1. The Knicks are better than everyone thinks and will make the playoffs. First round selection Kristaps Porzingis showed real potential in his opening night debut, scoring 16. Jerian Grant looked as explosive as he did at Notre Dame and New York won by 25, despite Carmelo Anthony only scoring 11.
2. Kobe Bryant is in for a long year. Kobe scored a team-high 24 points but the Lakers blew a 16-point lead down the stretch and their inexperience showed. The second overall pick, D’Angelo Russell, had a disappointing debut, only scoring four points and contributing two assists.
3. Jahlil Okafor should have been picked first. The rookie scored a team-high 26 points and contributed seven rebounds in the 76ers loss to the Celtics. Okafor shot 10-16 from the field and 6-6 from the free-throw line. He outscored the two picked ahead of him, Karl-Anthony Towns and Russell, combined.
4. LeBron James’ back injury is nothing to worry about. Despite the Cavs losing their first game to the Bulls, Chicago is good, and the Cavs blew out the Grizzlies in their second game. In the team’s first two games this year, LeBron is averaging 33.5 minutes, 18.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists.
5. The Bulls are much better with Joakim Noah in his new role. Since Noah has decided to come off the bench, the Bulls have won their first two games, beating the defending Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers and blowing out the Brooklyn Nets. With Noah coming off the bench, Nikola Mirotic finds himself in the starting lineup and is averaging 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in the Bulls first two games.