Voting is open for the 66th annual NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans, and there are plenty of NBA Cats worthy of your consideration. For more information on how you can vote for the former Kentucky stars, check out No. 5 in the latest edition of the Starting Five.
It was another strong week for the NBA Cats. Coach Cal’s former players averaged 13.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Four different players averaged double-doubles last week.
The players with the best week, best play and best game are listed below. Check it out.
Player of the Week
Sometimes it’s really difficult to pick through the number of talented NBA Cats and choose just one for the Player of the Week. Other times, like last week, it’s not very difficult at all.
Anthony Davis (Kentucky, 2012) was downright dominant in three games last week, averaging 32.0 points, 17.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 blocks per game.
Davis opened the week with 20 points and 19 rebounds against the Hawks, followed by 36 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks versus the Celtics. The former No. 1 overall pick scored 40 points, grabbed 18 boards and blocked three shots in just 29 minutes against the Knicks.
Highlight of the Week
While the Player of the Week was easy, the Highlight of the Week was not, because John Wall (Kentucky, 2010) and Karl-Anthony Towns (Kentucky, 2015) were highlight machines.
On Jan. 6, Wall and the Washington Wizards took on Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Wall had 18 points and 18 assists in the game, including this absurd no-look pass. Below this highlight you’ll see an effortless windmill dunk by the 7-foot Towns.
One day later, Towns through down this vicious one-handed putback dunk against the Utah Jazz. Towns had 18 points and 15 rebounds in that game. Towns averaged 23.3 points and 12.0 rebounds for the week.
And how about a game-winning jumper? On Tuesday, the Wizards were tied with the Bulls with seconds ticking away, Wall got a screen from Marcin Gortat and buried a jumper over Robin Lopez with 5.0 seconds remaining. Wall had 26 points and 14 assists in that game. He averaged 20.0 points and 13.0 assists for the week.
Performance of the Week
The Performance of the Week goes to Anthony Davis, who scored 40 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked three shots in just 29 minutes against the New York Knicks on Monday. Davis hit 14-of-22 shots from the field before having to leave the game with a hip-pointer from falling into the stands on a hard foul by the Knicks’ Kyle O’Quinn, who was ejected from the game for the foul. The Pelicans still won, 110-96.
It was the fifth straight game for Davis with 20-plus points and 15-plus rebounds, making him one of just four players to have done that in the past 30 years, according to ESPN. Davis scored 14 points in the first quarter alone, marking the 14th time this season he’s reached double figures in scoring in the first quarter. It was the first 40-point game by a Knicks opponent at Madison Square Garden this season.
By the Numbers
|Eric Bledsoe (Suns)||2.0||2.0||34.5||28.5||1.0||7.5||1.5||0.5|
|Devin Booker (Suns)||2.0||2.0||40.5||25.0||3.5||2.0||1.0||0.5|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (Kings)||1.0||0.0||7.0||2.0||3.0||1.0||1.0||0.0|
|DeMarcus Cousins (Kings)||4.0||4.0||31.8||19.8||10.0||5.5||2.0||1.3|
|Anthony Davis (Pelicans)||3.0||3.0||34.7||32.0||17.3||2.3||0.7||1.7|
|Tyreke Evans (Pelicans)||3.0||1.0||18.0||7.7||2.3||4.3||0.3||0.3|
|Andrew Harrison (Grizzlies)||3.0||0.0||11.0||4.0||2.0||2.7||0.0||0.0|
|Terrence Jones (Pelicans)||3.0||0.0||20.0||9.0||5.0||0.3||0.7||1.7|
|Enes Kanter (Thunder)||4.0||0.0||22.8||17.8||9.5||1.3||0.3||0.5|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Hornets)||4.0||4.0||30.8||8.5||9.8||1.5||0.5||0.5|
|Brandon Knight (Suns)||2.0||0.0||20.0||10.0||1.5||1.5||1.0||0.0|
|DeAndre Liggins (Cavaliers)||4.0||4.0||21.3||5.0||2.3||1.0||2.3||0.8|
|Trey Lyles (Jazz)||4.0||0.0||15.3||11.3||3.0||0.8||0.3||0.3|
|Jamal Murray (Nuggets)||2.0||0.0||18.5||6.0||1.5||0.5||0.0||0.5|
|Nerlens Noel (76ers)||2.0||0.0||24.5||10.5||6.0||1.0||2.5||1.5|
|Patrick Patterson (Raptors)||2.0||1.0||21.5||4.0||4.5||1.5||0.0||0.5|
|Julius Randle (Lakers)||4.0||4.0||30.5||14.3||8.5||4.0||0.8||0.5|
|Derrick Rose (Knicks)||3.0||3.0||30.3||13.7||2.3||5.0||1.0||0.0|
|Karl-Anthony Towns (Timberwolves)||3.0||3.0||38.7||23.3||12.0||3.3||0.7||1.3|
|Tyler Ulis (Suns)||DNP|
|John Wall (Wizards)||3.0||3.0||39.0||20.0||3.7||13.0||1.3||0.3|
|James Young (Celtics)||DNP – Injured|
Note: James Young (Kentucky, 2014) did not play this week with an injured ankle.
Other Cats in the NBA
|Jodie Meeks (Magic)||3.0||1.0||18.7||3.7||1.3||1.0||0.7||0.3|
|Rajon Rondo (Bulls)||1.0||0.0||27.0||12.0||4.0||6.0||3.0||0.0|
Upcoming Games on National TV
Wednesday (Jan. 11): Grizzlies (An. Harrison) at Thunder (Kanter), 8:00 p.m. on ESPN
Wednesday (Jan. 11): Cavaliers (Liggins) at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. on ESPN
Thursday (Jan. 12): Pacers at Nuggets (Murray), 3:00 p.m. on NBATV
Thursday (Jan. 12): Bulls (Rondo) at Knicks (Rose), 8:00 p.m. on TNT
Friday (Jan. 13): Celtics (Young) at Hawks, 8:00 p.m. on ESPN
Friday (Jan. 13): Pistons at Jazz (Lyles), 10:30 p.m. on ESPN
Sunday (Jan. 15): Bulls (Rondo) at Grizzlies (An. Harrison), 9:00 p.m. on ESPN
Monday (Jan. 16): Hawks at Knicks (Rose), 1:00 p.m. on NBATV
Monday (Jan. 16): Magic (Meeks) at Nuggets (Murray), 5:00 p.m. on NBATV
Monday (Jan. 16): Cavaliers (Liggins) at Warriors, 8:00 p.m. on TNT
Monday (Jan. 16): Thunder (Kanter) at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. on TNT
Tuesday (Jan. 17): Nuggets (Murray) at Lakers (Randle), 10:30 p.m. on NBATV
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