The plot thickens this 2016 NBA season. The first couple of weeks have been exciting to watch. After the first month of the NBA, here are some observations from this month.
Kristaps Porzingas: Yes I will admit it, I was completely wrong about Prozin-God. When the Knicks originally drafted him, I thought immediate bust. However, as time passes us by, I am realizing how wrong I was. In his 2nd year in the NBA, the Knicks starting power forward averages 21 points and 7.3 rebounds. Being the 7’3” giant that he is, Porzingas has also been a key inside presence on the defensive end of the floor.
Charlotte Hornets: If I asked you where the Charlotte Hornets are placed in the Eastern Conference standings, what would you say? Would you be surprised if I told you they are in 3rd place? Behind only The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks, the Hornets have played extremely well. With a record of 8-5, they have been performing well beyond our expectations. With the emergence of many teams in the Eastern Conference, it is surprising that they are ranked so high.
Chandler Parsons: It’s sad for me to label Chandler Parsons as an overrated player, especially after he has proven to be a legitimate player on the Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets. However, the Memphis Grizzlies have been a different story for the small forward. Currently he has missed a multitude of games, however he still averages a disappointing 7.7 points per game and 3 rebounds. Compared to the double digit scoring we are accustomed to from Parsons, a lot of NBA fans remain scratching their heads. Could the Grizzlies offense not settle well with Parsons? Regardless of the reasoning of the dilemma, it is something that should be fixed.
Oklahoma City Thunder: It’s a shame that the great play from the best point guard in the league, Russell Westbrook can be placed on this list. There is a reason why I have them on this list. With the Thunder being tied with the Los Angeles Lakers for 7th place, people have labeled the Thunder as a legit threat to the West. I hate to pop bubbles, however they aren’t a threat to the Golden State Warriors or the San Antonio Spurs. Oklahoma City relies too much on Westbrook for them to defeat star-filled rosters and efficient offenses.
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