The Utah Jazz and the reigning conference champion Suns, owners of the two best records in the league last season, are running it back with their cores intact, while contenders such as the LA Clippers and Denver Nuggets are without key stars for the majority of the season. Johnson shot 39.0% from deep during his rookie season, but that dipped to 34.9% last season. Then Murray went down a few weeks later with a devastating torn ACL on April 12.
The Nuggets will once again rely heavily on the reigning MVP, who had a magical season with 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists last season. It’s worth noting that Porzingis had his most efficient season while averaging 20.1 points per game last season.