The new NBA season has finally begun, and although the league has only been back for two weeks, it’s lived up to the hype of the summer off season. Already, there are so many talking points that have fans buzzing about what’s to come, others already disappointed about the fortunes their season has displayed. There have already been some great prime time games, fights, and injuries that have changed the course of the season. Let’s get you up to date on everything going on in the league.
In the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat find themselves leading the pack. But the talking point of the 76ers season wasn’t beginning on a small win streak; it was the brawl between Joel Embiid and Karl Anthony Towns that saw both players suspended for two games. The Sixers have appeared to be a great side, and although adding Al Horford in the summer, in three games so far this season, Embiid, Horford, Ben Simmons, and Tobias Harris have all scored in double figures. After a disappointing end to the season against the Toronto Raptors last year, they are looking to bounce back.
Speaking of the Raptors, Kawhi Leonard’s departure hasn’t slowed them down just yet. They have begun the season 4-2. Pascal Siakam has taken his game to another level, averaging 26 points, and 8.5 rebounds per game. Their only loss has come against the Celtics, but time will tell how good this team is. Over the next two weeks they will play the Lakers, Pelicans, and Clippers. The consistency of the defending champions system has allowed them to look formidable so far.
The West has always been the more competitive and had the more depth of the two conferences. The major talking point of the West is the battle of Los Angeles. The Lakers and the Clippers played a very interesting game on opening night, with the latter pulling away in the fourth quarter. The Clippers formula of great defense and a very talented offense has seen them rise to 5-2. Despite adding Kawhi Leonard, the team has looked to gel very nicely thus far.
The Lakers on the other hand have looked equally impressive so far. Anthony Davis has taken much of the scoring load off of LeBron James, exemplified by his 40 point, 20 rebound effort in just 31 minutes last week. This has given James more of a chance to focus is facilitating on offense, and he’s averaging 11.2 assists so far this season. Unsurprisingly, the Lakers have also showed tremendous improvement on defense. Due to the tremendous length of the team, James, Davis, JaVale McGee, and Dwight Howard, they lead the league in blocked shots.
It’s scary to think that the two teams from the city of angels haven’t even reached their full potential yet, as Kyle Kuzma is just returning for the Lakers and Paul George still awaits to return.
Meanwhile, the West has shown signs of getting even more competitive due to the New Orleans Pelicans and Phoenix Suns showing great signs of improvement this season. Devin Booker is averaging 26.1 points per game for the Suns and Brandon Ingram is averaging 25.9 points per game for the Pelicans. The two teams that normally sit towards the bottom have shown great potentially making the playoffs. It would not be surprising if one of them steals the 8th seed.
The Warriors are trending in the opposite direction. They have started the season 2-5 and Steph Curry’s hand injury might have just eliminated any chance of them being a formidable team out west.
The league hasn’t even reached its 10 game mark, and so much has already taken place that has caught fans’ eyes. Be sure to stay tuned to keep up with the latest in the NBA. The season has only just begun…