PER ALL-NBA TEAMS WEEK 4 EDITION
The first one was done on the 12th of November (remember remember) but I’ve been busy. This doesn’t pay me beans. Suck it, y’all.
But let’s reevaluate how the season has progressed. Your week two All-NBA teams (according to Hollinger’s PER stat, which I’m not saying is perfect, but just by that) were:
1st Team: Anthony Davis, NOP (F), Kevin Love, MIN (F), DeMarcus Cousins, SAC (C), Chris Paul, LAC (G), Eric Bledsoe, PHX (G)
2nd Team: Kevin Durant, OKC (F), Markieff Morris, PHX (F), Brook Lopez, BRO (C), Isaiah Thomas, G (SAC), Stephen Curry, GSW (SAC)
3rd Team: LeBron James, MIA (F), Paul George, IND (F), Al Horford, ATL (C), Brandon Jennings, DET (G), Mike Conley, MEM (G)
So here are the updated teams as we move on up. To the east side.
This time we’re going with a minimum of 75% of team games played, and qualifying players must average 25 minutes per game. Otherwise Jordan Hill is the second-team center. He’s been fun, but come on. No. The games played minimum eliminates Brook Lopez and Eric Bledsoe.
(Numbers in parentheses represent number of running PER All-NBA teams made, either 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. Any of them.)
F: LeBron James, Miami Heat (2)
F: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans (2)
C: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings (2)
G: Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers (2)
G: Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors (2)
Like it or not, LeBron is still the best player in the game. Here’s the thing: he’s 28. LeBron James is just entering what should be his prime. A friend and myself were discussing the best PG in the East, and I was saying right now it’s probably Jeff Teague, and then we were talking, and we decided that if you eliminated the PG by a guy’s name on a lineup card, the best PG in the East is LeBron James. He’s also the best PF, best SF, and would be the best SG. Fuck it, is Brook Lopez “handling” him down low? Is Horford? LeBron’s the best center in the East.
Davis continues to blow the doors off in his sophomore campaign. He’s a fantasy basketball and on-court monster. This man is going to have an “era” named after him at power forward.
Cousins is clearly the best center in the league right now. Chris Paul is clearly the best guard in the league and maybe really the second-best player, but that’s only because even I’m still reluctant to put that on Anthony Davis (ANTHONY DAVIS YOU GUYS!). Steph Curry missed a couple games but makes it in through the qualification.
All-NBA Second Team
F: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder (2)
F: Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves (2)
C: Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks (2)
G: Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies (2)
G: Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento Kings (2)
We have a player as good as Kevin Durant in this league and for some years coming, he may fall behind in the mix with LeBron, Paul George, and ANTHONY MOTHER FUCKING DAVIS! If you ask me I’ll take any of those guys over Kevin Love, no disrespect, I love Love, I love to love Love. Outlet passes may keep him higher in the mix.
Horford is a modern “great” center. Whatever, dude.
Conley has been the anchor of the Memphis team and its best player. Zach Randolph seems to be getting a lot of the attention, but he’s closer to David Lee and Nene than the elite forwards.
Isaiah Thomas is still a bench player, but he’s now the clear best in the league, topping the PER All-NBA departed Markieff Morris. Thomas is the Kevin McHale of backup shooting guards right now. That was the dumbest sentence I ever did write.
All-NBA Third Team
F: Paul George, Indiana Pacers (2)
F: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks (1)
C: Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons (1)
G: Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets (1)
G: Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs (1)
Paul George is getting lots of MVP talk. Again, I’m a Pacers fan. I can’t tell you how much I love Paul George. He’s my mainest man. He could fuck my wife, if I still had a wife. But I think he’s more in the mix of “well this guy!” for sports talk shows than any reality. Of course MVP awards don’t always go to reality. That’s why Steve Nash won two.
The rest of the third team weren’t here two weeks ago. Dirk continues to be Dirk, while Ty Lawson has upped his game and taken over as Denver’s leader, and Tony Parker is the clear focal point of a still-great Spurs unit.
The one notable here is Andre Drummond. If you’re not watching any Pistons games, I can’t blame you, but while Drummond’s numbers (12.1 PPG, 11.9 RPG, 1.8 SPG, 1.3 BPG) aren’t eye-popping, but the upside here is tremendous. He’s a great athlete, he’s got size (6’11”, 279 listed), and he seems to get better by the week. I’m not saying the Pistons should revolve around him right now. That would be putting too much on a 20-year-old second-year pro. Let Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings throw the ball all over like Michael Scott this year. But in the next two, three years, this team better be built directly around Andre Drummond if he continues to develop his post game.
Last time I did an All-Rookie team, but that gets real goofy. In reality, the All-Rookie team right now should be Michael Carter-Williams, Nate Wolters, Victor Oladipo, Ben McLemore, and either Kentavious Caldwell-Pope or Kelly Olynyk. The minutes skew a lot of stuff; those guys are actually playing important (20+ MPG) chunks of games.
The actual All-Rookie PER top five right now is MCW, Mason Plumlee, Vitor Faverani (who has gone to hell), Steven Adams, and the fairly hilarious Tim Hardaway Jr.