Things are certainly shaping up in the NBA this season. We’re almost midway through the year and the last year’s playoff teams are in the mix again, though the Cavaliers have surprisingly moved to the top of the Eastern Conference with the Magic not far behind.
The Lakers are still kings of the West as long as Kobe remains healthy, they should be in good shape. As we know, if you have the good there must be a bad and ugly also. The bottom feeders thus far are the Oklahoma City Thunder(7-33) and the Washington Wizards(7-31). These teams came into the season with great expectations, but will have to at least wait to next year to make a playoff run, their both just playing not to finish in last place in there respective conferences.
The Wizards have been a playoff team for the past 3 years, but have not been able to overcome the injury to Gilbert Arenas this season. Arenas received a $100million+ contract in the off season and hasn’t played a game this season.
Though the team has 2 other All-Stars they’ve slid to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, I guess it wasn’t Eddie Jordan’s fault after all. Caron Butler is expected to score 20+ points on a nightly basis just so the Wizards don’t get blown out. If he doesn’t there is a good chance that they’ll lose, even if he does score 20 there’s a good chance they’ll lose anyway.
In the United Center on Friday night, against a mediocre Bulls team the Wizards lost 98-86. Butler shot 1-8 from the field and only scored 2pts., 6rebs and 6asts. Yes, the rebounds and assists are nice but Butler has to score in order for the Wizards to have a chance to win.