Week 1: In the books
The first week of the NBA season is in the books and it’s been a good one. From Gordon Hayward breaking his leg to Steph Curry throwing his mouthpiece, the first week of the season has been everything we wanted from the NBA. We knew the Bulls and Knicks would be bad, so it’s no surprise to see both teams win-less. However, we did expect more from Philly at this point, especially the way Ben Simmons has played so far. Another early surprise, Memphis, is 3-0 coming off an impressive 111-101 victory against the defending world champs. We’ve seen the same Finals matchup for the past three seasons, but there is something in the air that has generated so much excitement around this season. While early season rankings really mean nothing, here’s an attempt based on what we’ve seen through one week of play. TyGuy’s NBA Top 5/Bottom 5:
1. San Antonio Spurs (3-0)
- The Spurs are up to their same old tricks. LA just got paid, but that doesn’t mean he’s not down to scrap with Serge Ibaka.
2. Houston Rockets (3-1)
- James Harden feels the same way about Mario Chalmers. Chris Paul is likely out for a couple of weeks, but Houston is still in the upper echelon of West.
3. Washington Wizards (3-0)
- While we’re on the topic, John Wall’s trying to throw hands too. He’s also all about abusing T.J. McConnell and the rim.
4. Los Angeles Clippers (3-0)
5. Memphis Grizzlies (3-0)
26. Atlanta Hawks (1-3)
- They beat Dallas, so there’s that. Dennis Schroder is playing well, but that’s all they’ve got until John Collins develops. The rookie has played well, but no need to rush the young big man.
27. Dallas Mavericks (0-3)
- It’s just a strange combination of talent in big D. Harrison Barnes hasn’t exactly budded into the superstar some thought when he signed with the Mavs and the disappointment in Nerlens Noel continues to mount. Dennis Smith Jr. has flashed potential in his first two games, but the Mavs aren’t in any position to contend anytime soon.
28. New York Knicks (0-3)
29. Chicago Bulls (0-3)
- Mirotic getting beat up by Bobby Portis isn’t the only beating the Bulls are going to endure this year. Read Cannon’s assessment of how the Bulls got to this point.
30. Phoenix Suns (1-3)
- The sky is falling in the desert. From Eric Bledsoe’s desperate want out to the firing of Earl Watson, it’s going to be a long season in Phoenix. Maybe they can tank while doing their hardest to let Devin Booker average 70 points per game.