The Celtics have been the best defensive team in the league this year allowing 93.7 PPG. As Kyrie Irving is emerging as the star of the team the young guys in Brown, Tatum and Rozier have been exceptional to start the year. Horford is playing much better than last season averaging 15 PPG, 9 RPG, and is shooting 47% from three. Brad Stevens has become to front-runner for COY as he has his team winning 8 straight after dropping the first 2!
2. Houston Rockets 8-3
Harden is my front runner for MVP as he has been incredible to start the season without CP3. Harden is putting up about 26 points and 10 assists per game. The bench for the Rockets has been a strength as well with Tucker being a good fit with them and Gordon is good as always. The Rockets have lit it up from three this season and is clearly one of the hardest teams to play against.
3. Golden State Warriors 7-3
The Warriors are starting to catch on fire as they crushed their last 3 opponents, who are all .500 or higher. Curry is an MVP candidate averaging about 27 points and 7 assists shooting 41% from three, 50% from the field and 92% from the foul line. This is alongside KD and Klay who’s putting up a combined 47 points per game. Not to mention Draymond Green who is one of the more valuable players in the league. This team should be at the top soon.
4. Minnesota Timberwolves 7-3
The Timberwolves just had a really good week of basketball winning all 4 of their games. KAT is one of the best centers in the league is playing like one averaging 22 points and 11 rebounds. Wiggins and Butler have been great wings this year both putting up an equal amount of points and contributing to the team’s success a lot.
5. Detroit Pistons 7-3
The Pistons have been the dark horse this season coming out of nowhere is the number 2 seed in the East. Drummond has really improved from last season and is putting up 12 points and 15 boards per game. Avery Bradley has become a really good fit for this team is one of the star players after the grease that was made this summer. Tobias Harris has led the team in scoring this season and has actually been pretty impressive being the main leader of the team.
6. Memphis Grizzlies 6-4
Although the Grizzlies lost last night they still beat the Rockets twice, the Warriors and the Clippers. Conley and Gasol have been good being the leaders of the team like they have been for a while now. Coach David Fizdale has emerged for COY as he’s leading g a team with no real superstar or top 20 players this season.
7. Portland TrailBlazers 6-4
The TrailBlazers got some nice wins last week including a buzzer beater against the Lakers and a tight game against the Thunder. Damian Lillard has been great in the fourth this season completely taking over games down the stretch. Also, the role players for the TrailBlazers have stepped up where they haven’t last year which has been a huge factor.
8. Washington Wizards 5-4
Last night the Wizards got a huge win over the Raptors after dropping games to the Cavs and Suns this week. Bradley Beat seems as if he’s been the best in his career averaging 26 points on 50% FG. Wall has also been an all-star putting up 20 and 10. The problem for Washington is the bench where they really didn’t have any good players in the team.
9. San Antonio Spurs 6-4
The Spurs are still 2 games above .500 without Kawhi which is a really good thing because when they get him back they’ll be an actual threat in the West. Pop has been amazing this season having lots of success with Aldridge as their best player. Aldridge has been his best since he’s been a Spur averaging 26 points and 9 rebounds.
10. Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers had a rough week but they still have an MVP candidate and are still over .500. The Clippers have a lot of players who can make a difference this season even after losing CP3. Doc Rivers is proving he isn’t overrated and is still one of the better coaches in the league. Griffin and DJ have been one of the best frontcourts in the league as well.
HM: Knicks, 76ers, Jazz, Raptors