Quote by Rookie & Sophomore Nba ladder – week 3
A huge shake up for the rookie ladder this week, while the sophomore top 5 stays the same. As usual, all games played until Wednesday, November 16th are considered.
3 wins and 1 one loss for Emmanuel Mudiay‘s Nuggets this week. He had two bad games, where he went back to being the player he was earlier in the season, and two good performances in the loss against the Pistons and in the win against Phoenix. In the latter two he shot roughly 40% from the field, not exactly mind-blowing but still a good mark for an inefficient and inconsistent player. He is still out of the top 5 (and will continue to be until be for a while), but things seem to be getting better in Denver, despite the loss (against the Warriors). It probably has a lot to do with coach Malone’s change in the starting lineup, with the end of the Jusuf Nurkic-Nikola Jokic experiment.
A quick note on Frank Kamisky and his first truly good game, against Minnesota, finished with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. It was just one game, but it’s the first time the ex Wisconsin takes such a big role for the Hornets, and if he had to build on this performance, things could change quickly in Charlotte.
5 – Devin Booker, G, Phoenix Suns
Three blowouts in three games for the Suns this week. The game against the Warriors was an expected loss, but the games with the Nets and Nuggets showed all the team’s deficiencies on the defensive side of the ball. And if the team’s best scorer is shooting 30% from the field in two of three games, there is no way the Suns can grab a win. The only good performance, a 24-point game against the Nuggets, was not enough to keep his team in the game, and the tanking plan for the Phoenix Suns keeps rolling. Booker also seems to be too nervous at times, certainly too arrogant, especially when he gets himself ejected from the game with a few seconds left in garbage time.
4 – Myles Turner, C, Indiana Pacers
Turner slips another position, and at this point it seems obvious he did not live up to the promises he made. Defense might have been better in the last few games, but it might as well be a case of playing against bad offenses. The loss at home against the Celtics might be acceptable without Paul George (although the Boston’soffense is not as good as it was earlier in the season), but allowing Philadelphia to score 109 points when the 76ers average is 97 points per game seems really bad. And he is not making a case for himself on offense either, since he never reached the 20-point mark this week.
3 – D’Angelo Russell, G, Los Angeles Lakers
A very good week for Russell, who averaged over 20 points and only had one bad game in the loss against the Timberwolves. The Lakers are now sitting on a 7-5 record after completing an easy stretch in their schedule, but they will now enter a tough stretch through December 9th where the only team below .500 they will play is the New Orleans Pelicans.
2 – Kristaps Porzingis, C, New York Knicks
A quick recap of Kristaps Porzingis week: 21 points in a loss against Toronto, 14 points in a loss against the Celtics, 24 points in a win against Dallas and a career high 35 points against Detroit. The biggest difference between wins and losses? Porzingis seems to be playing center a lot more than before, and to nobody’s surprise, he seems unstoppable when he does. Will the Knicks return to their closing lineup with Joakim Noah at center, or will the keep playing the Latvian there? Related, is it too early to start a #FreeKristaps campaign?
1 – Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Minnesota Timberwolves
Good news for the Timberwolves: Towns averaged 22 and 10 in the three games of the week, Ricky Rubio is back in the starting lineup and they won against a surprisingly good Lakers team despite the emergency situation on the wing that forced coach Thibodeau to start sophomore Nemanja Bjelica at small forward in an ultra-big lineup. Oh, and they are still a league-pass must watch.