The NBA has always been at the top of the basketball world. One of the league’s best catch lines and promo was “Where Amazing Happens.” True to that statement, the NBA has many incredible feats being accomplished all the time.
However, let’s not forget that basketball is a game of chance. It’s not always about highlights; sometimes bloopers and the worse can also happen. In this article, we’ll check out the most remarkable feats and worst bloopers we’ve seen so far this season:
Lebron James Passes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Although the Lakers lost to the Golden State Warriors on February 13, 2022, history was made. In the 3rd quarter of that game, James nailed a 3-pointer 28 feet away, making him the new all-time leading regular season and playoffs scorer in the NBA. He surpassed another Laker great, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Many fans and experts expected James to reach that milestone sooner in his career. The only thing they didn’t expect was that Lebron James accomplished that feat 181 games fewer. With the way that Lebron is playing, he’s bound to break more records set by the legends of the game.
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The Mighty Have Fallen
Despite Lebron’s excellent play at 37 years old, the Los Angeles Lakers are sitting at the 9th spot in the Western Conference. Many fans wonder how the trio of Lebron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook failed to win more games as projected. The answer simply is chemistry and depth. Since acquiring Russell Westbrook, the Lakers had to give up a lot of assets and money.
Due to the limitations resulting from that trade, the team could not get more valuable players and instead got a lot of formerly “good players” in veterans. In the NBA, the Lakers have the oldest age average for their players at 30.
The Lakers are badly losing this season, and the Russell Westbrook experiment has miserably failed. For Lakers fans, you might want to change your NBA finals betting picks for now. The Lakers’ chances of making it to the finals are close to zero. The Lakers might not even make it to the playoffs despite Lebron James’ strong play.
Rising to the Top
Last season, the Chicago Bulls finished 11th in the Eastern Conference. Now, the team is the 2nd best in the East with a 39-23 record. In the Western Conference last season, the Memphis Grizzlies and the Golden State Warriors finished at 8th and 9th, respectively. This season, the Warriors are 43-19 in second place while the Grizzlies are 43-20 in 3rd. Do you see the trend here?
Teams that weren’t doing so well last season are now the strongest ones today. Fans of these franchises are happy that their teams are making a comeback. This year’s NBA is one of the most evenly matched up seasons to date.
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Stephen Curry, the Best Shooter, Makes History
Believe it or not, Stephen Curry is in a slump when it comes to three-point shooting this season. Steph is averaging a measly 37.6% in threes made and isn’t even in the top 10. He isn’t even in the top 50 as he’s 60th in the league in 3P%.
Despite a significant drop in his performance, Stephen Curry has shocked the world and broke two major records in 3-point shooting this season. En route to his first all-star MVP award, Stephen Curry dazzled fans by making 16 three-pointers, breaking the record for most threes made in an all-star game. The previous record was set at 9 by Paul George, way back in the 2016 all-star game.
Perhaps Steph’s biggest achievement was before this year’s all-star game. In Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks, Curry broke the record for most 3PM made in the NBA. With 7:34 seconds in the 1st quarter, Stephen Curry hit a contested three to seal the deal. With that shot, Curry surpassed Ray Allen, amassing 2,977 3PM.
Remember, Steph is doing all these incredible feats while in a shooting slump.
DeMar DeRozan Beats Out Wilt Chamberlain
As mentioned earlier, the Bulls are sitting pretty at the 2nd spot in the East. A big reason why the Bulls are dominating is because of DeMar DeRozan. DeRozan is averaging 28.2 per game while shooting at a scorching 51.6%.
What’s more impressive is that most of DeRozan’s field goals come from the mid-range. Known as the mid-range king, DeMar DeRozan became the only player in NBA history to have seven games with 35+ points while shooting at an efficient 50%+ FG.
Once thought of as an unbeatable record set by the great Wilt Chamberlain, DeMar DeRozan has done the impossible. With the Bulls being one of the best teams in the league, DeMar is finally and rightfully in the MVP conversation.
This year’s NBA season is one of the best. Many underdog teams are doing great while former champions are trailing in their conferences. The moments mentioned above are just a few of the best and worst things to happen this season.