what are the surprises?

The bar of 41 games played has just been passed in the NBA, the chance to make a small update on the current season! Which team will be the most outstanding? Most disappointing? Who blew up the pre-season predictions? We take everything apart.

The middle of the season forces us to play your favorite game: were we good in September?

Before each start of the season, we send affirmations in all directions… but it is not guaranteed that they will be held after three months.

So here’s a little anthology of what we can say today… and what was unthinkable at the beginning of the last school year.

  • All is well with the Nets

This one needs to be released without chattering your teeth at the start of fall. Despite Kevin Durant’s recent injury, we can only applaud the work of Jacque Vaughn and his band. The Nets are serious, the Nets are collective, the Nets have no more drama (!) and the Nets are pushing us to debate a possible title or not in Brooklyn. We are talking about an implosion in September, it failed.

  • The Warriors compete for the Play-in Tournament

A defending champion with a hangover, it happens. From there to see Golden State praying for an away victory? In the last part of the ignition, the Warriors chain zig-zag like left-right (Draymond vs Poole), and recently we found the soul of the champion. There is still work, but the band at Steph 7ème in January is not on the program.

  • Who remembers Ime Udoka?

Joe Mazzulla replaced Ime Udoka on the bench for the Celtics, and we’re still wondering who coached Boston last season. More seriously, it’s doing well in the green house, number 1 in the entire NBA and has an attack of madness. For a group that was in the media spotlight at the beginning of the NBA, we can say that extra-sports affairs did not affect the structure.

  • The Clippers did not offer continuity

One of the most impressive teams on paper this season. The most “meh” team this season really. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are back, but the results are not. Non-existent dynamics, play sometimes clean, very often poor. We will have to stir everything or move the boxes, otherwise the sinking will appear almost programmed.

  • Evan Fournier is no longer playing basketball

Who would have guessed? Evan Fournier in the back seat of the Knicks bench since mid-November. Small minutes here and there, but nothing serious compared to the Charenton-le-Pont native’s usual playing time. Disagreement with Tom Thibodeau? Could be. However, moving away from the Big Apple could allow Evan to replay real NBA playing time.

  • Sacramento, the most regular darling in the West

The kings? Who won? Oh la la hide the kids, something is going to happen. More seriously, this team pulled by the duo Domantas Sabonis – De’Aaron Fox is surprisingly serious and regular. So the Kings are currently in the qualifying places for the Playoffs. The end of a long drought of almost 17 years?

  • Indiana leads Miami, Chicago and Toronto in the standings

Indiana was the team at the start of the season that we thought would only be on the field to give itself a way to get Victor Wembanyama back. Really? A very good team with attractive play, tactically led by Rick Carlisle and Tyrese Haliburton in court. The current best passer in the NBA can rely on an interesting rookie named Bennedict Mathurin, but also on the contributions of a team that is consistent with the collective. It treats.

  • Rudy Gobert’s arrival in Minnesota, then?

A lost team, which they haven’t had since last year. Results that coincide with Rudy Gobert’s arrival in Minneapolis this summer. And therefore, a disappointment that rises vis-à-vis the pivot. Justified? Let’s just say we don’t add an element of Roudi’s caliber that easily. Karl-Anthony Towns’ injuries haven’t helped either, but the Wolves need to quickly find their way to a new collective alchemy.

  • Paolo Banchero kills all Draft 2022 debate

In five minutes, he was third in his vintage. He was finally called up first by Adam Silver in June… and the least we can say is that he didn’t prove the Magic wrong. An exciting start to the season, games with streaks worthy of daron leagues, and a race for the rookie of the year trophy in which he is competing almost all by himself. Too strong.

  • 27-year-old LeBron James is alone in the world

29.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.7 assists on 51% shooting. For a 38 year old player. Here are the stats for LeBron James, who is 423 points away from tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s NBA all-time high. Imperial to help the Lakers avoid another dark season, the King calmly continued to write his own legend.

  • It’s shit on the Hawks, it’s normal on the Heat

Hawks, this mess is worthy of the biggest sausage fairs in France. A coach who seemed to want out, the results were below expectations, thanks but no thanks to the Atlanta fans. The one in Heat, you don’t laugh because if the atmosphere in South Beach is pretty good, the result is not. Jimmy Butler is not 100% and it feels too much to the overall level of the troop.

  • Lauri Markkanen All-Star in the West, as a matter of course

Traded Rudy Gobert, maybe Lauri Markkanen gets seum. In any case, he took the reins of the Jazz development very well and averaged 24.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists. A potential All-Star, who placed his team in 11th place in the West, on the Play-in tournament wagon. Was it a surprise to see him possibly be home to play in the All-Star Game? Not really.

  • Everyone is talking about the Raptors a month before the trade deadline

Can the Raptors blow up their roster this winter? Attention, not so fast Pepito… but many rumors see the Masai Ujiri franchise possibly thinking should there be an attractive offer on the table. Pascal Siakam? Fred VanVleet? Gary Trent Jr? There are so many names that won’t have that much of a veto. Toronto is shaping up to be the place to be in early February.

But also…

  • Demond Bane and Ja Morant, best backcourt in the world.
  • Luka Doncic will give us 60-20-10.
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is the best fullback in the world.
  • Who will stop Nikola Jokic from going on a triple-MVP streak?
  • The Rockets are broke, no, everyone says.
  • The famous jump by Patrick Williams did not occur.
  • Josh Primo’s future is not on the NBA court.
  • Bucks alternate between being too serious and too relaxed.
  • The perfect opportunity presented itself for Killian Hayes.
  • Zion Williamson will play more games than Brandon Ingram.

And you, what were your surprises at the beginning of the season? There is something for everyone for two months. Now we hope the league isn’t done with its little gifts, because we don’t know about you, but we’re really enjoying it.

Source: ESPN

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