2-1-2 Full Court Press: Western Rising

2: Hot

  • Klay Thompson, SG – Golden State Warriors
    • How could he not be listed first? Things are looking up for the young star. First, he gets paid. Like $70million paid. Second, he’s helped lead the Warriors to an early 4-0 record including a recent thumping they put on in-state rival LA Clippers earlier this week. On top of all that, Thompson has shot out of a cannon to start the season battling Kobe Bryant for the league’s scoring title.
  •  DeMarcus Cousins, C – Sacramento Kings
    • He’s here. The guy we’ve all been waiting on to realize his potential, capitalize on his talent, and dump the immaturity is finally here. Cousins has used his Team USA experience this summer to catapult not only himself, but the Kings onto the national scene. Cousins is averaging 24 PPG, over 10 Reb, and is 5th in the NBA in PER at a whopping 30.13 – a full four points higher than last season. This guy will be an All Star.

1: Cold

  • Lance Stephenson, SG – Charlotte Hornets
    • The Hornets gave Stephenson a hefty $27million this offseason to help propel them into contention in the Eastern Conference. ‘Born Ready’ has yet to really get going. He leads the team in both rebounds (10 per game) and assists (5.5 a game), but he’s averaging putrid 6.6 PPG on a horrific 27% shooting. Stephenson is a career 46% shooter, so he’ll come around, but he’s sitting a lot of 4th quarters right now in light of it.

2: One to Watch

  • Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets
    • A battle of unbeatens goes down Saturday night in Houston. The Rockets have mostly beat up on weaker competition, but nobody can deny how well James Harden is playing and how important Trevor Ariza’s defense has been. The Dubs come in having only played 4 games thus far, but Thompson and running mate Stephen Curry are on fire. These teams still have flaws, but will be there when it’s all said and done in the Western Conference. 
  • Kyrie Irving, PG – Cleveland Cavaliers
    • I’m a big believer in Kyrie Irving. I’m not sure if there are five point guards out there I’d rather have. As Jalen Rose always says though, you are your skill set. Did you Kyrie has only averaged more than six assists a game once in his career? The first two scoring point guards that come to mind: Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose, have done that each at least four times. Kyrie isn’t going to be a guy that’s going to average 10 assists a game. The Cavs are going to get him to try though.

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