What In The NBA Is Going On: Week 2

What In The NBA Is Going On: Week 2

We are just eight days into the month of November and every NBA team has played at least six games. With 76 more games to play, to say there will be a lot to unravel would be an extreme understatement. Still, what a number of players are doing early on cannot be ignored. As of today, there are five players averaging over 30 points per game: DeMar DeRozan (33.7), Damian Lillard (32), James Harden (31.6), Russell Westbrook (30.4), and Anthony Davis (30.4). Each one of those players has had at least a couple absurd scoring performances already, showing that it doesn’t take them getting hot on one particular night. The other thing to note about the five players (really all except DeRozan), they’re the clear number one scoring option on their respective teams. The question is, can these guys sustain their current scoring averages? The last time the NBA saw multiple players average 30 points or more per game for the duration of the 82-game season was back in 2005-06. Kobe Bryant (35.4), Allen Iverson (33), and LeBron James (31.4) were the three to do so. Those three players are three of the top that this game has ever seen. None of the players who are currently achieving this feat are in the vicinity of the three who did it previously. With that being said, it’s a much different league than it was 10 years ago. Pace and scoring are quickly becoming the focal point of team’s plans to build a contender, which means more possessions and more scoring opportunities. If there were any season that we could see...
What in the NBA is going on: Week 1

What in the NBA is going on: Week 1

In this newly established weekly column, I’ll be coming at you with one particular evaluation of what’s going on in the NBA. There was plenty to talk about in the first week, but there’s one specific topic that couldn’t go unnoticed! Opening week of the NBA season is always the one of my favorite weeks of the year, but this one was down right insane. The performances from more than a handful of superstar players included some stat lines that the league hasn’t seen in decades. Noteworthy Performances: Russell Westbrook Ever since Kevin Durant announced that he was signing with Golden State last summer, the safe assumption for the 2016-17 season was that Westbrook would wreak havoc throughout the league considering the fact he can put up triple-doubles regularly. So far, he’s done nothing short of that. In three games, Westbrook is averaging 38.7 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 11.7 assists per game. His best performance came in a win over the Phoenix Suns where he posted 51 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists. He became the first player to record a triple-double with 50 or more points since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975. The Thunder are off to a 3-0 start and while Westbrook’s performances have earned him as the main subject around conversations in the NBA, there is concern in whether or not they’ll be able to pull wins out against good teams. Westbrook is posting insane numbers, but the three teams they’ve played thus far combined for a total of 50 wins last season. If Westbrook has to put together historic performances to help lift his teams over the...
D’Angelo Russell’s Reign In Hollywood Begins Now

D’Angelo Russell’s Reign In Hollywood Begins Now

In a close race with New York City, you won’t find a more pressure-filled city to play professional sports in than Los Angeles. The massive media and never ending spotlight can quickly take a toll on a young rookie and cripple him for the rest of his career. The Los Angeles Lakers have the most historic franchise in the world of professional sports, so there’s even more pressure to take into mind. D’Angelo Russell is currently the starting point guard for the Lakers. Just one season after being drafted with the no. 2 overall selection, the organization’s success rests on his shoulders for both now, and the distant future. Russell didn’t have the rookie season that many expected on or off the court. Former head coach Byron Scott was always very skeptical of the 19-year-old’s maturity and work ethic in the weeks leading up to the regular season debut. Throughout the first month of the season, Russell had his rough patches during games, but what rookie doesn’t? Scott would yank him quickly whenever a mistake was made, so he was constantly looking over his shoulder whenever he made a bad play. When a player has that type of weight on his conscience throughout the course of a game, it can severely impact his confidence and cripple him from unleashing his true potential. If Scott’s constant harsh coaching didn’t apply enough pressure, Kobe Bryant announced that it would be his last season just 16 games in. The young Lakers’ core of Russell, Julius Randle, and Jordan Clarkson then had to partake in the farewell tour for Bryant. Every night, a...
Will there be a shake-up with the MVP award this season?

Will there be a shake-up with the MVP award this season?

We are in early October and the sports world is in full flux! MLB is beginning their playoff action, NFL is getting into the swing of things heading into week 5, and the NBA preseason is well underway. For some of us, it’s been a long summer, while others (Cavaliers fans) would feel fine if the offseason lasted a few more months so they could bask in their championship glory for just a bit longer. The weeks leading up to the NBA regular season tip-off is always fun. The typical preseason overreactions are well and alive, but it’s also the time of year where folks start giving their predictions for things such as conference champions, award winners, and ultimately, who will take home the Larry O’Brien trophy once June rolls around. For the sake of this article, there is no better debate to spark than who will be the league’s MVP for the upcoming season. It seems like for the past 6-7 years, two names have always been at the top of the predictions list–LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Obviously the past two season, Stephen Curry has won the award back-to-back, so his name has been included in the recent years. But for 2016-17, trying to realistically predict who will win MVP is becoming a bit more of a challenge. So many things in the league have changed over the past two season, the three usual candidates may all not be the favorites simply because of their respective team’s situation. James is coming off arguably the most memorable season of his historical 13-year career after he led his hometown...