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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NBA Allowing Nicknames On The Back Of Jerseys?

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NBA is discussing rather to have Nicknames on the back of the Heat and Nets jerseys in one of the four games they play this season. Yes NBA fans you may get the chance to see Lebron James with King James on the back of his jersey, Ray Allen with Shuttlesworth on his, Dwayne Wade with W.O.W, Paul Pierce with the Truth, and Kevin Garnett with The Big Ticket. This is just another way for the NBA to make more money. I’m not interested in buying someones jersey with their nickname on it, but I know there will be some fans that are interested in purchasing a jersey with a nickname. Kendall Marshall of the Phoenix Suns isn’t a fan of the move either saying on Twitter “The nickname makes it more about the individual,” “It’s still a team sport. Represent your team, your family, and go out there and play.” But we will see if the NBA proceeds with the plan.

 

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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