Basketball

NBA Mid-Season Review

2016-12-19
The NBA Championship this season has been a free-for-all, when compared to last season where the Golden State Warriors dominated the first half of the season at least.

The NBA Championship this season has been a free-for-all, when compared to last season where the Golden State Warriors dominated the first half of the season at least. While there were a number of great previews for the teams before the season started, with a number of fantastic draws looking closely at the likes of the Warriors, the Cavaliers, and the Chicago Bulls being tipped to generate a bit of a buzz and holding out against some of the teams. There have been a huge number of prospects coming through for all of the teams this year, meaning a lot of teams that have previously played below average for the last few seasons, likely to make their way back towards the top and fight for their chance to be in the Play Offs this season.

Improvements

Boston Celtics are a prime example of this, with a below average performance for at least the last 5 seasons, but with a good draw at the beginning of the season for their team, they are currently doing well. At mid-season, they are sitting around 3rd in the Eastern Conference, and when compared to their standings over the previous few seasons, this has been a huge step up. If they continue with the way that they are playing, with 13 wins and 9 losses so far, they may have a chance to take on the Cavaliers and the Raptors and be in with a chance of heading to the Play Offs at the end of the season.

Ones To Watch

One to watch again this season will be the Cavaliers, who are set to be one of the favourites to win the entire Championship. Currently sitting with 15 wins and just 5 losses, and winning the Championship last season it’s highly likely that we are going to be seeing the Cavaliers back in the finals once again. However, the Golden State Warriors are almost certain to be hot on their tail, with 18 wins and just 3 losses throughout their season in the Western Conference, you can be certain that the battle will be fierce between the two.

The Underdogs

One notable difference this season is the lack of domination that the Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors are having over their conferences this season, and while they are still topping their tables, there are a number of teams that are very close behind. In the Eastern Conference for example, Spurs have currently won 18 games and lost just 4, only one difference between them and the Golden State Warriors, meaning that they may be an underdog that not many are expecting to see reach the Play Offs this season.

Other underdogs include the Houston Rockets, with their top player James Harden having built a name for himself by scoring the most points on average and rescuing the team near the end of their matches almost every game this season.

This season’s NBA Championship is going to be one of the most thrilling seasons for a number of years, due to the recent drafts that have improved a number of teams to bring close to the standards of the Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors who have been dominating for a number of years. It’s going to be a close watch towards the end, and you may even see the Warriors and the Cavaliers being knocked down a few spots on the table if they cannot keep up their consistency.