Week in Review

The first week of the NBA season has wrapped up, so let’s look through it.

  • One, James Harden (aka the Bearded One) is looking like every bit of a max player, living up to his contract by averaging 35/6/6 with ridiculous efficiency. Him, Jeremy Lin, and Omer Asik have given Houston hope for reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
  • Two, the Knicks look genuinely good. Led by Carmelo Anthony playing at power forward, a position in which  he excels greatly,  the Knicks have started the season 3-0. They’re first in the league in threes made, second in offensive rating, and second in defensive rating. Oh, and Carmelo actually looks like he is trying on defense this year.
  • The Lakers have begun the season by going 1-3, and although they have struggled to run the newly implemented Princeton offense, the defense looks to be an even bigger problem. Dwight’s rotations are snail-like slow, perhaps a side effect of his off season surgery and the reason for the Lakers ranking 26th in defensive rating.
  • Damian Lillard is as advertised. Averaging 19 and 8, and getting to the line about five times a game (where he shoots 94.7%) make him the early front-runner for rookie of the year.
  • Brandon Jennings leads the league in steals and assists per game, and is shooting efficiently for the first time in his career. He also had a game winning three at the buzzer to beat the Cavaliers.
  • Glen “Big Baby” Davis is tied for first in the league in usage percentage, and fourth in the league in points per game. Wait, what?

Western Conference Player of the Week: James Harden

Eastern Conference Player of the Week: Kyle Lowry

Rookie of the Week: Damian Lillard

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