CLUTCH Summary: When considering NBA League Pass for the 2019-20 season, there are five teams that will be worth your hard-earned cash
These teams don’t have the national television opportunities that top contenders have
The Hawks, Magic, Bulls, Kings, and Pacers are the teams to watch on NBA League Pass this season
Going into the 2019-20 NBA campaign, we know that the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers are basically the top two contenders in the West, and the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers seem primed to rule the East.
Then there are clubs like the Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets, all of whom are going to be on national television a heck of a lot next season.
But what about the teams that aren’t as universally recognized but are still fun to watch?
Here are five teams worth watching on NBA League Pass next year.
5. Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks aren’t going to be making the playoffs and are still a couple of pieces away from truly completing their rebuild, but with Trae Young and John Collins, not to mention an under-the-radar wing in Kevin Huerter and incoming rookie Cam Reddish, there are plenty of reasons to tune in to Hawks games during the 2019-20 campaign.
Let’s be honest, though: the primary draw is Young, who is coming off of a terrific rookie season and is probably the closest thing to young Stephen Curry that we have seen since, well, young Stephen Curry.
Young was unlimited range from deep, and what he lacks in size and athleticism he makes up for in toughness, grit, savvy and smooth offensive skill. This kid is a joy to watch, and Collins is no slouch, either.
Atlanta has just one nationally televised game on the schedule, so NBA League Pass is the way to go for this squad.
4. Orlando Magic
The Magic were one of the biggest surprises in the NBA this past season, winning 42 games and making it to the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-12 season.
The thing is, Orlando wasn’t just some team that got hot during the final stretch. The Magic were legitimately a staunch defensive ballclub and had a heck of a lot of length up front. To make things even more nightmarish for opposing offenses, they are getting Mohamed Bamba back and also signed Al-Farouq Aminu on a great deal. Let’s also not forget they re-signed Nikola Vucevic, who may very well be the most underrated player in the league.
Yet, for some reason, Orlando is only on national TV once this coming year.
The Magic aren’t title contenders or anything, but they will be a pretty big pain for someone in the first round of the playoffs, and they are worth monitoring during the regular season as a result.
3. Chicago Bulls
It wasn’t long ago that Gar Forman and John Paxson were on the verge of having to defend their homes from legions of angry Bulls fans carrying torches and pitchforks. Now, they have built an exciting young team capable of …read more