1. Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers not only sport the NBA’s best record, they also have arguably the most talented roster, the best player and the best coach. If they can get healthy and remain healthy, the Lakers should make a deep run in the playoffs.
It seems as if the 2008-09 NBA season has seen more injuries than usual. This year, unlike most years, may actually come down to which team can stay the healthiest. Right now, nearly every elite team is dealing with some sort of injury.
With the NBA trade deadline of February 19th quickly approaching, many trades are being talked about around the league. Unlike most years, there are a lot of big names on the market that can be had for the right price. Here are three NBA trades that make a lot of sense:
After all the fans votes were counted, the NBA released the names of the starters for the 2009 NBA All-Star Game. To be played in Phoenix, this game will feature a host of upcoming stars and legendary veterans. Here’s a look at the players who will be starting.
4. Minnesota Timberwolves
If you just look at the standings, you wouldn’t be impressed with the 11-26 record for the Minnesota Timberwolves. But when you break it down and look at it more closely, you’d realize that they are one of the hottest teams in the NBA. After losing 13 straight games earlier in the season, The T’Wolves began 2009 by winning six consecutive contests. While the playoffs are an extreme longshot, the T’Wolves are finally looking like a team with a bright future.
After losing on Tuesday night against the Charlotte Bobcats by a final score of 114-106, the Boston Celtics fell to second place in the Eastern Conference. In the contest, the Bobcats exploded in overtime to hand the defending NBA champions their second consecutive defeat. Overall, the Celtics have lost five of their last seven games.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers (26-4)
Although the Celtics have a better record, the Cavaliers are playing better than any team right now. They have a 12.5 average margin of victory — which is easily the best mark in the league. LeBron James is the best player in the league and the most dangerous in crunch time.
Although the NBA All-Star game is a few months away, it’s never too early to predict which players will be voted into the starting lineup. Since it’s a fan vote, the prediction has to balance on-court merit and the player’s popularity. In the Western Conference, the center is going to be Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets. Not only is Yao having a very good season, he has the biggest fan base in the world behind him — the country of China. His home country will make sure that he’s an All-Star starter this year once again.
On Wednesday, the Toronto Raptors fired Sam Mitchell, the team’s head coach. With the Raptors at 8-9, the organization decided to go in a new direction in hopes of becoming one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference. Mitchell’s firing was a bit of a surprise, especially considering that he was the named the NBA Coach of the Year for the 2006-07 season. Last year, the Raptors went 41-41 and another season around .500 simply wasn’t going to be good enough.
Although the 2008-09 NBA season is less than a month old, the top rookies are starting to separate themselves from the pack. Here’s a look at the top four NBA Rookie of the Year candidates so far this season.
There’s the best of the best. And then, there’s the worst of the worst. Here are the five worst teams in the NBA at this point in the season.
With a record of 2-5, it’d be dismiss the San Antonio Spurs. However, a closer look indicates that the four-time NBA champions aren’t done just yet. The biggest culprit to their slow start has been injury. Manu Ginobili, the Argentine star shooting guard, has missed the entire season due to ankle surgery. Ginobili, who led the Spurs in scoring last year during the regular season, has been greatly missed because of the energy he brings to the floor on a consistent basis.