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2 Greatest Surprises So Far In The NBA Season

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The 2022-23 NBA season is already quickly approaching the quarter-way level.

All groups have performed not less than 12 video games (Indiana Pacers) with some already having performed in 16 (Utah Jazz).

And as is the case with each season, the outcomes haven’t gone in response to preseason expectations.

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Which is the fantastic thing about sports activities and what makes them so entertaining.

Irrespective of how a lot evaluation or analysis is completed, one thing or somebody will seemingly come out of nowhere and shake issues up.

Listed below are two of the most important surprises this season.

 

1. “Brick For Vic” Not Occurring…But

Earlier than the season, there was widespread concern that tanking could be a critical problem this yr.

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It reached a degree the place NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made a press release concerning the matter.

This fear was due to the highest prospect set to enter subsequent yr’s draft – Victor Wembanyama.

The 7-foot-4 French star is considered the perfect prospect to enter the draft since LeBron James.

And but, blatant tanking has but to happen.

The preseason favorites to battle for the worst report (Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers) have a mixed report of 22-21.

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Utah particularly has far exceeded preseason expectations.

After buying and selling away their two franchise cornerstones over the offseason, they’re 10-6 and had been in first place within the West as lately as November 12.

There’s nonetheless time for groups to (shortly) fall off the mountaintop.

However so far, it has not occurred.

 

2. Warriors Off To Gradual Begin

Maybe the championship hangovers are beginning to hit the reigning world champs just a little tougher as they become old.

The Golden State Warriors haven’t gotten off to a robust begin as they appear to defend their title.

And the primary perpetrator has been their lackluster protection.

Golden State allowed the third-fewest factors per recreation final season and had the perfect defensive ranking within the NBA.

These numbers have taken a nosedive this yr to twenty seventh and twenty fourth, respectively.

A regarding pattern given the core of this staff largely stays the identical.

The Warriors had been hoping their younger guys may offset the losses of Otto Porter Jr., Gary Payton II, and Juan Toscano-Anderson.

That has not been the case to this point.

Moses Moody is the one prospect receiving larger than quarter-hour per recreation.

And former second general decide James Wiseman was simply despatched to the G-League.

Paired with a sluggish begin from Klay Thompson as he appears to regain his type post-injury absence, it has not been fairly for the Warriors.

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