Interesting that ESPN has us rated higher than NBA.com at #16... 1 spot behind the Lakers and ahead of Denver.
You only get one guess to work out who'll be named as the season's first Western Conference player of the week. But Jeremy Lin is Linning again, too, with GQ's November cover and the arrival of Beardsanity to help him share the spotlight and burden after a sluggish October.
No team has had a bigger roster revamp than the Rockets. There is only one starter on the Rockets who was also a starter last season for the Rockets, and only two players in the starting lineup who was a Rocket last season.
Oh, I like how many times they've won, too... since they're the most "complete" team, as you say.
YOU MAD, bro?
I hate the Lakers, but it's simple foolishness to think they're a mediocre team after only 4 games in the season. How many teams have a 1-3 stretch at some point during each season? I bet almost every one of them has a stretch like that, if not worse, even the best teams.
Just because those are the only four games which have been played so far, does not give reason for you to knee-jerk anymore than you should after any other four-game stretch. Four games should not make a significant adjustment to one's perception of a team's talent level no matter what.
They have two top 10 players and four top 25 players in their starting lineup. They are not a weak team, and they will rebound. It may require a coaching change though.
I don't think Nash is still top 25. The bench...well White, Jones, and Mtiejunas would be seeing time for the Lake Show. It is hard for me to say they won't rebound...I just don't know if they will be as dominant as expected. They will probably play like Rockets have 1st two games, starters build leads...bench losses leads.
We actually have posters on here that think Jones is a substantially better finisher than DMo. - basketballholic
Parsons, Patterson, Smith, and Morris are the only returning guys from last year and 2 of those spent most of last year in RGV. for us, anything out of the bottom 10 is very promising. We can make top 10 by the end of November is Harden averages 25 PPG and our bench starts to show up more. Asik will average 15 REB this year, and the popularity of Jeremy Lin will keep us in the media and eyes will be on us all year with Harden/Lin being one of the most intriguing backcourts in the league. Keep winning games and our ranking will soar. Lose games and we'll drop to the bottom cause people need someone to hate/blame/etc.
Lakers at 15 because of 3 bad games? Give me a break. They're still the most complete squad in the west.
Really, more complete than the Spurs? The Lakers still have a horrendous bench and their defense has been awful so far. They have 4 great players but are either old or have a recent injury history concern. Nash in particular no longer has the benefit of the magic witch healing doctors in Phoenix to aid him.