The first round of all star voting was submitted and some of the results are surprising. The leading vote getters are Lebron James for the west with 1,083,363 votes and Giannis Antetokounmpo for the east with 991,561 votes. Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic and Derrick Rose of the timberwolves are the two biggest surprises on the list. I would not be upset if Rose got in as he has been through a lot and is playing well. I personally think that someone like Tobias harris or Mike Conley should be an all star over Doncic.
In my mvp race I currently have Giannis Antetokounmpo leading due to his ridiculous year so far. He is leading the bucks in points, assists, steals, rebounds and is second in blocks. The bucks are currently sitting at second in the eastern conference. At second I have Kawhi Leonard, he is the leader for the first place Raptors and their team is a lot better with him. Third I have Lebron James, the Lakers are 5th in the tough west and he has played very well with a new and young team. At fourth and fifth I have Steph Curry and Joel Embiid.
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'
The NBA season tipped off two days ago with the Celtics and Warriors winning their opening games. The celtics easily handled the Sixers and Joel Embiid saying, ” They always kick our a**,” when asked if there was a rivalry between them and the Celtics. Jayson Tatum of the Celtics looked very good in his first game as a sophomore. His game has evolved since last year and it is obvious that he has been working with Kobe, his array of moves has expanded and his footwork is getting better. The Warriors against the Thunder was a very close game despite the thunder missing Westbrook. The Warriors were missing Cousins and will not likely get him back for a few months and started Damien Jones at center. The Thunder already look like a sleeper team that may do well this year. The Warriors still no matter what will probably three peat this year.
Was this a dunk or not?
What was better: Jaylen Brown's bucket over Joel Embiid… or his stare down?
Welcome to my blog. I have always been interested in the NBA and some of the weird stories that happen throughout the year. This blog is about the nba season and the major stories that happen. Minor stories or ones that are interesting but don’t get talked about much will be here.