The NBA is setting up for a return and @thebondarbrand is here to talk about what the plan is looking like and what we can expect once the players hit the court!!
What’s up Mafia! Each day we are getting closer to the NBA returning. If you want to go back and look at the archives, Thad Houston and I looked at a few possible returns when the season was kicking back off. Well some of those players will be back and some will not since only 22 teams will be fighting for an NBA title. This week I am going to just breakdown the NBA’s plan in Orlando and some game theory concerning some superstars. As always, I hope everyone is safe and starting to return to a normal life. Let’s jump into it.
We are going to Disney World!!!
Right now, the plan is to bring 22 teams to Orlando to play in a safe environment with a 100-page safety policy from temperature checks to keeping players in bubbles. Several players have voiced concern so that may mean some teams won’t be whole. Kevin Durant has already said his season is over. He could have been a huge upgrade for the Nets. Players will have until June 24th to opt out of playing. Once we are past next week, we’ll have a better idea of what the teams will do.
You are going to have a wait and see approach early since this will not be the regular season type of game rotations. The rosters are expanding which will add more bench players and more options for coaches to rest. Conditioning will be a factor for those that just watched Netflix and are coming back to the training camps heavier. The impact of the COVID-19 on players will play a role. For example, Karl Anthony-Towns is not making the trip since the T-Wolves are not invited; lost his mother during the pandemic. Emotions will be high with the players living in a bubble, something few have experienced short of an NCAA tournament run. There is also no travel which should help players stay rested and keep superstars on the court. Not playing in front of fans will have a clear impact on all sports. The rumor is they will pipe in crowd noise, so it will seem like an NBA JAM game. Teams will have limited times to practice, meet and even do laundry. All these changes will affect the players that have a routine during a normal regular season.
Most teams will head to Florida in early July. From there, they will hold training camps and the games are expected to start June 30th. Over the next few weeks, I will be breaking down the DFS impact players, projected rosters, and expectations for each of the 22 teams.
It is just a matter of time before the players are back on the court and your NBA DFS winnings start up again. Take care and be safe.