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NBA Season off to Surprising Start

The NBA Season just began in October and it hasn’t disappointed so far! Teams have made turnarounds, teams have not come to expectations, and players are showing their talent across the league. The battle of Los Angeles has been easily the most exciting part of the season so far. With the addition of Anthony Davis, Danny Green, and many other crucial pieces, Lebron James and the Lakers are off to a hot start. From not making the playoffs in the 2018/19 season, the Lakers are looking more and more like an NBA Champion team every day. After bringing in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the LA Clippers have now two of the best two-way players in the game. This new rivalry is something special! After a once in a century dynasty, it seems that the Golden State Warriors are finally cooling down. Kevin Durant left over the off season, and with injuries from superstars, Klay Thompson and Steph Curry, the Warriors are left with few options. D’Angelo Russel and Draymond Green are left to fix the tough start that the Warriors put themselves in at the beginning of this season. Since the transition from last year to this year, the whole league has turned upside down.

Let’s start with a quick recap to the season so far. The last two MVPs have proved their value this season with some unbelievable numbers. Giannis Antetokounmpo, averaging 29.0 points, and James Harden, averaging 39.0 points, have heated up this season. Returning from a shoulder injury, Paul George is shocking the world with some crazy stats. Rising sensation, Zion Williamson, is hopefully coming back soon from injury. Let’s see if he was worth the first pick of the 2019 Draft. Kemba Walker has become very comfortable in Boston and the team just went on a nine-game winning streak. Markelle Fultz has found his swagger in Orlando and is showing why he deserved to be the first pick in the 2017 Draft. Devin Booker has led the Phoenix Suns to a surprising positive record since the beginning of the season. Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet have shown out as the defending champs keep their momentum since last season. Kristaps Porzingis and Luke Doncic are making the new duo ship look like years of chemistry in Dallas. Kyrie Irving must take over in Brooklyn until Kevin Durant comes back from injury. Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid lead the Sixers as they attempt to make it back to the Eastern Conference finals. All these players are performing and surpassing our expectations. It is a great year to be an NBA fan.

It is looking like another Western Conference domination this year. Although the Toronto Raptors, Eastern Conference team, won last year’s NBA Championship, the Western Conference has been the dominating conference for the last five years. From the Golden State Warriors dynasty to the LA rivalry, many teams in the East cannot compete with teams in the West. Fans should expect another similar outcome compare the last few years. It has already been a promising year with quite a bit of action. Let’s see where the rest of the season goes!