In this weeks edition of “NBA News Today”, we discuss the possible return of All-Star power forward Chris Bosh. Is he on his way back to the NBA? We also profile Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram. The number 2 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft has improved his play lately. He is showing signs of why he was so highly touted. Also included are the NBA stat leaders for the entire league as well as the rookies. Plus much more. Welcome to our 11th edition of “NBA News Today”.
NBA STATISTICAL LEADERS
We are listing the league leaders in points, rebounds, and assists. Statistics are as of Monday, 1-23-17.
1.RUSSELL WESTBROOK: 30.6 (OKC)
2.ISAIAH THOMAS: 29.0 (BOS)
3.JAMES HARDEN: 28.7 (HOU)
1.HASSAN WHITESIDE: 14.2 (MIA)
2.DeANDRE JORDAN: 13.9 (LAC)
3.ANDRE DRUMMOND: 13.5 (DET)
1.JAMES HARDEN: 11.6 (HOU)
2.RUSSELL WESTBROOK: 10.4 (OKC)
3.JOHN WALL: 10.2 (WASH)
HERE ARE YOUR 2017 NBA ALL-STARS
The 2016-17 NBA regular season has seemed like it is flying by. We are already at the half way point. Below is the list of the starters for the 2017 All-Star game.The reserves haven’t been named as of the publication of this post.
EASTERN CONFERENCE STARTERS
KYRIE IRVING- CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
DeMAR DeROZAN- TORONTO RAPTORS
LeBRON JAMES- CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO- MILWAUKEE BUCKS
JIMMY BUTLER- CHICAGO BULLS
WESTERN CONFERENCE STARTERS
STEPH CURRY- GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
JAMES HARDEN- HOUSTON ROCKETS
KEVIN DURANT- GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
KAWHI LEONARD- SAN ANTONIO SPURS
ANTHONY DAVIS- NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
NOTE: On January 26, the NBA head coaches will pick the reserves for each conference.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE STARTING LINEUPS FOR BOTH CONFERENCES?
WHAT PLAYER(S) WOULD YOU HAVE STARTING INSTEAD?
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CHRIS BOSH TO JOIN CHICAGO AFTER MARCH 1?
Chris Bosh has had a very difficult 2 years. The All-Star Power Forward hasn’t played much in the last 2 seasons because of blood clots. The Miami Heat organization has refused to clear him to play after failing a physical in September. However, the former Georgia Tech star hasn’t given up hope on resuming his basketball career.
The likely scenario has Miami general manager Pat Riley releasing the big-man. Bosh would then be able to sign with any team. All indications point to the Chicago Bulls as being the front-runners to land the 32-year old. If Bosh is healthy we feel that he would definitely help a team during the 2nd half of the NBA regular season. However, it is more complicated than it seems from the outside.
If the Dallas, Texas native does get released after March 1, he would be ineligible for this years playoffs. It looks to us that the Miami Heat are willing to pay the 27-million dollars owed to the 11-time All-Star next season and let him go. They are in a rebuilding mode. If Bosh ends up in a Bulls uniform for the last 20 games, he could help them off the bench.
In our opinion, Chris Bosh and his health comes first. That is the way everybody should look at life. If he can pass an organization’s physical, we see no reason why Chicago or another team wouldn’t take a chance on him. Miami will be paying his salary. To us, we just want to see Bosh healthy. If he can play basketball and keep living his dream, we believe that would just be a bonus for him. He has already proven to us that he was one very good basketball player.
OTHER NBA RUMORS
Here are other NBA rumors that are floating around. Let us know what you think about these rumors. You can leave all comments in the section below.
REGGIE JACKSON FOR RICKY RUBIO?
What would you think of a possible swap between these 2 point guards. Who would it benefit more. Detroit or Minnesota?
CARMELO ANTHONY AND PHIL JACKSON DISCUSS FUTURE?
The Knicks star met the general manager Phil Jackson a few days ago. Will Anthony waive his no trade clause and get traded? If you were Phil Jackson, what would you do and ask for in a trade for Anthony?
P.J. TUCKER HEADING TO THE CLIPPERS?
The Clippers have offered Phoenix a 2nd round pick for Tucker. The Suns want a 1st round pick. If you were the Clippers, would you give up a first round pick for Tucker?
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Here are the top 3 rookie leaders in points, rebounds, and assists through Monday, 1-23-17. We are going to list the top 3 players who lead the league in points, rebounds, and assists.
2.DARIO SARIC: (PHILLY) 9.6
3.MALCOLM BROGDON: (MIL) 9.4
1.JOEL EMBIID: (PHIILY) 7.8
2.DARIO SARIC: (PHILLY) 5.9
3.JUAN HERNANGOMEZ: (N.Y.) 4.7
1.MALCOLM BROGDON: (MIL) 4.0
2.ANDREW HARRISON: (MEM) 3.4
3. MALCOLM DELANEY: (ATL) 3.0
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS OF THIS YEARS ROOKIE CLASS?
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INGRAM LOOKS TO BE SETTLING IN
The first 30 games of Brandon Ingram’s NBA career wasn’t what he probably expected it to be. The #2 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft struggled adjusting to the NBA game. However, in the last few weeks, the former Duke 1 and done star is showing the promise which made him such a coveted and highly touted prospect.
The 6’9″, 190-pound small forward has started 13 games this year as head coach Luke Walton is slowly acclimating him into the starting lineup. The 19-year old North Carolina native has seen his stats slowly improve each week. On the season, the rookie is averaging 8.4pts, 4.1 reb, and 2.1ast in 28 minutes per game.
Ingram is starting to show off his vast array of offensive moves. He has a beautiful shooting stroke, can post up, and shows the ability to get to the rim. He needs to gain weight in order to handle the physicality of the NBA game. However, Lakers fans are seeing glimpses of his enormous talent and the bright future that he has.
As the Kobe Bryant era is over, Ingram is going to be a major piece of the Lakers rebuild. PG D’Angelo Russell and PF Julius Randle are 2 very talented players. Along with Ingram, the Lakers have the foundation in place to eventually have a threesome of players that will bring the organization into the after Kobe era. All 3 players are 22-years old or younger. It will take a few years but the Lakers seem to be on the right track. We look for Ingram to keep improving on his solid play from the last few weeks.
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