Salute Magazine’s NBA Team of the week features some different names on the list. It’s time to reward players other than Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant for the ridiculous numbers that they continue to put up. Let’s see who made the NBA Team of the Week.
CHRIS PAUL- 20.0 PPG, 12.0 APG, 3.0 SPG, .508% FGP
Chris Paul is the floor general for the Clippers and he generally puts up good numbers consistently. In three of his four games last eek, CP3 put up three double-doubles including a 24 point-15 assist game against the Knicks. This dime he dished out was just one of them.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) March 12, 2016
Unfortunately for CP3, it was this play against Kevin Durant that caused more controversy.
Let’s hope that this was a one time incident for Chris Paul because it is unacceptable, the Clippers cannot afford to lose him if it happens again.
KEMBA WALKER- 27.8 PPG, 6.8 APG, 5.0 RPG, .538% FGP
Kemba Walker has evolved into a phenomenal player for the Charlotte Hornets. Walker was told he wasn’t big enough, didn’t shoot well enough or take care of the ball enough to be a successful guard in the NBA.
“Cardiac” Kemba is proving them all wrong, he just had two 30+ point games this past week and he only averaged two turnovers per game. The fact that Walker shot close to 54 percent shows the former UConn guard is on fire. After what he did in college, Walker sure loves the month of March and the Hornets are 7-0 so far this month.
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) March 13, 2016
If he keeps putting in performances like these, the Hornets are going to be a dangerous team in the Eastern Conference.
KHRIS MIDDLETON- 19.5 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 6.5 APG, 2.8 SPG, .463% FGP
Khris Middleton is a player who does not get nearly as much attention as his teammates like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Michael Carter-Williams. However, Middleton has become a consistent scorer in Milwaukee and this season as a pro has been his best.
The Bucks went 3-1 last week including a 103-92 win over the Pelicans. Middleton posted 19 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and three steals. One of the biggest reasons why Middleton has been successful is the addition of the step back jumper to his game.
The Khris Middleton step back is real pic.twitter.com/nLqQ5G82Cc
— A.K (@Kunguuu) March 13, 2016
Khris Middleton is going to be an important part of the Bucks going forward and maybe he’ll get more respect soon enough.
PAU GASOL- 16.7 PPG, 13.7 RPG, 8.7 APG, 3.0 BPG, .452% FGP
Pau Gasol has been forced to carry the load inside for the Bulls after Joakim Noah was lost for the season. The Spaniard is one of the more versatile players in the NBA, and the fact that he posted almost nine assists over the past week proves that. Gasol posted a triple-double last Monday against the Bucks and was one assist away from doing it again on Friday.
Pau, a lo Magic Johnson 😍https://t.co/Ij06xFZ42U
— KIA en Zona (@kiaenzona) March 8, 2016
Gasol should continue to be a force for the Bulls, and he’ll be vital for Chicago if they have any chance at dethroning the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference.
ANTHONY DAVIS- 31.3 PPG, 11.8 RPG, .512% FGP
Anthony Davis continues to be one of the best players in the league despite the rest of his team being mediocre.
Davis now has the ability to stretch the floor and attack the basket in a variety of ways. Davis didn’t block as many shots as he normally does but he is still a rim protector that makes an impact on the defensive end.
As seen in both of these videos, Davis is almost impossible to stop when he rolls to the rim.
— NBAIndia (@NBAIndia) March 12, 2016
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) March 13, 2016
It should only be a matter of time before the Pelicans can put a good team together and the more draft picks they compile the better off they’ll be.