I know I’ve been quite the stranger around these parts in the past several weeks.
That doesn’t mean I haven’t been following the Pistons or the NBA. Quite the contrary in fact.
Tyreke Evans- Already a top 20 player in the league, looks like he’s not even trying–and he’s putting up 20, 5 & 5 every night. Kings got something interesting brewing there with Evans, Martin, Omri Casspi (quality rookie), Donte Green, Jason Thompson and maybe even Spencer Hawes.
Brandon Jennings- Has tailed off in recent weeks but is obviously way ahead of the curve in terms of what everybody was expecting from him after his struggle overseas. When healthy, the Bucks aren’t half bad, and virtually no one believed that would be the case this season. Jennings’ killer instinct and superb quickness matched with his scoring ability have a lot to do with it.
Wesley Matthews- Undrafted out of Marquette and has made 19 starts for the 16-11 Jazz. To be clear, Wesley is just not one of those starters who plays the first 8 minutes of each half and is never heard from again, no, Wesley’s playing over 25 minutes per game right now and has scored in double figures 6 times in December already. Watching him in college I remember him being very strong and smart, not necessarily flashy or really good at one certain thing, but decent at just about everything.
Jonas Jerebko- Can’t say how surprised I am with him. I figured he was a few years away from being able to bring anything to the table, but it’s been the exact opposite. He plays hard, smart, and with sound fundamentals. Plus he has a developing 3 point shot that he’s displayed here and there. He’s already a crowd favorite and as he progresses Jonas might even turn out to be one of the better foreign players in the league one day.
James Harden- Baller. Witty, a team player, and can be flashy and sensational when need be.
Smooth stroke with a sneaky fist step. Stat Stuffer! Mark my word, the Thunder will own the NBA in a few years.
Chase Budinger- A straight up basketball player. Quick hops, great shooting skills and is under the tutelage of Rick Adelman. There are probably three or four rookies that have been more productive than Budinger (Gibson, Flynn, Curry) but everybody, including myself, knew they would adjust to the pro game pretty quickly . I wasn’t as sure about Chase just because he had sort of a lackluster year at Arizona last season and maybe wasn’t physically as ready for the pros.