Friday, December 11th saw the return of the NBA season, as it kicked off with 5 games highlighted by a Clippers vs Lakers match-up. The NBA preseason does not promise as much excitement as the regular season and it could even be argued that the NBA Summer League also provides more action. But, nonetheless, the positive is that the NBA is back. Even with no fans in attendance, for the sports fan it is still a win. Here are some notes from day 1 of the NBA preseason!
New beginnings for John Wall & the Houston Rockets
Wall made his return to the NBA court with his new team after missing what would have been 2 years this month. Wall started the game and finished with 13 points, 9 assists, 2 steals and most importantly he showed spark of the incredible speed he has. The Rockets also saw the return to the court of DeMarcus Cousins, making what could be a reunion of college teammates. What is a feel good or heartwarming comeback for Wall and Cousins, that story is overshadowed by the complicated situation with James Harden.
Wesley Matthews could be the Lakers best summer acquisition
Wesley Matthews will now be on his 11th season and on his 7th team, but is still a deadly 3-point sniper and a capable defender. He signed a 1-year $3.6 million deal with the Lakers, leaving the Milwaukee Bucks. Matthews, a 38.1% career 3-point shooter, will be replacing Danny Green in the rotation, who was traded to the Thunder and then signed by the Philadelphia 76ers. He will be one of the Lakers that will have an immediate impact on the team and could also be the teams unexpected power punch, just like Rajon Rondo was last year.
Will Paul George deliver for the Clippers?
Paul George signed a 5-year max deal for $226 million with the LA Clippers. George is coming off of an arguably disappointing season that resulted in plenty of backlash and negative media for “Playoff P”. George’s contract was shortly followed by NBA Champion’ Anthony Davis agreeing to 5-years for $190 Million. His contract and recent performance puts a lot of pressure on him delivering great things from the Clippers organization.
Last Minute Notes:
The Knicks have a winning record, while RJ Barrett looks like he is going to be the focus offensively. Rookie Obi Toppin led the bench in points with 11 in 20 mins.
Welcome back Blake Griffin.
Carmelo Anthony is back with the Blazers and climbing the NBA all time scoring leader chart. Last season, in his 58 games with the Blazers he averaged 15.4 pts per game. Anthony ended with a total of 895 points that help him climb to the 15th spot on the All-Time list. Tim Duncan, Dominique Wilkins and Oscar Robertson are the next 3 targets to reach. The possibility Anthony may end up his career with an NBA championship are still alive. Still, Anthony is arguably one of the best scorers in the league with plenty of accolades, the Hall of Fame conversation could be right around the corner.
Players to watch early on are Markelle Fultz (Magic) and Coby White (Bulls), as both guards could be looking for some breakout performances that they can built on for the regular season. Fultz may be on a make or break year, while White will be look to follow up his rookie year season performances.
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