NBA First Half Recap
Most Improved Teams-
1. Cleveland- (rating up 12.69 points from 2020/2021)
2. Golden State- (rating up 6.72 points from 2020/2021)
3. Chicago- (rating up 4.72 points from 2020/2021)
Coach of the Year-
J.B. Bickerstaff Cleveland- the third year head coach has led the Cavaliers to a 23-18 record (.561) thru 41 games already surpassing last year's win total of 22. They are currently the 6 seed in the East.
Most Valuable Player-
Kevin Durant Brooklyn- in 34 games has averaged 29.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 5.8 assists helping Brooklyn hold control of the Atlantic Division at 25-14
Rookie of the Year-
Evan Mobley Cleveland- in 33 games has averaged14.8 points and 8.1 rebounds helping lead the Cavaliers remarkable turnaround
Division Ratings Thru 1/11-
1. Pacific- 33.97
2. Atlantic- 32.14
3. Central- 31.34
4. Southeast- 30.31
5. Northwest- 30.21
6. Southwest- 29.93
2nd Half Buy/Sell/Hold-
New York- Tom Thibodeau has won 40 plus games in 7 of 9 seasons as a head coach. The Knicks sit at 20-21 and are currently 1 spot out of the 10th seed in the East. If Kemba Walker who has only played in 24 games can get healthy this team should once again post a mid-40 win regular season and secure a playoff berth.
Indiana- the Pacers were a team out of the Central Division I was buying to start the year. They currently sit at 15-26 largely due to a record of 2-13 in games decided by four points or less. Domantas Sabonis leads the team with 19.1 ppg and is coming off a career high 42 against the Jazz on January 8th. Could challenge for the 10th seed in the East if they find a way to close out games.