NBA returns for the 2022-2023 season


Bella Lee, Staff writer

The NBA season began on Oct. 18, and there is already a lot of excitement buzzing. From the Los Angeles Lakers losing their first five games to a variety of teams and players to be on the lookout for, the NBA has a lot of great things to look forward to.

Despite the Lakers being 2-10 as of this writing, small forward and NBA giant LeBron James has a lot of hills that he can keep climbing. James could potentially pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer this season. He is also only the ninth player in NBA history to reach 20 seasons played. Additionally, James is also cur-rently seventh in all-time assists, 14th in games played and 11th in three-pointers.

However, James is not the only one that could make history. Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic could become the fourth player in NBA history to win MVP honors three times in a row. Only 13 players have won MVP honors back-to-back, but if Jokic can do it three times, he will join greats Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Larry Bird in achieving this astounding feat. This could also be a breakout year for Zion Williamson, the number one pick in the 2019 NBA draft whose career has so far been marred by injuries, causing him to have only played 85 games so far.

This past season the New Orleans Pelicans made it to the playoffs for the first time in four years before losing in the first round, so with Williamson, they have a chance of going even further. There are also some impres-sive age gaps in the league. The youngest player, Detroit Pistons’ Jalen Duren, is days away from turning 19 years old. On the other hand, the Miami Heat’s Udonis Haslem is 42 years old, making him older than five current head coaches.

James is older than three cur-rent head coaches, while the Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala is older than four of them. The youngest head coach in the NBA currently is the Utah Jazz’s Will Hardy, who is only 34 years old; there are currently 19 active players that are older than him. Like James, Haslem is enter-ing his 20th season in the NBA. He is one of only three players to spend 20 or more years with the same team, joining the late and great Kobe Bryant, who stayed with the Laker for all 20 of his seasons, and Dirk Nowitzki, who played all 21 seasons with the Dallas Mavericks.

Carmelo Anthony could also mark his 20th year in the NBA if he gets signed by a team. Over-all, the NBA could hit 14 million points altogether fairly soon. The most notable coach to keep an eye out for right now is Gregg Popovich, the coach for the San Antonio Spurs. He has faced off against 163 coaches so far in his career, and only needs three more to hit the most of all time. At 74, he is also the oldest cur-rently active coach in the NBA. However, Popovich is dealing with quite a young team; Jordan Hall is 20 and the Spurs have five other players—Joshua Primo, Blake Wesley, Dominick Barlow, Malaki Branham and Jeremy Sochan—who are still 19 as this season begins. This year’s NBA season is sure to be exciting!