PBT is previewing the 2015-16 NBA season by tackling 51 big questions that we can’t wait to see answered once play tips off. We will answer one a day right up to the start of the season Oct. 27. Today’s question:
What is your League Pass team? The team you consistently put on because you enjoy watching them play?
Everyone at PBT is a League Pass addict — we’re all watching a ridiculous amount of basketball, watching every team as it moves through the season. But there is always one team you’re drawn back to again and again, the one that may not be the best but you can’t stop watching them. Today we discuss the team we can’t take our eyes off of.
Kurt Helin: Minnesota Timberwolves
I’m going to see plenty of the entertaining powerhouse teams — Cleveland, Oklahoma City, Golden State (which is like Brazil in soccer, they are every fan’s second favorite team to watch). The teams I’m drawn to on LP are the ones with talented young players trying to figure out, and this year no team fits that bill like Minnesota. They have great pieces — Ricky Rubio at the point, Andrew Wiggins at the two, Karl-Anthony Towns (a surprisingly good passer) in the post, then there are the veterans such as Kevin Garnett and Andre Miller. Can’t leave off Zach LaVine, who is must-watch both for his dunks and cringe-worthy point guard decisions. They don’t know how to make it all work yet, but watching them figure it out is half the fun.
Dan Feldman: Cleveland Cavaliers
I was reluctant to pick a team with 25 national TV appearances, but Cleveland is so intriguing, I’m not sure I want to miss a game. LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving were really starting to play beautiful basketball together before the latter two got hurt in the playoffs. The surrounding drama is even more intriguing. Will LeBron and David Blatt get along? Will LeBron and Love? Will Blatt use Love better? Will the Cavs’ big men play well enough that the team can avoid caving to Tristan Thompson? What will J.R. Smith do next? I don’t want to miss it.
Sean Highkin: Orlando Magic
Since the Dwight Howard trade three summers ago, the Magic’s rebuilding effort has been in a weird place: plenty of intriguing talent, but not great coaching and no clear identity. After three years in the lottery, they brought in Scott Skiles to win now, and if there’s one thing Skiles will do as a coach, it’s make a team better in the short term. This Magic roster is full of high-motor guys (Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo, Aaron Gordon) who will respond well to his style. Plus, Mario Hezonja is already appointment television whenever he’s in the game.