I usually don’t post rants about my favorite team but here we go.
The NBA is has been full of surprises so far. Some teams have been shitting the bed worse than Chipotle customers and some teams are exceeding expectations. The 5 teams I’m gonna list below are the ones that caught my eye and performed better than expected. There’s also one team that has been shitty besides great expectations.
It’s summer 16, and I’m on a flight from Minneapolis to Boston after a trip to see some baseball. The pilot announces to the cabin that we are going to land shortly in what could be the future home of NBA superstar Kevin Durant.
Zach LaVine has been on a tear through the Bulls’ first 14 games. He’s emerging as an elite scorer in the league and he used to be considered some guy who can jump really high and dunk really well. I don’t think anyone saw him scoring 27 points per game at any point in his career, and in his fourth season he’s been going hard.
The 76ers just shocked the basketball world by acquiring the disgruntled Jimmy Butler from the T-Wolves. This trade intrigues me for a few reasons.
Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton were supposed to be masters of the piss missile this season. They were supposed to be an unstoppable force in the American League. Not to mention to potent lumber that Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorious provide. That’s at least 4 Silver Slugger bats there, right? Wrong. The most powerful offense didn’t receive ONE award, and one of the reasons why is because 2 Red Sox players got three combined. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it, but Mookie and JD won 3 combined. JD won a Silver Slugger for DH AND OF, even though he barely patrolled the outfield. He’s just that fucking good. Mike Trout took the other one for outfielders, so Aaron Judge must feel as shitty as he did when his music blasting antics backfired. The Yankees just keep on getting trolled by the Red Sox and this century is looking like the tables will turn and the Yankees will be looking up at the Sox on top of the world. Yankees Suck.
The Pelicans have started the season 4-4, but they could easily be 7-1. They’ve lost to the Trailblazers, the Nuggets, and the Jazz all without their best player in Anthony Davis. The Brow played 41 minutes in the loss to Golden State, but he didn’t play in their other 3 losses. Their front court is absolutely stacked. Ever since Nikola Mirotic shaved his face bush he’s been incredible, and Julius Randle looks like a much better fit in NoLa than La La Land. Not to mention their back court is studded with Elfrid Payton and Jrue Holiday with Tim Frazier coming off the bench. Everyone has been producing without Davis, but when he’s in the starting five they are damn near unstoppable. If you think the Pelicans suck, then watch a fuckin game and stop depending on going on the ESPN app once in a while to get your facts. They looked stellar last night against Portland despite a double digit loss. Count them in to a top playoff seed in the West and expect them to be favored in almost every matchup they play when they’re fully loaded and ready to grind.