favourites, star players, match in Paris... 10 questions about a thrilling season

favourites, star players, match in Paris… 10 questions about a thrilling season

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On which channel to follow the NBA 2022-23 season? What is this incredible record that awaits LeBron James? Everything you need to know about the recovery of American basketball.

The NBA resumes its rights on the night of Tuesday October 18 to Wednesday October 19. Once again, the reasons to ignite for American basketball are multiple. Especially since two teams will be visiting France, Paris, in January for a regular season match, as was the case in January 2020. Here are the key points for the upcoming NBA season.

On which channels to follow the NBA?

In France, be in sports guarantees the dissemination of2 live posters every night“. They will be rebroadcast the following morning, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. The premium channel will also broadcast the Sunday evening match every week at 9:30 p.m. A box that the NBA has installed to satisfy its European audience. Be in sports will also broadcast all Christmas Day matches (December 25), the All-Star Game (February 19) and all of the playoffs.

To follow US basketball, you can also subscribe to the NBA League Pass, an OTT platform set up by the American league. It allows you to see all the matches of the season, live or in replay.

What are the dates to know?

October 18: resumption of the NBA season
December 25th : the “Christmas Day”, gala posters which start at 6 p.m. French time
January 19: match in Paris, Chicago Bulls vs Detroit Pistons
February 9: deadline for making transfers
February 19: the All-Star Game, preceded by the dunks contest and the 3 pts contest
April 9: end of regular season
April 11 : start of the play-in, tournament to access the playoffs
April 15: start of the playoffs
1is June : NBA Finals start

What is this tournament before the playoffs?

Previously, the top 8 teams from each conference (East and West) qualified for the playoffs. Since 2020, only the first 6 get a direct ticket. The teams of the 7e at the 10e place of each conference compete in a “play-in tournament” for the last places. A way to reinforce the suspense and competitiveness of the regular season, with very intense matches.

So there is a match between the 7e and the 8e of each conference, with the winner in the playoffs. The loser faces the winner between the 9e and the 10e for the ultimate playoff ticket.

Who are the favourites?

Defending champions, the Golden State Warriors are affected by the case of Draymond Green, one of the team’s guards who hit his teammate, Jordan Poole. Beware of the consequences. They should nevertheless be among the favorites with the Boston Celtics (vice-champions) and the Milwaukee Bucks (2021 champions). The Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers are also armed to the teeth.

Stephen Curry (Golden State) and Jayson Tatum (Boston) met in the NBA Finals last June. IA / Reuters / Panoramic

The Brooklyn Nets are apart: their workforce impresses, but their star Kevin Durant asked to leave this summer, then that his coach Steve Nash be fired… before changing his mind. Disorganized. Finally, the Los Angeles Lakers are difficult to gauge. If Anthony Davis is not bothered by injuries, he can, with LeBron James, as in 2020, lead his people to the title. For now, many uncertainties remain.

Can a Frenchman be an NBA champion?

Yes. Nicolas Batum is the Blue best placed to join Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and Ronny Turiaf among the French champions across the Atlantic. He’s a solid part of the Los Angeles Clippers. He skipped Euro 2022 in order to best prepare for the NBA season ahead of him. He is aiming for the grail, just like Rudy Gobert, freshly transferred to the Minnesota Timberwolves, serious outsiders.

Others have some hope despite having a minor role in their team, like Frank Ntilikina at the Dallas Mavericks. Evan Fournier has a slim title shot with the New York Knicks. Finally, remember that Joel Embiid, candidate for the title of MVP with Philadelphia, has a French passport …

Who are the players to follow absolutely?

The candidates for the title of MVP (best player) are numerous. There is, of course, the reigning two-time MVP, Nikola Jokic. The Serbian pivot of the Denver Nuggets dominates with his technique and his knowledge of the game. A bit like the Slovenian maestro of the Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic. We must also look at the pivot Joel Embiid, dolphin of Jokic each time.

Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets) and Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers) in March 2022. IA / Reuters / Panoramic

And how can we ignore the 2019 and 2020 MVP, the Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, or the best shooter in history, Stephen Curry (Golden State)? Finally, two players coming out of a white season are highly anticipated: Kawhi Leonard, leader of the Los Angeles Clippers, and Zion Williamson, a 22-year-old physical phenomenon, with the New Orleans Pelicans.

What is this historic record that will fall?

He is also in the category of players to follow, when he will play his 20e professional season in the NBA. LeBron James, 37, will make history with the Los Angeles Lakers. With 37,062 points in the regular season, he is heading straight for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record (38,387 points). Barring injury, and given his performances that defy time, the “King” should become the most prolific scorer in history in January or February 2023. A record that we thought was untouchable since the retirement of Abdul-Jabbar, in 1989.

When will the match take place in Paris?

For the second time in history, an NBA regular season game will take place in France. It will be on Saturday January 19, at the Accor Arena in Paris-Bercy between the Detroit Pistons (where French leader Killian Hayes plays) and the Chicago Bulls. The first such game was in January 2020, at the same venue, with a Milwaukee Bucks victory over the Charlotte Hornets. The Covid-19 pandemic had forced France to be patient before the return of the NBA. This season, Detroit will play at the bottom of the table, while Chicago is aiming for the playoffs.

Why is Victor Wembanyama (very) concerned?

On June 22, 2023, Victor Wembanyama will be drafted (in first position?) in the NBA. The phenomenon of French basketball will look carefully at the bottom of the rankings at the end of the regular season. The lowest ranked teams will maximize their chances of having the N.1 choice at the end of the famous lottery, organized on May 16, 2023. The less ambitious teams could quickly indulge in “tanking”, that is i.e. voluntarily (but not too badly) losing matches in order to increase their chances of having a high draft pick. With, perhaps, the Boulogne-Levallois player in the back of their minds.

Which NBA legends will say goodbye?

At 38, Andre Iguodala has extended a year at the Golden State Warriors, for what will surely be his last season. MVP of the 2015 finals, he was four-time champion with the Warriors (2015, 2017, 2018, 2022), where he aims for a 5e title. Carmelo Anthony (38), legendary scorer, is without a team after a freelance at the Lakers. He is waiting. Identical situation for the pivot Dwight Howard (36 years old).

Apart from the players, the most scrutinized man of this NBA season will surely be coach Gregg Popovich, 73. He will live his 27e season on the bench for the San Antonio Spurs. The last ? This has been suspected for several years now. He is one of the greatest coaches in history due to his longevity and his five championship titles (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014).

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