Every single Monday until the NBA Finals are complete, I’ll be giving you a recap of the most important things from the past NBA week. I’ll give you my power rankings for the top ten teams in the league and name a couple of players with surprising performances. Next, I will go through some of the best and worst moments from the past week.
Week 2 Power Rankings
- Golden State Warriors (5-3)
- Boston Celtics (5-2)
- Houston Rockets (5-3)
- Los Angeles Clippers (4-2)
- Milwaukee Bucks (4-2)
- Memphis Grizzlies (5-2)
- Washington Wizards (4-2)
- San Antonio Spurs (4-3)
- Detroit Pistons (5-2)
- Orlando Magic (5-2)
(Stats are from last weeks games only)
1. Demarcus Cousins (30.3 Points, 15 Rebounds, 6.5 Assists, 2 Steals, 1.3 Blocks)
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo (29.5 Points, 10.5 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 1.5 Steals, 0.5 Blocks)
3. Ben Simmons (20.3 Points, 7 Rebounds, 8.7 Assists, 2 Steals, 0.7 Blocks)
4. Kristaps Porzingis (28 Points, 8.3 Rebounds, 0.5 Assists, 0.5 Steals, 2 Blocks)
5. Victor Oladipo (28.7 Points, 4 Rebounds, 2.7 Assists, 1 Steals, 0.5 Blocks)
1. The Return of Demarcus Cousins
As a King’s superfan and more importantly a Demarcus Cousins superfan, seeing Demarcus come back home to Sacramento was a must-see game for me. I was not disappointed. Straight out of the gates, Demarcus was extremely aggressive, taking four out of his team’s first five shots. In the end, Demarcus Cousins finished with 41 points, 23 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal on 56% shooting from the field.
2. Klay Thompson Donating to Northern California Fire Relief
It’s always a great story when a professional athlete donates to charities worldwide; It’s even cooler when it incorporates the way he or she plays. Last week, Klay Thompson would give $1000 to Northern California Wildfire Relief for every point he scored in three certain games. Over those games, Klay scored 69 points, resulting in $69000 coming out of Klay’s pockets straight to those in need.
3. Even More Game-Winners
On Wednesday night, Eric Gordon hit a game-winning three-point shot to bury the Philadelphia 76ers. The next day, Blake Griffin recreated this shot to take down the Portland Trail Blazers. For whatever reason, it seems that game-winning shots are in abundance compared to past seasons. Hopefully, for the fans’ sake, this trend continues.
In this segment, I am building off of “The Starters” from NBATV. Every Friday, they have a segment called, “Worst of the Week,” where they basically shame a certain part of the NBA, whether that be a player, a coach, an idea, or even an entire team. Go check them out here.
1. Markelle Fultz’ Shoulder
Very rarely does a number one overall pick have this many issues coming into the league. Unfortunately for Markelle Fultz’ agent and the Philadelphia 76ers, there’s been a ton of confusion revolving around what seems to be a simple sore shoulder. After many mocked Fultz for his unorthodox free throw shooting form, his agent claimed that his shoulder was drained and that he was physically unable to raise his arm to shoot free throws. The next day, the 76ers’ medical staff claimed that they actually shot fluids into his arm. Who knows what really happened? Let’s just hope he’ll be okay in the end.