It’s been quite an off-season too. Summer leagues are already in full swing. LeBron James is holed up in a gym somewhere doing a thousand push-ups a day and obsessing about next year with a picture of Steph Curry taped to his work-out room mirror. Meanwhile, Golden State still celebrates, the draft came and went, free agents have either re-signed or signed elsewhere, Kobe remains a dick to his teammates and Mark Cuban and DeAndre Jordan continue to have a war of words about their ever so brief summer bromance. Summer lovin’… happened so fa-ast.
But last season should not be forgotten for it quite possibly shuffled in an entirely new era of basketball. To officially cap off last season and welcome in the new, here’s a brief top and bottom ten list about the season that was.
10 – Anthony Davis emerged as one of the game’s brightest young superstars
9 – Andre Iguodala finally got the recognition he deserved by winning Finals MVP
8 – Paul Pierce reminded us once again why he is nicknamed ‘The Truth’
7 – No more David Stern press conferences
6 – Another season of Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal on the set of Inside the NBA
5 – Russell Westbrook’s ruthless string of triple-doubles
4 – LeBron James continued to rewrite the playoff record books
3 – On one magical January night, we watched Klay Thompson score 37 points… in a single quarter
2 – The Western Conference playoffs
1 – We got to see a brand new team, the Golden State Warriors, with some well-deserving players win an NBA championship for a city that hadn’t seen one in forty years
10 – Rajon Rondo, once considered one of the better point guards in the league, showed us his true colors
9 – Kevin Garnett returned to Minnesota and did absolutely nothing
8 – No more David Stern press conferences
7 – Kobe Bryant shot 37% from the floor
6 – Kevin Durant’s foot surgery
5 – Tim Duncan is one year closer to retirement
4 – Julius Randle played 14 minutes in a Lakers uniform before breaking his right tibia. Milwaukee’s Jabari Parker tore his ACL after 25 games. Both rookies were lost for the season.
3 – We didn’t get to see what Cleveland could do at full strength
2 – The Eastern Conference was an absolute embarrassment
1 – The New York Knicks