3 Reasons why NBA London 2015 Could be the Best yet…

NBA London 2015

Let’s face it, this year’s NBA visit to London isn’t exactly the most mouth-watering encounter we’ve had here in the UK.

The New York Knicks, who were supposed to be the headline act when the game was announced, are in the thick of a 15 game losing streak, boasting a 5-35 record which is good enough for rock bottom across the whole league.

Milwaukee are doing far better, but have lost the star power which really had many NBA fanatics excited for the trip to the English capital in Jabari Parker, who has been ruled out for the season. Also, being such a small market, many UK fans will struggle to relate to the Bucks franchise in general.

So, are we really in for a stinker on Thursday? Or could both of these teams throw together one of the NBA’s best international shows yet?

Carmelo Anthony is still a star player…

Carmelo Anthony London

New York’s season has definitely been one to forget, JR Smith and Iman Shumpert have gone, and their all-star forward has had a number of injury problems to deal with.

However, Melo has expressed a desire to suit up in London despite all the health issues he’s had. He might not be 100% fit, but he still has the ability to light it up on a nightly basis, and if he picks up the scoring load at the O2, we could be in for quite a night.

This season he’s average 23.9ppg, 6.6rpg and 3.1apg, so we can still expect to see a good offensive showing from him if he does play. Plus, having played in London several times now, you can imagine that he sees England as a second home of sorts, so he won’t want to disappoint the crowds.

The Bucks Brand of Basketball

Milwaukee Bucks London

Not everyone in the UK will know of the Milwaukee Bucks, or even pick out the state of Wisconsin on a map, but NBA lovers will be looking forward to seeing Milwaukee play their entertaining brand of basketball at the O2.

Jason Kidd has really proven many of the doubters wrong, using a group of players who weren’t expected to make a playoff push. Brandon Knight is having his best season yet, Giannis Antetokounmpo is an exciting young prospect, and players like O.J. Mayo, Jerryd Bayless and Jared Dudley have all stepped up.

Simply put, the Bucks are well worth their 20-19 record to start the season, and are even challenging the Cleveland Cavaliers for the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference. If they give us a showing at the O2 like they’ve been doing so far this season, it could be an enthralling encounter.

UK NBA Fans Get In the Mood!

NBA London Fans

You know, there’s a reason why the NBA keeps on heading to the UK each season, and that’s because we consistently sell out the O2 Arena and offer an excitable and knowledgeable crowd.

It’s been proven once again this year, despite the issues surrounding the Knicks that UK fans are willing to show in force at the O2, and with fans of the game getting more and more knowledgeable of the league we’re guaranteed a good atmosphere.

It’s not just the general public who get in the mood either; celebrities from across the UK are always up for an NBA trip. London based footballers always show in numbers and names from the world of TV and music also make the odd appearance, giving the fans a glimpse of the stars from both the NBA and entertainment.

So, even though the teams we’re getting might not be the most exciting on paper, those are just a couple reasons why the NBA’s visit to London could be one of the best we’ve seen!

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*All stats/records correct as of 12pm GMT 11/01/12 
Luke Hatfield is the creator and editor of BouncyOrangeBall, with an extensive knowledge of the NBA and basketball in general.

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