Player of the Week:
Karl-Anthony Towns- I felt bad about leaving Towns off my latest Player Power Rankings, so I feel its only right to acknowledge him when he has a monster week. In his 3 games this week, he’s averaged 28.7 points, 15.3 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game. His success helped the Wolves as a team too, as they won all 3 of their games this week. This is only KAT’s second year in the NBA, so his already impressive numbers become more impressive when you consider that he’s only going to get better. According to FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection, his career will be similar to the likes of Anthony Davis and Kevin Garnett (https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/carmelo/karl-anthony-towns/). To make the transition to being a 1st tier superstar, Towns needs to become a more efficient scorer. He can either do this by becoming a better 3 point shooter, or refining his game inside the arc enough so that he doesn’t have to shoot a lot of threes.
Team of the Week:
Philadelphia 76ers- Yes, the Sixers. When the Wizards beat the Philadelphia two nights ago, they snapped the Sixers’ first 3 game winning streak in 3 years. With wins over the Nets, Knicks, and Hornets, the The Process might be showing its first signs of success. When Ben Simmons returns, we’ll be able to see what their future really looks like. The Sixers will definitely have a lottery pick this year, and maybe next year too, but their future will be determined by the decisions of their front office. We know that a quite a few of the prospects in the 2017 draft will end up being all-stars. We just don’t know who those prospects are yet, and that is what the Sixers’ management needs to figure out. If the Sixers land another player that has all-star level talent, they should have the pieces in place to become a contender. Also, I recommend bringing in a veteran who has playoff experience, in order to mentor the young guys and keep them on track throughout their careers.