Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes to weigh in on the five most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.
OK, then. Who’s the worst team with a decent record?
Steve Aschburner: Tempting to say Cleveland, but I don’t want to rain on what little parade -– about a half block long down Euclid Ave. -– the LeBron-less Cavaliers might have this season. So I’ll go with Golden State, whose 5-2 start has been built mostly at home (1-2 on the road), whose defense still is suspect and whose backcourt persists as an awkward fit.
Fran Blinebury: Geez, didn’t everybody think they boarded up “The Q” and sold off all the basketball equipment when Whatshisname left town? But despite Antawn Jamison‘s discontent, coach Byron Scott has the Cavs scrapping, competing and showing pride.
Art Garcia: A decent record after two weeks could be just about anything. I didn’t expect much out of New York and Cleveland, and they each opened up splitting their first six games. I’m going to go with the Pacers, who are hanging tough with basically a three-man team of Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert and Darren Collison.
Scott Howard-Cooper: The Cavaliers are bad on offense, bad on defense and bad on the boards … and also 4-3. They had the quality win against the Celtics on opening night, but the victories since are over the 76ers, Wizards and Nets.
Shaun Powell: The Warriors have beaten only one playoff team from last season, and actually lost to the Pistons. Me like Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis together, but still not sold on the Warriors’ D-and-D (defense and depth). No playoffs this year, although they’ll be more fun to watch than teams that do make the playoffs.
John Schuhmann: Cleveland or Golden State, but I’m keeping an open mind regarding both of them. The Cavs have more talent than people realize and the Warriors seem to care about defense for the first time in several years. Both are a seventh or eighth seed at best, but neither is really a bad team.
Sekou Smith: The Cavaliers need to take Polaroids of the standings right now while they’re sitting among the Eastern Conference’s top four teams, because they’ll need binoculars to see that real estate in a couple of months. Give Byron Scott credit for having that team focused to start the season. And we don’t wish them any ill will. But the reality is they’re just holding a place in line for the Heat, Bulls or Bucks.