Trades could help Nuggets, Nets

Updated: December 6, 2004, 10:50 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
Five weeks in, the unpredictability of the opening month of the season is giving way to the familiar.

The good look very good -- the Spurs are dominant; the Suns continue to blow teams out of the water; the Sonics' shots keep falling; the Kings have passed their way to wins in 10 of their last 11.

The bad look very bad -- the Hawks have lost nine straight; the Hornets look like a CBA team, with both Baron Davis and Jamaal Magloire out; the Warriors' four wins have come against the lowly Hornets, Bulls, Bobcats and a depleted Pacers team; there continues to be more Baby than Bull in Chicago.

Still interesting, though, is the upside. The next few weeks could bring about big things for several teams on the bubble.

  • The Nuggets are starting to make a move in the standings. Will Kiki Vandeweghe & Co. make another big move to secure their status in the West?
  • Jason Kidd
    Jason Kidd returns tonight in New Jersey. How much longer will he be wearing a Nets jersey?
  • The Bobcats already have surprised a lot of people. But GM/coach Bernie Bickerstaff isn't done tinkering with his lineup.
  • With Mike Fratello taking the reigns in Memphis, a shake-up or two look imminent.
  • Ben Wallace is back. The Pistons look focused for the first time this season. And now it looks like even Darko Milicic may be getting into the act in Detroit.

    It's time for another Monday edition of the Good, the Bad and the Upside -- with the Upside leading off for the first time.

    Chad Ford

    ESPN Senior Writer