The Western Conference holds some of the biggest surprises in this early NBA season… and some not-so big surprises.
Its Not Even January, And Golden State’s Already Starting To Click!
Be afraid NBA! The Warriors are starting to gel together.
When Golden State added former MVP and top-3 talent Kevin Durant to the roster, the world turned on it’s axis. A team with four potential superstars has never been seen before. Coaches throughout the NBA began to lose sleep and hair thinking out ways to stop this newly formed super team.
Golden State knew that it would take time before their true dominance was unleashed. Adding a once-in-a-generation player to a team coming off the best regular season record in NBA history (73-9) would be an adjustment . Also, adding Durant was not cheap. The Warriors lost six players (two of which were starters). So some growing pains were expected.
Those pains where evident in the opening game of the season, when San Antonio beat the brakes of The Warriors by 29 points.
Currently however, Golden State sits atop the Western Conference at 16-2 and is currently riding a 12 game win streak. They are the number one ranked offense and sit eighth in defensive efficiency…. And it’s only December!
Golden State are getting bourderline laughable shots and starting to move as one whole, which is a nightmare for 29 other team. Yes, Golden State has a clear need for a rim protector and clean up their efforts on the defensive end, but again, its only December.
The Warriors have time to iron out all the wrinkles, and when they do so, we might see a truly unbeatable team.
Are the Clippers Really This Good?
For a second, The Clippers where the hottest team in the NBA. They were the last unbeaten team standing behind the high level play of their big three, Los Angeles was on a tear. But we have seen this before.
Fun Fact: The Clippers have NEVER made it to the conference finals.
Los Angeles has always been good. In the regular season, but it all matters not until the post season.
As of right now, The Clippers are in the top-five in both offensive and defensive efficiency. Blake Griffin is playing like he is a top-five player in the league and Chris Paul not to far behind him. Even J.J.Redick is becoming more than just a catch and shoot player. Heck even the Los Angeles bench (which has always been its biggest weakness) is playing at a high, respectable level.
The Clippers have all the pieces to compete for a championship. The question is will they keep up this high level of play throughout the postseason.
I truly feel bad for Anthony Davis.
Not only has Davis emerged as one of the best players on the planet, he is surrounded by some of the most unworthy teammates in the NBA. New Orleans sits at 7-12 and twelfth in the conference. The problem with this is, Davis has played well enough in 18 of the total 19 games to be 18-1.
Just look at his totals in all these games:
So how can a man who leads the league in scoring, top five in blocks and rebounds, and has one of the highest PER in NBA history be 7-12? His supporting cast!
From injuries (which is a constant for New Orleans), or players being just plain bad, New Orleans has never been able to build a soild team around Davis. Because of this, Davis is putting the team on his broad shoulders and carrying them night after night.
With the league being as good as it is, Davis can only do so much by himself, hence the 7-12 record.
MVP Caliber Carousel
Even though it is early in the season, there have been several players that have thrown their names into the MVP race.
We all know about what Russell Westbrook is doing. If you want a detailed breakdown…Click Here
James Harden is another player putting up godly numbers. Harden is on pace to be the first player since Nate “Tiny” Archibald as the only players to lead the league in scoring and assists. He is the leader of the offensive heavy Rockets and is playing like one of the best players in the NBA, periods.
Other than Westbrook and Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and Blake Griffin have played at a MVP worthy clips. This year will be fun when talking about who deserves the MVP and who actually will win.
Here are my Way-To-Early Western Conference Awards:
MVP: Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)
DPOY: Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)
ROY: Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets)
MIP: Clint Capela (Houston Rockets)
6th Man: Lou Williams (Los Angeles Lakers)
The Western Conference is loaded this year. And it will be fun to see who emerges as king