It’s Just Too Early to Know Anything About the NBA

Pouring over the standings this morning, I saw lots of intriguing potential trends.  For instance, has Atlanta’s trapping defense made them an elite team?  They did make a major change bringing Jeff Teague out of mothballs last spring and it made them into a much tougher second round playoff opponent than most people expected.  OTOH, the Hawks have beaten the Washington Wizard and the New Jersey Nets, two teams widely forecast to make it back to the lottery this season.

Then it happened as I looked at Indiana’s offensive balance, Charlotte’s backcourt rotation Boston’s suddenly porous defense, and several other potential trends.  In the end I have to conclude that while it’s natural to think we can have a pretty good grasp on the NBA season by the time the calendar winds down and it’s time to go shopping for some bubbly, this year is too different.  Not only is the sample size too small, the circumstances leading up to this compressed season are too unique.  Older teams might need more time to find their groove.  Surprise teams might need a week on the road against tough opponents, injuries will need to heal.  We might need 15, even 20 games to get a decent handle on what’s going on.


About jmartin437

I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
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