As a child, Larry Nance Jr couldn’t help but be influenced by basketball.
His father – three-time NBA All-Star Larry Nance Sr – won the league’s first Slam Dunk Contest; his home town – Akron, Ohio – is the birthplace of the legendary LeBron James.
It came as little surprise, then, that Nance Jr should forge a career in the sport.
Now 25, he is preparing for his second season at the Cleveland Cavaliers, whom he joined from the Los Angeles Lakers last season.
A move back to the city he loves was followed by the Cavs taking his father’s number out of retirement for him – which he says was a “dream come true”.
James, his idol, has since moved in the opposite direction.
But how have the Cavs adapted to his departure? And who are the players – and teams – to watch in the new NBA season?