It's about that time again. Basketball fans know what I'm talking about. The NBA tips off the 2009-2010 campaign in a mere two weeks. The greatest athletes from the most athletically demanding sport in existence will all be on display for your viewing pleasure.
No more Sports Center Top Ten's with crappy baseball "highlights"—70 percent of those plays wouldn't be in the top ten if the MLB had any competition during the summer. No more Tuesdays-Fridays having to wait for the NFL to be able to watch sports on television. No more delay, the time is now.
A lot has changed in the league since we last left it, however. Ron Artest is a Laker, Rasheed Wallace is a Celtic, Shaq is a Cavalier, Iverson is a Grizzly and Gilbert Arenas is not out for the season. Yao Ming is.
The strongest teams like the Lakers, Celtics, Magic, Cavs and Spurs seemed to get stronger. Meanwhile bad teams like the Bobcats, Knicks, Bucks, Kings and Timberwolves might have gotten worse.
Middling teams like the Heat, Hawks, Mavericks, Nuggets and Rockets pretty much stayed pat. Add the Wizards into that mix with the return of Gilbert Arenas and you are looking at pretty much the same contending teams as last year.
Since team play will probably be a almost a mirror image of last season, lets focus instead on individual players.
I predict that this is going to be one of the more amazing years for personal statistics that we've seen in a while. With the 2010 free agency period fast approaching players like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, just to name a few, will be playing for 120-130 million dollar contracts.
So to celebrate what should be an awesome season I've decided to spotlight the eight players you need to make it your business to watch this season. Without further ado