Over halfway through the NBA season, the reigning MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks lead the NBA in wins. The Bucks have an eight-game lead over the Miami Heat for the number one spot in the Eastern Conference of the NBA. Speaking of the Miami Heat, they have easily been the NBA’s most surprising team this season. After the off-season acquisition of former Philadelphia 76er Jimmy Butler, the Heat has been one of the sharpest teams in the league. Some of this credit goes to Heat Rookie and Wisconsin native Tyler Herro, who has shot 41.5% from the field and is averaging 13.1 points game. In the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Lakers hold a 4-game lead over the Denver Nuggets for the number one spot. Lebron James and Anthony Davis have been able to carry the Lakers to this position after many years of irrelevance for the Lakers. One of the other surprises this season in the NBA has been the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets, led by star center Nikola Jokic, have already won 30 games. After dominating the NBA for the last 5 seasons, the Golden State Warriors now hold the title for the worst record in the NBA. Debilitated by injuries to star players Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, the Warriors, after moving away from their old arena in Oakland to a new arena in San Francisco, are now struggling to beat the teams they once beat with ease. Fortunately for the Warriors, this season could be a blessing in disguise for them as they are in a prime position to have great draft picks and field another incredibly talented squad for the 20-21’ season. Last season’s number one draft pick, Zion Williamson, recently made his return to the NBA in a nationally televised game against the San Antonio Spurs. Sidelined by a knee injury, Pelicans Medical Personnel were teaching Zion to walk and run more effectively. With the all-star break approaching, there is plenty of action yet to come from the National Basketball Association.
By Tanay Desai