Happy late Thanksgiving! Got a few videos in here but a bit less write-up since I've been with the family the last couple days. As always, if you've got any questions throw 'em in the comments below!
1. Markieff Morris (Phoenix Suns) (LW: 7):
Markieff had a decent week as the Suns went 3-1, the model of consistency, Morris went for 11, 12, 12, and 19 on the week on about 12 shots per game. This is decent production when you also consider that he contributes 2+ assists per game and rebounds well. He also does fun stuff sometimes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRcR4xrR-zE#t=6
2. Marcus Morris (Phoenix Suns) (Last Week: 1):
Substitute Markieff's write-up here. The twins played nearly identically this week... perhaps it's the natural progression from having all the same tattoos to having nearly the same statlines? Scored 8, 16, 13, and 15 in the Suns' four games on slightly fewer shots than his brother.
3. Ben McLemore (Sacramento Kings) (LW: 3):
A sorta mediocre week for Ben as he struggled a bit with consistency as the kings only played a couple games this week, losing to both LA teams, but he stays at 3 in my rankings entirely because of this one big flash:
4. Darrell Arthur (Denver Nuggets) (LW: 6):
More of the same from Darrell, he's playing reasonably well for the Nuggets in between 16 and 26 minutes per game and typically gives them 5-10 points and a few rebounds. The Nuggets went 4-0 on the week and look to be getting themselves back together.
5. Thomas Robinson (Portland Trailblazers) (LW: 8):
TRob got typical bench run in the Blazers' first three games of the week (all wins) and did little of note with that time. However, in their loss to the Suns Thomas contributed 10 points, 4 rebounds, and a steal in 15 minutes on 5-8 shooting. He seems to play better against the Suns, and I think it's related to the fact that he knows the Morris twins and how they play/ how to neutralize them, which may bode well for the future if familiarity builds confidence against other Western Conference frontcourts.
6. Paul Pierce (Brooklyn Nets) (LW: 5):
Brooklyn is a mess, they went 1-3 on the week, and Paul didn't do much to change their course. In their lone win at Toronto he went for 16 on 8 shots, but that was his only efficient game for the week. I wonder how much longer the Nets will stick with the Jason Kidd experiment...
7. Xavier Henry (LA Lakers) (LW: 11):
Xavier had a relatively ho-hum week, but is clearly getting closer to his early-season form as well. In Sunday's win against the Kings he scored 21 points in 20 minutes on just 11 shots, while going 2-4 from three and 5-6 from the line. The remainder of the week he played minutes in the teens, and wasn't the focal point that he was Sunday, but the Lakers went 3-1 on the week and he's clearly trending up.
8. Tyshawn Taylor (Brooklyn Nets) (LW: 10):
Tyshawn was given about 70 minutes of playing time in the Nets' 4 games this week, which is the most run-out he's received all season. He went 11-24 from the field and 7-10 from the line in those games while playing very aggressively as a scorer for the most part... That can be seen from his 7 total assists on the week, but with only 6 TOs in all that time, it looks as if more time may be on the horizon for Tyshawn, as much as an injection of new blood into an OLD lineup as anything else. Oh, and here's a cool thing Ty did this week: http://www.nba.com/video/games/raptors/2013/11/26/0021300211-bkn-tor-play3.nba/
9. Kirk Hinrich (Chicago Bulls) (LW: 4):
After Derrick Rose went down again Kirk got some more minutes and did typically Kirkian things with them. There's little to say here other than that the Bulls season is a loss yet again. How disappointing.
10. Nick Collison (OKC Thunder) (LW: 9):
What a boring week for Nick... Three games, three wins, 36 minutes, 4 points, and a billion other statistical contributions. There is no flash in his NBA game, but you knew that by now, and while I'd like to put him higher in the rankings, I just can't with no scoring output there.
11. Mario Chalmers (Miami Heat) (LW: 2):
Mario has been playing through a bit of a groin injury this week, only taking part in two games this week, and playing at a level less than we've come to expect of him, however the Heat just keep on winning.
12. Jeff Withey (New Orleans Pelicans) (LW: 12):
Jeff only got into a single game this week, hitting his only shot, and tallying one assist and a steal in three and a half minutes. Withey has seemed to produce whenever he's been given court time, but it may take a suspension or injury to see his minutes increase.
13. Cole Aldrich (New York Knicks) (LW: 13):
Did Not Play-- Coach's Decision (This doesn't make sense to me... the Knicks are rudderless without Tyson Chandler, and have no other centers, yet continue to play smallish-ball even though it hasn't worked one bit. Then again, I'm no NBA coach, so what do I know?)
14. Brandon Rush (Utah Jazz) (LW: 14):
Did Not Play-- Coach's Decision.