As the season progresses, the NBA’s top teams begin to try to create some separation from the rest of the league. The Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs are doing just that in the Western Conference, while the Miami Heat and New York Knicks are attempting to do the same in the East.
When the season began, most people expected to see the Heat, Thunder, and (oops!) Lakers compete for a title. They expected to see the Bobcats struggle.
This season, most people expected to see Kevin Durant and LeBron James in the MVP race. They expected to see Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal and Damian Lillard compete for Rookie of the Year. They expected to see guys like Manu Ginobili, Lou Williams and Jamal Crawford compete for the Sixth Man Award.
People are smart.
Some of these expectations and predictions that come from players, fans and media can be looked at as common sense as well. In the case of the Sheridan Hoops Sixth Man Award Rankings, one might argue that outside of perhaps J.R. Smith, the names on this week’s installment are ones that many would have expected to see stuffing the statsheets when the season began.
When interviewed back on October 1, Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague said he was most looking forward to using his team’s speed to create easy opportunities for transition baskets.
“Speed kills,” said Teague. “And our team has a lot of speed.”
Fast-forward three months, and it is apparent that Teague’s prediction was spot on. Atlanta’s speed has been deadly on both defense and offense. The Hawks rank among the league’s top teams in turnovers forced, assists and fast-break points.
But nationally, nobody much cares.
Why is that when it comes to the Hawks?
If there’s big news coming out of Sacramento, it’s usually about how (a) the team might be leaving; (b) DeMarcus Cousins is in trouble; or (c) Tyreke Evans might be traded. And today, it’s (b). Check below for the full scoop on what Cousins did this time.