Now that we are in the new year, some NBA teams have taken turns for the better. In the blink of an eye, their identities have returned and the players appear to have remembered how to play the game.
As a die-hard fan of the game, I can say that it's refreshing to see this new competitive edge. Races that once appeared to be open-and-shut are now completely up for grabs, especially in the NBA Atlantic Division. The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets are back, and they won't stop until the rest of the league knows not to mess with them.
Out West, teams that had no identity for years finally have one, and the standings show it accordingly.
The fact of the matter is that although everyday fans may not discuss it regularly, an NBA team having an identity is critical to its success and future. Without one, on-court chaos persists to the fans' chagrin.
With one, however, teams are a complete and competitive unit to the fans' absolute delight. In the case of a small handful of teams, finding their identities again can only mean good things for the future, and for their fans as well.
*All stats current through Jan. 14.