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Week 1: Who Looks the Part

PPG
1Ja Morant • MEM35.2
2Luka Dončić • DAL33.5
3Stephen Curry • GSW33.3
Donovan Mitchell • CLE33.3
5Damian Lillard • POR33.2
6Giannis Antetokounmpo • MIL32.5
Jayson Tatum • BOS32.5
8Devin Booker • PHO32
Kevin Durant • BRK32
10De’Aaron Fox • SAC31.7
11LeBron James • LAL27.3
Kyrie Irving • BRK27.3
13DeMar DeRozan • CHI26.8
Joel Embiid • PHI26.8
James Harden • PHI26.8
16Pascal Siakam • TOR26.5
17Trae Young • ATL25.3
18Christian Wood • DAL25
19Anthony Davis • LAL24.7
20Jaylen Brown • BOS24
Jalen Green • HOU24
Tyrese Haliburton • IND24
RPG
1Rudy Gobert • MIN15.2
2Jonas Valančiūnas • NOP13
Nikola Vučević • CHI13
4Giannis Antetokounmpo • MIL12.5
5Jusuf Nurkić • POR12.2
6Joel Embiid • PHI11.2
7Precious Achiuwa • TOR11
LeBron James • LAL11
Ivica Zubac • LAC11
10Jakob Poeltl • SAS10.8
APG
1Trae Young • ATL11.7
2Chris Paul • PHO10.7
3Tyrese Haliburton • IND9.8
James Harden • PHI9.8
5Nikola Jokić • DEN9.5
6Jrue Holiday • MIL9
7Mike Conley • UTA8.5
8Dejounte Murray • ATL8.3
9Fred VanVleet • TOR8.2
10Luka Dončić • DAL8
PER
1Giannis Antetokounmpo39.3
2Christian Wood36.6
3Ja Morant35.2
4Luka Dončić35.1
5Jayson Tatum31.2
6James Harden29.8
7Nick Richards29.6
8Jonas Valančiūnas29.2
9Damian Lillard29.1
10Tyrese Haliburton28.9
11Donovan Mitchell28
12Kevin Durant27.5
13Nikola Jokić27.4
14Stephen Curry27
15De’Aaron Fox26.8
16Brandon Ingram26.8
17DeMar DeRozan26.6
18Devin Booker25.4
19Shai Gilgeous-Alexander24.3
20Joel Embiid23.8
21Nic Claxton23.7
22Andrew Wiggins23.3
23LeBron James23.2
24Jimmy Butler23
25Nikola Vučević22.9
26Anthony Davis22.8
27Jakob Poeltl22.8
28Pascal Siakam22.6
29Julius Randle22.5
30Marcus Morris22.2
31Rudy Gobert22.1
32Dennis Smith Jr.22.1
33Jalen Smith21.8
34CJ McCollum21.5
35Jeremiah Robinson-Earl21.5
36Terry Rozier21.5
37Fred VanVleet21.1
38Kyrie Irving21
39Bennedict Mathurin20.6
40Tyler Herro20.3
41Mitchell Robinson20.3
42Paul George20.1
43John Collins19.9
44Monte Morris19.7
45Paolo Banchero19.5
46Kevin Love19.5
47Zion Williamson19.5
48Dejounte Murray19.3
49Collin Sexton19.3
50Lauri Markkanen19.2

Our Christian Wood sixth man of the year pick is looking pretty strong a couple of games in. I’ve always been a believer in his ability, and if he only plays 24 minutes a game all year I believe that’s a waste of his talent. The Joel Embid pick for MVP is off to a slower start. He is/was dealing with unreported plantar fasciitis all summer and couldn’t do much work. He will likely be playing himself into shape in the first few weeks of the season which could hurt the MVP case we believed he would make. The Tyrese Haliburton most improved pick is very much on track as well although Nick Richards might have something to say about that one if he keeps this up. That’s one I don’t think anyone could have seen him having a first week like he has. Richards was ok last year in the NBA and nearly as productive in the Gleague. It wouldn’t shock me if he has a nice season similar to what Wood was doing at the same age when he first started to get his chances. Jayson Tatum has looked great over his first four game, but I don’t believe this is sustainable personally. It’s mostly driven by unsustainable .687 true shooting. I expect some step forward and improvement but nothing like at the kind of scoring and PER level he is currently at. It’s still very early and I don’t think you can read much of anything into the teams or players yet. Utah has looked very good, and I thought they might be better than expected as well. They are going to have to move some players like Conley and Clarkson if they really want to get in the Wembanyama sweepstakes.

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