This article is part of our NBA Observations series.
With nearly one full week of the 2020-21 NBA season in the books, it's time to take a look around the league and re-evaluate some preseason conjectures.
Of course, it's important to remember that the season is, in fact, 72 games long, so it's possible, if not very likely, that much of what we've seen over the last six days could change rather dramatically as the year wears on.
Chances are, Nikola Jokic won't average 14 assists per game, Myles Turner won't block six shots per game and Stephen Curry won't shoot 25 percent from three. But a small sample is all we have to work with, so let's dive in and run through some of the key fantasy storylines through the first week of the season:
- The Nets took a weird loss to the Hornets on Sunday and sat both of their stars in Monday's loss to Memphis. But despite sitting at 2-2 it feels like Brooklyn is off to one of the league's best starts. For one, Kevin Durant looks every bit like the two-time Finals MVP we last saw with the Warriors in 2019. And through three games, Kyrie Irving has maybe looked even better. With averages of 29.3 points, 6.0 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 made threes, Irving ranks ahead of Durant in total fantasy points in the early going. Durant is coming off of the more severe injury, though given his recent track record, Irving remains the bigger risk for fantasy managers.
- Speaking of injuries