We’re coming up on the four-week mark of the 2022-23 NBA season, and there are some players who have started things off in a sluggish manner.
As important as it is to get off to a good start, finishing strong and having lots of momentum going into the playoffs is more important.
These two players should take heart because of that and remind themselves that they have too much time to end up having a great individual season.
1. LeBron James
Everyone has been waiting on LeBron James to show real signs of decline, but he has kept playing at an MVP level over the years.
But so far this season, his play has been uneven.
Through 10 games, he’s averaging 24.9 points a game, which is his lowest scoring average since his rookie year, while shooting just 45.7 percent from the field and an ice-cold 23.9 percent from 3-point range.
However, in his last game, he did put up 30 points on 12-of-22 overall shooting and 4-of-9 from downtown, which is the type of production everyone is used to seeing from him.
Unfortunately, he suffered an adductor strain late in the contest and had to leave as a result.
— Stephen Anthony Smith (@firsttake102) November 10, 2022
Is James off to a lackluster start because he’s finally getting old, or is he simply easing his way into the season?
2. Klay Thompson
Coming off a two-year absence due to ACL and Achilles injuries, Klay Thompson showed signs of his old self late last season in helping the Golden State Warriors win their fourth NBA title in the last eight years.
But so far this year, he has played very poorly, shooting 34.9 percent overall and 32.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Head coach Steve Kerr has limited Thompson’s minutes out of an abundance of caution, but it hasn’t helped, as the Warriors are just 5-7.
If they’re to get one for the thumb this summer, Thompson will eventually have to revert to his old, pre-injury self.