You don’t have to win to play fun basketball. These three NBA teams have struggled to pull out wins but they’ve still been a joy to watch.
It’s still early but there are already and some teams who look like they’re in store for a long NBA season. While some of them were expected, some have been unprecedented. Now, let’s distinguish the difference between a bad team and a bad team that is still fun to watch.
3. Paolo Banchero has led a young and exhilarating Orlando Magic team
Orlando has won just two games so far, but offensively they’ve ameliorated their game plan and flow. Currently, the Magic rank fourth in the league in field goal percentage (47.1 percent). One of their biggest strengths as a team is rebounding the basketball and scoring efficiently. And what Banchero is doing this early in his career is matched only by one player before him — LeBron James.
Despite the loss, Paolo Banchero became the second teenager to record 30 points and 15 rebounds in a game in NBA history.
The other player: LeBron James pic.twitter.com/Mw1PevnOpW
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) November 6, 2022
He leads the team in scoring (23.5 points per game) and is averaging 8.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists. While he is noticeably the best player on the roster, it’s also been exciting to watch the growth of other guys playing alongside him. Franz Wagner has taken his game to the next level early on this season, averaging 18.1 points, 4.5 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game.
Almost coming out of nowhere, the addition of Bol Bol has lifted the Magic’s energy as well. He’s seemingly found himself with this young Orlando team and is averaging double-figures in scoring for the first time in his career.
Not only can Bol score down low and rebound, but he also can spread the floor and do this.
Bol Bol hitting this crazy stepback and-1 trey 🔥
He's got 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting!pic.twitter.com/iKmhLqrhqW
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) November 5, 2022
While Cole Anthony is an explosive scorer, they still lack a true point guard to help orchestrate this young offense, but for the moment head coach, Jamahl Mosley has this team playing some exciting basketball despite their record.