Anthony Davis is one of the best players in the NBA. He proved that again by being named the Player of the Week for the Western Conference, as reported by USA Today. The honor should add more fuel to the fire that he is going to be traded to a better situation before the season is over.
The New Orleans Pelicans started off the season with a horrible eight-game losing streak. That was more than enough to make people wonder if Anthony Davis was going to ask management for a trade so that he could go somewhere to compete for an NBA Championship. Very few people believe that the Pelicans are going to be able to build a team capable of helping Davis do that during his prime years.
Through sheer will and determination, Anthony Davis has helped to resurrect the ship for the New Orleans Pelicans. The team is now sitting on a 4-10 record. While that does not assure that their season has been saved, the Pelicans at least have some hope that their team will be competitive this season.
With a solid week, Anthony Davis is now the leading scorer in the NBA, averaging 31.7 points a game.
Unfortunately for the New Orleans Pelicans, their good week has been a bit overshadowed because the majority of the Southwest Division has been on a winning streak as well.
The San Antonio Spurs have won six games in a row, which does not surprise NBA fans. The team is now sitting on an 11-3 record at the top of the division. Head coach Gregg Popovich has managed to keep things running smoothly with the loss of Tim Duncan to retirement.
Thanks to a five-game winning streak, the Memphis Grizzlies are now sitting in second place in the division. Many were under the belief that the franchise was going to be in a reloading or rebuilding period. However, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol refuse to let that happen. If Chandler Parsons can figure out how to be healthy for much of the season, then he might be able to help them get to the NBA Playoffs.
The Houston Rockets have won three games in a row, which puts them as the third team in the Southwest Division. James Harden has taken his game to another level under the quick strike system implemented by new head coach Mike D’Antoni.
Fortunately for the New Orleans Pelicans, they might be able to avoid being last place in the Southwest Division because of the Dallas Mavericks. Despite free agent pickup Harrison Barnes showing that he can be a star player, the team has been struggling badly to pick up victories. Much of that is due to the fact that franchise player Dirk Nowitzki has missed several games thus far this season due to various ailments.
For the Eastern Conference, the Player of the Week was Jimmy Butler. The Chicago Bulls shooting guard is proving that he can be the lead star on a team despite the addition of strong minded perimeter players in Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade. To his credit, Wade has willingly and successfully embraced a secondary role behind Butler. Rondo has struggled a bit thus far, but he is allowing Butler to be the star as well.
Among the other candidates for Player of the Week were Kristaps Porzingis. The second-year power forward for the New York Knicks is continuing to show that he will become a big star in the NBA someday. The Knicks are hoping that day comes soon.
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