With so much turnover across the NBA this offseason, there was plenty of mystery surrounding all 30 teams heading into the opening week of the season. While acknowledging the usual caveats of a small sample size, let's take stock of some surprises and disappointments across the association after Week 1 and decide on an early pecking order.
30. Chicago Bulls (0-2): The worst team in the league from a talent perspective didn’t get much help last week when their two best power forwards (Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis) got into a fight in practice. Portis threw a punch and was suspended for eight games by the team, while Mirotic will be out for at least a month with a facial fracture. In a related story, they’ve lost their first two games by an average of 13.5 points.
29. Phoenix Suns (0-3): On paper, there is more talent here than last season but the lack of defense being played by this group is laughable. The guards (Devin Booker and Eric Bledsoe) aren’t carrying their weight while the rest of the roster is littered with inexperience outside of Tyson Chandler. They are allowing an average of 128 points per game so far and have lost by 35+ points twice already.
28. New York Knicks (0-2):Kristaps Porzingis (32.5 ppg) is giving Knicks fans something to be excited about. The rest of this roster? Not so much. Joakim Noah is suspended for the first 12 games of the season but his return shouldn’t keep this team out of the East cellar for most of the year.