NBA Week in Review: October 23-29
Bledsoe on the outs in Phoenix, Cousins continues to dominate and more from Week 2 in the NBA.
The NBA season is now in full swing and I’m loving every minute of it. With two weeks in the books, we have learned a lot, but it’s still too early in the season to tell how the rest of it is going to go. From the drama in Phoenix to the dominance of Boogie Cousins, there is a lot to talk about from Week 2 in the NBA.
Stock Up, Stock Down
Stock Up: Orlando Magic. Who would’ve thought the Magic would begin the season with the best record in the East through five games? I’ll wait. They have been a fun team to watch, outscoring opponents by nearly 11 points per game.
Stock Down: Nike Jerseys. During Friday night’s Wizards-Warriors game, Draymond Green and Bradley Beal got into a scuffle and Green came away with a half-ripped jersey. Nike’s jerseys sure do look good, but they also appear to be pretty cheap too.
Stock Up: Brooklyn Nets. The Brooklyn Nets have been the laughing stock of the NBA the past few seasons, but they are no longer the worst team in the league. In fact, they are actually decent. They even knocked off Cleveland this week. Behind D’Angelo Russell, the Nets appear to be heading in the right direction.
Stock Down: Bledsoe in Phoenix. “I don’t wanna be here.” The line right there says a lot. Bledsoe wants out of Phoenix and it may only be a matter of time before he is dealt to another team. He is such a talented player and his talents are going to waste with the Suns.
Players to Add: SG Rodney Hood (Jazz), Lauri Markkanen (Bulls), SF DeMarre Carroll (Nets), PG Rajon Rondo (Pelicans), SF Taurean Prince (Hawks)
Players to Drop: PG Markelle Fultz (76ers), C Willy Hernangomez (Knicks), G Milos Teodosic (Clippers), PG George Hill (Kings), PF Ersan Ilyasova (Hawks)
Players of the Week
Eastern Conference: F Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks
The Greek Freak repeats as Eastern Conference Player of the Week. This comes as no surprise. The NBA’s leading scorer, Antetokounmpo is proving to be one of, if not the most valuable player in the NBA right now. He recorded a double-double in each of the Bucks’ three games this week. Giannis has made his presence felt on both ends of the floor, as he has led the defensive charge in Milwaukee as well.
Western Conference: C DeMarcus Cousins, Pelicans
Russell Westbrook was a very close second, having posted two triple-doubles this week, but we simply cannot overlook the dominance of DeMarcus Cousins thus far. Cousins trails only Giannis in scoring so far this season. In three games this week, he dropped point totals of 39, 41 and 29. He also grabbed double-digit rebounds in each of those contests, including 23 in his return to Sacramento. Most recently, Boogie recorded a triple-double in a victory over the Cavaliers. He is playing at an MVP level in the onset of this season.