for the Twolves. The other player that excites me is the newest member drafted
to the wolves who is the point guard who may take Ricky Rubio’s job in Kris Dunn. He is a 6 foot 3 playmaker who has the potential to be a defensive minded version of Russell Westbrook. And if that combination of young talent and potential hasn’t sold you then keep reading. (Other mentions- Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee bucks)
The Hipster Team: ok so you’re not into Minnesota’s colours and vibe, you’re looking for a hip and cool team to go for that is not mainstream and you’re looking for a lesser known hip/cool team. Options here include; The Utah Jazz: a young team that has an aussie playing for them in Dante Exum and a good young core, but it’s the colours and uniform that makes them the cool choice. The Brooklyn Nets are always going to be hipster, and the Miami Heat are no longer a power house now that King James has returned home to the throne.
The Big market Giant: jump on a team that has the big market draw that will make sure they are always in the news mentions and attracting star players. These include the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls.
The Bandwagon Teams: these teams are who you should go for if you would like to barrack for a winner. Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers.
Consideration may also include following a particular player if you enjoy watching that player as they are not likely to stay on the same team for long in this day and age of the NBA.
Good luck, and remember there’s no such thing as a sure thing, so go with your gut instincts.