The road to the NBA championship is long and paved with all sorts of bumps. But mostly it’s long — literally.
Like the majority of professional sports, the National Basketball Association isn’t all glitz and glamour. It’s extended road trips and a considerable amount of time away from your friends and family. For those who have spent their entire lives working toward this particular goal, life on the road is a small price to pay to have your dreams come true. Still, that doesn’t make it any less strenuous.
With the release of the 2015-16 NBA schedules, not only are we able to determine which match-ups we’re most excited to see, we’re also now aware of the journey each team will take during the regular season. It’s safe to say, there will be a lot of travel going on this season. The numbers speak for themselves.
The good people at NBA Savant crunched all the information and, fortunately, we were able to see it all broken down on the site Make Gameday Everyday – Powered by Fancred. Even when you see all the numbers laid out in front of you, it still throws you for a loop. It’s a lot of traveling.
Of course, while every team in the NBA takes their talent on the road, some teams will travel considerably more than the rest. With that in mind, here’s a look the five teams that will travel the most during the 2015-16 season.
5. Boston Celtics
- Total Miles: 49,282
In his second season at the helm, Brad Stevens led a Boston Celtics team to 40 wins and an unlikely berth in the postseason. Clearly it didn’t take him long to show he could successfully handle the transition from coaching in college to calling the shots in the NBA. Hopefully he can continue that trend, despite the fact that his club will have to travel a total of 49,282 miles during the 2015-16 season. Knowing the type of coach Stevens is, we’re sure he’ll be able to handle anything thrown his way.
4. San Antonio Spurs
- Total Miles: 50,015
After his San Antonio Spurs made the biggest splash of the 2015 offseason, don’t expect a little travel to rain on Tim Duncan‘s parade. Look at that massive smile on The Big Fundamental’s face? Doesn’t he seem super giddy about the upcoming 2015-16 season? Plus, with all that time on the road, it should give the new players plenty of time to get acclimated to the Spurs’ ways. Not that we think LaMarcus Aldridge or David West should have any trouble.
3. Minnesota Timberwolves
- Total Miles: 51,502
We hope Karl-Anthony Towns — the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft — likes to travel because he’s going to be spending a considerable amount of time on the road during his rookie season. Hopefully the Minnesota Timberwolves will be able to vastly improve on their 16-66 record from the previous year. If that doesn’t happen, it will make the 51,502 total travel miles seem a whole long longer. Losing tends to do that. Just ask Andrew Wiggins (pictured above).
2. Portland Trail Blazers
- Total Miles: 52,225
The Portland Trail Blazers finished the 2014-15 season atop of the Northwest Division with a 51-31 record. Of course, with the team losing a massive amount of talent this past offseason, we have a hard time believing Portland will see the same results. That could make 52,225 miles on the road feel like the lifetime. Time to see what superstar point guard Damian Lillard is really made of.
1. Golden State Warriors
- Total Miles: 53,575
No one ever said defending your crown was easy. However, when it comes to the Golden State Warriors and the upcoming 2015-16 season, the road to a repeat may feel significantly longer.
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and the rest of the Dubs, according to the numbers from NBA Savant, will travel a total of 53,575 miles this season. The most in the entire league — and over 18,000 more than the team the defeated for last year’s title.
Not only do the Golden State Warriors have to cover more ground than any other team in basketball, they’re not even Vegas’ pick to take home the crown. Nothing like a little extra motivation to get you ready for the season.
To see the total miles each NBA team will travel during the 2015-16 season, click here.