Staff Writer: Ryan Ward
Every single season in the NBA we see a lot of same teams do a lot of the same things. The title contenders contend for titles, perennial playoff teams make the playoffs and the worst teams in the NBA and I’m looking forward to the draft. This is just the way things work in the NBA and in the majority the sports in the country, but occasionally some of these teams that are used to paying amongst the worst in the league start to turn around either by getting a big name player which is having enough time together to create some team chemistry in order to become a better basketball team.
This season we have seen quite a few teams start to turn around in the NBA in both conferences. The one team to make more headlines than any other team for doing just that is Kevin Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder who have gone from one of the worst teams in the Western Conference to one of the best in just one season. Impressive to say the least, as the Thunder were guaranteed non-playoff team ever since moving to Oklahoma City couple years ago.
With Kevin Durant in the Oklahoma City Thunder get all the attention for being an underdog that has been able to turn around the season, some of the other teams around the league have kind of flown under the radar even though they’ve done the exact same thing the Thunder has been able to accomplish.
In the Eastern conference third two teams have been able to turn into playoff teams after being arguably amongst the worst in the league. The Milwaukee Bucks failed to do that with the emergence of center Andrew Bogut and up and coming rookie point guard Brandon Jennings.
But then in Jennings running the show in Milwaukee, the Bucks had become a legitimate playoff team once again in Eastern conference and could be a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs roll around. They started off great, hit a rough patch in the middle of the season, and now have gotten back on track as things are starting to look really promising in the second half of the season and for the future of the franchise.
The other team in the Eastern Conference that has also started to make waves has been the Charlotte Bobcats who NBA legend Michael Jordan has just agreed to buy.
Over the years the Charlotte Bobcats at that plenty of promising young and talented players, but just haven’t been able to get it done on the basketball floor and as result are a team expected to miss the playoffs of an annual basis.
This season times are a changing as the Charlotte Bobcats are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the Eastern conference with Gerald Wallace becoming All-Star and Stephen Jackson coming to town giving the Bobcats extra offensive punch the needed so badly.
Even though the Charlotte Bobcats been able to turn around the season they are still in danger of missing the playoffs as they seem to be bouncing back and forth for winning record to a losing record. As of right now the Charlotte Bobcats are the sixth seed in Eastern conference and chances are high that they will make the playoffs this season, but having one of the worst road records in the league has been somewhat of an Achilles’ heel for Charlotte this season.
Despite playing terrible the road, the Bobcats are one of the best home teams in the league with only eight losses on the season which bodes well for them come playoff time.
The Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors and the Chicago Bulls will be competing with the Charlotte Bobcats in the second half of the season for the last three playoffs spots in the Eastern Conference. Even though the Heat can be a great team and the Raptors seem to be turning it around, I believe the Bobcats will make the playoffs this season for the first time in franchise history.