Report on first 1/3 of NBA season

Welcome back NBA fans! It is time for the player report card for the first third point of the season using my proprietary grading system. The following list is the ranking of the top 25 players for the first third of the season.

 

  1. Russell Westbrook – +23.07
  2. Rajon Rondo – +22.32
  3. Ricky Rubio – +19.57
  4. Chris Paul – +19.29
  5. Draymond Green – +18.96
  6. Stephen Curry – +18.82
  7. LeBron James – +18.12
  8. John Wall – +17.96
  9. Kevin Durant – +17.83
  10. James Harden – +17.20
  11. Kawhi Leonard – +16.61
  12. Blake Griffin – +16.21
  13. Paul Millsap – +15.68
  14. Anthony Davis – +15.52
  15. Pau Gasol – +15.28
  16. Kyle Lowry – +14.83
  17. Andre Drummond – +14.43
  18. Greg Monroe- +14.21
  19. Isaih Thomas – +14.07
  20. Erik Bledsoe – +13.90
  21. Jimmy Butler – +13.62
  22. DeAndre Jordan – +13.55
  23. Marc Gasol- +13.42
  24. Jarret Jack – +12.93
  25. Mike Conley – +12.87

 

There are some new additions to this list from the end of the 2015 season ranking I listed in my previous blog. The two most interesting names on my list are Draymond Green and Ricky Rubio. Ricky Rubio was hurt most of last year so he didn’t meet the requirements of having to play in 60 out of the 82 games during the regular season to qualify for the top 25 player list. This year he is off to a great start playing for another lousy Timberwolves team. Hopefully he can stay healthy for the full season, something he has not been able to do since joining the league. On the other hand Draymond Green has elevated his game to such a level that he is playing in another zone right now. He recorded two triple doubles in a row in his last two games leading the Warriors to victories while Stephen Curry was out the first game and played limited minutes in the second game due to injuries. If Draymond can keep playing at this level and if the Warriors stay healthy the Warriors will repeat as champions. Both Draymond Green and Ricky Rubio have posted +45.00 games this season, the highest single game grades for any player in the league so far this year. Greg Monroe is another player that made the list for the first third of the season. He is proving to be a quality big man for the Milwaukee Bucks.

 

At the third point of the season it is becoming clear that the following teams are the only real contenders for the NBA title this year: Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks. As I stated in the previous paragraph, Golden State will repeat as champions if Draymond Green keeps playing at the level he has been playing at and if the Warriors can keep Stephen Curry healthy and don’t get hit with injuries to their key players. If this doesn’t happen I see the San Antonio Spurs against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals with San Antonio winning in seven games. As much as I like and respect LeBron James I have to pick the San Antonio Spurs to win the title because of their coach. Greg Popovich is the best coach in the NBA and he will be the difference in the finals. The darkhorse contender that could rise up and surprise everybody and win the title is the Atlanta Hawks. They have a very good coach and play well as a team and unlike most NBA teams they actually run plays instead of being stuck in the pick and roll offense that has infected the NBA over the past 15-20 years.

 

My next player report card will be posted at the two thirds point of the season which will coincide with the NBA All Star Game break period. Until the next blog post you can follow me on Twitter at @NBAMaven1. I appreciate any and all feedaback!

 

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