NBA midseason update

Julian Sanchez, Staff Writer

This NBA season has already been in the record books, and we are barely reaching the All-Star break! Last season, the NBA saw 19 games where a player has scored more than 50 points. This season there have been the same amount, and we are only half way through! Two of these games included a Donovan Mitchell 71 point game, the most since Kobe Bryant’s 81 point game in 2006, and Luka Doncic’s 60 point, 20 rebound triple double, the first in NBA history, and he did this at an NBA average height of 6’7”. “The NBA is experiencing a scoring surge.” Said Deseret News, and we couldn’t agree more!

The MVP race is getting even hotter, with the two-time defending MVP Nikola Jokic leading, and if he wins this MVP, it will be the first time a player has won 3 MVPs in a row since Larry Bird in 1986, which would add another record to this season. He is not alone, as Joel Embiid, who finished second in MVP votes in 2021 and 2022, stands behind him in the race. 3/10 of the players in the race have never won an MVP before, so we could very well have an NBA player win the first “Michael Jordan” award, which is the MVP, but had its name changed this season.

Speaking of new names, all 5 of the player awards in the NBA have been remodeled to match NBA hall of famers, with a new award, the “Clutch Player of the Year” award being made. “This is completely unnecessary and it’s just gonna confuse new fans”, says one fan on twitter, with other fans saying that the names of some awards should be changed to other hall of famers.

The 2021-22 NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors, have been off to a horrible start to this season, being the 10th seed in the Western Conference, until Steph Curry had came back from a pulled shoulder. The Warriors are currently 5th in the Western Conference, changing from 10th seed to 5th in a matter of 11 days.  while the Boston Celtics, the runner-ups, are currently the best team in the NBA. “Worst defensive team in the league.” The Warriors are being called by fans, but there still are chances for the Warriors to change.

The NBA is already looking at their next superstar, Victor Wembanyama, a 7’2” big man who has been labeled as the “best prospect since LeBron James”, with multiple teams purposely losing so that they can get a chance to draft Victor, this kid is special.