NBA Weekly Grades for Week Ending January 25th

A weekly wrap up of who did what this week and how good or bad they did it.

Klay Thompson

Grade All Hail the King Klay

I was wrong about Klay Thompson. When the Golden State Warriors signed him to a max deal, I thought he was not the right Dubs guard to be getting that money, but after this season, including this weeks 52 points against the Kings, I’m making amends.

37 points for Klay came in the 3rd quarter, but really it was only in 8:20 of the third. Even if the Splash Brothers break up, the Dubs having Klay is the right step. And holy mackeral his shooting.

Brandon Jennings

Grade Oh My Gawd/UGH MY GAWD

Poor Brandon. In the same week where he had 24 points and 21 assists in under 35 minutes, joining a couple of guys named John Stockton and Magic Johnson and being the first 20 pt, 20 assist guy since Steve Nash did it in 2009, he also tore his ACL.

Jennings has the obvious star after the Piston jettisoned Josh Smith and he carried them with great confidance. The injury is a huge blow and puts the Pistons playoff chances on hold. With Greg Monroe being a free agent next year and the rest of the season probably seeing Detroit flail in the wind, this could lead to a big shake up.

But the worst part is not being able to see Jennings the rest of the season. After a rocky start that saw him being benched for DJ Augustin, Jennings got his head right and took over the team, being as integral as Monroe and Andre Drummond.

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New Orleans Pelicans

Grade Hanging Tough

The Pels won 4 out of 5 this week, defeating the Raptors, Lakers, Timberwolves and Mavericks. They also lost to the Knicks in what is the most Pelicans week of the season really. Anthony Davis sat out the Knicks and Raptors games with a sore toe, but came back to score above 20 points in the last three straight wins.

The Pelicans are 23-21 still three games behind Phoenix for the 8th spot and the Thunder are right behind them with 22 wins and rising quickly.

They need more weeks like this one, but even without Davis, they should have defeated the lowly Knicks. The inconsistancy will keep them out of the playoffs unless they make a big roster or coaching change or both.

LaMarcus Aldridge

Grade Two Thumbs Up

LMA tore a ligament in his non-shooting hand and was all set to sit out 6-8 weeks and get the surgery, until he wasn’t. A late announcement a couple of hours before a home game against the Washington Wizards saw LMA say he was going to wait to get the surgery till the offseason and play through the year.

And after a slow start for the Blazers, Aldridge finished with 26 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in a 103-96 win. This year is a contract win and everyone outside of the Blazers would be a little hesitant to want to go after Aldridge hard, with skipping the surgery, he is going all in on the Blazers right now. It’s a remarkable dedication to his squad and one the Blazers front office will keep in mind when they offer him a contract this summer.

Charlotte Hornets

Grade Bew bew bew, Sneaking Out the Back Door

Very quietly the Hornets have won 9 of their last 12 and last week won 4 out of 5, only losing a blowout loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.  They had two ugly wins, a 78-76 one over Miami and a 76-71 win over the Knicks. It even took them to overtime to get 80 points against the Pacers.

And late Sunday night the rumor was talks between the Nets and Hornets were starting to warm up again, but this time to get Joe Johnson in a teal uniform. The Hornets would dump Lance Stephenson, Gerald Henderson and Marvin Williams for Johnson. Joe has struggled this season, but the Hornets are thirsty for someone who can just shoot and it appear Michael Jordan is intrigued enough to wash away some of the recent acquisitions of Charlotte.

The Nets want out of their Big 3 contracts and cannot seem to get anyone to bite on Derron Williams. The Hornets and Nets are in close contention for the last playoff spot, but will that move benefit them both?

 

Boogie-nomics: Sacramento Kings vs Brooklyn Nets

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This was Boogie’s 6th game without a block. This is the second game in January without a block, the first one was the January 16th loss to the Miami Heat. Cousins isn’t know for being a great rim protector, but a 6’11” center should be swatting a lot more.

This is the Kings 5th straight loss and  7th loss of the last 10 games. They’re now 10 games under .500 and should pretty much call this season a wrap. Maybe the next big shift in culture for the Kings they could keep Boogie informed?

Jodie Meeks Ya’ll

Jodie Meeks started off the season injured and the Pistons were a garbage can. He returned to the team on December 12th and Josh Smith was waved just before Christmas. The Pistons went on a tear, winning seven in a row and 11-3 since after Smoove was dropped.

And although most of the credit is given to the starting core of Brandon Jennings, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, Jodie Meeks coming off the bench has been another bright spot on the burning hot Pistons.

Lucky Number 13

Meeks has scored 13 points 5 times and only one of those games resulted in a loss and that was still in the Josh Smith era. Since then, three games where Meeks did not score 13 resulted in a loss. Although it would be desirable for Meeks to rack up close to 20 points a night, knowing that he has an efficient sweet spot that Stan Van Gundy can count on gives Stan less worry.

15.3 PER

Yes, Meeks has only played in 19 games this season, but with 24.7 minutes per game, an efficiency rating of 15.3 is pretty great for a bench player. It’s his highest single season PER rating, but with plenty of time to swing wildly before the season is over.

The Rest of His Stats

Are not great. Career lows in rebounds and assists and only one steal a game average. But this is with a bench unit of Caron Butler, Anthony Tolliver and Jonas Jerebko. But being paired with D.J. Augustin, who operates more as a primary ball handler and plays less minutes than Meeks, he can be allowed to be a ball stopper.

His Heat Map

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Trip Metal Guide to the NBA Western Conference

Trip Metal is the nebulous growing force, littering the underground with implied confusion. But if you follow the TM on twitter one diversion tactic is the invention of new micro-genres. And what better way to understand every NBA team than a specific genre for them? Now we head west.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Canadian Lean

Get turnt on Wiggins.

Los Angeles Lakers

Hollywood Zepplin

Bloated, weird and old

Utah Jazz

Mormon Skronk

Quin Snyder is becoming as personable as Miles Davis these days.

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Sacramento Kings

Gay Boogie

The Future is Now.

Denver Nuggets

Psych Boredom

End The Brian Shaw Era Now

Oklahoma City Thunder

Post Frack

The atmosphere is killing Westbrook’s fashion sense.

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New Orleans Pelicans

Funeral Jass

More like Mardi Grass, amirite?

Phoenix Suns

Desert Stank

Like Meat Puppets II, but not

San Antonio Spurs

T Shirt Tucked into Jeans Core

Drown your kids in the Riverwalk

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Los Angeles Clippers

Post Early Skrewdriver

Where have you gone, Donald Sterling Donald Sterling?

Dallas Mavericks

Commercial Jingles for Shark Tank products

No, because it’s different for Mark Cuban. He doesn’t wear a tie.

Houston Rockets

Neu NASA

We have liftoff, brah.

Memphis Grizzlies

Goofy Hat Blooze

Like Parrotheads, but worse.

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Portland Trail Blazers

Riot Loppz

Robin Lopez In a Dress

Golden State Warriors

Splash Wave

Gett Wett

 

Boogie-nomics: Sacramento Kings vs Portland Trail Blazers

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Boogie finished with 22 points and 19 rebounds, but it took 17 shots to get there leading to his 41.2% on his seventh-worst shooting night of the season.

His sixth worst shooting night was 37.5%, also against the Trail Blazers. So file your future copy under “Boogie Don’t Blaze” for all you sportswriters out there.

This was the Kings fourth loss in a row and they’ve lost 6 of their last 9 to start off 2015.  They are now 9 games below .500.