Week three was an exciting week but seemed a little hungover after the festivities of weeks one and two. The Cavaliers are coming together and the Knicks are becoming almost unwatchable. There are more good big men than expected this year but the point guard still reigns supreme. Chris Paul has past his prime and is being surpassed by Stephan Curry and Damian Lillard for the best point guard in the league title. Kevin Durant can’t come back soon enough, for the game, OKC and his fantasy owners but until then we will march on.
Love hate for this week, no streamers included but maybe some players to trade for, get rid of or sit if roosters are full.
Nikola Vucevic is complete monster for the Orlando Magic. Many people don’t know who this Vucevic is, a Montenegrin born power forward who played college ball at the University of Southern California. He is a double-double machine, not 15 points and 11 rebounds more like 25 points and 12 rebounds. With soft teams on the schedule this week he will continue being a beast.
Rajon Rondo is returning to form, almost dropping a triple double last night and beginning to trust his teammates. He is a really good player, an elite point guard and he looks like 09 Rondo on the court. Expect him to continue in fine form for the rest of the week and the season.
Brandon Jennings has been very impressive this season. Averaging 23 points and 6 assists he is playing under control. He always had the talent to be a top point guard in the league and with Stand Van Gundy reining him in and a talented cast around him he is performing.
Kevin Love is starting to understand how to play with the King. He knows if he stays in his spots he will get shots and he is using his one on ones to his benefits. He is rebounding at a tremendous rate and running the fast break from the backcourt like Aaron Rogers in the shotgun offense.
Derrick Rose is proving with his mouth and his butt on the bench that he is saving himself. Bulls fans hope for the playoffs others thinking for future activities. That doesn’t really matter but for this week, he probably won’t play a game and if he does, he probably won’t play four quarters. It is sad because he is one of the most exciting players in the game.
Blake Griffin recently accused of “slapping” a man, has been spending some time in Las Vegas. He has had a fine start to the season but is not improving. The problem is he cannot reach is full potential with Deandre Jordan clogging the paint. For Griffin to reach his potential of a superstar he needs more room to operate in the paint. Until he gets that, his number will remain the same, good but not a great.
Rudy Gay just got paid, a 40 million-contract extension over 3 years, sources told ESPN.com but this does not bode well for Kings fans. Gay a notoriously streaky player has been playing great to start the season. But with two, 20 plus point leads blown by the Kings, there has to be some discord in the locker room. Conflict leads to anger and Gay has been known to avoid conflict. Can he keep it up? Or will he take his money and relax? This week looks rough, with Anthony Davis coming to town and the rest of the week isn’t easier. The Kings will face the Clippers and Blazers.
J.R. Smith exemplifies everything that is wrong with the New York Knicks. Bricking game wining shots and not playing defense when it counts. The Knicks have the Bucks, Timberwolves and 76ers coming up. Not the elite NBA teams which would seem like a great matchup for Smith. He usually takes these matchups however and uses them for an excuse to shoot every time he touches the ball. Which is bad for everyone associated with him.
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Nick Chin