NBA Weekly Thoughts 11/2/12: James Harden, the centerpiece

Ah, it’s good to have the NBA back.

Give it time

Give it time is the motto for this first week of the season. It’s incredible how fans could call for Mike Brown’s job after just two games this season. Much like with the Miami Heat in their first year together, uneducated fans expect them to just gel together right away and play like a championship team. It doesn’t work that way.

It will take time to get this team together on offense and defense, and when they do they will be one of the best teams in the NBA. Through the first two months of the Big 3 Era of the Heat, they were only 10-8. Remember when people were calling for Erik Spolestra to get fired after that? Remember how silly that was? Give it time.

James Harden is ballin’

James Harden got the max money he wanted in Houston and after that first game he sure looks like a max player. Harden scored 37 points along with 12 assists and looked great in his first game as a Rocket.

We shouldn’t overreact yet(he is playing with Jeremy Lin after all) but all signs point to him being a great player. I don’t know if he can carry this team just yet, but it looks like the Rockets may have gotten the franchise player they wanted.

With that being said, I still think it was a good trade for the Thunder to make. They lost their first game to the Spurs last night, but they are poised much better for the future and will still be the better team this year.

Rookies: The good and the bad

Of course the new season means new rookies, and we got a good look at some of the league’s new players in the first couple of games this season. 1st overall pick Anthony Davis impressed in his first game against Tim Duncan and the Spurs with 21 points and 7 rebounds in a loss. H

is teammate Austin Rivers? Not so much. Rivers shot 1-9 from the field and finished with 7 points and 2 assists. While Davis may be considered by many to be the favorite for rookie of the year, the unanimous runner up is Portland guard Damien Lillard.

On Wednesday, Lillard scored 23 points and had 11 assists in Portlands win over the Lakers. As long as they both stay healthy, it’s going to be a great season watching Lillard and Anthony Davis play.

The final rookie standout from the first week of the season was Jonas Valanciunas who had 12 points and 10 rebounds in his first game as a Raptor. Valanciunas was drafted in 2011, but spent all of last year playing in Lithuania.

Tim Duncan is old, but he can still make plays like this

Kevin Durant may have become the second youngest player to reach 10,000 points on Thursday, but he didn’t get them here. Tim Duncan has aged better than everybody in the NBA not named Steve Nash or Kobe Bryant, and it shows here as he denied Durant on a dunk. He also did this to Serge Ibaka.

Tim Duncan will play as long as he wants to (gif courtesy of SB Nation).

Here’s one more highlight for the weekend, this time from Jamaal Crawford in his first game as a Clipper. I’m sorry for Rudy Gay’s ankles.

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