The NBA season is just getting underway, but there are already plenty of hot takes to go around. We’ve had some surprises, some let downs, and some crazy stuff happen, and it has only been 3 days. But, now that every team has played at least one game, I figured it was time to talk about some of the hottest hot takes.
The Celtics are done.
Gordon Hayward broke is ankle, and, after undergoing surgery, his agent says he is out for the season. The Celtics lost a tough one in Cleveland, and then a 2nd game on a back to back to Milwaukee. While both teams are tough, you would have liked to see the C’s win at least one of those games, especially considering their hopes of reaching the finals this year. Now, by done I don’t mean they will miss the playoffs. They still have Kyrie and a decent core, plus they play in the east. They just won’t win 50 games or be a top 4 seed.
The Blazers will be a top 4 seed.
Now, top 4 seed may not sound that great. But the west is loaded, and they are projected to be right around .500. Opening night, they dismantled the Suns, beating them 124-76, Dame dropped 27, Nurkic had a double double, and Pat freaking Connaughton scored 24 points. This domination came without their 2nd best player, CJ McCollum, who was suspended 1 game for a stupid rules infraction in the preseason. The Blazers might just be for real. (Also, I’m a huge Dame fan, so I may be a bit biased.)
Dennis Smith Jr will win Rookie of the Year.
Dennis Smith Jr dazzled in his debut. It started on the very first Mavs possession of the game where he threw down an alley-oop. That’s one hell of a way to start a career. But his great night didn’t stop there. He finished the game with 16 points, 3 rebounds, 10 assists on 50% shooting and with 3 turnovers. He was the youngest player in NBA history to record a points-assists double-double. The best part for Smith? The Mavericks are bad. He is going to get to run this team, even through mistakes, and learn the ins and outs of the NBA. He has a much longer leash than many young stars, and he will have a dominant season and take home the ROY.
Giannis is gunning for MVP.
This one might be a stretch, but he has the talent to do it. Giannis was great in the opener, putting up a line of 37 points, 13 boards, 3 assists, and 3 steals, and he led his Bucks to a 108-100 win over the aforementioned Celtics. The Greek Freak was fantastic, and, if his 3 point shot falls at a decent rate and his team wins over 50 games and gets a top 3 seed in the East, he’s going to win the MVP. A lot has to break right for him, but he is going to put up some crazy numbers and make people give him some serious thought.
The Nuggets are in trouble.
The Nuggets dropped their season opener 106-96 to the Jazz, and while that may not sound bad, there is a lot more to it than that. First off, keep in mind that this is the internet’s favorite team. They are expected to shine this year and get to the playoffs. However, their point guard play was awful on Wednesday night. Their center, Nikola Jokic, led the team with 8 assists. Starting point guard Jamal Murray had 2. Backup point guard Emmanuel Mudiay also had 2. They didn’t get much offensive production from either of them, and it appears releasing veteran Jameer Nelson was a big mistake.
The Bulls won’t win 15 games.
This team is bad. You know they’re bad when they run out a starting lineup of Jerian Grant, Justin Holiday, Lauri Markkanen, Paul Zipser, and Robin Lopez. If that isn’t bad enough for you, their leading bench scorer was Denzel Valentine with 12 points, then Quincy Pondexter, who I didn’t know was still in the league, with 8. They are so bad. Even their team chemistry is bad, which is evident by Bobby Portis using Nikola Mirotic’s face as a punching bag in practice. It’s gonna be a long season for Bulls fans.
The Houston Rockets will contend for the title.
Yes, even with the Warriors. In fact, they showed that they could beat the Warriors on Tuesday night. The Rockets are off to a 2-0 start, Harden is playing well, CP3 fit in well before getting hurt, and their bench is much improved. PJ Tucker looks like a whole new player, Eric Gordon is great, and Clint Capela looks like he could be an absolute force down low. The Rockets are the real deal, and they can definitely contend for a title.
The Sacremento Kings are a must watch.
You need to watch the Kings on league pass. They aren’t going to win many games, my over/under has them right around 30, but man are they fun. They are young with some great pieces like Willie Cauley-Stein, Buddy Heild, and young star in the making De’Aaron Fox. They pushed the Rockets to the brink Tuesday, and just narrowly missed pulling off the upset (although, the Rockets were without CP3). They have such an interesting dynamic with all these young players mixed in with veterans like Zach Randolph, Vince Carter, and George Hill. This team is fun to watch.
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