Here is our look at the best teams to watch this season and what makes them special.
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From former MVP Russell Westbrook to the Knicks' Mitchell Robinson, these are the players we're watching.
With the battle for Los Angeles almost underway, Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Dave McMenamin and Ramona Shelburne begin by outlining how the Lakers and Clippers can make a deep playoff run this season. Then, they discuss the chances for the new-look Warriors and how continuity can help the Blazers get over the hump (15:20). Plus, the crew takes a look at the Russell Westbrook/James Harden dynamic in Houston (24:46) before diving into the Jazz and Nuggets.
The Clippers and Lakers will play at Staples Center on Dec. 25, sources told ESPN. Other Christmas Day games include Bucks at 76ers and Celtics at Raptors, sources said.
The Nuggets have agreed to a multiyear deal with forward Vlatko Cancar, who was the 49th pick by Denver in the 2017 draft.
Denver Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas joins the Woj Pod to discuss the Western Conference arms race, the discovery and development of All-NBA center Nikola Jokic, the evolution of scouting perceptions toward European prospects, the KGB's role in allowing him to be the first USSR-born player to be allowed to leave for college basketball, playing against the Dream Team in the 1992 Olympics with Sabonis and much more.
The Nuggets signed point guard Jamal Murray to the five-year, $170 million extension that the sides agreed to last month.