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The 2022-23 NBA Season Has Started! Latinos Who Will Seek to Make History and Title Favorites

This Tuesday, October 18, the NBA, the United States Private Basketball League, started with a victory for the Boston Celtics team against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Juan Toscano-Anderson, Facundo Campazzo, Raul Neto

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LatinAmerican Post | Paula Andrea Hernández

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During the game played at TD Garden, a special moment was experienced as the local team paid a commemorative act to Bill Russell, who wore the colors of the franchise with jersey number 6. Russell, the winningest player in the history of North American sports, passed away on July 31 at the age of 88. With the Boston Celtics, he won 11 NBA titles in thirteen seasons. As a tribute to, who was also the first African-American coach in the NBA, the number 6 was permanently retired.

Precisely in the Massachusetts team, there is one of the eight Latin American players who will be in this 2022-23 season in the NBA, it is the one born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, Al Horford. In 2021, he was one of the key pieces to reach the NBA finals with the Celtics by becoming the player with the most playoff games. He already has experience, so why not repeat such a feat again.

Along with Al Horford, there is another Latin American who is projected to be one of the most followed, it is the Dominican Karl-Anthony Towns Cruz. His compatriot Chris Duarte will also be in the competition with the Indiana Pacers.

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Another of the Latinos who will seek to make history this season is the Argentine Facundo Campazzo, who recently joined the Dallas Mavericks team, thus completing his third season in the NBA. His compatriot Leandro Bolmaro will also be in the championship with the Utah Jazz.

This season, NBA lovers will also be able to see Mexican Juan Toscano-Anderson of the Los Angeles Lakers. He was champion in the most recent season with the Golden State Warriors by beating the Boston Celtics, being the first Mexican to win an NBA ring.

From South America, the Brazilian Raúl Neto, who passed through Europe, is one of the most recent additions to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Finally, José Alvaro is the eighth Latin American player who will be part of this season, the Puerto Rican will seek the League championship with the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Favorites to Win the 2022-23 NBA Ring

As in the vast majority of competitions, the most recent champion starts as one of the favorites, it is the Golden State Warriors. The Bay team gave a millionaire contract to one of its stars, Jordan Poole, worth 140 million dollars, that is, 35 million dollars a year.

The Boston Celtics, who almost reached glory in the most recent season, acquired Blake Griffin in their squad, a defense that promises to give more security to the current runner-up. For its part, how could the team that has the season's MVP on its roster, Nikola Jokić of the Denver Nuggets, not be a favorite? He was chosen as the most valuable player of the season for the second time in a row, not a minor fact.

For many, one of the favorite teams for the ring is the Milwaukee Bucks, champions in 2021 and who were preparing to be champions last season, but an injury to Khris Middleton led them to experience difficult moments in decisive matches. A new season begins, with new challenges and moments for Basketball lovers.