This year I am going to try something new. I am going to make a list of the top 10 candidates for the MVP spot each week according to how they perform and their teams overall record at the current time. I know the season has just started so bare with me. I am just trying to make this more exciting for out readers. This week, are the experts right about Golden State, will San Antonio surpass the 67 win mark, and so much more on NBA RoundTable.
As of Tuesday November 1st
1. Russell Westbrook – He is averaging 38.7 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 11.7 assists per game with OKC at 3-0 thru the first week of play.
2. Kawhi Leonard – One of the best 2 way players in the NBA and reigning defensive player of the year.
3. LeBron James – The best player in the world as the Cavaliers finish the week with a 4-0 record.
4. Stephen Curry – The reigning back to back NBA MVP and the only unanimous MVP.
5. Kevin Durant – Still trying to fit in on his new team while averaging 31.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game.
6. Damian Lillard – He is one of the best point guards in the NBA averaging 35 points, 8 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game.
7. Kyrie Irving – He is part of one of the best big 3 in the NBA along with James and Love. He is averaging 26.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 4 assists per game.
8. James Harden – Is one of the best offensive players in the league.
9. Paul George – After coming back from injury a couple years ago, Paul George looks to be back in full form.
10. Anthony Davis – The first player 2 score 95 plus points in his first 2 games since Wilt Chamberlain did it in 1975.
Here are the questions for the week:
The experts pick Golden State to win it all this year. Will the Warriors win their second Championship in 3 years?
Todd: No, Not a chance! Golden State Simply are not as good as they were last year. They are looking at least the number 3 seed in the West behind the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers. Everyone s looking at they added Kevin Durant but look at who they lost. Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli, Mo Speights, and Leandro Barbosa. All these guys played key roles to their team the last 2 years. They didn’t even replace half them guys and their bench is lacking because of it. Golden State will have trouble with every team that has good big men.
Steve: If the early season “eye test” is what we are basing this on. I think the Warriors are in big trouble. They got routed by the San Antonio Spurs, and okay they are the Spurs after all, but then they struggled against one of the worst teams in the NBA, the Phoenix Suns. I think if I had to give you an answer as we speak, then no, the Warriors will not even reach the NBA Finals. I like the Spurs and Cavs in the NBA Finals…as of now.
Chad: Right now on Nov. 1 I’m going to say no there is plenty of basketball left but I think the Warriors did lose a lot in the off-season as far as defense and depth.
Dan: Right now, I think that once the Warriors hit some team chemistry and get Kevin Durant on the same page and flowing, they’ll be close to unstoppable. While they lost to San Antonio, you must not forget that San Antonio didn’t lose a game at home last season. This GSW is a great team and the only two teams I think that’ll compete with them will be SA and Cleveland. I think GSW will take it this year.
The San Antonio Spurs Blew out The Golden State Warriors last week on opening night of the NBA season. Do you think this is a statement game?
Todd: It was only the first game but it did show how much ahead San Antonio is ahead of Golden State. Golden State can use the excuse that they have new pieces to incorporate but so does San Antonio. It was Definitely a statement game and in my opinion Golden State will lose all its games to San Antonio.
Steve: It is absolutely a statement game. With all the hype that surrounded the Golden State Warriors and the signing of Kevin Durant. The Spurs came in and basically said “big freakin deal.” They took it to Golden State on their own home court. A place where they only lost a couple of times all season last year. I think this gave the Spurs all the momentum to start the season, and solidified their position as early favorites to win the West.
Chad: Very Rarely will I let an opening night/week loss determine how I feel about a team but it certainly opened my eyes to the potential trouble of the Golden State Warriors.
Dan: I think the Spurs went extra hard to make a statement, but like I said, the Spurs were unbeaten at home last season. I wouldn’t put too much stock in the game for multiple reasons. The Warriors opened the gate up. They weren’t all running on the same page, they have to work out some kinks still and it’s the first game of the season. While I think the Spurs took it as a statement game after they won, I don’t think the Warriors or their fans are worried too much about this L.
What are your thoughts on the Philadelphia 76er organization not letting Sevyn Streeter sing the National Anthem just because she was wearing a jersey that said “We Matter” on it?
Todd: It is ridiculous.
Steve: I mean its their house their rules I guess. I think it is stupid to not allow someone to sing the National Anthem because of what they are wearing. I suppose that this is something that they don’t want to take away from the game, but lets be real, it is the Philadelphia 76ers. The game was over before it started.
Chad: It’s silly but it is the times we live in a society; I hope they change their minds and allow her to sing in the future.
Dan: Honestly, I think it was absolutely ridiculous that you would restrict someone from singing the National Anthem because of a t-shirt? Words on a t-shirt saying “We Matter”? Really? I would boycott all 76ers’ games until they do something about it. And then I’d still boycott their games and not buy any of their merchandise. To say that Sevyn Streeter couldn’t sign the national anthem due to a shirt is disrespectful, basically emphasizing the need for more t-shirts of “we Matter” on them because obviously, the 76ers are sending the message that “we” don’t.
San Antonio has looked pretty solid through the first week of the season. Will they surpass the 67 wins that they won last year?
Todd: Well, with the way Popovich coaches they probably will not just because he tends to rest some of his players for random games. I could see them doing it just because this is the only team in the NBA that can rest all 5 starters and still compete with any team in the League.
Steve: I have them right at 67 wins in my pre-season picks. I think I will stand true to that, however, I could see them making another run for 70.
Chad: I’m going to ballpark it at 65 wins because Popovich will give his guys rest in the regular season when needed so that they are ready for a deep playoff run.
Dan: I think the Spurs will get around the same amount of wins they did last season but they will not surpass the 67-win mark they set. They’re a very good team, but I just don’t think they’ll be able to dominate like they did last season in order to reach that plateau. It would mean they’d have to put up similar win-loss records on the road and maybe they could give up a win or two at home. I just don’t see them hitting 67 wins this season.
The Lakers cut a 24 year old Anthony Brown in favor of a 36 year old Metta World Peace. Was this the right move?
Todd: Me being bias on this question. I think they made the wrong call. I know MWP said he wanted to play 3 more seasons before he retired but lets get real. Even if he does make a team how much is he really actually gonna get on the floor? The only reason he made the team over Anthony brown was to help mentor the younger players. The Lakers were gonna offer him a coaching job if he failed to make the team. I thought he could have mentored the younger players from the coaching position without taking an opportunity from a younger player.
Steve: MWP is old, slow, and has lost several steps from what he once was. Anthony Brown is a young talented basketball player, and fits in to what the Lakers are putting on the floor. The Lakers went young, and are going to try to keep this core of players for the long haul, and hopefully for them, turn things around for Los Angeles. It is the right move based off the make up of the team right now. What does the the song go? “One of these things just doesnt belong here”?
Chad: No you’re in a rebuild but you in essence trade a young guy for an older guy with not a lot of skill set left. It’s the Lakers world and I’m just living in it.
Dan: Honestly, I don’t think it really matters. Metta World Peace does give them a veteran presence which will help the young players their roster is filled with, but I don’t expect that he’ll get much playing time this season nor do I think Anthony Brown would’ve received a lot either if he was kept. I think it was the right move for Los Angeles.
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