The standings are always a little wonky at this point. Some contenders get off to slow starts, some pretenders look like world-beaters.
Is Williams still an elite point guard? Is he a winner?
Or is he the reason his coaches are sent packing and his teams don’t quite measure up?
Despite a blockbuster trade to acquire Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, who have championship rings and 25 combined All-Star selections, it is Williams who holds the key to Brooklyn’s title hopes.
Consider this: Brooklyn is 28-4 when scoring over 100 points dating to last season. The winning formula has been established. The Nets win when Williams pushes the tempo as the floor general.
Carter-Williams finished his regular season debut with 22 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds and nine steals on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from the arc as the Sixers pulled off a shocking 114-110 upset. If you’re impressed by those numbers, don’t stand up just yet – Carter-Williams was so good that he will sweep you right back off of your feet.
MCW set an NBA record for steals in a first career appearance. The old mark was six.
Furthermore, Carter-Williams posted the highest number of assists in a career debut since 1985-86. It’s the second-highest mark for any player making their career debut in NBA history.
We are officially one week out from the start of the NBA regular season, and while team and season previews continue to fly in, there is an abundance of real news (and rumors) happening now. Let’s take a look around the league at the most pressing stories.
We’re heading out to Denver for the story of the day, as Grantland’s Zach Lowe reports in his season preview that he has been informed that the Nuggets have been shopping their electric forward, Kenneth Faried: