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NBA Basketball: A Great Start

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NBA Basketball: A Great Start

Winston Tavarez, Reporter

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The NBA season has been underway for a little over three weeks now, however, there has been no shortage of impressive storylines and eye popping statistics. The NBA offseason featured a lot of changes that were crucial to the start of the season. The most notable change that took place was free agent Kevin Durant signing with the Golden State Warriors in a 2yr/$54M deal. This free agent signing sent shockwaves throughout the league and almost instantly pegged the Golden State Warriors as the title favorites come Spring 2017. Golden State’s pursuit of Kevin Durant came after a season in which the Warriors set a new regular season wins record with 73 wins. However, Golden State blew a 3-1 lead in the finals that resulted in the Cleveland Cavaliers winning their first championship. This finals loss set the plan of signing Kevin Durant in motion. Many believed the Warriors were going to be unbeatable, but what the regular season has shown us, thus far, is that no team is without its flaws.

The Warriors started the season with a 29 point defeat at the hand of the San Antonio Spurs, followed by another 20 point loss to the Los Angeles Lakers (a team that won 17 out of 82 games last year). Both of these losses put the warriors at 5-2, which is by no means a bad start, however it’s hard to not criticize this team since they opened last season with 24 straight victories before losing their first game. This goes to show that no team in this league is truly unbeatable.

In other news around the league, The Oklahoma City Thunder (the team Kevin Durant left) got off to a quick 6-1 start. Thunder star Russell Westbrook has accepted the challenge of putting the team on his back as evidenced by his numbers: 33.2 points per game, 10.7 assists per game, and 8.4 rebounds per game (per NBA.com). Russell Westbrook is flirting with averaging a triple double (double digit numbers on 3 different basketball stats) which is a feat that hasn’t been done since Oscar Robertson did it for a whole season in 1962. The Thunder have cooled off, but there is a lot of season left

Another player that has been putting up insane numbers is James Harden from the Houston Rockets. The Rockets made James Harden the team’s official point guard during the off season, and it’s safe to say that the switch has been working. Through his first six games, Harden had four games of at least 30 points and 15 assists. The entire NBA had only 3 such games through all of last year. As long as the ball remains in Harden’s hands, he is guaranteed to make something special happen every night.

Lastly, another player worthy of praise is the Toronto Raptors’ Demar DeroZan. DeroZan has been HOT to start the season. Through his first seven games, DeroZan has failed to score at least 30 points once. That puts him at 33.2 points per game on the season. This kind of start has made Derozan the fastest Raptor ever to score 150 points this early in the year. It’s safe to say that Demar is off to a historic start.

The NBA is off to one of its best starts ever as evidenced by the numbers superstars are already putting up. The first week of the NBA season saw 44 different players score at least 25 points, compared to only 22 last year. At this rate, the NBA will have one of its more memorable seasons in recent history.

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