NBA 2023: Wimpanyama and why the new NBA season promises to become one of the best in history | Total Sports
More than 130 days without high-level basketball seems like an eternity. However, there are some shows that seem frozen in time, and others happen at the speed of light. LeBron James He’s still a phenomenon and a prodigy, Stephen Curry is still the best player in the world, Nikola is “this is my job not a hobby”, Jokic dominates the league with great ease, and Victor Wimpanyama is as good as advertised. This is how the 2023-2024 NBA season raises the curtain and returns with performances so dazzling that there are not enough fingers on our hands to count them.
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A champion polishes his title
The Denver Nuggets, led by Finals MVP Nikola Jokic who averaged 26 points and 12 REB in just 5 games, started their path to a two-time championship on the right foot. Michael Malone’s team looks increasingly solid and has one of the most efficient starting lineups in the NBA. If the rotation players end up joining the orchestra, the Nuggets will certainly be the strongest team in the league.
Giant of records
Victor Wembanyama has become the young sensation. The 19-year-old French center is responsible for the 5 million Instagram followers that the Tottenham account has reached and for the San Antonio team reaching a peak in viewership that has never been recorded before. In an average of 27 minutes of action, he won over the crowd with his blocks and threes and faced off against superstars Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic and Kevin Durant.
LeBron James, the robot
At 38 years old, the Los Angeles Lakers forward is traveling the world after becoming the first player to reach 35 points in a game in his 21st season in the league. Is “king” a natural phenomenon? James has an enviable physical condition and a winning mentality that is matched only by the legends of Jordan and Kobe. He has a 63% shooting percentage and 25 points per game on a season in which he is playing fewer minutes and having shorter appearances on the court. This represents a keen desire to keep him from declining and reflects that LeBron will be here for a while.
Dreaming for the first time
The heroes of this first week are young people and veterans. Damian Lillard arrived in Milwaukee and scored 39 points for the first time, something that even Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo did not achieve at the beginning of the season. This is a duo that needs to be taken care of. Stephen Curry led the Warriors’ offense with 40-plus point nights and 46% efficiency from 3-point range. Tyrese Maxey gave the 76ers new life when he became the best player in the Eastern Conference with 30 PTS, 7 RBI, and 6 AST in just 3 games; While young Derek Lively left his partner Doncic speechless.
Best rookie crop since 2003?
There’s a world beyond Wimpy, and the rookies in the Class of 2023 promise to set the bar high for those who come after them. Chet Holmgren, Scoot Henderson, Amen Thompson and Brandon Miller are some of the names who gave their best in every game from the first whistle. Although it is still too early to evaluate its performance, its high level of competitiveness has attracted the attention of experts and analysts. After all, who doesn’t hate an upset in the NBA?