This article is dedicated to the Memory of Craig Sager. He recently passed away and the whole NBA family will never be the same. He was a class act on and off the court. There will never be a sideline reporter like him. He will be missed by all…My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Bellow you will find 5 things that are trending in the NBA:
5) Kristaps Porzingis is the best player from the 2015 draft: Remember when ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith screamed to anyone who will listen, that Porzingis being drafted at #4 was a huge mistake. Remember when he said, Phil Jackson should be fired for picking him. Remember when Smith said, the Knicks made a colossal mistake by picking KP instead of Justise Winslow.
Porzingis has played in 25 games. He is averaging 20.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.92 blocks per game. At 7’3, he is shooting 40% from three-point range.
Winslow has played in 10 games and is averaging 10 points and 4 rebounds per game.
Over the past two games, KP has scored 60 points, grabbed 20 rebounds, blocked 10 shot and made 7 three pointers. The sky is the limit for the young 21-year-old. Despite playing with two ball stoppers in Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose, he has thrived in the outdated, triangle offense.
4) What is happening to the Boston Celtics: Coming off last year’s success the Celtics were primed to take the next step. They have gotten hit with some injuries but they are 13-12 on the year. That is not getting it done. Free Agent signing Al Horford has been a big disappointment. He has only played in 15 games and is averaging a modest 15 points and 6 rebounds per game. Their backcourt has been impressive. Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley are averaging 44 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists per game. The Celtics will need other players to step up or they will take a huge step back.
3) The Spurs are 20-5 and no one even talks about them: For the life of me, I will never understand why the San Antonio Spurs never get national headlines. What more do they have to do? They have the second-best record in the NBA and with a bunch of new players, they are 13-1 on the road. They only have one player who brings it every night and that is Kawhi Leonard. The former San Diego State star is averaging 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals per game. LeMarcus Aldridge has really regressed in his second year in SA. He is averaging 16.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. He should be at 20 and 12 guy every night. If the Spurs want to do anything in the post-season they have got to production out of LA.
2) How good are the Memphis Grizzlies? The Grizzlies are 18-9 and recently blew out Golden State, 110-89. If you are going to beat the Warriors, the Grizzlies and Spurs have the right approach, go big and take advantage of GS lack of interior presence. Memphis is a two-headed monster with Marc Gasol and Mike Conley. The two are averaging 39 points 10 rebounds and 9 assists combined per game. Zach Randolph leads the team in rebounding with 8 per game. If Memphis wants to be a legitimate player in the Western Conference they have got to get production from Chandler Parsons. He has only played in 6 games this year and is averaging 7.7 points per game.
1) Mike Greenberg and Fans… Shut up!: ESPN’s Mike Greenberg is a loveable character but sometimes when he speaks, he really shouldn’t. Greeny as he is affectionately known by his fan base recently came out and said there should be some sort of penalty for teams sitting star players. This has got to be the dumbest thing I have ever heard. I don’t care about the fans going to the games and not seeing stars. This happens in baseball all the time, players rest. Get over it, the only thing that matters is having your players healthy for the playoffs. San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich has been resting players for years and it has worked out fine for him. The only thing that matters is being healthy for the playoffs. If you don’t like it, don’t watch.
LeBron James becomes the first player to pass 27,000 points, 7,000 rebounds, and 7,000 assists
Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks leads his team in every offensive category. He is first in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. Talk about the ultimate stat stuffer.
NBA Top 10 Rankings:
10) Utah Jazz 16-10
9) New York Knicks 14-11
8) Oklahoma City Thunder 15-11
7) Houston Rockets 19-7
6) Memphis Grizzlies 18-9
5) Toronto Raptors 18-7
4) LA Clippers 19-7
3) San Antonio Spurs 20-5
2) Golden State Warriors 22-4
1) Cleveland Cavaliers 18-6
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