The NBA 2 Weeks In

Nolen Cooper, Reporter

It has been two weeks since the NBA season started and already players and teams are showing that they are hungry to win the championship or set new personal records.

“I’m betting on the Lakers winning the championship, because they have a lot of young talent and LeBron James who makes every team better and the youngsters can learn alot from him,” junior Blake Lyerla said.

In the West the reining champions, Golden State Warriors are showing why they are still the team to beat, they have only lost one game and point guard Stephen Curry is making a great campaign for Most Valuable Player (MVP) averaging 33 ppg, 5 rbs, and 5.9 apg on 53% shooting from three. In the East the Milwaukee Bucks are undefeated with their MVP caliber player, small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo averaging 25 ppg, 14.2 rpg, 5.7 apg, and 1.67 bpg.

“JaVale McGee is surprising me this season, he used to be not fundamentally sound and now he’s putting up good numbers and is playing a bigger role on the Lakers,” Lyerla said.

Many players are setting high goals for themself such as power forward for the Golden State Warriors, Draymond Green  who wants to win another Defensive Player of the Year award (DPOY), and Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson who just set and NBA record for most threes made in a single games.

“I need that [DPOY], I need that real bad I made second team all-defense last year. I’m pissed about that still. I’ll be pissed until I right that, so that’s a serious goal of mine this year, and I’m on it every night.” Green said in a postgame interview with ESPN.

Derrick Rose point guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves has struggled playing in the NBA for the last few years after suffering countless injuries. But on October 31, he turned back time and while fighting back tears scored 50 points and blocking a shot to win the game. The Timberwolves had been down 2 starters, Jimmy Butler who requested a trade recently and Jeff Teague.

“LeBron is the best player today, he’s got better stats than anyone else,” junior Peyton Mecker said.