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The 2022-23 NBA season has been nothing short of epic. From the league’s best players cementing their legacies to teams achieving historic feats, the NBA has provided some of the best storylines throughout the year – all of which Filipino fans can revisit through NBA League Pass powered by PLDT Home.
As the season culminates with the Miami Heat and the Denver Nuggets battling it out at the top, here’s a look back at some of its best moments:
Big trades shock the league
An NBA season isn’t complete without teams making huge moves before and at the league’s trade deadline. The Dallas Mavericks made the first big move, trading Spencer Dinwiddie and Dorian Finney-Smith to the Brooklyn Nets for Kyrie Irving, adding another superstar to their team to back up Slovenian superstar Luka Doncic.
However, the biggest trade was completed during the deadline, when the Phoenix Suns landed Kevin Durant in a massive four-team deal with the Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers, and the Milwaukee Bucks, helping strengthen their team in time for the playoffs.
LeBron James becomes the all-time leading scorer
LeBron James is no stranger to making history, setting and breaking multiple league records during his legendary career. This year, he became the all-time leading scorer in the Los Angeles Lakers’ February 8 game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
His inspiring play broke the longstanding record of NBA Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, which further establishes him as one of the game’s all-time greats.
Sacramento Kings reach the NBA Playoffs after 16 years
The Sacramento Kings have struggled over the past decade and a half, failing to make the playoffs in 16 consecutive seasons. Looking to shake things up, the Kings reshaped their team by acquiring All-Star Domantas Sabonis and important role players like Malik Monk and Kevin Huerter to strengthen their young squad led by De’Aaron Fox.
By the end of the NBA regular season, the Kings finished 48-34, placing third in the Western Conference and winning the Pacific Division, which broke their long playoff drought. While their season was ended by the Golden State Warriors in the first round, the Kings have proven to be a team on the rise whose focus is on building on their recent successful campaign.
Joel Embiid becomes NBA MVP
After a rough start to his career, Joel Embiid has become one of the premier big men of today’s NBA. His combination of size, strength, and scoring touch has helped the Philadelphia 76ers achieve newfound success to become a perennial playoff team.
This season, he not only led the league in scoring with 33.1 points per game, but also won his first NBA MVP award. He joins the Sixers’ impressive list of MVP winners, which include NBA Legends Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, and Allen Iverson.
Denver Nuggets reach their first NBA Finals
Over the past five seasons, the Denver Nuggets had quietly become the NBA’s up-and-coming teams. With a young core that features two-time MVP Nikola Jokic and an All-Star caliber player like Jamal Murray, they have proven that they have what it takes to bring their team to the next level.
Their incredible performances during the 2023 NBA Playoffs have led them to the Finals, which is the first in their franchise’s history. As a new era of stars emerges, the Nuggets have shown that they have arrived and are ready to take over the league.
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