NBA Week in Review: October 17-22
Gordon Hayward done for the season, Greek Freak dominating and more from the first week in the NBA.
The NBA is finally back, basketball fans. We are less than a week into the 2017-18 season, but there have already been some major happenings that have had an impact on the remainder of the season. Each week, I will break down the week that was in the Association — the movers and the shakers, fantasy advice, as well as awarding the players of the week. The first edition is on a short week, but we still learned a lot.
Stock Up, Stock Down:
Stock Up – C Clint Capela, Rockets. The Houston Rockets are one of the top three teams in the Western Conference. One player who I’m really liking on their roster is Capela, who gives them a legitimate big man to play with their talented backcourt of Harden and Paul.
Stock Down – Boston Celtics. The excitement was building up in Boston after they added Gordon Hayward. Unfortunately, his season lasted all of five minutes before he went down with a broken tibia and dislocated ankle. This seriously hurts the Celtics’ chances of coming out of the East.
Stock Up – Washington Wizards. The injury to Hayward knocks the Celtics back a notch or two, leaving the door open for the Wizards to slide into that No. 2 slot in the Eastern Conference. They have secured wins over the 76ers and the Pistons, while averaging more than 117 points per game.
Stock Down – G Chris Paul, Rockets. It’s a good thing that Capela is taking a step forward because Paul has taken a step back to start the season, going down with a knee injury. He will be sidelined for at least a couple weeks, which will force Houston to adjust.
Players to Add – Will Barton (Nuggets), Trevor Booker (Nets), Dejounte Murray (Spurs), Joe Ingles (Jazz), Darren Collison (Pacers)
Players to Drop – Jeremy Lin (Nets), Gordon Hayward (Celtics), Markelle Fultz (76ers), Gorgui Dieng (Timberwolves), Nick Young (Warriors)
Players of the Week:
Eastern Conference – F Giannis Antetokoumpo, Bucks
At the very young age of 22, Giannis is already an NBA superstar. Through just three games, you can already see that the Greek Freak is going to take a massive jump in the 2017-18 season. His stat line right now is absolutely insane (38.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.7 steals per game). Antetokounmpo is also shooting more than 67 percent from the field. It’s still early, but with his high usage rate, he should be in the MVP conversation this season.
Western Conference – C DeMarcus Cousins, Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans have the unquestioned most fearsome big man duo in the NBA, and either one of them could’ve taken home Player of the Week honors. But, I’m going to give the nod to Boogie Cousins, as he is averaging nearly 32 points and 12 rebounds through two games, to go along with two steals and more than three blocks per game. Playing next to Anthony Davis opens up plenty of opportunities for Cousins and he’s more than taking advantage of them so far.