1. Lou Williams and Trevor Ariza Are Overachieving
Williams scored a season-high 30 points last Friday against the Grizzles. On the season, he is averaging 16.7 points, 5.1 assists, and 3.5 rebounds. More importantly, he is shooting 48 percent from the field.
Ariza has scored at least 15 points in every game but one this season. On the season he is averaging 18.3 points per game, but needs to increase his field goal percentage if he wants to reach elite status. Ariza also has at least one steal in every game but one.
2. Drew Gooden Is a Must Start
Gooden has started the past four games with Erick Dampier out and has 14.8 points, 13 rebounds, and 1.3 blocked shots per game. He is shooting 50 percent from the field and 81 percent from the line in 36 minutes.
3. Peja Stojakovic Has Become Important Again
Peja has scored at least 25 points in two of his past five games. He made a season-high seven three-pointers and pulled down 13 rebounds vs. the Suns last week. He has made 20 three-pointers over his past five games.
4. Has Elton Brand Turned His Play Around?
Brand has played much better over his past three games, averaging 20 points, 10 rebounds, 3.3 blocked shots, and 2.6 steals.
5. Chris Douglas-Roberts Is a Scoring Machine
CDR scored a career-high 31 points last week vs. the Bucks. On the season, he is averaging 18 points and shooting 88 percent from the foul line. Over his past three games, he has attempted 64 shots and it looks like his scoring will continue with Devin Harris back.
Magic and Hawks lead the East with 11 wins each, Suns lead the West with 11 wins, Nets are still win-less, and Melo leads the league in scoring (30.5).