NBA

NBA Recap Week 1: Detroit Pistons Surprising

NBA Recap Week 1: Detroit Pistons Surprising

nba recap week 1 detroit pistons 2015 imagesThe first weekend of the 2015/16 NBA season is over, and most teams in the Association have played two to three games. That’s not a big enough volume to form any serious opinions regarding who the surprise teams will be this year. However, there are some early hints that the Detroit Pistons are going to over-achieve when compared to pre-season expectations.

Here’s a look at the division leaders where every pre-season divisional favorite has at least a share of the division lead except for the Cleveland Cavaliers:

Atlantic – Toronto Raptors, 3-0
Central – Detroit Pistons, 3-0
Southeast – Atlanta Hawks, 3-1

Northwest – OKC Thunder, 3-0
Pacific – LA Clippers/Golden State Warriors, 3-0
Southwest – Three teams, including San Antonio, 2-1

Detroit, who entered the season as 125 to 1 longshots to win their division (bet365), still have a perfect record following a close win on Saturday night against the Chicago Bulls. Coach Stan Van Gundy has to like the fact that his side won all three of their games as underdogs, defeating Atlanta and Utah additional to Chicago. That is a major hint that his side is below the radar a bit, and it will be interesting to see how they are doing after 12 to 15 games are played. In my opinion, Cleveland will still emerge as divisional champs, but the Pistons could prove themselves to be a playoff team this year.

There are not many other surprises in the standings, nor are there many surprises for individual statistical leaders in the NBA.

Steph Curry has been massive so far in the association, averaging nearly 40 points per game and 7.3 assists. Surely, he is off to a fantastic start when it comes to repeating as league MVP, something I think he is going to do.

On the boards, Andre Drummond is the king rebounder so far. Detroit’s center has been a monster through three games, averaging 16.3 per outing. Importantly, he is a major presence on the offensive glass with 6.3 offensive boards per game. With those often leading to put backs, it’s not surprising to see Drummond averaging nearly 19 points per and he should get a ton of double-doubles this season.

Ricky Rubio is the player leading in assists per game so far. In what is expected to be a quiet season in Minnesota, Rubio has helped his team off to a 2-0 start. With both wins coming on the road, the Timberwolves’ fans have to be feeling good about the first week of games.

Key games on Monday night will feature Cleveland in Philadelphia and Memphis in Oakland to face Golden State. A couple other games to look forward to are the LA Clippers at Golden State on Wednesday (ESPN) and the OKC Thunder at Chicago on Thursday (TNT).

NBA
@GrandSlambert77

Shane is a sports writer with a big interest in tennis, but he's also a noted writer about travel and fiction. Plus he can handle long walks in the cold Canadian tundra!

More in NBA

Rockets Patrick Beverley wants more NBA control over fans 2017 images

Rockets Patrick Beverley wants more NBA control over fans

Chris MauriceApril 24, 2017
knicks unprofessional timeline for kristaps porzingis trade rumors 2017 images

Knicks unprofessional timeline for Kristaps Porzingis trade rumors

Chris MauriceApril 17, 2017
los angles clippers woes continue with jazz 2017 images

Los Angeles Clippers woes continue with Jazz

Chris MauriceApril 17, 2017
phil jackson pulls welcome mat out from under carmelo anthony 2017 images

Phil Jackson pulls welcome mat out from under Carmelo Anthony

Chris MauriceApril 15, 2017
tracy mcgrady vindicated by pro basketball hall of fame 2017 selection images

Tracy McGrady vindicated by Pro basketball Hall of Fame 2017 selection

Chris MauriceApril 9, 2017
boston celtics keeping lead on cleveland cavaliers 2017 images

Boston Celtics keeping lead on Cleveland Cavaliers

Chris MauriceApril 3, 2017
devin booker 70 points doesn't help suns against celtics 2017 images

Devin Booker’s 70 points doesn’t help Suns against Celtics

Chris MauriceMarch 27, 2017
how bad is lonzo balls father lavar hurting his nba future 2017 images

How bad is Lonzo Ball’s father LaVar hurting his NBA future?

Chris MauriceMarch 21, 2017
doc rivers hating nba back to back scheduling 2017 images

Doc Rivers hating NBA back to back scheduling

Chris MauriceMarch 19, 2017

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription