With games returning this Thursday after the NBA all-star break, teams will have to quickly refocus in order prepare for the playoffs. The most interesting teams will not only be those on the playoff bubble but those attempting to prove whether or not they are legitimate contenders. After the madness of the trade deadline, many new-look teams will have to prove themselves. Which team should you keep your eye on as the playoffs approach? Here are 5 teams you won't want to ignore: 1. Los Angeles Lakers This may not be a surprise to any NBA fan, but the Lakers are still in the spotlight. This season we've already witnessed the Anthony Davis fiasco and now LeBron James might miss the playoffs for
Although Anthony Davis trade rumors are full of Lakers and Celtics news, there are more destinations that are far more interesting. It may be inevitable that AD ends up with LeBron James in LA or Kyrie Irving in Boston, but Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were also once destined to be Lakers. Each dark horse team on my list has enough pieces that there's a slight chance they could trade for Davis. It may be unlikely, but not impossible. 1. Milwaukee Bucks In theory, the Bucks could send a package of Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon, Thon Maker, and draft picks to the Pelicans. This isn't the best package possible, but NBA GMs can be unpredictable in their decisions sometimes. Anyways, let's focus
With the midway point of the NBA season nearing, it's time to examine the best teams of last month in the December power rankings. This month teams have battled their way back into the playoffs, or gained ground on the top of their conference. If you haven't read the October or November power rankings you should know the stats are from this month (December) only, not the entire NBA season. By focusing on one month at a time there is more variety in the ranking and you see which team is hot right now. Anyways, here's the December power rankings: 1. Houston Rockets (11-4) Offensive Rating: 113.4 (3rd of 30) Defensive Rating: 109.3 (18th of 30) Team MVP: James Harden - 35.9 PPG (45/40/89), 7.5
Now that it's been a few weeks and a lot has changed in the NBA it's time to update my MVP predictions. Last time featured Steph Curry, Anthony Davis, and Kevin Durant (Check it out here). But, with Davis and Curry dealing with injuries and KD not playing at an MVP level it's time to look at new candidates. As a side note, the argument with Draymond Green definitely won't help Durant's case for MVP. Anyways, here are my 3 updated MVP predictions: Kemba Walker - 28.7 PPG (46/38/86), 4.5 RPG, 6.1 APG Coming off of a 60 point game Kemba Walker has every right to be in the MVP conversation. Despite the loss, Walker outscored his entire team by himself. That's right.
Entering the season there was a giant group of new faces and new teams. LeBron James on the Lakers, Kawhi Leonard on the Raptors, and DeMar DeRozan on the Spurs to name a few. Yet, the team that made no change to their roster has found themselves atop the NBA. The Milwaukee Bucks have achieved their best start to a season since 1971. Their 7-0 record after years of mediocrity prompts multiple questions. Nobody expected them to be this good. Not even me. But, here they are. Still, the question remains: how did they improve so much without a big-time move? The Milwaukee Bucks' Small Signings This offseason the Bucks' lacked the cap space to chase any star free agent, but still managed