NBA: 9 Tantalizing storylines that will dominate and shape the 2023-24 season

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Heading into the start of the season, we explore nine tantalizing storylines that will shape the new NBA year. 

After what felt like a long NBA offseason, the official start of the 2023-24 regular season is here. The NBA’s opening week has finally arrived and we can now begin to break down actually basketball activities. Make no mistake, the transaction can, at times, be quite entertaining, but there’s just something about the smell of actual, meaningful basketball in the air.

What are the basketball-related storylines that are going to dominate and shape this NBA season? We explore nine of the biggest to get the season started.

9 Biggest NBA storylines to tip-off the new year

How will Damian Lillard look in Milwaukee?

I don’t think it’s any surprise that one of the bigger storylines to follow heading into the 2023-24 NBA season will center around how Damian Lillard looks as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks. After finally deciding that it was time for a change, many eyes will be keeping a close eye to see if Lillard can finally end his NBA championship drought.

Even though he didn’t find his way to his preferred destination, the Miami Heat, you can make the argument that Lillard landed in a best-case scenario for him. If Lillard’s goal is to win a championship, the Bucks were the ideal landing spot. Now it’s time for him to prove it.

On paper, the trio of Lillard, Khris Middleton, and Giannis Antetokounmpo seems like a match made in Heaven. Can they actually get the job done?