NBA Season ’17-’18 Week 3: Surprises, Highlights & Killer Halloween Costumes
Losing streaks, power rankings and rookies making waves
NBA Season 2017-2018 kicked off with a bang during its opening week and the teams, players and coaches evidently have no plans of slowing things down. Things are only getting more exciting as the landscape of this year is starting to form, although there is definitely still room to catch up.
All data mentioned is as of November 3, 2017.
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ 4-game losing streak
When the Cavs lost to the Indiana Pacers with a final score of 124-107, it marked the team’s fourth straight loss of the season. In total, the team has lost by a surprising 63 points, which beats out LeBron James’ four-game loss back in 2004 when he was still a rookie.
The loss to the Pacers has completely changed the mindset of LeBron, who said he was not about to “go crazy” after the Cav’s third loss. But after this week’s game, ESPN quoted the superstar as admitting that his team “is kind of depleted.”
To top it off, the Cavs need to move forward without Tristan Thompson, who left in the second quarter due to a left calf strain. Thompson exited the game in crutches and is expected to miss out on at least two more games. The pressure is now on Jae Crowder to fill in Thomson’s starting position.
The Rookie Ladder: Top rookies to watch out for
This year’s NBA Rookies are out to prove themselves on the professional court and five particular players have really started to stand out. Dennis Smith, Jr. of the Dallas Mavericks currently ranks the eighth among his draft class in terms of scoring (11.3 ppg) and third in assists (5.7). Of course, we also have our eye on the Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum, who is third among the rookies in scoring (14 ppg) and fifth in rebounds (7.0). And in what is arguably the most surprising ranking so far is the Chicago Bulls’ Lauri Markkanen, who is second in scoring (17.22 ppg) from his class with a 44.7 percent shooting average. Then again, it is Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers who is leading the rookies in scoring (18.5 ppg), rebounds (9.6) and assists (7.9).
NBA Power Rankings: The Memphis Grizzlies take the early lead
It’s too early to solidly call out Power Rankings at this point, especially with the teams feeling out new players and rotations, but the numbers are clearly skewed to the Memphis Grizzlies at this point. With a 5-1 record, the Grizzlies are practically undefeated with Chandler Parsons at the helm. Notable as well is that Parsons is currently leading the league in 3-point percentage.
As of October 30, 2017 here are your top 5 teams.
Pace: 96.7 (29) OffRtg: 104.5 (14) DefRtg: 97.2 (4) NetRtg:+7.4 (6)
Last week: 6
Pace: 99.2 (23) OffRtg: 104.2 (16) DefRtg: 102.7 (15) NetRtg:+1.5 (14)
Last week: 1
Pace: 103.9 (5) OffRtg: 115.5 (1) DefRtg: 108.4 (26) NetRtg:+7.1 (7)
Last week: 3
4. LA Clippers
Pace: 99.4 (20) OffRtg: 106.9 (6) DefRtg: 92.8 (1) NetRtg:+14.1 (1)
Last week: 10
Pace: 98.8 (25) OffRtg: 99.7 (23) DefRtg: 98.9 (9) NetRtg:+0.8 (15)
Last week: 2
The Young Duo to watch out for
When setting our eyes on younger players in the league, one particular duo stands out. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons seem almost unstoppable together at this point. As Steve Aschburner explained, Embiid already established skills which he just needs to carry through. Meanwhile, Simmons is shaping up to be the most legitimate tall point guard since Magic Johnson.
The best NBA Halloween costumes
Let’s face it: Our boys know how to kill it on the court, but they know how to have fun, too. And in true Halloween spirit, some of them went all out with their costumes.
LeBron James as IT
Carmelo Anthony as the Night King
Tristan Thompson as Khal Drogo
Steph Curry as Jigsaw
Russell Westbrook as Sidney Deane of White Men Can’t Jump