The NBA western conference has been nothing short of unexpected. The Clippers are in first place in the west, not the Warriors or Rockets the Clippers. The Clippers missed the playoffs last year and lost Deandre Jordan in free agency. The Grizzlies are currently in fourth place, they also missed the playoffs last year. These standings will not stay, as the season progresses. the current standings will change. None of the teams in the west are separated by many games and some of the teams are too good to not make the playoffs.
Before the start of the 2017-18 nba season the bulls trades Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves for a package that included Zach Lavine, Kris Dunn, and the 7th pick Lauri Markkanen. At the time it looked life the Timberwolves committed highway robbery, Dunn hadn’t looked good and Lavine was rehabbing a torn acl. Butler was an all star and one of the best players in the league. He helped lead the Timberwolves to their first playoff berth since 2004. Butler and his teammates did not get along at all and stories were breaking of him not liking his teammates. He was recently traded to the 76ers for Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless, and a 2022 second round pick. Looking back it is safe to say that the Timberwolves won the trade short term, but the Bulls smoked them in the long run and got three good, young players.
Derrick Rose, where to start with him. He won rookie of the year in 2009 and became the youngest MVP ever in 2011 at just 22 years old. His career seemed to be set to go down as one of the greats. In 2012, in the playoffs, against the 76ers he jumped and landed on his leg awkward, he had torn his acl. He missed most of the next year. Since then he has had 4 major knee surgeries along with other minor injuries. His career seemed to be in jeopardy. On October 31 of this year he scored a career high 50 points against the jazz and sealed the game with a block. On the 7th of November he scored 31 points with a career high 7 threes. What he has been able to do with all of his obstacles has been incredible. Lebron James said it best, “… even when a superhero gets knocked down he’s still a superhero and Derrick Rose showed why he’s still a superhero.”
A tearful Derrick Rose after his 50-point game: 'It means everything'