NBA Studs and Duds Week 5
- Draymond Green- By now you have probably heard how much better Steph Curry has become since winning the MVP last season, but the Warriors as a whole have gotten much better as well. Draymond Green has been a big part of that. Green is often moved to the Center position in the small lineup that the Warriors run, and many teams wish they had a guy who could play Center that is also shooting 38 percent from the 3-point line. This week saw a big breakout for Green. The Warriors had three games in a four-day span, during that time Green had two triple-doubles and a double-double. His double-double was just two assists shy of another triple-double. He tallied 47 points, 33 points, and 30 assists. The scary part for Warriors opponents is that, two of these games were done with Green shooting in the 30’s for percentage.
- Kyle Lowry- The Raptors had three games this week and went 2-1 in those. Lowry was a major component in that. He scored 27 points in each of their two wins. He also shot 12-26 from beyond the arc in these three games. Lowry has given defenses fits when he is on, and this season and week has been a good step for him.
- Brandon Knight/Eric Bledsoe- The Suns have been getting solid production out of their point guard combo all season, and this week, despite a 1-3 record, they really pieced together solid performances. Knight scored 92 points in those four games, he also tallied 23 assists and 18 rebounds. Knight managed to shoot over 47 percent in three of the four games as well. Bledsoe complimented those stats with 76 points, 10 rebounds and 32 assists. Bledsoe put up 7 or more assists in all four games. These two have managed to keep the Suns alive in many of their games, and will most likely continue to do so.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo- The Greek Freak has been the leading scorer all season for the Bucks, and is one of the building blocks for their future. However, this week, he looked like just a fill-in on the team. The Bucks went 1-3 this week, and Giannis started the week decently. He registered 21 against the Kings, then 17 against the Magic. From there, it went down hill. He managed to score eight points against the Hornets and followed that up with nine points against the Nuggets. With lackluster performances from the offense as a whole, the Bucks need Giannis to step up as the season continues.
- Dwight Howard- The Rocket’s big man has been relatively lackluster this season. He has had some nagging injuries, but Dwight used to play injured a lot and was much more effective. This week with the Rockets going 2-2, Howard averaged 12 points per game. He also had 32 rebounds in this span, which is eight per game. These performances are not what you expect from a 6’11”, $22 million player. Howard is on pace to put up stats as low as his rookie season.
- DeAndre Jordan- Jordan made the list this week, not for his performance as a whole, but more so for one performance. He managed to put up 24 rebounds and 18 points against Portland, which are both season highs. However, Jordan shot 12-34 from the free throw line. That is 35 percent! There are grade school students that shoot better than that. If this was a closer game, this performance would have cost the Clippers the game. There should have been a stipulation in Jordan’s contract that said he would make more money if he improved his free throw shooting. The Clipper’s should look to get a pinch shooter for Jordan in these situations.