The 2020-2021 season for the Sacramento Kings was one that had its ups and downs. On one hand, the Kings had an exciting mix of young guys and were a good offensive team, but they were one of the worst defensive teams in the league and there is uncertainty with the roster going forward.
The Cleveland Cavaliers started the 2020-2021 season 3-0 including a 118-94 blowout win versus conference contenders, the Philadelphia 76ers. That three-game win streak which would be the second-highest of their season would be short-lived.
The Orlando Magic had an interesting approach to the 2020-2021 season. However, it was quickly realized that this core was just not going to be able to get it done and the Magic had a firesale at the deadline.
The Indiana Pacers had to battle through different elements to try and have a successful season in 2021. The Pacers hired former Mavericks coach, Rick Carlisle, who is back for his second stint with the team after coaching them previously.
The Detroit Pistons were one of the worst teams in the NBA during the 2020-2021 season, but being so terrible may have paid off. The Pistons won the NBA Draft Lottery and selected Oklahoma State point guard Cade Cunningham with the first pick.
After getting a taste of playoff basketball last season, the Memphis Grizzlies are looking to build on their recent success. They have improved in each of Taylor Jenkins’ first two seasons as head coach and will look to do the same in year three.