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Two NBA Storylines That Need Resolution This Season

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LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers is guarded by Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

We look at two of the biggest NBA storylines that need to be resolved once the regular season resumes play.

It was one of the more compelling NBA seasons of the last decade but the global COVID-19 pandemic cut it short and now all we can do is wait for it to come back.

We may not get this closure under normal conditions but hopefully we can get it nonetheless and just be left wondering what could have been because the season is lost.

LeBron James in the Playoffs

LeBron James had a down year last season, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2004. Since this is his 17th campaign in the NBA, many began to wonder if Father Time finally caught up to him but he was playing like a man on a mission.

The Lakers enjoyed a great deal of success and it had a lot to do with James. LeBron was thriving as their starting point guard, leading the NBA with 10.6 assists per game (a career-best). James also averages 25.7 points and 7.9 rebounds in 34.9 minutes over 60 games, shooting 49.8 percent from the field.

According to former NBA player Kendrick Perkins: “LeBron did tell me that he was going to reclaim his throne in due time and got damn it he’s on a mission right now. 3 Straight Triple Doubles and the season just started! Feel sorry for the rest of the league!!! God Bless America”

The three-time NBA champion turned 35 in December. It is hard not to wonder if he could have sustained this level of play in the playoffs. James has a history of raising his game in the biggest stages and it would be a shame if we don’t get to see what he can do with Anthony Davis and the rest of his teammates in the Los Angeles Lakers.

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Bucks’ NBA Championship Quest

The Bucks were the best team in the league, not just because of their 53-12 record. Milwaukee had an NBA-best +11.2 net rating, almost four points per 100 possessions better than the Lakers. This net rating is the best of any NBA team since 2017.

Only the Mavericks, Clippers and Rockets are ahead of the Bucks in offensive efficiency. They also led the NBA in defensive efficiency, almost two points per 100 possessions better than the Raptors.

BetOnline favors the Bucks to win the Eastern Conference at -225. 5Dimes, on the other hand, has them at +275 to win the NBA Championship. Led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was having another MVP-caliber season and Khris Middleton, the Bucks were firing on all cylinders all season long.

If we have the NBA Playoffs back, the games will likely be played on neutral courts. This means that no matter what happens with the Bucks, we will always wonder how they would have fared under normal circumstances.

Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP