Last night, while most sports fans were focused on the NFL (recap coming soon), the NBA had it’s Sunday Night slate stuffed with 9 games. The big stories last night were Lebron’s engagement (ok, maybe not), the Heat staying perfect and putting up 129 points, the Wizards continued horribleness, and a very strange trade demand (or not??) from DeMarcus Cousins.
Tomorrow, I’ll break down week 1 in the League of Extraordinary Bloggers made up of NBA bloggers from across the FanSided network, so make sure you check back for that.
In case you missed any of last night’s New Year’s action, here’s 7 lists of 5 to help you get all caught up:
5 superstars gettin’ their game on
1. Rajon Rondo-BOS: The Celtics played the woeful Wizards but Rondo’s 18 points, 11 boards, 14 Assists, and 1 Steal are the first triple-double of the season and a very impressive performance in 34 minutes.
2. Kevin Love-MIN:Love scored 25 points while grabbing 17 rebounds, an assist, steal, and block and hitting key shots down the stretch to lead teh TWolves to their first win of the season. It came over the defending champions for good measure.
3. Dwight Howard-ORL: Howard led the Magic to a win over Toronto with 19 points, 15 rebounds, 3 blocks, an assist, and a steal. It was his 3rd game in a row (and 4th out of 5 this year) with 15 or more rebounds.
4. Andrew Bynum-LAL-Bynum has looked exceptional in his 2 games back as he scored 18 points to go with 16 rebounds in last night’s game. He added a steal and a block, and the only down-side to his game was his 4-10 from the line.
5. Blake Griffin-LAC: Griffin had another 20-point, 10-rebound game while adding 4 assists and a steal as the Clippers beat the Blazers in LA.
5 stars who faded away
1. Zach Randolph-MEM: Wow the Grizz were bad in Chicago while getting crushed by the Bulls. Z-Bo scored 2 points on 1-5 shooting, got a steal, a block, and 3 rebounds in only 11 minutes of action.
2. Rudy Gay-MEM: Gay didn’t suffer from lack of playing time (28 min) as Randolph but was done in by poor shooting (2-12) on his way to only 5 points, 1 steal, 1 assist, and 3 rebounds.
3. Kobe Bryant-LAL: His 16 points weren’t bad, but Kobe took an ugly 28 shots while making only 6 and going 1-8 from 3-point land. He grabbed 2 rebounds, dished out 4 assists, and had a steal, but also had 6 turnovers as the Lakers fell to the Nuggets.
4. Corey Maggette-CHA: Maggette was coming off 20 points and 7 boards against Orlando but last night couldn’t hit his shot in a limited 19 minutes on the floor. He was 0-6 from the field and finished with just 2 points and 4 rebounds.
5. Paul Pierce-BOS: Pierce struggled a little in his 2nd game back scoring only 9 points, 3 assists, a steal, and adding 6 rebounds.
5 multi-category contributors
1. LeBron James-MIA: James wasn’t as statistically exceptional due to the team’s easy win but still had a solid across the board game with 16 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal.
2. JaVale McGee-WSH: McGee had his best game of the season with 16 points, 14 rebounds, 5 blocks, a steal, and an assist.
3. Pau Gasol-LAL: Gasol finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block.
4. Carlos Boozer-CHI: Boozer had 17 points and 11 boards with 2 steals and a block in just 24 minutes of action in the Bulls romp over the Grizzlies.
5. John Wall-WSH: Wall scored 19 points, and added 8 assists, 7 rebounds, an assist, and a block.
5 solid starters in the backcourt
1. Marcus Thornton-SAC: Thornton scored 25 points and added 6 rebounds, an assist, and 5 steals.
2. Tyreke Evans-SAC: Evans scored 27 points, grabbed 4 boards, dished 3 assists, while getting a steal and a block as well. He and Thornton carried the Kings to vicotry over the Hornets.
3. Jose Calderon-TOR: Calderon dished 13 assists and scored 18 points with 3 3’s while grabbing 4 rebounds and even contributing a block. It was a nice way to finish the week for the Raptors PG.
4. Dwyane Wade-MIA: Wade only played 29 minutes but still put in 22 points to go with 3 rebounds, 6 assists, a block, and 2 steals.
5. Ty Lawson-DEN: Lawson had 17 points, 10 assists, and 3 rebounds in the Nuggets home victory over the Lakers.
5 solid starters in the front court
1. Andrea Bargnani-2 great games in a row for the big Italian who put in 28 points while grabbing a steal, 3 assists, and 7 rebounds. If he got more help in Toronto, they could be decent.
2. Kevin Garnett-BOS: Garnett has had some rough games lately but looked good in this ont with 24 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal, and a block.
3. LaMarcus Aldridge-POR: Aldridge didn’t shoot well (9-21) but finished with 10 points, 0 boards, 2 assists, and a steal in last night’s game against the the Clippers.
4. Dirk Nowitzki-DAL: Dirk poured in 21 points but needed 20 shots to get them. He collected 4 rebounds and a steal as well.
5. Antawn Jamison-CLE: Jamison hit 3 treys while collecting 23 points, 2 blocks, 3 steals, 2 assists, and 5 boards. This is the kind of all around game both the Cavs and his fantasy owners need from him.
1. Chris Kaman-NO: Kaman came off the bench with 14 points and 15 boards while adding an assist and a block.
2. Daniel Gibson-CLE: Gibson came off the bench and hit 5 three’s on his way to 19 points, a steal, block, rebound, and an assist.
3. J. J. Redick-ORL: Redisk hit 3 3’s off the bench while also grabbing 3 rebounds, dishing 3 assists, and picking up 3 fouls. Of course he had to be #3 on this list too.
4. Ricky Rubio-MIN: Rubio continues his sold early start to the year. Last night he had 14 points and 7 assists with 3 rebounds and 2 3-pointers.
5. Kemba Walker-CHA: Walker got some extra run since the game was over early in Miami and finished with 17 points on 6-13 shooting with 4 assists, 3 rebounds, and a steal.
5 to consider adding
1. Ryan Anderson-ORL: Anderson finished with 24 points and 5 three pointers to go along with 5 rebounds and 2 assists. He’s still available in 25% of leagues. Go get him if yours is one of them.
2. J.J. Hickson-SAC: If indeed DeMarcus Cousins is traded than Hickson will get some additional minutes and production. He’s a speculative add at this point since he didn’t look great last night, but he’s only owned in 39% of leagues and may have rebounds, blocks, and points potential in his future.
3. Norris Cole-MIA: Cole is no secret after some explosive games for the high-exposure Miami Heat, but he is a little inconsistent since he’s still not starting. That may change soon though as he again shone in the Heat’s romp over the Bobcats as he scored 16 points, with 3 steals, a rebound, and a very nice 9 assists. He’s owned in only 36% of leagues and if he passes Mario Chalmers (who also played well) for the starting PG spot in Miami his value could explode.
4. Ronnie Brewer-CHI: Richard Hamilton is day-to-day with his sore groin, but Brewer shone in his absence while getting the spot start. He scored 17 points while pulling in 7 boards, dishing 5 assists, and swiping 3 steals. Brewer is only owned in .6% of leagues, but when Hamilton is out he’s a good option.
5. Mehmet Okur-NJ: Okur continues to return to form with the Nets now in their starting lineup. He scored 10 with 8 rebounds, a block, 2 steals, and 3 assists so he nothing outstanding yet, but he’s getting the playing time and could be valuable as he keeps adjusting to his new team and recovering from his Achilles injury. He’s only owned in 7.9 % of leagues.