The first week of the NBA season has come and gone, and nobody is as excited as me.
I live and breathe the NBA. This year, I invested in NBA League Pass, which allows me the opportunity to watch literally any NBA game I want at any time, and I haven’t regretted it for a second.
Being a fan of the Detroit Pistons, it’s safe to assume that I am incredibly happy. At the time that this issue went to print, my Pistons were sitting at 3-0 and have looked like one of the best teams in the league.
While I’m happy, I’m not unrealistic. The Pistons look great, but I don’t think that Detroit is some unstoppable force that will win the Eastern Conference. Even with the hot start, I expect the Pistons to finish seventh in the Eastern Conference, best case scenario. While that may not seem like an awesome finish, the fact that we haven’t made the playoffs since 2009 makes me ecstatic that we are even in that conversation.
But, as I said, I don’t expect us to win the East. The Cleveland Cavaliers are winning the East. After an opening night loss to the Chicago Bulls, the Cavs responded, winning their next three games by an average of 15 points per game.
I don’t care how good anybody else looks in the East, the Cavs are going to the NBA Finals. It sounds like an overreaction, but this was a belief I have held since the offseason and has just been reinforced with their play so far.
Out West, I’m not as prepared to crown a champion yet, although the Golden State Warriors are making me think twice.
Personally, I believe the Cavs will win the East because they don’t have any challengers. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t pick the Cavs to win the West. The Cavs are lucky in terms of their conference; the Golden State Warriors are not.
The Warriors have looked like the best team so far this year, and it hasn’t been close. While the Cavs may have defeated three of their four opponents by an average of 15 ppg, the Warriors have defeated all four of their opponents by an incredible 25 ppg. That’s absurd. NBA teams don’t dominate other NBA teams like that.
Right now, I’d be a fool to not pick the Warriors to win the West, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t leaning that way. I’ll make a call on that later.
But for now, even just a few weeks into the season, there are a couple of things I can say with absolute confidence.
The Detroit Pistons will no longer be a joke.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will win the Eastern Conference.
The Golden State Warriors are dominating the league and everybody should be afraid.