Now that we are in the midst of our second full week of basketball, this is a good opportunity to reflect back upon the first week of action, as it was filled with a lot of drama. Russell Westbrook is now out for at least 4 weeks and the Oklahoma City Thunder now look like they may not make the playoffs. The Indiana Pacers look awful without the presence of Paul George and Lance Stephenson. The Philadelphia Sixers look like they are going to tank once again, and tragically, Nerlens Noel hurt his ankles already. Stan Van Gundy is still wrestling with whether or not to start Greg Monroe and Josh Smith together in the frontcourt for the Detroit Pistons. Goran Dragic, last years 6th Man of the Year, looks like a role player in a crowded backcourt with the health of Eric Bledsoe and newly acquired free agent Isaiah Thomas.
Additionally, it looks like Rajon Rondo only needs one arm to be the league leader in assists. Klay Thompson looks like he was well worth the max contract extension that he received with an average of 27.0 points per game. Tim Duncan still looks like he will never retire with an average of 11.7 rebounds per game and 2.7 blocks per game. Tony Wroten is now the best player on the Philadelphia Sixers and is leading the league in steals per game with an average of 3.4 steals per game. And the San Antonio Spurs still look like the San Antonio Spurs no matter how old they are and no matter who is on the floor.
These are just some of the storylines from Week 1 of the embryonic NBA season, but the very best storylines from Week 1 are in this Top-10 list below. And if you think these storylines are pretty interesting, we still have a whole season of the NBA ahead of us.
10 The Cleveland Cavaliers Look the Same as Last Year
9 The Los Angeles Lakers Haven’t Won a Game Yet
8 Anthony Davis’s Numbers on Opening Night
7 The Miami Heat Are Still Eastern Conference Contenders
6 Jabari Parker Might Not Be That NBA Ready
5 The New York Knicks Are Passing the Ball
4 The Memphis Grizzlies Are 5-0
3 The Sacramento Kings Look For Real
2 J.R. Smith Has Gotten Suspended Five Games Into the Season Instead of One
1 The Oklahoma City Thunder Might Not Make the Playoffs
After Kevin Durant injured his foot in the offseason, it put a lot of pressure on the Oklahoma City Thunder and Russell Westbrook, in particular, to carry the load until Durant came back some time in January or February. Unfortunately, to add salt to their wound, Russell Westbrook fractured his right hand and will now be out for a minimum of 4-6 weeks. If that is the case, the 1-4 Thunder are in some serious trouble. Without the presence of Durant and Westbrook on the floor, the Thunder are barely better than the Philadelphia Sixers. If they are going to make the playoffs in the saturated Western Conference, the Thunder are going to have be somewhere around .500 mark until either Westbrook or KD return, which is highly unlikely.
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