Heat are hot, Nuggets are not

Originally Published: November 8, 2004
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
One week in and conventional wisdom already is taking a coffee break with the election night exit pollsters. Who would've thought, after one week, that:

  • The most dominant Heat player would be Dwyane Wade in a landslide over Shaquille O'Neal?
  • The Suns, who finished last in the West last season, would start 3-0 and lead the league in scoring at 110 ppg?
  • Last year's Cinderella, the Jazz, would be this year's behemoth, blowing out teams by an average of 24 ppg?
  • The NBA's expansion team, the Charlotte Bobcats, would get their first win in their second game?
  • The Kings would be in last place in the West?
  • Kobe Bryant would lead the league in scoring ... well, at least some wisdom still holds true.

    Each Monday, Insider will break down the week that was – the good, the bad and the upside.

    Chad Ford

    ESPN Senior Writer