Well, hasn’t week one in the NBA been a rollercoaster?
From season-ending injuries to insane game-winners to surprising teams, it’s hard to argue that the start of the 2017-18 NBA season hasn’t had it all in terms of entertainment factor.
Over the course of the past 10 days or so, many games have been played, giving us some statlines and oddities that may not pop up for the rest of the season, so it’d be best to hop right in and analyze ten of the most intriguing stats before it’s too late.
10. Darren Collison’s Resurgence
The Indiana Pacers’ Darren Collison is currently averaging 15.6 points and 8.4 assists per game across 5 contests so far this season, his highest APG output over his entire career so far.
9. DeMarcus Cousins: Butterfingers
The Pelicans’ DeMarcus Cousins is currently leading the league in turnovers with a whopping 6.3 a game, collecting 16 of them in just his past 3 games.
8. Aaron Gordon = Steph Curry?
Across two games this season for the Magic, Aaron Gordon is currently shooting 6-7 (85.7%) from downtown, including 5-from-5 in his 41-point performance against the Nets.
7. Russell Westbrick
Russell Westbrook is currently shooting a below-average 16-28 from the free throw stripe this season, translating into 57.1% from the line. Ouch.
6. Andre Drummond’s Been In The Gym
Speaking of free throws, serial FT pest Andre Drummond has seemingly improved from the line, shooting 13-18 (72.2%) this season.
5. Oladipo’s Showing Out
One of the newest faces in Indiana, Victor Oladipo is averaging 26 points per game after being traded from th Thunder, including 35 against his former team.
4. Lonzo’s Hot Start
Through four games, Lonzo Ball is close to averaging a triple-double, with numbers of 11.5 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists in 35.3 minutes per game.
3. Giannis’ Even HOTTER Start
The Greek Freak has been insanely good to start of this season’s campaign for the Bucks, currently holding averages of 36.8 PPG (good enough to lead the league), 10.8 RPG, 5.3 APG and 2.3 SPG through 4 games.
2. The Far-Too-Early MVP Race So Far
Giannis is obviously leading the way so far through the first 5 games, with the Clippers’ Blake Griffin coming in second, the Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge in third place, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan in fourth, and LeBron James rounding out the top 5. Other candidates in the top 10 include C.J. McCollum, Steph Curry, Marc Gasol and Nikola Vucevic.
1. The Magic Lead The East
Speaking of Vucevic, Nikola’s Orlando Magic currently lead the Eastern Conference with a 3-1 record, tied for first with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Washington Wizards.