This may seem hard to believe, but prior to 2015, I wasn’t a huge basketball fan. I obviously knew the Kings were bad and heard about some of the players, but I didn’t follow the sport even a fraction of how I do now. Thankfully for me, I was officially introduced to the NBA in what I believe was the greatest season in NBA history.
At first thought, you may not think the 2015-2016 season was all that amazing. Everything about it: the prior offseason, the regular season, the postseason, and even all-star weekend went down in history for crazy reasons. Today, I am going to take you back in time to look at some of the amazing things that happened in this season.
2015 NBA Draft
As most of you know, the 2015 NBA Draft was one of the greatest in league history. Karl-Anthony Towns was the first overall pick and is already expected to be a superstar in the near future.
Future all-stars include Towns, D’Angelo Russell who was picked second, Kristaps Porzingis who was picked fourth, Myles Turner who was picked eleventh, and Devin Booker who was picked thirteenth.
This draft was also responsible for some amazing role players like Willie Cauley-Stein, Bobby Portis, Larry Nance Jr, and even second round talent like Willy Hernangomez, Richaun Holmes, Josh Richardson, and Norman Powell.
2015 NBA Free Agency
Free agency was highly anticipated. Following the draft, it lived up to the hype. To start, the Kings made the worst trade in NBA history, trading Nik Stauskas, Carl Landry, and picks to the 76ers for literal garbage. The Rockets then traded for Ty Lawson to put themselves in contention.
Once free agency began, the whole NBA would change. As we already know, Lamarcus Aldridge joined the San Antonio Spurs. He was the highest valued free agent who was willing to switch teams. Other players who joined other teams include Greg Monroe who joined the Bucks, Robin Lopez who joined the Knicks, Demarre Carroll who joined the Raptors, Wesley Matthews who joined the Mavericks, and Monta Ellis who joined the Pacers. Rajon Rondo also signed a one-year deal in Sacramento and will forever have a place in my heart.
A small rule change that also affected the NBA greatly also occurred. The eight best teams in each conference would make the playoffs in that order regardless of division standings. While this may seem insignificant, it is a huge step forward toward getting rid of divisions and conference altogether.
How could I forget the Deandre Jordan saga? After agreeing to join the Dallas Mavericks, the Clippers trapped the star center in his house to keep him in Los Angeles. Somehow, it actually worked. Unfortunately, both teams are in awful situations now.