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NBA season preview

As the basketball world prepares for the start of the NBA season in late October, we look ahead to what fans across the world can expect from the 2015-2016 season. The anticipation has been steadily rising throughout the year, with a number of multimillion dollar free agent signings and a dramatic shift in coaching positions, it is a guarantee that teams will have a fresh new look in expectation of the new season.

One of the major talking points of the 2015-2016 season is the return of Kevin Durant to the NBA. Having won the league’s MVP award, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s star had a disastrous season last year after being blighted with three foot injuries in six months.

OKC were clearly missing their star player as they failed to make the playoffs for the first time since Durant’s second NBA season. So what are fans expecting from Durant as he makes his return? Many have taken to Twitter to predict the NBA awards for next season with Durant set to be crowned MVP once again, but whether the OKC star can reclaim his title is another reason to follow the NBA season this year.

Fans of NBA merchandising will also be excited to see a change in jerseys on court this season as the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks and the Philadelphia 76ers unveiled their new uniforms back in June.

This is alongside the news that Adidas announced their departure from the NBA after 11 years, the end of their contract in 2017 allows Adidas to concentrate on sponsorships with individual players. The company has already cemented multimillion dollar deals with four NBA draft picks, including James Harden and Andrew Wiggins.

There will undoubtedly be a great deal of drama in the 2015-2016 season, how will DeAndre Jordan’s first trip to Dallas fare after the July moratorium? Will LaMarcus Aldridge live up to expectations at five time NBA champions San Antonio Spurs? Whatever happens it is almost a guarantee there will be something to suit all fans.

So that’s it, the entire basketball world is on the edge of their seat for another thrilling season and all that’s left now is to watch, follow, tweet and show your support for your chosen team.

By Amanda Manders

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