Just two days left before we officially welcome the start of the NBA's 2015-2016 season (October 28, Philippine time)!
But before we celebrate a new round of hoops action from the greatest basketball league on the planet, let's take a look back at the finest plays of the just-concluded preseason. Sure, they're warm-up games at best, but these "practice sessions" still produced the kinds of plays that will make any fan stoked for the upcoming regular season.
Steph Curry's Slip-And-Three
The Golden State Warriors faced the Los Angeles Lakers on October 17 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California, on a basketball court that was really slippery. In fact, coaches and officials decided to end the game after GSW's Leandro Barbosa slipped on the court in the third quarter.
Also falling victim was the Warriors' Steph Curry. Early in the third quarter, the league’s reigning MVP slipped while bringing the ball down the court. The Lakers' Jordan Clarkson wanted to take advantage, but Curry, sensing the danger, gathered himself, unleashed his godly handles, and swished a booming step-back three.
The Los Angeles Lakers' Larry Nance Jr. Is Now An Early Dunk Contest Favorite
Larry's Nance Jr.'s father, Larry Nance Sr., was the first-ever winner of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest (way back in 1984). Judging by how his son soared and destroyed the rim (and GSW's Feztus Ezeli's confidence), it sure looks like Nance Jr. inherited his dad's high-flying genes. In fact, with that dunk, we think he's earned a ticket to this year's Slam Dunk Contest! Let's see if he can also win it all, just like his pops.
The Charlotte Hornets Are Now Buzzing With Impressive Basketball Movement
Looks like the Hornets' offense is no longer stuck with Al Jefferson's left block dominance and Kemba Walker's ankle breakers. The team has signed a talented playmaker in Jeremy Lin as well as passing big man Spencer Hawes to speed up the flow of their offense. We don't know about you but we could be seeing more plays like that sweet highlight above in the regular season. Somewhere in North Carolina, team owner Michael Jordan is definitely smiling.
No Defense Can Stop Lob City From Rising...
...especially when you have Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan both running on full steam out on the open court. You might want to just get out of the way, grab your smartphone, and record the high-flying spectacle that's about to happen. Too bad the Portland Trail Blazers’ Myers Leonard and Ed Davis didn't get the memo. Also, that was a lame shot block attempt, Maurice Harkless.
Boogie Bullies Anthony Davis At The Rim
The New Orleans Pelicans' superhuman Anthony Davis led the league in total blocks last season after accumulating 200 stoppages. Seeing the 21-year-old All-Star patroling the paint will certainly make opposing ballers think twice about driving inside. The Sacramento Kings' star center DeMarcus Cousins is definitely not one of them though.
During their preseason matchup with the Pellies last October 17, DeMarcus Cousins fearlessly drove to the basket while being guarded by Davis. Then, Boogie quickly switched the ball to his right hand and delivered a soul-shattering slam straight on Davis' face. Ouch.
Kevin Durant Is Back
KD's certainly elated now that he's back on the floor with his Oklahoma Thunder buddies. He definitely unleashed some of his bottled-up excitement on October 9 when OKC played against Turkish baskeball team Fenerbahce Ulker in Chesapeake Arena. After faking his defender with a couple of hesitation jabs, the Slim Reaper unleashed his scythe and went for a big slam, killing former Washington Wizard Jan Vesely's reputation.
Aaron Gordon And Mario Hezonja Bounce Pass Magic
Aaron Gordon and Mario Hezonja are two of Orlands's young key players. During their preseason game with division rivals Miami Heat, they showed that the future is shining bright for Orlando with an awesome bounce-pass 'oop! Looks like the Magic will be really fun to watch!
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