Are the Pistons for Real? And Other NBA Surprises This Season

The NBA season has been on since October 17, and already there have been some surprises. From the Pistons at one point being 14-6 and second in the Eastern Conference, beating teams like the Celtics, to Golden State losing to the Kings (yes you read that right), to Lonzo Ball being among the worst in field goal percentage through the start of their career in NBA history.

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James Harden is This Year’s Russell Westbrook

Last year, Russell Westbrook took a team to the playoffs that for the first time in his career didn’t have Kevin Durant, and averaged a triple-double per game, the first person to do that since Oscar Robinson. Harden isn’t averaging a triple-double, but he is leading the league in PPG with 32, and assists per game with 9.8. However, Westbrook led the Thunder to 6th in the Western Conference in the regular season last year. Harden has his team in first place. This could be due to the fact that the Rockets have CP3, who is another superstar. The Thunder didn’t have any better than average players beside Westbrook.

Lonzo Ball’s Historically Low Field Goal %, And His Dad’s Crazy Caims

Lonzo Ball may have 2 triple doubles and be playing better than critics expected, but you can’t ignore the fact that he is only shooting 31%, and 25% on 3 pointers. Not only that, Lavar is wrong but won’t admit it. It is too hard to talk about the Balls without mentioning him so here are some of the things he has said his son would do.

“Put Steph Curry on UCLA and put my boy on Golden State and watch what happens.” As much as I hate the Warriors and their players, I have to say that if this happened, the Warriors might not win a title, and UCLA may have made it to the Final Four. Lonzo Ball is not as good as Steph Curry and that’s true whether you like or dislike either of them.

“It’s already a done deal. I got the trophy already.” That is what Lavar said about whether Lonzo would win Rookie of the Year this year. Well, Jayson Tatum is playing well better than Lonzo is right now, so I wouldn’t count on it.

The Pistons Are in 4th

Even though they were in 2nd place earlier in the season, they have now dropped behind Cleveland and Toronto. But as long as they stay where they are now, they will have homecourt advantage in the playoffs for the first round. One of the key reasons why the Pistons are doing better than last season is Andre Drummound’s free thow percentage. He is shooting 62% from the line, compared to just 38% last year. Another reason why is Avery Bradley. He is averaging 15 PPG, where KCP was averaging 13 PPG last year. Obviously KCP is gone, but the Pistons found a good replacement for him.

Warriors Not as Hot?

And finally, the Warriors aren’t playing as well as last year. They are behind the Rockets in the Western Conference standings, and Steph Curry is out with a right ankle injury. He will be re evaluated in 2 weeks. There is nothing to worry about if you are a Warriors fan, I just wanted to point out that they are not playing as well as last year.

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More NBA Free Agency Moves

There were many more free agency deals yesterday and today. Here are some of the deals:

Kyle Lowry re-signed with the Raptors on a three-year deal worth $100 million.

Nene signed a three-year deal with the Rockets worth $11 million.

The Cavs re-signed Kyle Korver to a three-year deal worth $22 million

The Timberwolves signed Taj Gibson to a 2 year, $28 million deal. He had played for the Thunder last year.

Serge Ibaka has re-signed with the Raptors for 3 years, getting $65 million.

Andre Iguodala signed back with the Warriors on a three-year, $48 million deal.

JJ Redick signed a 1 year, $23 million deal with the 76ers. He was previously on the Los Angeles Clippers.

PJ Tucker agreed to a 4-year, $32 million deal with the Houston Rockets. He departed from the Suns.

Joe Ingles signed a 4 year, $52 million deal with the Jazz.

Stay tuned for more NBA free agency updates.

 

Who Wins In the CP3 Trade?

Yesterday, the Clippers moved on from one of the best passing point guards of all time. Chris Paul was traded to the Rockets for Sam Dekker, Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, DeAndre Liggins, Darrun Hillard, Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Wiltjer, a top 3 protected 2018 first round pick and $661 thousand. Who gets the better end of this deal?

The Clippers get 7 players with an average age of 26, with a good chance for some of them to develop (like Sam Dekker) and some of them who are already established NBA players (like Lou Williams and Patrick Beverly). Meanwhile, the Rockets give up 7 players, a first-rounder and $660,000 to get a 32-year-old point guard who has been scoring fewer points and getting fewer assists than earlier in his Clippers career. The Clippers are the clear winners in this trade because they get players they can trade on later if they want to rebuild around one superstar, or they can try to trade for the best team next year depending on whether or not Blake Griffen leaves in free-agency.

The Clippers are the clear winners in this trade because they get players they can trade later if they want to rebuild around one superstar, or they can try to trade for the best team next year depending on whether or not their remaining star, Blake Griffin, leaves in free-agency.

Who Should be the NBA MVP?

This article is about who I think should be the NBA MVP. I will give you 2 runner ups and then who should win.

3. LeBron James

James has put up another great season averaging 26.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 8.8 assists per game. The only reason why he shouldn’t be MVP is because the players ahead of him on this list are players that play on a team with a bunch of average players.  But LeBron plays with Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, and J.R Smith.

2. James Harden

Harden has put up a career year, averaging 29.5 points, 8 rebounds, and 11.3 assists per game. Harden plays on a team where he runs the team despite the fact that he is a shooting guard, not a point, yet he still puts up more assists than most point guards while still averaging nearly 30 a night. Harden has managed to lead his team to all but locking up the 3 seed in the West. Truly a leader and all around star.

MVP: Russell Westbrook

Westbrook has put up record breaking numbers with 31.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 10.4 assists per night. Westbrook is on pace to become the first player since Oscar Robertson to average a triple double in a season. He could also break Robertson’s record of 41 triple doubles in a season. He has taken over the Thunder since Kevin Durant left, leading them to the 6 seed and probably a hard fought playoff run.