NBA Studs and Duds Week 4
- Rajon Rondo- Guess who’s back? After being traded to the Mavericks last season and having a sub par season (and attitude), Rondo made the move to Sacramento. This move has seemed to revive the career of the outspoken point guard. Rondo has worked his way onto the list by putting together an amazing November resume, but it was capped off with this week’s performances. He started the week with his fourth triple-double of the season against the Hawks. He also had a double-double against Miami and Charlotte. His performance against Charlotte finished with 20 assists. There is always a lot of talk about who the best point guard in the NBA is, but only one of them is averaging a double-double. The only downside for the Kings is that they are 2-6 in games that Rondo has a double-double or a triple-double.
- Andrew Wiggins- The Timberwolves came into this year drawing low expectations for their record, but high expectations for the future. They have not disappointed thus far. With Wiggins expected to be a big force in the future of this team, he has taken a big leap forward this season. This week, despite a 1-2 record as a team, Wiggins averaged 27 points per game. This included a 32-point outing against the 76ers (for whatever that is worth). The thing fans would like to see is for Wiggins to improve the rest of his stats, as he is currently a relatively one-dimensional player offensively.
- Paul George- The Pacers have reestablished themselves as a contender in the Eastern Conference after an 0-3 start, and that has been in large part because of Paul George. The Pacers went 3-0 this week, and George averaged 31 points in those games, including a 40-point game against the Wizards, in which he shot 14-19 from the field and 7-8 from the 3-point line. If the Pacers keep this up, we may see the Cavaliers having an unexpected challenge in the East.
- Victor Oladipo- The building block for the Magic’s future has had a relatively quiet year, only clearing 20 points once up to this point. In three games this week, Oladipo totaled 22 points combined and shot under 33 percent. The Magic will need their potential star to step up in the upcoming weeks if they want to remain in a semi-relevant position in the Eastern Conference.
- John Wall- Wall has been relatively underwhelming at the helm of the Wizards thus far, and this week he hit a season low. He was held to just eight points against the Pistons. Wall has struggled to be the stand out point guard everyone has come to expect so far, and is averaging 4.3 turnovers so far. He had a season high eight turnovers against the Pacers in their second matchup of the week. The Wizards will need their floor general to snap back into form if they are going to move beyond being just another playoff team.
- Michael Carter-Williams- The Bucks acquired Williams with hopes he could be a solid option at point, especially with a coach who was a former point guard. He started the season out relatively strong, and then missed five straight games due to injury. In three games this week, Williams was able to put up a measly 28 points. His only respectable game came against the Pistons in which he scored 12 and had eight assists. This may still be a side effect of injury, but only time will tell for the young point guard.