The NBA has a 24 second shot clock where the team on offense has that allotted amount of time, to attempt a shot before turning the ball over to the opposing team. In this case, I'm giving 24 brief thoughts about the first month or so in the NBA, not necessarily in 24 seconds.
1. The Spurs are an eye-popping 10-0 on the road and currently hold a 14-3 record. After starting the season 5-3, it just goes to show that the Spurs are probably the most composed and professional organization of our time.
2. The MVP Race this season is in for a wild ride. Check out 3-7.
3. James Harden still leads the league in assists, averaging 12.2 per game, and rounding out the stat line with averages of 28.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 3.1 3-pointers made per game. Harden has the Rockets 5th in the western conference standings with an 11-6 record.
4. Russell Westbrook is a hair mark away from averaging the first triple double since the Big O. "The Brodie" is filling up the stat sheet nightly with averages of 31.2 points, 11.1 assists, 9.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals. Westbrook has led the Thunder to 6th in the Western Conference Standings at 10-8 for the season.
5. Kawhi Leonard doesn't have as eye-popping numbers as the two players mentioned before him, yet he has led the Spurs to a 14-3 record, with 6 new players in the roster this season. Leonard is averaging 24.8 points, 3.2 assists, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per game.
6. LeBron James has led the reigning champion Cavaliers to the League's second best record at 13-2. LeBron is currently averaging 23.6 points, 9.7 assists, 8.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.
7. Kevin Durant has meshed well with his new team in Golden State. The Warriors currently own the league's best record at 15-2 and are amidst an 11 game win streak. KD is averaging 27.2 points, 8.1 rebouds, 4.8 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.6 blocks per game.
8. The Clippers started off red hot. And have recently cooled off losing back-to-back games on the start of their eastern conference road trip to the Pistons and the Pacers. They should be able to right the ship and come back to winning ways, but keep a close eye as the season progresses. Clippers are 14-4.
9. The LA Lakers are playing pretty well for a young team with low expectations, they stand at 9-9. Many projected the T'Wolves would have been playing as well as the Lakers this season, yet they stand at 5-11. Is this expected to hold for the remainder of the season for these young rosters?
10. Portland Trailblazers are under-performing and are currently 9th in the west with a 9-10 record. Many, like myself, had this team winning 50 games, at this rate that's not looking likely. Has this team's lack of talent/depth caught up to it, or will we see Terry Stotts right the ship and get back to the team's winning ways?
11. One of the biggest enigmas this season has to be the Sacramento Kings. It's like they got something going for them in Demarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay but don't really have anything else. This franchise and organization has got to get it together. One positive though, Demarcus Cousins is shooting 41% from three this season, and he's a "Big man".
12. The Knicks are .500 at 8-8 and have gotten some pretty impressive wins. Derrick Rose is playing well( not as far as vintage Rose but still playing well), Carmelo is leading the team, and Kristaps Porzingis has found his groove.
13. The Pacers are also .500 at 9-9 and just beat the clippers the other night without Paul George. Pacers are currently 3-3 without their star.
14. Detroit is performing better than expected without their starting Point Guard. They currently hold an 8-10 record and are 10th in the Eastern Conference. Point Guard Reggie Jackson is said to be nearing his return. Expect to see an uptick in wins once he returns.
15. The Magic posted the best defense in the league last week, but that doesn't help any when you also post the worst shooting percentage in the league (40.8). The Magic are 6-11 and have lost 4 in a row entering a road trip.
16. Boston is starting to find it's rhythm after getting Jae Crowder, and Al Horford back from injury. The Celtics are currently 9-7 and are 6-4 in their last ten games.
17. Chicago is playing really great and are on pace from taking the 2nd spot from the Toronto Raptors. Jimmy Butler has entered the MVP conversation with averages of 25.8 points, 4.1 assists, 6.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals.
18. Charlotte Hornets came out the gates this season scorching Hot as did Kemba Walker. They seemed to have cooled off now though at their current record 9-7, and losers of 6 of their last 10 games.
19. The Pelicans have finally picked up some wins, and it's only right with Anthony Davis having a tremendous season. It's also good to see Jrue Holiday back in uniform. The Pelicans are 6-12. AD leads the league in blocks and points per game.
20. The Dallas Mavericks are the product of a team that has an owner that thinks that short term solutions is the way to go in the NBA. All of those Free agent signings every summer, to patch holes in the roster, has done nothing but lead this team to an NBA worst 3-13 record.
21. Memphis is playing with a much faster pace this season, and it seems to be working. The Grizz are 11-6. Having Marc Gasol healthy also helps.
22. Giannis Antetokounmpo is really coming into his own this Season. He has the much improved Bucks at 7-8 and 9th in the Eastern Conference.
23. Toronto is 10-6 but they play too much iso-basketball. The Raptors are in the bottom half of the league in assists per game.
24. Brooklyn, Philadelphia, and Dallas are all below 5 wins this season having played at least 16 games. The race for the number 1 pick begins now?
My name is Aldemar and I created this blog to discuss topics about the NBA.
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