Biggest Red Flags of the 2016-17 NBA Season So Far

November 17th, 2016 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »
Have you seen the "Panic Button" recently? Perhaps it's somewhere near Kevin Garnett's "Cuss Button."

Wherever it is, we would all do well to let it be for a bit—at least as far as the NBA is concerned. Three weeks into the 2016-17 season is still too early to sound most alarms, let alone call the fire department.

But that doesn't mean there aren't causes for concern across the Association. Every team has played at least 10 games by now—just over 12 percent of the schedule. That's enough of a chunk in which to spot potentially problematic patterns and draw some conclusions about where they might lead.

There are older players who are aging faster than expected, young stars who aren't rising up like they should and revamped teams struggling to find their footing.

It may still be best to refrain from any proclamations of falling skies until Christmas Day, at the earliest. But in these nine cases of early-season struggles, the warning signs have thus far been bright enough and loud enough to warrant keeping tabs.

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