Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) reacts with guard Danny Green (14) after he made a three-point basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game as Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal stands at left, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Washington. The Raptors won 117-113. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
by: Colin Krauss
Toronto is off to a phenomenal start this season. With new head coach Nick Nurse at the helm, the Raptors look unstoppable. The have quickly taken care of the Cavaliers, Celtics, Wizards, Hornets, Mavericks and Timberwolves. None of these games were even particularly close, save for the Celtics game, which still saw the Raptors appear a notch above the Eastern Conference Finalists from last season.
There are two major keys to Toronto’s championship aspirations this year. The first of which is the unreal versatility of the depth they possess. Their starting lineup of Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, OG Anunoby, and Serge Ibaka features 5 players that both space the floor and defend well-above average for their position.
By: Tiffany Tripp
The Boston Celtics have been the favorite for Eastern Conference champion for the last couple months, both in Vegas and in most media rankings; while the Orlando Magic’s Vegas odds for that outcome was set at 66/1 this summer. There’s no need to jump to conclusions based on last night’s meeting of the two teams, but it certainly didn’t look like there’s as much of a chasm between them as betting odds suggest. In fact, the Magic didn’t seem at all rattled or unprepared to be playing a team who is viewed by most as a juggernaut.
Chicago Bulls' silver lining: Zach Lavine
The Chicago Bulls entered the 2018-19 season with one of the lowest projected win totals of the season,
and that should come as no surprise. A roster that lacks a real star and doesn't play defense is bound to
lose a lot of games in today's NBA.
Hype for the new season is growing by the day. Everyone is making their predictions for the season, wondering how teams and players will fare during the 2018-2019 campaign. One of the most intriguing parts of each fresh season is wondering which youngsters can take a leap forward in their quest for stardom.
With the season starting there are many players to get excited over. Veterans joining new teams, first-year rookies, retirement tour players and the next breakout stars. Breakout players can be some of the most exciting. Some are expected to take the jump and some take you by surprise. Last year we had it with veteran Victor Oladipo (taking the Most Improved Player award) and with All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo. With a lot of young talent in the league, we have picked four players we have our eyes on in particular.
The Orlando Magic center rotation is a gigantic cluster of question marks. Having Khem Birch, Bismack Biyombo, (who was traded for Timofey Mozgov), and Nikola Vucevic already on the roster, most fans believed the front office would aim for a playing guard in this year’s draft. Jeff Weltman and John Hammond ended up repeating their trends by drafting a player with incredible length. Mohamed Bamba is a 7ft center with the largest wingspan ever recorded in the NBA combine that reaches 7.10ft.
The previous year they drafted a 7ft forward in Johnathan Isaac. The future of the front court with Isaac, Bamba and Gordon seems to be set. Where does that leave Vucevic? Why was he not traded? Will Bamba start over him?