2-1-2 Full Court Press: All Good In The Golden State
- Al Horford, C – Atlanta Hawks
- After missing most of last season with a torn pectoral muscle and surviving an offseason of potential trade speculation (including from yours truly), it was expected Horford would be a little rusty. He’s starting to heat up now, and thanks to the growth of Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague, he’s not having to carry the load every night. He’s averaging over 15ppg and 7rbg over the past week including a 25 point outburst in a win against Roy Hibbert and the Pacers.
- Steph Curry, PG – Golden State Warriors
- There’s nobody hotter right now than the Warriors and Curry is the spearhead of their success. Curry leads the team in points, assists, and steals per game and has continued his torrid pace over the past week averaging 20ppg, 7apg, and throwing in almost 6rpg for good measure. What’s scary is that Curry’s 3pt shooting percentage is down a couple notches below his career average. It’s very possible he hasn’t even heated up yet.
- Whole Team – New York Knicks
- I’m not sure this is what Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher, Carmelo Anthony, and the Knickerbocker fan base had in mind. For the most part, Carmelo has been Carmelo, and we have an Amare Stoudemire sighting (you know it’s a contract year right?). Outside of those two players, there’s not another player on the roster with a PER above the league average. Jose Calderon has struggled to get going after early injuries, young players Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. have failed to make leaps, and J.R. Smith is…well…J.R. Smith. The seams are cracking right now, and you can expect a ‘mixed-signals-from-all-parties-fiasco’ down the stretch.
2: Ones to Watch
- Every year you see a team or two that goes on an extensive winning or losing streak, not unlike the Sixers winless streak to start the season. It seems this season, long streaks are occurring often. Currently, on the negative side the Knicks and Pistons are on losing streaks of 10 and 13 games respectively. On the flip side though, the upstart Hawks are at 8 in a row, the Clippers at 9, and the surging Warriors at a whopping 14 straight.
- Monday, December 15th
- December 15th might as well be a national holiday amongst NBA Front Office personnel. December 15th marks the first day players that were signed, traded, or had their contract options exercised during the offseason can be traded. On any given team, it’s not unusual to see half of the players unable to be traded until this date. Expect trade rumors and speculations to begin ramping up next week as teams have a better idea areas of need, and their outlook on the season.