NBA NEWS TODAY (11-29-16)


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NBA STAT LEADERS

Here are the current NBA stat leaders up until Sunday, 11-27-16. We are going to list the top 3 players who lead the league in points, rebounds, and assists.

POINTS

1.RUSSELL WESTBROOK: 32.0 (OKC)

2.ANTHONY DAVIS: 31.3 (NO)

3.DeMAR DeROZAN: 30.2 (TOR)

REBOUNDS

1.HASSAN WHITESIDE: 15.1 (MIA)

2.ANDRE DRUMMOND: 13.8 (DET)

3. DWIGHT HOWARD: 12.9 (ATL)

ASSISTS

1.JAMES HARDEN: 12.4 (HOU)

2.RUSSELL WESTBROOK: 10.9 (OKC)

3.LeBRON JAMES: 9.5 (CLEVELAND)

 

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Terrence Ross of the Raptors

A new edition to our “NBA News Today” posts is going to be “NBA Rumors”. Each week, we are going to examine the main rumors that are floating around in the NBA. It can be disgruntled players, coaches on the hot seat, or possible trades. This week, we will only be posting a few rumors we are hearing about. Next week, we will be writing our opinions of each rumor. Here are what we have been hearing about from the last week.

1.The Phoenix Suns are shopping PG Brandon Knight. Teams interested are the Nets, Magic, Pelicans, and 76ers.

2. The Toronto Raptors have their eyes set on 76ers big-man Nerlens Noel. Toronto’s Terrence Ross is a name that is being mentioned in a possible trade.

3. The Milwaukee Bucks want to get rid of PF/C Greg Monroe. Monroe was the Bucks big free agent acquisition 2 years ago but has barely been playing. What team is going to trade for a player making the money Monroe is making?

NOTE: As previously mentioned, we will be giving our opinions on all the “NBA Rumors” that we write about starting next week. This is just a preview of what to expect.

If you have any rumors or NBA news that you would like to share, please leave it in the comment section below. We would love to hear your thoughts and opinions!

 

ANTHONY DAVIS PLAYING LIKE AN MVP

The former number 1 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft has already been an All-Star in the league 3 times (2014-16). However, he has taken his game to new heights throughout the first 15+ games this season. The All-NBA First Team player in 2015 is as unique a player that has come into the league in a long time.

The 6’11”, 250-pound Davis does everything on a basketball court. He combines strength, skill, and amazing body coordination. Coming out of college, the only glaring negative that we saw was the lack of a consistent jump-shot. Well, consider that mission accomplished. The 23-year old has improved tremendously in this area and is currently shooting close to 52% from the field.

While the New Orleans Pelicans have struggled out of the gate with a 6-11 record, it is not because of the player nicknamed “The Brow”. Voted the most outstanding player of the Final 4 during Kentucky’s national championship run in 2012, the PF/C has lit up the stat-sheets so far this year. He is averaging 31.3pts, 10.8reb, and 2.9blocks per game in 37 minutes of action per night.

In our opinion, Davis is clearly a top 5 player in the world and considering he age, he is only going to improve. The only negative we have to say about this marvelous talent is that he has yet to play a full season, due to various ailments. The Pelicans front office need to get help for Davis or they will be wasting the talents of a mega super-star. While the Pelicans aren’t on national television very much, if you have the chance to watch Anthony Davis, please do. He is a player who is must-see.

 

rookie report for nnt

Here are the top 3 rookie leaders in points, rebounds, and assists through Monday, 11-28, 2016.

POINTS

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Dario Saric of the 76ers

1.JOEL EMBIID:   (PHIILY)  17.8

2.JAMAL MURRAY:  (DEN)  10.6

3.DARIO SARIC:  (PHILLY)  9.1

REBOUNDS

1.JOEL EMBIID:   (PHIILY) 7.6

2.DARIO SARIC:  (PHILLY) 6.2

3.JAKOB POELTL:  (TOR) 4.6

ASSISTS

1.ANDREW HARRISON (MEM) 3.5

2.MALCOLM DELANEY: (ATL) 4.0

3.ISAIAH WHITEHEAD:  (BKN)  3.1

JAYLEN BROWN UPDATE

When the Boston Celtics went to the podium on draft night this past June, there were more than a few people surprised with the name that was called, which included us. As Jaylen Brown was selected with the 3rd overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Celtics and general manager Danny Ainge tried to downplay the expectations that would be placed upon the rookie for this season.

After 1 year at CAL, the 20-year old is finding playing time hard to come by on a very talented Boston team who are looking to find their groove as they are currently 9-7 on the season. Head Coach Brad Stevens is slowly working the very athletic youngster into the rotation. The Georgia native is averaging 5.8pts, and 2.3 rebounds so far in 14 minutes per game.

Are these numbers that you or a franchise would expect from the 3rd overall pick. Of course not, however, Brown is a player that the Celtics are counting on in the future, not necessarily in the present. He is a work in progress, as his overall shooting and ball-handling need to improve.

As the season progresses, we expect Brown’s game and playing time to do the same thing. He is already a very good defender and is excellent in transition. While he still has a ways to go, we like the way Stevens is handling this situation. He is not rushing Brown’s development, which will bode well well for his long-term future.


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