NBA Landscape: Episode 1

November 15th, 2009 by Shaun Ahmad Leave a reply »

A recap of the biggest stories and happenings across the NBA landscape throughout the season.  Episode 1 looks at contenders off to quick starts, surprising Suns, rookie phenom Brandon Jennings, and LeBron James rumors.


Contenders Off to Quick Starts

Contenders from the prior season usually get off to good starts unless they make widespread changes.  This year is no different as the Lakers, Nuggets, Celtics, Cavs, and Magic are all 7-3 or better through 10 games. 

The balance of power among the elite teams seems to slowly be shifting east.  It was just a couple of seasons ago when it could legitimately be argued that the seventh or eighth seed in the West was as good as the No. 2 or 3 seed in the East. 

Now, the Western Conference seems wide open outside of the Nuggets and Lakers.  Though the Blazers, Suns, and Mavericks are all off to impressive starts, none of them look good enough (yet) to unseat the top two teams from a season ago. 

The Eastern Conferen ...

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