With most teams having played eight games, Stephen Loftus takes a look at the emerging headlines from the NBA season thus far.
1. Will Philadelphia win ten games?
The struggling 76ers currently sit with zero wins and seven losses, bottom of the Eastern Conference and the only team in the NBA yet to win a game. Remarkably, they have lost their seven games by a combined ninety points with a staggering thirty-two point loss to the high flying Toronto Raptors.
The Sixers’ schedule does not get any easier as they are currently on the Texas road trip, with games against Dallas, San Antonio and Houston. Should those games go the way of record, Philadelphia will be 0-10 going into their home game versus Boston. Ten games might be a stretch for the Sixers, who could go down as an all-time worst NBA team.
2. The Eastern Conference is as open as ever
With LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers struggling at the moment, the Eastern Conference looks wide open for the lower seeds to exploit. The Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors are the frontrunners at the moment; they face off against each other on Thursday.
Toronto have been the surprise package of the season, particularly with the performances of point guard Kyle Lowry. It is expected that Cleveland will eventually get their act together and that Kevin Love and LeBron James will form an unstoppable relationship, but for now, it seems that the No.1 seed in the Eastern Conference is up for grabs.
3. This is not a good rookie class
Jabari Parker currently leads all rookies with a not so impressive 11.6 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game, which highlights the lack of impact that this rookie class has had on the league.
The outstanding play made by a rookie so far remains the insane block by Nerlens Noel on James Harden and even that was forgettable.
Noel has since suffered a sprained ankle which has spoiled what could have been a promising start to his career. Elfrid Peyton has looked lacklustre when shooting the ball and Miami Heat rookie-point guard has showed only flashes of brilliance. Overall, an uninspiring start to the career of what looked an exciting rookie class.
4. The Anthony Davis plaudits increase every day
The sport of basketball has never seen an athlete like Anthony Davis. Standing at 6 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 220 pounds, Davis has the ball-handling ability of a point guard and still has untapped potential.
The Pelicans center put the world on notice that he was the next big thing when he single-handedly destroyed the Orlando Magic with a stat line of 26 points, 17 rebounds, nine blocks, three steals and two assists.
Davis is sure to become the face (and unibrow) of the NBA once LeBron James exits the league. If this Pelicans team can reach the playoffs, Davis will be a serious MVP candidate. Until then, we can just admire his greatness.
5. San Antonio are still the frontrunners in the West
Coach Gregg Popovych continues to grab the headlines by resting his key players in national TV games but no matter the starting lineup, the slick Spurs are still dispatching the best in the West with ease after victories over the Clippers and Golden State Warriors.
Stephen Loftus, Pundit Arena