After several months of waiting and waiting, the NBA regular season is finally back and of course, it didn’t fail to deliver and live up to its motto after just under a week of action, as it truly is where amazing happens.
The NBA always has a lot of room for surprise, especially during the first passages of the campaign, when the best teams are still trying to figure some things out and the mediocre teams are still motivated with all starting up with the same record.
This season hasn’t been the exception so far, and we’ve seen several surprising things over this few days, with most teams already playing 3 games trying to shake off the rust of a very long and interesting offseason.
Today, we’re going to let you know what has been the top 5 surprises of the NBA regular season so far, and even though it may not mean anything a couple of months from now, it’s still worth mentioning.
5. Cleveland Getting Blown Out At Home
After quite impressive wins against the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks, the Cleveland Cavaliers suffered a humiliating defeat at home, falling 114 to 93 against an Orlando Magic squad that didn’t even had Aaron Gordon suited up.
Nikola Vucevic completely crashed every guy the Cavs sent to guard him, and the Magic had 6 different players in double figures en route to their second W of the season, after upsetting the Miami Heat on opening night and falling against the Brooklyn Nets.
4. Gordon Hayward’s Injury
This one’s a surprise nobody wants to talk about, and obviously, it was extremely shocking due to the magnitude of the injury. Besides, what a way to spoil Gordon Hayward’s debut as a Boston Celtics, suffering that season-ending injury just over 6 minutes into the season.
The Celtics obviously suffered his loss and struggled mightily to make a comeback, and it’s going to take a lot of maturing and stepping up from young players like Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown and standout prospect Jayson Tatum to fill Hayward’s void in Brad Stevens’ team.
3. Lonzo Ball’s Terrible Debut
Lonzo Ball is perhaps the most overhyped prospect the league has seen in a lot of years, especially because of the lobby his father has created around him, making Lakers fans get extremely excited when the team drafted the standout point guard out of UCLA this prior offseason.
Sadly for them, they had to wait for another night to see what the youngster was capable of, as Patrick Beverley completely owned him throughout the entire matchup, limiting him to 3 points in just 6 field goal attempts, with 4 assists and a couple of turnovers.
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo
Perhaps this doesn’t come as a surprise, as we’ve all witnessed Giannis Antetokounmpo’s surge since he first entered the league, and there’s absolutely no doubt that the youngster can lead the Bucks to the postseason and make a case for the league’s MVP.
Still, he’s been completely ridiculous so far, averaging 38.3 points, 9.7 boards, 3.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.3 blocks on an impressive 67.2 percent from the floor, taking his game up a notch in what may be another breakout year for the Greek Freak.
1. Golden State’s 1-2 start
The defending Champions blew a big lead against the reinforced Houston Rockets, that completely spoiled their banner rising party with a 122-121 thriller win, and they struggled to get anything going against New Orleans before also falling against Marc Gasol and his unimpressive Memphis Grizzlies team.
Of course, facing the Grizzlies have always been an issue for the Dubs and Houston made a terrific effort to pull off the comeback. Nonetheless, the Warriors seem to be still in preseason mode and even though it’s just a matter of time before they figure things out, they’ve been looking pretty vulnerable through the first week of the season.
Author: Ernesto Cova