NBA Overreactions: 3 Playoff hopefuls smashing the panic button through Week 1

NBA All-Star teammates LeBron James & Kevin Durant in 2019 (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)
NBA All-Star teammates LeBron James & Kevin Durant in 2019 (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) /
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NBA All-Star DeMar DeRozan dunks against the Miami Heat (Eric Espada/Getty Images) /

The early returns of this fresh NBA season have primarily been successful across the board. Rookies appear to be reaching their expectations, offseason additions positively influence their new teams and those returning from injury are finding their footing. It’s a joyous time to be an NBA fan – although there are a few corners of basketball fandom that haven’t fared as well.

Although most teams have played three games, several are still just two contests in. It’s not a large enough sample size to make any sweeping judgments, but at the same time, some teams are so obviously not on the same page that it’s glaring. For those teams, there’s good reason to start panicking and in turn, make some changes before it’s too late.

Rough starts usually don’t spell certain doom early in the NBA regular season.

Sometimes, it’s difficult to keep expectations in check, so let’s make one thing clear: the first quarter of the season isn’t always indicative of what the rest of the year will look like. Standings are extremely fluid, so even if things look terrible through the first week of games, there’s plenty of time to turn things around.

This applies more so than ever to teams with continuity and pedigree in their favor (Hint: the first team on this list fits this description to a T ). For others, however, it’s a sign of what’s to come — foreshadowing the outcome of a season if immediate changes aren’t made to rectify the situation. There’s one team making the cut that’s in this boat while the second is stuck somewhere in between the two.

Without further ado, let’s get into the three teams hitting the panic button through early returns.