The NBA is almost one month in and as expected it’s not going as everyone thought it would. There have been many ups and downs for the 30 teams in the NBA thus far. Though, besides the ups and downs there have been many surprises and disappointments.
Orlando Magic: Coming into the year everyone was expecting the Orlando Magic to finish with the best odds for the number one overall pick along with the Nets. But one month in and the Magic are currently third in the Eastern Conference. Led by a young up and coming roster with Aaron Gordon leading the league in three point percentage at 55.3 percent, this team has potential. The rest of the year we should keep a eye on just how good this Magic team proves to be.
Detroit Pistons: The Detroit Pistons are the second seed in the East and yes the East is weak but no one was expecting the Pistons to be the second seed this early on. Currently with a record of 10-3, led by a top ten big in the league in Andre Drummond, who is averaging 13 points and 15 rebounds this year could be a surprise team to watch in the playoffs.
Boston Celtics: Okay, okay this isn’t that surprising because they were expected to be good, but this good? Currently 12-2 and that’s 12 wins in a row. The last one coming without the leader of their team in Kyrie Irving who is averaging 21 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 assists per game. This team looks better than the team that Irving left and it’s looking like a smart choice on his part to demand the move.
Kristaps Porzingis: No one gave this man a shot. After Carmelo Anthony was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder everyone wrote this team off as a lottery pick team. The Unicorn has saved the day. Currently averaging 30 points and 7 rebounds a game he looks like a legit MVP candidate thus far.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Let’s get the obvious one out of the way, the Cavs are not playing good. Yes they don’t have Isaiah Thomas but this is deeper than just missing one player. They are currently 6-7 and have lost to teams like the Hawks, Knicks and Pacers, all teams likely to miss the playoffs. Can Thomas save the Cavs?
Lonzo Ball: With so much hype brought on by his father Lavar Ball, we expected Lonzo to perform at least close to the standards of his dad, but he has done the opposite averaging 9 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Which isn’t bad, but his shooting percentage is terrible at 31 percent from the field and 25 percent from deep. It’s certainly not what we expected and he doesn’t look like the future superstar we were promised by his dad thus far.
Oklahoma City Thunder: They aren’t doing terrible (6-7) but as of right now they aren’t in the playoffs. All three of the big three are averaging over 20 points per game and they have a couple good wins but, there is only one ball on the court. Can Anthony become the third option and take less shots. If it came down to the last shot who would take it?