It is that time of the year, once again, for the NBA season opener. Now that the 2016 NBA regular season has officially tipped off, fans all over the world do not have to wait for their favorite teams and players to take the court for a new season.
The first official game of the season is between the New York Knicks and, the defending NBA champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs have kept their star players from last year, and have also added some talent including small forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. The Knicks came off a productive offseason, acquiring lots of new talent, in point guard Derrick Rose and center Joakim Noah, to join small forward Carmelo Anthony and power forward Kristaps Porzingis on the roster.
The second game of this season is between the Utah Jazz and the Portland Trail-Blazers at the Moda Center. Utah and Portland are both looking to go to the playoffs, despite only improving their roster with few additions to their respective teams. The Jazz signed the small forward Joe Johnson and point guard George Hill, while the Blazers added small forward Evan Turner and center Festus Ezeli to help them this season.
The final game of the first day of the season is the Golden State Warriors at home against the San Antonio Spurs. The Warriors came out of the offseason on top, signing All-Star small forward Kevin Durant to play with last year’s Most Valuable Player, Stephen Curry, and their championship contending team which passed the NBA record for the best record in NBA history. The Spurs, on the other hand, added a former All-Star Pau Gasol to the experienced San Antonio squad.