What a great NBA season it’s been so far. Not only have we seen an intense rivalry brewing between some of the giants of the league, but we’ve seen some new teams emerge thanks to effective coaching and talented youth.
Where things will go from here is anyone’s guess, but it’s been a lot of fun thus far and the next six months of basketball should be just as exciting for any fan.
Let’s take a look at some of the most improved teams we’ve seen so far, as there’s a lot that these franchises should be proud about. Did your team make the list? Well, let’s see.
5. New York Knicks. I know it’s hard to call a team with an 11-18 record improved, but the Knicks are showing signs of hope for the first time in almost a decade. This is a team that’s suddenly won 7 of its last 10 games, with wins against some very impressive teams. Mike D’Antoni is slowly but steadily implementing effective change in New York.
4. Atlanta Hawks. They’ve been steadily improving through the course of the last few years, but the Hawks are better than ever this season. Thanks to the effective play of Joe Johnson, Al Horford, Josh Smith, and others, the Hawks are an extremely dangerous team with a 21-8 start to the season. It should be interesting to see this young team continue to develop through the course of the year.
3. Dallas Mavericks. It looks like the Mavs are once again one of the best in the West. A short lapse in their elite status took place during the last few seasons, but additions to the roster like Shawn Marion have given this team a newfound status as one of the best in their conference. A 21-9 start looks like it should result in a 55-60 win season in Dallas.
2. Sacramento Kings. After suffering from the NBA’s worst record in 08-09, things looked hopeless for the once glorious franchise. Thanks to some brilliant drafting in Tyreke Evans, Omri Casspi, and other young additions to the team, the Kings are somewhat back, starting the season out at 13-15, most of this without the injured Kevin Martin. The contrast from last season is huge.
1. Oklahoma City Thunder. Who would have guessed that the Thunder would have a winning record after 29 games? At 15-14, the Thunder are finally coming through on their potential. Kevin Durant has officially come of age and Jeff Green, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and others will only continue to improve as well.