NBA First Week In Review

The NBA season finally kicked off last Tuesday night, and I couldn’t be more excited. Here’s my first week assessment.

1. The Indiana Pacers are very good. Lead by superstar Paul George, they’re the only undefeated team left in the NBA. Lets not forget Danny Granger is out the first three weeks of the season nursing a calf injury. Look for them to be one of the top three teams in the Eastern Conference all year.

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2. Dwight Howard looks like the Dwight of old. Yes he’s healthy, and FINALLY happy. Dwight is averaging 17.4ppg to go with 14.6 rpg. Expect to see great things from him and star shooting guard James Harden this year. The Houston Rockets biggest question mark to me is their defense, but they can certainly score with anyone in the league.

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3. The Golden State Warriors look great. They’re off to a 4-1 start, and they’ll only get better as the season goes on. They have two lights out shooters in Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson that can carry the team on any giving night. Look for this team to continue to grow, and yes people they’re a legitimate NBA Finals team.

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4. The Bulls have been awfully rusty to begin the 2013 campaign. As they’re off to a 1-3 start to begin the year. Derrick Rose has struggled shooting 28% from the field. They need to cut down on the turnovers, and score more on offense. Remember offense has been their biggest problem the last several years. No need to panic Bull fans I believe in Derrick Rose and this team.

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5. The Suns, Bobcats, and the Sixers will compete every night. So much for the “Tank For Wiggins” idea everyone thought the bad teams around the NBA were doing. As these three teams have competed every night and they’re a combined 9-6. Yes each team is 3-2, but they’ve been in every game they played early on. As the Bobcats defeated the Raptors and Knicks, and the Sixers defeated the Heat and the Bulls. If these teams are planning on tanking they better do it sooner than later. The Suns look like they have a star in the making in Eric Bledsoe. No wonder why they call him mini Lebron. The Sixers look like they found their point guard of the future in Michael Carter Williams

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6. The Knicks are sluggish out the gate starting off the year 1-3, and to make matters worse they’ve lost their leader on defense in center Tyson Chandler for 4-6 weeks due to a fractured right fibula. Who will step up while Chandler is out? Will that be Amar’e or Kenyon Martin? Knicks must get their defense in order, and get Melo on track. If they continue to lose games and give up points, how long will Mike Woodson remain the head coach? Lets not forget owner James Dolan expects a championship this year.

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The season is still very young, but we look like we’re in store for another great NBA season.

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Clippers Make A Deal

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Clippers have finally traded their biggest trade bait in Eric Bledsoe. Clippers completed a three team trade with the Phoenix Suns, and Milwaukee Bucks. Bledsoe and Caron Butler went to the Suns,  Jared Dudley, and JJ Redick went to the Clippers, and the Bucks received two 2nd round picks. Redick signed a 4-year deal worth 27million with the Clippers in a sign and trade to make this deal work. The Clippers get two shooters that they needed to spread the floor, while the Suns get their PG of the future in Eric Bledsoe to team up with their Center of the future in Alex Len, and a veteran leader in Caron Butler. Bucks had no chance of resigning JJ Redick so I know they’re just excited to receive two 2nd round picks. This deal puts more expectations on the Clippers to be a championship caliber team next year, and to compete for a championship year in and year out. I thought they could of got more for Bledsoe, but I understand they acquired players they needed. I would take Dudley right now over Butler at this point in Butlers career. An JJ Redick is the deadly shooter they needed as well. I still feel that the Clippers need a big man with that can have his back to the basket to score. But they’re on the right track in improving their roster to compete for a championship. Once they acquire that big man you can certainly lookout for them to make noise in the forever improving Western Conference.

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Doc To LA

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Clippers have finally got their head coach. After two week tug-a-war with the Boston Celtics, the Clippers finally hired Doc Rivers. Clippers knew who they wanted all alone and they finally made it happen.  Rivers signed a 3yr deal worth 21-million dollars. Clippers sent a unprotected first round pick in the 2015 draft to acquire Rivers. With this hiring of Doc Rivers the Clippers havenow shot up to be strong title contenders. I like the Doc Rivers hiring for the Clippers, he’s a proven winner who won 416 games in nine seasons with the Celtics which is third most in franchise history and a title in 2007. He now also has the title of Senior Vice President of player personnel with the Clippers. I like this hiring for the Clippers. I thought Donald Sterling would let Clippers nation down again, but he came through at the last minute to land a hall of fame coach. Now the Clippers must put together a roster to compete for championships and their first order of duties is resigning Chris Paul to a max deal. Which I think will happen come July 1st. They must also get the most out of Blake Griffin offensively. The athletic part is already there, but they need for him to develop a jump shot that’s consistent. There has already been rumors of a Eric Bledsoe for Aaron Affalo deal in place, but you can expect another player and picks to be apart of that trade. Clippers must also decide if Deandre Jordan is still the Center of the future for the franchise. I think if they can trade Deandre Jordan for a center who can have his back to the basket would help this team out in a major way. Plenty of things will get addressed this off-season, and this Clippers team will have high expectations this year..I just hope they’re ready for it.