Save for some unfortunate events (wishing Gordon Hayward and Jeremy Lin speedy recoveries), the first few games of the basketball calendar have been exciting and eye-opening. Superstar performances have been mostly revealing that these so-called sports analysts were quick to judge the fate of certain teams.
Don't be surprised if you hear the flimsy arguments below:
'The Boston Celtics will miss the playoffs'
Why: The Celtics are 0-2, after losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers (102-99) and the Milwaukee Bucks (108-100). Their biggest loss, though, was Hayward (broken left tibia and dislocated ankle).
Why not: Boston will be fine because of Jaylen Brown (21.5 pts 5.5 reb), Jayson Tatum (11 pts 8.5 reb 2.5 ast), and that guy named Kyrie Irving (19.5 pts 4 reb 6.5 ast 3 stl 3 3ptm).
'Chris Paul is out of place in Houston'
Why: CP3 only had four points (2-9 fg 0-4 3pt) in his first game with the Rockets against the Golden State Warriors, and was out against the Sacramento Kings (105-100) because of a bruised left knee.
Why not: Paul also had 11 assists (vs one turnover) and eight rebounds, despite having soreness in the knee. More importantly, they got the victory over the defending champions (122-121).
'Ben Simmons will win Rookie of the Year'
Why: Simmons stuffed the stat sheet—18 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block—in 35 minutes (!) against the Washington Wizards, after sitting out the entire 2016-17 season.
Why not: Dennis Smith, Jr. (16 pts 10 ast 3 reb), De'Aaron Fox (14 pts 5 ast 4 reb), and Lauri Markkanen (17 pts 8 reb) also had solid debuts. The Philadelphia 76ers also lost (120-115).
'D'Angelo Russell will win Most Improved Player'
Why: DLo dropped 30 points in his first game with Brooklyn. Expect more opportunities to open up as Jeremy Lin is expected to miss the rest of the season because of a ruptured patella tendon.
Why not: The Nets lost to the Indiana Pacers in a battle of two lottery teams. It was like watching the All-Star Game—defense was non-existent (140-131)—except for the collective talent level.
'DeMarcus Cousins will ask to be traded midseason'
Why: His monster game of 28 points, 10 rebounds, and seven blocks wasn't enough to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies (103-91). The New Orleans Pelicans bench could only muster eight points.
Why not: Cousins couldn't ask for a better frontcourt partner than Anthony Davis, who matched his performance with 33 points and 18 rebounds. Your big men cannot also be your best shooters.
'Worst team this season? The Phoenix Suns'
Why: The Suns found themselves on the wrong end of history, after losing to the Portland Trail Blazers (124-76) with largest margin of victory for an opening night game (48 points).
Why not: Eric Bledsoe (15 pts 3 ast), Devin Booker (12 pts 5 reb), and Josh Jackson (11 pts) played decent, but 31.5% from the field (28-89) vs 58.3% three-point shooting (14-24) just won't cut it.
'Lonzo Ball is a bust'
Why: 'Zo looked lost out there, putting up a measly three points (1-6 fg 0-2 ft) while being bullied by Patrick Beverley all game long. Thirty-year-old rookie Milos Teodosic seemed more confident.
Why not: He did have nine rebounds, four assists, and a huge block on Blake Griffin, albeit from the blind side. Ball just needs a couple more runs to fully get a feel for the game.
'The Oklahoma City Thunder is going to the Western Conference Finals'
Why: Russell Westbrook opened the season with another triple-double (21 pts 10 reb 16 ast), without hurting Paul George (28 pts 6-13 3pt) and Carmelo Anthony's (22 pts 2 stl 2 blk) production.
Why not: The Houston Rockets (2-0) and the San Antonio Spurs (defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 107-99, without Kawhi Leonard) are still the favorites to reach the penultimate round.
'Your 2017-18 NBA Most Valuable Player, Giannis Antetokounmpo'
Why: The Greek Freak kicked into high gear and kicked off his MVP campaign: 37 points (16 in the 4th), 13 rebounds, three assists, and three steals in a statement victory over the Celtics.
Why not: LeBron James (29 pts 16 reb 9 ast), Russell Westbrook (21 pts 10 reb 16 ast), James Harden (27 pts 4 reb 9.5 ast), Kevin Durant (20 pts 5 reb 7 ast) have something to say about that.
'The Warriors will lose to the Cavaliers in the Finals'