Player of the Week:
Giannis Antetokoumpo- The Greek Freak continues to make his case for an all-star appearance. He’s averaging 24 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 steals per game, while leading the Bucks in all of those 5 stat categories. He is on his way to becoming the most likeable young star in the league, and you can expect him to be a top 10 player for a long time. But right now, he needs to make the Bucks a top team to be considered among the elite in the NBA. He just needs a little more points and assists per game to reach a LeBron-like level of , which is something we have never seen since MJ. To sum this all up, Giannis is the future of the NBA, and we should remember his vast potential when evaluating him and others around the league.
Team of the Week:
Houston Rockets- The Rockets 3-0 this week, and undefeated in their past 7 games. James Harden has made the jump to being a top 5 player this year, and has seemingly learned how to lead his team to wins on a regular basis. I have been hesitant to project the Rockets going deep in the playoffs so far, but now I could see them advancing to maybe even the finals. The Warriors have shown weaknesses, and the Spurs were easily knocked out by the Thunder last year, so it wouldn’t be that far fetched to have James Harden going off and the Rockets making a run. But, the Rockets need to develop young prospects in order to give Harden help, and to stay in contention for a long time. I’m not saying they should start The Process, but they should trade some role players that they have for draft picks, and then of course, draft wisely. In conclusion, if I made power rankings for teams, the Rockets would have the green arrow pointing upwards next to their name.