Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates with forward Khris Middleton (22) and guard Tony Snell (21) after scoring late in the fourth quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at BMO Harris Bradley Center. |Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sport

2018-2019 Preview: Milwaukee Bucks

Richard Martinez

Following back-to-back playoff appearances, the Milwaukee Bucks look reach for the playoffs for a third straight season. With Mike Budenholzer now in place, the hope is...

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) and center Joel Embiid (21) talk during a break in fourth quarter action against the Brooklyn Nets at Wells Fargo Center. |Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports|

2018-2019 Preview: Philadelphia 76ers

Richard Martinez

The Process is near completion. Last year, the Philadelphia 76ers posted their first winning record since the 2004-05 season. They made the playoffs for the first time since...

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) and Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) talk during the third quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game five of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs. |Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports|

2018-2019 Preview: Boston Celtics

Richard Martinez

The Boston Celtics have won 53 wins or more in back to back seasons. Without Gordon Hayward, the Celtics managed to win 55 games and placed second in Eastern Conference. Eve...

Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) talks with guard Kemba Walker (15) during the second half of the game against the Miami Heat at the Spectrum Center. Hornets win 96-88. |Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports|

2018-2019 Preview: Charlotte Hornets

Richard Martinez

Following back-to-back losing seasons, there seems to be big changes coming to the Queen City. With a new head coach now in place and every player on notice, it...

Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) celebrates with teammate guard Trae Young (11) against the New York Knicks during an NBA Summer League game at the Thomas & Mack Center. |Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports|

2018-2019 Preview: Atlanta Hawks

Richard Martinez

It was just three years ago that the Atlanta Hawks finished the season 60-22 and playing in the Eastern Conference. The days of Al Horford, Paul Millsap, DeMarre Carroll, Ky...

New York Knicks' Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) receives a high-five from Kristaps Porzingis (6) after scoring a 3-pointer against the Utah Jazz during the second half during an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Salt Lake City. |AP Photo/Rick Bowme

2018-2019 Preview: New York Knicks

Richard Martinez

The New York Knicks have not had a successful season since 2012. Even with Phil Jackson at the helm, there was not much winning going on. Now that the coaching ...

Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Clarkson, from left, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma stand on the court during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. |AP Photo/Jae C. Hong|

2018-2019 Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

Richard Martinez

With one of the youngest squads in the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers met some of the expectations and created optimism for their future. After signing the best player in the world and supplyin...

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1), guard Josh Jackson (20) and forward Dragan Bender (35) against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Talking Stick Resort Arena. |Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports|

2018-2019 Preview: Phoenix Suns

Richard Martinez

On what was supposed to be a season of joy and celebration, the Phoenix Suns could not deliver a winning product to their fan base. They posted t...

Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons (left) guard Mike Conley (center) and forward Marc Gasol (right) pose during media day at FedExForum. |Sep 25, 2017; Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports|

2018-2019 Preview: Memphis Grizzlies

Richard Martinez

Entering their 24th season in the NBA, the Memphis Grizzlies try to go out and improve from their 22-60 record from a season ago. The Grizzlies finished the season 14th in t...

San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol (16) and forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) react after a play against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half at Philips Arena. |Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports|

2018-2019 Preview: San Antonio Spurs

Richard Martinez

Entering the league as one of the oldest teams in the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs look to repeat the success they had a season ago. The Spurs finished the season 47-35, good for seventh in th...