14 December 2020 02:33
Which NBA Western Conference players are primed to breakout in 2021 With the 2020-2021 NBA season drawing near, it's time to start looking at each roster and identify which players are primed for a breakout season. Breakouts can vary depending on the player and team – In recent years, we've seen some first-rounders become stars (Donovan Mitchell, Jason Tatum, Bam Adebayo) and we've seen relatively unknown players become top-end rotation level players (Gary Trent Jr, Montrezl Harrell, Duncan Robinson) on contenders. If this NBA season is anything like the current NFL, we can expect many key players to miss time due to the pandemic and coaches will be forced to extend their typical rotations to 10, sometimes 12 players. This will give more opportunity for some players to showcase their abilities and make a big impact on their respective teams. Let's look at each Western Conference team and project which player will have a big impact this 2020-2021 season.
Four NBA teams that will take a step back in 2020-21 NBA preseason for the 2020-21 season is officially underway with the regular season slated to begin in less than 10 days. After a shortened offseason, there are plenty of questions heading into the start of the basketball year. From how the teams that played deep into the NBA's restart will perform to how new players will look in their new landing spots; the 2020-21 season is set up to be one of the most entertaining seasons in recent history. Of course, that's assuming the global pandemic doesn't throw a wrench in the season once again. As we inch closer to the official start of the 2020-21 NBA season, we explore four teams that will be taking a step back this season.
Arena: Barclays Center The Nets announced that their preseason home game will be played without fans. Later on December 4, they said the Barclay Center will be following New York State guidelines to decide whether when fans can return to games. Arena: Spectrum Center The Hornets announced that they will be holding home games without fans this season. The franchise said they hope to have fans in attendance later this season. Arena: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse The Cavaliers revealed their initial health and safety plan, including a state-restricted, reduced seating limit of 300 fans per game. Although, no fans will be in attendance for preseason games. Arena: Bankers Life FieldHouse The Pacers announced they will not have public ticket sales however, the team said it will "look forward to having fans back" at home games in January and will give updates in the near future. Arena: Amway Center The Magic announced that they are in the process of developing a socially distanced, limited capacity plan. Also, the health and safety of "everyone connected to our game will be the top priority." Arena: Golden 1 Center The Kings announced that games will be played without a crowd but fans have an opportunity to purchase a cutout so that they can be part of the action. Arena: Vivint Home Smart Arena Capacity: 18,306 The Jazz announced that they will play home games at their arena with a limited number of fans and all preseason games will be played without fans.