NBA Rankings Week 1: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

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NBA Rankings Week 1: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

The NBA is finally underway and after all, teams have played at least a couple of matchups, we’ve seen some remarkable things that really worth mentioning, although not of them are actually good or nice, but we’re definitely still going to remember them.

Today, we’re going to get started with a brand new section for our website called the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, featuring the most remarkable things that happened in the Association during every week of the regular season.

As its name states, the good will make reference to the best thing that may happen, and we’re talking about anything here: a great performance, a thriller matchup, or even some off-court news that may be encouraging for basketball fans, while the bad: well, it’s pretty obvious.

When we talk about the ugly, things are going to get quite interesting, as we’re not going to talk about anything good or bad per se, but about some of the most bizarre things that may happen in the NBA, a league that never ceases to amaze. Ready? Let’s go.

The Good: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Mar 9, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the game against the Miami Heat at BMO Harris Bradley Center.  Milwaukee won 114-108.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

We just can’t praise Giannis Antetokounmpo enough, as the Greek Freak has taken the league for assault once again and his performances have led the Milwaukee Bucks to a 3-1 start of the season, with their lone loss coming against the stacked Cleveland Cavaliers.

Over 4 contests, Giannis has put some ridiculous averages of 36.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 1 block per game on 65% from the floor, including a sick 44 point performance and even learning his sweet shooting spots and showing some improvement in that regard.

It’s still pretty early, but it’s safe to say that Antetokounmpo's MVP campaign got off to a terrific start, and the Bucks are looking pretty good as a whole. Besides, winning the Eastern Conference’s Player of the Week accolade also helped his case to be the best of NBA’s week 1.

The Good, Honorable Mention: Wiggins’ game-winner

The Bad: Season-ending injuries

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Just 6 minutes into his first game as a member of the Boston Celtics, Gordon Hayward suffered what may be the most horrible injury we’ve seen since Paul George’s one during that Team USA scrimmage, and we’re not even going to show you the pictures as we’re pretty sure you’ve seen plenty of them so far.

The very next day, Jeremy Lin also suffered a season-ending injury after an injury-plagued season the prior campaign, putting his young career in jeopardy and leaving the Brooklyn Nets on an even worse spot that they were already.

It doesn’t matter who you’re rooting for, seeing an athlete fall down in pain and facing potential career-ending injuries is just something we never want to watch, and we hope a speedy and full recovery for both players.

The Bad, Honorable Mention: Phoenix Suns

The Ugly: Golden State Warriors

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Golden State started their season at home with a banner raising ceremony, and they quickly took a huge league against the reinforced Houston Rockets, with everybody just pretty much giving up and demanding they give them this year’s trophy already and we skip this whole campaign.

Nonetheless, Paul and Harden managed to pull off a comeback and upset the Warriors, spoiling their party to send them to the bottom of the West, at least for one day. On their next outing, they really struggled to gain some ground against the New Orleans Pelicans, and even though they wind up getting the W, they weren’t nearly as dominant as they were the prior campaign.

On their third outing, the dismal Grizzlies beat them and both KD and Curry got ejected, and it seems like their offense gets lazy at times. Maybe they’re just still in preseason mode or hungover from all those celebrations, and they’re definitely going to turn things around, but they seem overconfident and careless, and that could wind up shooting them in the feet.

The Ugly, Honorable Mention: Wade dressed up as a Cav