NBA BLOG ALERT: WTF Has Happened in the NBA So Far?

I like the Warriors and Bucks to meet in the finals.  Call me biased (I am) but the Bucks have the best player in the East, and the best coach in the East.

We don’t do much NBA blogging here other than telling you that the Bucks are a fucking WAGON.  So since its the all star break lets take a look at how the NBA season has gone thus far, some of the story-lines, and a look ahead to the 2019 NBA Finals with the Warriors and Bucks.


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Our Milwaukee Bucks are the best team in the NBA currently with Toronto and Golden State close behind.  When we look at the standings there are a few surprising things we can take from them:

  • The Bucks have the best record in the NBA: I think most people would have agreed that the Milwaukee Bucks with Giannis and new coach Mike Budenholzer would be a top 4 team in the East and could maybe compete for that three spot.  However, I don’t think anybody thought at the All Star break they Bucks would have the best record in the NBA AND look like a top team in the league.  Remember, a few years ago the Atlanta Hawks were the #1 seed in the East but nobody really thought they could beat the Cavs or compete with multiple teams in the West. The Bucks are damn good, and they are here to stay.  They’ve made moves before the trade deadline to keep them there along with the moves the 76ers and the Raptors took.  Bucks = Wagon.
  • Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers behind the Indiana Pacers: This will change post all star break, the 76ers and Celtics will catch and pass Pacers.  However, you tell me the Pacers are going to be the #3 seed in the East after losing their best player Victor Oladipo?  You crazy man, you crazy. Even after losing Oladipo the Pacers are still winning.  The 76ers have two of the best players in the league, and the Celtics were getting back their two best players in Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving. The Pacers have done a remarkable job this year and are going to end up with that 5 seed. It’ll be between the 76ers and Celtics to see who gets that 4 seed and then has to deal with those Pacers in the 1st round.
  • The Los Angeles Lakers as the #10 seed in the West: Now obviously some of this has to do with LeBron James being hurt, when LeBron was playing the Lakers were a top 5 team in the West but have now fallen to 10th and it’ll be hard for them to even make the playoffs, they are currently three games back from the #8 seeded Los Angeles Clippers.  The Lakers were supposed to have all of this young talent, combined with LeBron to challenge for the #2 seed in the West.  That ain’t happening.  Once LeBron went out all their young talent showed they can’t keep this team afloat and that’s probably why Magic Johnson was ready to ship all those guys to New Orleans for Anthony Davis.
  • Sacramento Kings as the #9 seed in the West: So the Kings started out the season HOT and have fizzled a bit, but they are still ultra competitive every night.  This team has a lot of young talent but I don’t know how many people thought they’d be above teams like the Lakers, Pelicans, and Timberwolves at the start of the season. I don’t think the Kings will make the playoffs this year but they’re an up and coming team if they can get some quality veteran guys to join Buddy Hield, De’Aron Fox and company.
  • The Cavs aren’t the worst team in the NBA (record wise): Nope, they are two games above the New York Knicks and one game above the Phoenix Suns.  After LeBron left this team has fucking nobody on it and somehow they aren’t the worst.  The Knicks have completely tanked, trading their best player (even though he wasn’t playing) and two key asses in Trey Burke and Tim Hardway Jr. The Suns meanwhile have Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton but can’t win any fucking games.  Good for the Cavs for staying above those team.
  • Oklahoma City Thunder as the #3 seed in the West: Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, and Russel Westbrook got bounced in the 1st round of the playoffs last year by the Utah Jazz.  Anthony is now gone, and George choose OKC over the Lakers that many people questioned.  Why stay in OKC with Westbrook whose a “bad teammate” and just lose in the 1st or 2nd round every year or you can go to L.A. (where you from) and compete for championships with LeBron.  Well look at the Thunder now.  They are two games out of second place and could catch the Nuggets who they play twice post all star break. The Thunder have been great this year after starting off slow. Westbrook is filling up the stat sheet with triple-doubles and Paul George is a legit MVP candidate.  Don’t be surprised if the Thunder end up with the #2 seed in the West.


Major Story-lines

  • Luka Doncic is a UNIT: Luke was the #3 overall pick to the Atlanta Hawks technically but was traded to the Dallas Mavericks.  Another team that traded for a developed a certain Dirk Nowitzki. Lots of foreign players enter the draft each year and typically one or two always get picked in the lottery that every team hopes is the next Dirk. Luka is young, he’s only 19 years old and it was a question mark how good he could be in the league.  Folks, this guy is legit and he is filthy.  The fact he didn’t make the All Star team is a fucking joke. The kid is 6’7, can shoot from anywhere, Dwayne Wade just said he passes like LeBron James, he’s averaging 20.7 PTS, 7.2 RB, and 5.6 AST per game. KID IS 19 and played overseas before this.  Not only that, he already is who this team goes to in the clutch. He’s the real deal, we love him, we are a very pro Luka blog and will continue to be unless he is playing the Bucks.  If you haven’t watched a Mavs game – DO IT.  Watching him play is worth it. And now, highlights:

