Like the NBA this past summer — I have decided to terminate my hiatus and rededicate myself to producing the best content I can deliver during these trying times, but this time, at a more consistent rate.
Before I dive into basketball content, make sure you follow @BucketsDistrict on Twitter for real-time updates on happenings within the world of basketball and districtofbuckets on Instagram for a more freely-expressed love and appreciation of the game.
And just like that, time to get back to basketball.
The NBA’s 2020-2021 Return
Buried under draft talk, trade rumors, and everything going wrong with the Houston Rockets, many fans are forgetting that the NBA and NBPA agreed to place the start of the 2020-2021 season on December 22, 2020.
At first glance, I get a feeling of pure joy, knowing the NBA will be the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season. At second glance, a thought of why the league should make starting around or on Christmas Day the norm comes to mind.
NBA Christmas Day games are always electric, the stars put on a show, and a decision to start the season on that day permanently adds significance for the day — as it relates to basketball — for new fans.
Along with an exciting atmosphere for fans, the league can show off some of the best alternate jerseys on players riding a wave of optimism that can only exist when records are 0-0.
On the schedule front, the league will stay away from the TV rating disaster of playing at the same time as the MLB playoffs, thus placing the Finals back in its rightful place in a competition with the NHL during the dead part of the baseball season.
Looking forward to the return this holiday season.
Who I’m Taking #1 Overall
The 2020 NBA Draft takes place on November 18th, and the basketball world has eyes firmly planted on the Minnesota Timberwolves with the first selection.
I’ve seen reports that say the Wolves are taking Anthony Edwards, and as of the last few weeks, reports saying that they are either planning to take LaMelo Ball or possibly trade back in the draft.
The correct move will show itself in time, but at this moment, if you hold the number one overall selection in the 2020 NBA Draft, you take one guy.
I’ll keep this brief. (More DoB draft content coming this weekend)
Anthony Edwards should be the number one pick in the draft.
Time will tell if he will have the best career, but in this current moment, Edwards is the most NBA ready guy you could select at the top of the draft.
He’s a combination of elite physicality and shot-making at the guard spot. You need both to compete every night in the NBA, and with proper coaching and development, Edwards could blossom into a superstar.
Watching Edwards play at Georgia was astounding. When he is feeling it, and the shots are falling, you see the guy who dropped 33 in the second half against Michigan State in Maui last season.
If he maximizes his talent, there is reason to think the Maui style performance can make an appearance in the league on a regular basis.
The Upcoming Week In Buckets
Shoutout to everyone who made it to the end.
I’m working on becoming more consistent with my content, so I wanted to let you know about some of the things I have planned for the next week.
Nov. 15- 2020 NBA Draft Special
This weekend I am releasing my thoughts on the upcoming draft. Everything from the players and the potential implications that draft success can have on teams looking to improve in 2021.
Nov. 18– Walking Buckets
Highlighting a few scorers fans should be excited to score more of.
Nov. 22– Players returning from injury in the 2020-2021 NBA season
A focus on how injured players from the previous season might perform this year.
Can’t wait to get to work.