Opening week of the NBA Season: Winners and Losers
New York Basketball
The Brooklyn Nets are now officially apart of New York City. The New York Knicks have always been, and are currently playing like the best team in the Big Apple and even the whole league. The Knicks are off to a hot 4-0 start with impressive wins over the Heat, Sixers twice, and the Mavericks. Carmelo Anthony looks as if he is a serious threat for the MVP trophy this year. The scary apart about the Knicks, is that they are playing this good without Amare Stoudemire. The other team in New York has not looked as good, but have looked solid. The Nets are 3-2 with wins over the Raptors and Magic twice. Not the most impressive wins, but for how the Nets have been in the past few seasons, they will take this. Great start for New York City.
It is hard to believe that being traded to the Houston Rockets from the contending Thunder makes Harden the winner, but with how he has played in a first option role, he is a big time winner. Harden shocked the league after scoring 37 points on opening night and 45 points the next night. He has cooled down a bit, but still looks like an all-star this year. James Harden and Jeremy Lin have developed good chemistry early and could be a dominate back court for years to come. It will be difficult, but if Harden could keep the scoring up and lead his Rockets to the playoffs, he could be a serious MVP candidate.
After winning the NBA championship last season, the Heat looked primed to go out and win another. The Heat have jumped to a 5-1 record even with Dwayne Wade’s injuries. Ray Allen has been playing great for Miami off the bench. I am sure the fans are disappointed with a loss against their rivals,The Knicks, but Miami will see them again. LeBron James has played good so far and is the favorite for the MVP award.Everything seems to be going well in Miami at the start of this NBA season.
Dion Waiters, Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis
Three of the best rookies so far are Dion Waiters, Damian Lillard, and Anthony Davis. The number four pick in last years draft, Dion Waiters, has played great next to Kyrie Irving. Waiters has surprised many by his scoring ability. He has been averaging 16 points per game for the Cavaliers. Along with that, he has been playing suffocating defense. Damian Lillard is easily the most impressive rookie right now. Lillard has had multiple big games and has been averaging almost 19 points and 7 assists. He has been playing great with LaMarcus Aldridge and looks like the leader for the Rookie of the Year award. The number one pick from Kentucky has looked very good as well. Even with some injuries, Davis has proved his worth as the top pick. Davis has been averaging 17 points per game, 8 rebounds, and almost 3 blocks. He has helped the Hornets get to a decent 3-2 start.
Kevin Love’s Supporting Cast
Coming into the season, The Timberwolves were expected to finally get back to the playoffs. Devastation hit though, as Kevin Love broke his hand. With Kevin Love out 6-8 weeks, the supporting cast of Kevin Love were going to have to get the Wolves off to a great start to help push them back into the playoff discussion. So far, they have did just that. The Timberwolves have got off to a 4-2 start with impressive wins over the Pacers and Nets. Kevin Love and the recovering Ricky Rubio should be pleased by the way their teammates are playing
Los Angeles Lakers
Yes, it is very early in the season. Either way, the Lakers have gotten off to a very disappointing start. In fact, it has been so disappointing they recently fired their head coach, Mike Brown. With controversy this early in the season, it will be interesting to see how they bounce back. The Lakers are 2-4 and are yet to beat a winning team. It also does not help that Steve Nash has to sit out with a leg injury for a week. The Lakers will eventually pick it up and get back to their winning ways, but it still has been a scary start for Laker fans.
The Pistons have been in the lottery the past few seasons and they look to be right back to that spot with how they have started. The Pistons are off to a terrible 0-7 start. Greg Monroe has played well, but there is just not enough talent on this team to help him out. Andre Drummond should be cracking the starting lineup soon, as he recently scored 22 points and had 8 rebounds along with it. It will be another long season for Detroit.
The “Spurs are too old” Theory
We hear it every year. The Spurs are too old. Duncan and Parker are past their primes. They can not do it. Well once again, they are proving everybody wrong. The Spurs are off to a great 6-1 start with wins over the Thunder and Pacers. Tim Duncan has been averaging 19 points per game and almost 10 rebounds. His partner in crime, Tony Parker, has not been off to such a hot start though. Still, the Spurs are surprising everybody again and are a threat to get to the finals.
Thomas Robinson, Bradley Beal, Terrence Ross
These rookies have not a very good start to their careers. Thomas Robinson has been only averaging 4 points and 3 rebounds per game. Not so great for the number five pick.Even worse, he was recently ejected and suspended for throwing an elbow to Jonas Jerebko. Bradley Beal has not had a terrible start, but has not been close to the expectations he was receiving. Beal is averaging 13 points per game, but is shooting under 40 percent. Terrible for somebody who received Ray Allen comparisons. In his first game, he was dominated by the man drafted one pick behind him, Dion Waiters. Terrence Ross was taken with the 8th pick to the Raptors, and has had a very tough time finding time in the rotation. Ross is averaging 4 points per game and can not seem to get any meaningful minutes. There is a long time before these players can be called busts. They have just gotten off to an unwanted rough start.
Andrew Bynum is now the man in Philadelphia. Even as being the man, Bynum is yet to play in a game. Andrew has a long history of knee injuries and has carried it to Philadelphia. There is no time table for his return and it may be away till the 76ers get their prized big man. The Sixers organization has remained awfully quiet about the big mans injury as well. Even with Bynum out, the Sixers have gotten off to a good 4-2 start led by Jrue Holiday.
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