10 Things Happening in the NBA Right Now That You Never Saw Coming

  • 1. Kevin Garnett playing basketball in a Minnesota Timberwolves jersey

    What a beautiful sight. KG is back in a T-Wolves jersey and the NBA world couldn’t be happier. It just feels natural. Seems like Garnett is pretty happy as well. The other day he bought fans 1,000 tickets to their game against the Clippers to show his appreciation. I just hope Timberwolves fans kept their classic KG jerseys.

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  • Austin Rivers, Doc Rivers Clippers

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    2. Doc Rivers coaching his son

    On January 16 in a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Austin Rivers became the first NBA player to play for his coach/father. I still think it is weird that Austin’s father is his coach. Do you favor your son and give him more minutes? Do you yell at your son like a son or like a player? In theory it seems like a difficult situation to be in, but it appears to be working just fine in L.A.

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  • Russell Westbrook NBA MVP Oklahoma City Thunder

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    3. Russell Westbrook being the best player in OKC

    In the last 50 years, only two players have averaged 33 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists over a 10-game span in a season (via Elias Sports). The two guys are Michael Jordan and Russell Westbrook. Not a bad category to be thrown into. Westbrook has been on an absolute tear since KD has been sideline with a foot injury. At one point, he had five triple-doubles in six games and has eight total on the year. That is five more than any other player this season and two more than KD has in his entire career. This type of streak is unheard of and makes you question who really is the best player on the Thunder.

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  • George Karl Sacramento Kings coach

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    4. George Karl coaching the Kings

    I don’t really understand the marriage here between the Kings and George Karl. Personally, I thought Karl was done coaching in the NBA forever. I also don’t believe that the Kings fit the personality for an experienced older coach. DeMarcus Cousins is a star, but like we all know still needs to mature. George Karl needs to be patient here if they want to grow in the right direction. A younger, more energetic coach might have been a better fit for the Kings.

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  • 5. Ray Allen not playing

    Ray Allen must really be loving the family life. He basically had the ability to sign with any team of his choice and only play half of season. Instead, his agent Jim Tanner announced that Ray Allen would not return to the NBA this season in early March. Most people expected Ray Ray to sign with ‘Bron in Cleveland to make another run at a championship, but that isn’t going to happen. Hopefully we see the greatest 3-point shooter of all time in the league next season.

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  • Carmelo Anthony

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    6. Knicks with the NBA's worst record

    Okay, we all knew the Knicks were going to be bad…but this bad? No shot. The Knicks currently have the worst record in the NBA. I understand ‘Melo isn’t playing and the team traded a lot of the pieces it had at the beginning of the season, but c’mon this is New York. The Knicks should not have this bad of a team. Get ‘Melo healthy, give them a top three pick, and have Phil Jackson sign a top free agent, and they are right back in it next season.

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  • 7. J.R. Smith with the opportunity to win it all

    Smith wasn’t always focused on basketball while he was playing in New York and it showed as soon as he signed his 3-year, $24 million deal. Before the trade deadline, Phil Jackson decided to unload him and teammate Iman Shumpert to the star-studded Cleveland Cavaliers. Now, J.R. is playing much better and will certainly make a run at a championship.

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  • Derrick Rose sneakers Chicago Bulls

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    8. All-NBA Injured Team

    Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwight Howard. That would be the starting lineup of the All-NBA Injured Team. Not a bad squad at all. Don’t get me wrong, injuries are a part of any sport, but it feels like the number of injuries this NBA season is outlandish. Just recently, the Trail Blazers lost their swingman Wesley Matthews to a torn Achilles, setting them back at making a real championship run. The list of injured players is long, almost too long. Eat your Wheaties, boys.

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  • Stephen Curry Klay Thompson Splash Brothers Golden State Warriors

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    9. Golden State with the NBA's best team

    To think that Steve Kerr almost took the Knicks vacant coaching position. It’s certainly safe to say he made the right decision taking his talents to the West Coast to become the Golden State Warriors head coach. Nice weather always wins and so do the Warriors. In an extremely difficult Western Conference, the Warriors are dominating everyone. The Memphis Grizzlies, in second place in the West, are five games back from Golden State. We all knew the Splash Brothers and their teammates were a good team, but this good? No one saw this dominance coming.

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  • 10. Atlanta dominating

    At 60 games into the NBA regular season, the Atlanta Hawks had already clinched a playoff birth. I’m not sure if that shows how bad the East is or how well the Hawks have played this season. For the sake of staying positive, we will give this one to the Hawks. I mean, they did have four players in this year’s All-Star Game: Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver, and Al Horford. This team is still very much unproven and will not consider their season a success unless they make a deep run in the playoffs. Even with homecourt advantage, I can’t see them beating the Cavs in a 7-game series, but I have been wrong before.

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  • Kevin Garnett Minnesota return
  • Austin Rivers, Doc Rivers Clippers
  • Russell Westbrook NBA MVP Oklahoma City Thunder
  • George Karl Sacramento Kings coach
  • Carmelo Anthony
  • J.R. Smith returns to New York Cleveland
  • Derrick Rose sneakers Chicago Bulls
  • Stephen Curry Klay Thompson Splash Brothers Golden State Warriors
  • Kyle Korver three-pointer clutch

A lot of exciting things are happening in the NBA right now. The Hawks are dominating the East while the Warriors are dominating the West. All-Star MVP Russell Westbrook is playing out of his mind, dropping triple-doubles on the daily. We have seen a handful of season-ending injuries to franchise-caliber players, including Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant, and Carmelo Anthony. A dad is even coaching his son in Las Angeles. There have been some interesting headlines taking over the National Basketball Association this season, but did you see them coming? We certainly didn’t.

It’s been a great and electrifying year in basketball so far. But we should have expected this considering the offseason was even exciting. Did anyone actually think ‘Bron ‘Bron was heading home to Cleveland to create the new Big Three? I have no idea how the season will continue to play out or who will be holding the trophy come June, but either way this season has been one for the ages.

Here at The Drop we like to look at stuff from a different angle. Instead of exploring things we saw coming, we decided to dive into 10 headlines we never saw happening. Jesus Shuttlesworth really not making an epic NBA comeback? J.R. Smith is actually playing for a championship contender. Who would have thought that at the beginning of the season? I know for a fact I am copping a throwback KG T’Wolves jersey. That 1999 Timberwolves team was one of my favorites of all time. Scroll through and explore 10 Things Happening in the NBA Right Now That You Never Saw Coming.

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