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. Finally, I will go through some of the best and worst moments from the past week.
Week 4 Power Rankings
- Boston Celtics (12-2) // Previously #2
- Golden State Warriors (11-3) // Previously #1
- Houston Rockets (11-3) // Previously #3
- Minnesota Timberwolves (8-5) // Previously #4
- New Orleans Pelicans (8-6) // Previously #5
- Milwaukee Bucks (7-6) // Previously Unranked
- Detroit Pistons (10-3) // Previously #6
- Washington Wizards (8-5) // Previously Unranked
- Cleveland Cavaliers (7-7) // Previously Unranked
- Denver Nuggets (8-5) // Previously Unranked
(Stats are from last weeks games only)
- Dennis Smith Jr. (19.3 Points, 6 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 1.7 Steals, 1 Blocks)
- Bobby Portis (19.3 Points, 10 Rebounds, 2.3 Assists, 0.3 Steals, 0 Blocks)
- Giannis Antetokounmpo (32 Points, 11.3 Rebounds, 4.5 Assists, 1 Steals, 2.8 Blocks)
- Devin Booker (27.5 Points, 5 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 0.8 Steals, 0 Blocks)
- Tyreke Evans (23.3 Points, 4.3 Rebounds, 4.7 Assists, 2 Steals, 0.3 Blocks)
1. Boston Celtics
It seems it’s every week that I’m praising the Celtics for something. After an 0-2 start to the season, Kyrie Irving and Al Horford have led their squad to ten straight wins. To start, starting center, Al Horford has drawn comparisons this season to former Celtic, Kevin Garnett for his size, mobility, playmaking, shooting, and post scoring. Kyrie Irving also fractured his face, so masked Kyrie will be back next week. Get ready for Twitter to go crazy.
2. De’Aaron Fox
With all of the Kings’ struggles this season, their one bright spot has been fifth overall pick, De’Aaron Fox. This week, he had the game of his life. Scoring eleven points to go along with 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and one game-winner. Luckily for me, I got to see it all in person. #SacramentoProud
3. Robert Covington
Something short, yet still really cool; On Thursday when the 76ers played the Sacramento Kings, Robert Covington had an interesting game. Not only did he shoot 6/12 from beyond the arc, but he was also fouled on three separate three-point shots, actually draining two of them on back to back plays. It was one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen on a basketball court, and may never be recreated again.
Credits to downtobuck.net for the video
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. Nikola Mirotic
There wasn’t too much bad this week, just a continuation of an already existing problem. About two weeks ago, Bobby Portis allegedly fractured Nikola Mirotic’s face in a confrontation in a Bulls’ practice. Realizing he had done wrong, Portis attempted to reach out to Mirotic who immaturely shut himself off from the situation. While Mirotic is pouting about the past on the bench, Bobby Portis averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds last week.