[NBA] NBA Weekly Report - week 1

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2022-01-13
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NBA Weekly Report

The 2021-22 NBA season has been exciting with new and old faces around the league.

 In the Eastern Conference, the Chicago Bulls have returned to the top of the standings with the defending Champion Milwaukee Bucks and star-filled Brooklyn Nets not far behind. The Western Conference is led by the Phoenix Suns and a Golden State Warriors team returning to the top as they have in the past. 

The NBA also gained a loaded 2021 Draft class with lots of talent and has been on full display throughout the season.


2021-22 NBA Rookies 

  • Cade Cunningham (Detroit Pistons) – The first overall pick in this year’s draft came into the season with many experts and fans with high expectations and he has not disappointed so far. After a slow start, Cunningham has been able to adjust to the NBA and is top 4 among rookies in points, rebounds, and assists per game. Cunningham should be among one of the favorites to win Rookie of the Year.
  • Season Stats: 15.2 PPG/ 5.9 RPG / 5.3 APG
  • Notable games so far:
  • 1/10/2022- 29 points / 8 assists / 2 blocks / 2 steals
  • 12/6/2021- 28 points/ 11 rebounds / 5 assists
  • 11/21/2021- 13 points / 12 rebounds / 10 assists


  • Jalen Green (Houston Rockets) – Playing in the G-League last year, Green was another player in this year’s draft with a lot of hype coming into the season. Green has shown the ability to score by scoring 20 plus points or more in 8 games so far. As the very young Rockets team continues to rebuild, look for Green to be the centerpiece going forward.
  • Season Stats: 15.3 PPG / 3.0 RPG / 2.2. APG 
  • Notable games so far:
  • 10/24/2021- 30 points / 4 rebounds / 3 assists / 2 blocks / 1 steal
  • 12/28/2021- 24 points / 2 rebounds / 4 assists / 2 steals
  • 11/2/2021- 24 points / 2 rebounds / 5 assists


  • Evan Mobley (Cleveland Cavaliers) – The Cleveland Cavaliers have been one of the surprise teams in the Eastern Conference so far and Mobley has been a big factor in why that is. The rookie big man leads all rookies in rebounding, is top 4 in points per game among rookies, and even has shown a defensive presence by averaging 1.6 blocks per game which is 7th in the entire league. In a recent poll of NBA executives, Mobley was voted as the 6th best player under 25 to build around which was the highest for a rookie from this year’s class.
  • Season Stats: 14.8 PPG/ 8.1 RPG / 2.5 APG
  • Notable games so far:
  • 12/11/2021- 15 points / 15 rebounds / 2 assists / 1 block
  • 12/8/2021 – 16 points / 9 rebounds / 5 blocks / 2 steals
  • 11/7/2021 – 26 points / 9 rebounds / 5 assists / 1 steal / 1 block


  • Scottie Barnes (Toronto Raptors) – After the Raptors took Barnes with the 4th overall pick, many experts and fans questioned whether they made the right choice selecting him over Jalen Suggs. However, Barnes has played well and has silenced most of those critics by being in the top 5 among rookies in points, rebounds, assists, and minutes played.
  • Season Stats: 14.7 PPG / 8.0 RPG / 3.5 APG
  • Notable games so far:
  • 10/22/2021- 25 points / 13 rebounds / 2 assists
  • 12/14/2021- 23 points / 12 rebounds / 5 assists
  • 12/18/2021- 21 points / 8 rebounds / 6 assists


  • Jalen Suggs (Orlando Magic) – One of the top college players last year, Suggs joins a young Magic squad with should be an exciting young back count with Cole Anthony. Suggs unfortunately has had a thumb injury in the last month that has kept him out.
  • Season Stats: 12.3 PPG / 3.4 RPG / 3.6 APG
  • Notable games so far:
  • 10/29/2021- 21 points / 2 rebounds / 4 assists / 1 block
  • 11/19/2021- 21 points / 4 rebounds / 3 assists / 2 steals / 1 block
  • 11/24/2021- 17 points / 4 rebounds / 6 assists / 1 steal / 1 block


  • Josh Giddey (Oklahoma City Thunder)- The 19-year Australian has been one of the most exciting Rookies so far this year by showing off his flash plays. He posted his best game most recently by becoming the youngest player in NBA history with a triple-double against the Dallas Mavericks. Giddey also has been named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for both November and December.
  • Season Stats: 11.11 PPG / 7.5 RPG / 6.4 APG
  • Notable games so far:
  • 1/2/2022- 17 points / 13 rebounds / 14 assists/ 4 steals
  • 12/15/2021- 8 points / 18 rebounds / 10 assists
  • 10/24/2021- 19 points / 8 rebounds / 7 assists / 4 steals


  • Franz Wagner (Orlando Magic) – Perhaps overshadowed by the teammate and 1st round pick Jalen Suggs before the season started, Wagner has played great so and has been one of few bright spots for the Magic this season. Wagner posted a Rookie season-high 38 points against defending NBA Champions Milwaukee Bucks which sealed the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for December.
  •  Season Stats: 15.7 PPG / 4.7 RPG / 2.6 APG
  • Notable games so far:
  • 12/28/2021- 38 points / 7 rebounds / 3 assists / 1 steal / 1 block
  • 12/18/2021- 14 points / 11 rebounds / 6 assists / 1 steal
  • 11/1/2021- 28 points / 4 rebounds / 2 assists / 2 steals / 1 block

 

 

Under the radar rookies 

  • Herbert Jones (New Orleans Pelicans) – The 2nd round pick out of Alabama has played well for the Pelicans and has become a regular starter. One notable game Jones had was against rookie big man Evan Mobley in which Jones had 26 points and 7 rebounds. Jones has also been a regular on most experts’ Top Rookie ladders. 
  • Omer Yurtseven (Miami Heat) – The undrafted rookie out of the 2020 draft class, the Turkish international has been a hidden gem as of late for the Miami Heat. Over his last 10 games, Yurtseven has averaged 10.6 points per game and an outstanding 14.4 rebounds a game which is 3rd in the entire NBA over that span.

 

Young rising stars

  • Tyrese Maxey (Philadelphia 76ers) – With the saga over whether Ben Simmons will play for the 76ers this season, Tyrese Maxey has benefited the most as he has taken over the starting point guard position in Simmons absence. This season, the 2nd year player is averaging 16.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists a game which is all double from his rookie season.  


  • Jordan Poole (Golden State Warriors)- One of the candidates for Most Improved Players of the Year, Poole has had a great season for the first-place Golden State Warriors. Poole is averaging a career-best 17.4 points per game and has had multiple 30-point games this season.


  • Tyler Herro (Miami Heat)- After what somewhat of a disappointing sophomore season, Herro has had a career-best season and has shown what most fans have been waiting for after his great performances in the playoffs in his rookie season. Coming off the bench most of the time, Herro has averaged 20.6 points per game and should be in the running for 6th Man of the Year.


  • Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies)- It is no secret how talented Morant is, but the 3rd year guard has taken the next step on his super star status. Morant has averaged 24.7 points per game and has led the Grizzlies to 4th in the Western Conference standings. It would be very surprising if Morant does not earn his first career All-Star appearance this season.
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