With only two games on the schedule last night, our options for LOTN were relatively small. I still was able to pull out a few gems, however. With no further adieu...
We have our first nominee for the 2010-11 "Guys who suddenly double their career averages in stats because they're playing with Steve Nash" award in Hakeem Warrick, who notched 18 points and 11 rebounds in only 26 minutes off the Phoenix pine. He also added an assist and a steal, not to mention a plus-12 rating during Thursday's win, 100-96, win over the Jazz.
The 0-2 start (featuring two blowouts) should have Jazz fans a little nervous, but one thing that they can sleep soundly about is Paul Millsap. "The Paperboy" impressed in a losing effort last night with a 19-point, 13-rebound performance (1 AST, 1 STL, 2 BLK), but the Jazz still got smacked around by the Suns in Salt Lake City.
If the Jazz continue to sputter, what do you think their first move is?
Kirilenko seems like an obvious candidate to be shipped out (big expiring contract, still has some value) but he's actually a big part of what they do on defense and I feel like the Jazz might want to keep that cap room this summer for themselves. And of course, there's always a good chance the Jazz are 9-2 in three weeks and this entire paragraph will have been a waste of time.
Howard only had to play 30 minutes, but tallied 23 points and 10 rips for his first double double of the season, throwing in a dime, a steal and three swats to help pad his defensive player of the year stats as well.
I mentioned yesterday that I'll be keeping a close eye on the subplot of Noah vs. Howard (in a battle for Defensive POY) all season long. After one game, I'll call it a wash.
Cartier Martin (WHO???) took full advantage of some grade-A mop-up time in the Wizards blowout loss to the Magic, leading the Wizards in scoring with his 17-point effort.
Yes, it's true—Cartier Martin is tied for 49th in NBA scoring as of Friday morning. The D-League works, dammit!
As always, if you disagree/agree with any of the picks, would like to nominate another player, or just want to touch on something else that was in the article... please do!
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