  • The tightest MVP race in recent history: The past maybe what, 10 years (I’m not checking) by All Star break its been pretty clear who is the MVP of the league.  LeBron James, Steph Curry, James Harden, LeBron James again. This year is different. We have three legit candidates and if LeBron brings the Lakers on some type of incredible run in the last 25 games, he’ll be the fourth guy.  For now though we are down to three players: James Harden, Paul George, and Giannis. In one of the few NBA blogs we’ve done in the past we talked about the NBA odds and we picked Giannis because this is not a biased blog at all.  We’re still on Giannis.  Although James Harden is the betting favorite currently, because he’s on some 30 point scoring streak that probably 10-15 guys in the NBA could do if they really wanted.  However the Rockets are currently 5th in the West.  Some might say he’s playing with nobody but I don’t watch the NBA that much and he’s got four other guys on the court with him that are also in the NBA.  He won last year because of his amazing play and the Rockets were the #1 seed in the West.  I don’t think he wins MVP again, it’s going to either Paul George or Giannis.  Paul George is on a absolute tear right now and helping carry the Thunder to a potential two seed in the West.  But he’s got Russel Westbrook producing triple doubles along side him.  Giannis also has an all star with him but he’s carrying the Bucks to the #1 seed.  Here’s what we’ll end this with.  If the Bucks end up with the best record in the NBA and/or #1 in the East, I don’t see how you give the MVP to anyone else.  Right now he is the best and most unstoppable player in the NBA. Giannis for MVP, bet on it, book it.
  • Knicks and Mavs trade: So the Knicks are in position to land the #1, which will be Zion Willamson. Also for the first time in a while, the Knicks are going to have a lot of money, enough for two max contracts.  Those two combined things drove the Knicks to trade their foreign star Kristaps Porzingis, Trey Burke, and Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Mavs. So first lets look at the Mavs.  They now have the two best foreign players in the NBA with Porzingis and Doncic, both are very young, and both are very good.  The Mavs are taking a risk here though, Porzingis hasn’t been the healthy of guys and the Mavs need him to be.  I’m sure they’re also banking on Porzingis learning from Dirk for the rest of the year on the bench.  So the Mavs have two studs, and some solid supporting players. The bigger story here is the Knicks.  The Knicks got two future 1st round picks from the Mavs, Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, and Wes Matthews.  Matthews and Jordan aren’t much but Dennis Smith Jr. is a very good NBA player. Now the Knicks will focus in on luring in two max contract players, the most notable and most talked about are Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.  They could also trade for Anthony Davis and get one more max contract guy.  The Knicks have a lot of options to become an instant playoff team in the 2019-2020 season with some smart moves.  The real potential here is a Knicks team that features Dennis Smith Jr, Kevin Knox (Knicks first round pick this year), getting the #1 pick in the lottery and taking Zion, then signing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.  That my friends, is a stacked lineup.  The Knicks could also go after guys like Kwahi Leonard, Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson, Demarcus Cousins, among others.

  • LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers, and their bullshit: Year one in LA for LeBron so far: failed.  Don’t tell LeBron that though, he’s not focusing on winning championships. LeBron was supposed to end the 5 year playoff drought for the Lakers but that is slipping away after every game, like losing to the putrid Hawks. LeBron and his agent Rich Paul tried their best to get the Lakers to the playoffs though, by starting a trade between the Lakers and the New Orleans Pelicans for Anthony Davis. This was on every single channel, everybody on twitter had a opinion, and every podcast talked about it.  LeBron and Davis in L.A. could they beat the Warriors this year?  Well that didn’t happen and the Pelicans threw Magic Johnson’s bullshit right back at him and were never going to really trade Anthony Davis.  Even though Davis “requested” the trade, LeBron and Davis both have the same agent in Rich Paul and it was only a matter of time before this trade was “requested” by Davis. So after a week or so of drama, nothing happened and the Davis will be gone in New Orleans come the summer. LeBron on the other hand now has to deal with teammates he just tried to trade away, a coach he doesn’t like, and the possibility of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2004 OR they get the 8 seed and get fucking smoked by the Warriors.  For the first time in a long time, we may be looking at an NBA playoffs without LeBron and honestly, I wouldn’t mind that.
  • The Warriors in the Finals against who from the East?: Since LeBron left to go out West that has opened up the East.  At the start of the year, that competition was between the Raptors and Celtics with the majority of people saying it was inevitable that the finals was going to be the Warriors and Celtics. Well things have changed.  The playoffs in the East is shaping up to be spectacular.  There are four legitimate finals contenders in the east: the Bucks, Raptors, Celtics, and 76ers. The 76ers have some head case issues to get over with the Celtics, and the Bucks have yet to win a playoff series with Giannis but that seems like it’ll be going away this year.  You can take your pick at what time will come out of the East and it would be hard to argue against you.  What I know, is we should be in for a treat come the Eastern Conference semifinals, we should get three great series.  As long as the Pacers don’t fuck this up for us.

Look Ahead

After the All-Star break we’ll have 25 regular season games left before the playoffs start in March.  The East will again be the focus to see how the Celtics, 76ers, and Pacers shape out for those 3-5 seeds, and we’ll see if the Bucks can stay atop of the Raptors for the #1 seed. In the West the real thing to look at is if the Thunder can catch the Nuggets for the #2 seed.  Although much will be made about the Lakers and LeBron, if they make the playoffs they are going to get bounced in the first round if they get the #8 seed. We also can sit back and enjoy Luka Doncic in all his glory and see what kind of shenanigans he gives us before the end of the season.  If you’re a big NBA guy, the end of this regular season should be a very exciting one for the first time in awhile.

As I said in the start, I like the Warriors and Bucks to meet in the finals.  Call me biased (I am) but the Bucks have the best player in the East, and the best coach in the East.  They may not have deepest team, I’d give that to the Celtics, but they have a fucking solid 5 and great role players.  It could really come down to which talent acquisition plays the best with their new team: Marc Gasol in Toronto, Tobias Harris in Philly, or Nikola Mirotic in Milwaukee. So can the Bucks beat the Warriors in a 7 game series?  Are aliens real? Of course they are.  The Bucks can beat the Warriors but it’ll take a herculean effort from Giannis and a lot of guys to be VERY HOT from the field. For the first time in a long time though, I’m looking forward to the NBA playoffs – I mean after the 1st round is over, then I’m looking forward to them.


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