2016-17 NBA Season: 2/3 Finished

With the annual NBA Trade Deadline under twenty-four hours away, many teams are exploring options with their players and still figuring out if the earth is flat.  The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are leading their respective conferences, but not by as much as you would think.  The Celtics are just three games behind the Cavaliers and the Spurs are just four.  On a side note, yesterday former player and Hall of Famer Magic Johnson was named as the President of Basketball Operations for the Los Angeles Lakers.

If the season were to end today, the playoffs would look as follows:

Eastern Conference: 

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. Boston Celtics
  3. Washington Wizards
  4. Toronto Raptors
  5. Atlanta Hawks
  6. Indiana Pacers
  7. Chicago Bulls
  8. Detroit Pistons

Western Conference: 

  1. Golden State Warriors
  2. San Antonio Spurs
  3. Houston Rockets
  4. Los Angeles Clippers
  5. Utah Jazz
  6. Memphis Grizzlies
  7. Oklahoma City Thunder
  8. Denver Nuggets

All of the excitement and hype going into this season was about Kevin Durant leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder and joined the Warriors to be with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.  So far, the team is 47-9 and Durant is having a better-than-ever season.  He’s averaging 25.8 PPG, along with 8.2 RPG and 4.9 APG.  But alongside the former-MVP in Curry and a 6’7″ beast in Green.  Draymond is almost averaging a triple-double this season, with 10.2 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 7.3 APG, 2.1 SPG, and 1.5 BPG.  But, the team this season has already reached their loss mark that they had all of last season.  Coming off of a 73-9 season and then signing the former-MVP seemed that they would win all 82 games.

Russell Westbrook on the other hand looked defeat in the face and is running with it.  Literally.  Westbrook had long time friend and teammate leave this off-season and has recorded twenty-seven triple-doubles this season.  Yes, twenty-seven.  The all-time record for most triple-doubles in a season is forty-one from Oscar Robertson.  Now, Robertson is one of the all-time greats, but Westbrook is carving a path straight to his record.  As for the Thunder as an overall team, they are seventh in the Western Conference with an overall record of 32-25.

The reigning NBA Champion Cavaliers are looking to repeat greatness and take the title again.  Four time MVP LeBron James is leading the way for this team that looks like they can win again.  He’s averaging 25.9 PPG, 8.0 APG, and 7.7 RPG.  LeBron is putting up LeBron type numbers, as usual.  The team also acquired sharpshooter Kyle Korver on January 7.  On the season, he has attempting about five three-pointers a game and making anywhere from two to three.  They also have Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love that are assisting with the cause.  But, Love was injured on February 12 with having surgery on his left knee.

Another front-runner for the league’s MVP is James Harden of the Houston Rockets.  The five-time all-star is only second to Westbrook in leading the league in triple-doubles with fifteen.  The former Oklahoma City player is one of the best offensive players in the league, this season averaging out at 29.2 PPG, 11.3 APG, and 8.3 RPG.  Although he is not the best at defense, he absolutely makes up for it whenever he touches the ball.  Houston is also third in the Western Conference and with no other big name players, Harden is making his case for the MVP.

 

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