The NBA’s Four Undefeateds
The 2012-13 NBA season is officially one week old and there has been a slew of amazing action that has transpired within those seven days of high-level professional hardwood action. There are four teams that have yet to lose a game during the opening week of play who may have a bright season waiting ahead of them and here they are.
The San Antonio Spurs are currently 4-0, have the best record of the four and are the only team who reside in the Western Conference. The Spurs are 3-0 at home and are currently ranked 12th in the NBA in points scored per game (99 PPG) and fourth in points allowed per game (89.5 PAG). The Spurs have defeated the New Orleans Hornets in New Orleans to open the season, the defending Western Conference Champion Oklahoma City Thunder 86-84, the Utah Jazz 110-100 and the Indiana Pacers 101-79. The Spurs have the best chance to advance to the NBA Finals and win an NBA title out of the four remaining undefeated’s due to their championship experience and pedigree led by Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili who have a their fare share of championship rings.
The New York Knicks have the second best record of the undefeated’s at 3-0 and have reached that mark by destroying the teams who have been placed in front of them including the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat who they thrashed during their home opener 104-84 at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks then handled the Philadelphia 76ers in a home and home series 100-84 at the Garden and then 110-88 in Philly. The Knicks are currently fourth in points scored per game (104.7 PPG) and first in points allowed per game (85.3 PAG) and doing this all with Amare Stoudemire sidelined for at least six weeks thus proving again that the Stoudemire/Carmelo Anthony duo simply doesn’t mix.
Next up are the Milwaukee Bucks who have complied a 2-0 record by upsetting the Boston Celtics 99-88 in Boston and then defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-102 in their home opener. The Bucks are currently ranked seventh in points scored per game (102 PPG) and 11th in points allowed per game (95 PAG) which isn’t much of a surprise to myself. I predicted that the Bucks would do well this season and even reach the postseason as the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. The dynamic duo of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis in the Bucks back-court will carry this team far and if you didn’t have them on your radar before then they should definitely be there now.
The final undefeated team in the Association after a week are the Orlando Magic who have to be the biggest surprise of the quartet. After trading away Dwight Howard during the off-season no one (including myself) gave the Magic much of a chance to do anything positive this season. Orlando is scoring a ton of points and are defending extremely well also which is why they are ranked second in the NBA in points score per game (108.5 PPG) and fifth in points allowed per game (91.5 PAG). The Magic have defeated the Denver Nuggets 102-89 and the Phoenix Suns 115-94 thus far this season. Glen Davis is flourishing so far in his role as the go-to-guy and face of the franchise as the player formerly known as Big Baby is averaging 25.5 points and nine rebounds per contest.
Which of these undefeated’s will lose first? Orlando is the the only one of the four teams who play on Tuesday night as they take to the road for the first time this year to face the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.