SECAUCUS, NJ, Jan. 9, 2008 -- Whutup kids? It's everyone's favorite super sub, covering for McMenamin while he's out on assignment in the tropics. I spent yesterday reading basketball news, and he was scuba diving for sea turtles. Clearly, someone doesn't know how to have a good time -- who needs sea turtles when you've got talented rooks like Mike Conley? Gosh.
Conley's been playing well (8.5 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.8 APG) in four games for the Grizzlies since returning from a shoulder injury that shelved him nearly two months, but the guys getting burn for the full schedule to date are the ones who hold court in the top 10 this week.
No movement at the top, considering Kevin Durant did his and no one from No. 2-6 distinguished themselves. But there's a changeup down low, so check the new info, and feel free to slam Dave with e-mails so he's got stuff to do when he gets back.
Actually, that's cruel and unusual punishment, and he'll probably just make me actually answer them as payback. So do how you do anyway.
Last Week: 1 | Drafted: 2
After Dave came to his senses and put KD back atop this list, Durant decided to show and prove anyway, dropping 20-plus in two of three games, including 28 in a game against the Suns that was much closer than expected. Check this coming Monday's game against the Lake Show to see if KD can improve on a solid first showing (25 points on 10-19 shooting, three assists, three rebounds) against KB24.
Last Week: 2 | Drafted: 3
Horford failed to reach double-digits in points in all three games last week, but continues rebounding well, snagging no fewer than seven boards and maintaining his three-rebound lead over the rest of this freshman class.
Last Week: 3 | Drafted: 6
Yi's struggled to find his shot in the first week of the (American) New Year, shooting just .303 (10-33) from the field, reaching double figures only once in four games. But he's put up solid rebounding (6.8 per) and defensive stats (six steals, four blocks), and the Bucks managed to win three despite the absence of Michael Redd.
Last Week: 4 | Drafted: 17
Playing consistent minutes (20-plus in each of the last three), Williams continues to contribute during Jersey's recent climb to .500. He's put up double figures in two straight, and after shooting 13-24 in four games, Williams continues to lead the rooks in field goal percentage.
Last Week: 5 | Drafted: 5 by Boston
Green's killing 'em with consistency - the other Sonic (Baby) Boomer put up 9.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in three games last week, including a stat-sheet filler in Phoenix, when he dropped 14 points, five rebounds, two steals, an assist and a block on the Suns.
Last Week: 6 | Drafted: Undrafted
Someone call the fire department, because Moon's getting all the burn he's been missing since early December. Playing at least 36 minutes in his last three games, he's taken advantage by stuffing his stat lines, highlighted by a 16-point, seven-rebound, three-block outing in Sunday's game against the Cavaliers.
Last Week: 9 | Drafted: 21 by Philadelphia
With three double-digit scoring outings in four games, Cook took advantage of two starts last week (and playing extended minutes -- 28.0 average, up nearly eight minutes from December). He was boosted by stellar three-point shooting, racking up 3-of-4 nights against Milwaukee, Dallas and Minnesota.
Last Week: 8 | Drafted: 56 by San Antonio in 2002
Scola stays put at eight with a solid week that's right in line with his season averages. But he's doing it more efficiently -- he shot .636 for the week, well above his .510 average entering the New Year.
Last Week: 7 | Drafted: 40 by Washington in 2002
Last week, Dave wondered how The Mike Conley Effect would affect our hyphenated friend. Well, it turns out that means a downturn in minutes (no more than 17 in the last four) and some sour production -- JCN put up three points twice and a donut in a third game. But that doesn't account for a 20-point explosion against the Celtics (on 7-of-9 shooting).
Last Week: 10 | Drafted: 14
Thornton puts the kibosh on the curse of the No. 10 spot, maintaining his position with two solid games in a short week for the Clippers. He helped keep things close against the defending champs on Sunday, putting up 17 points (8-for-19), eight rebounds and two assists in 40 minutes against the Spurs.
The Celtics avenged their loss to the Pistons with a 92-85 victory on Saturday, and the leading scorer was none other than Glen Davis (BOS). Big Baby scored 20 points for the C's on 8-of-10 shooting. Thaddeus Young (PHI) has seen his minutes increase yet again, from 8.3 per in November to 13.3 in December, and now 16.5 in four January games, and has been producing enough to earn a healthy chunk of PT the rest of the way. He averaged 7.8 points on .556 shooting, along with 5.3 rebounds this week.
Isiah Thomas has been trying some new combinations in New York, and Wilson Chandler (NYK) found himself cracking double-digits in PT for only the second time this season, playing 16 against Sacramento last Wednesday. He shot 3-8, scoring seven points to go with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. But the promising play didn't result in splinter removal surgery -- Chandler hasn't gotten off the bench in three games since.
When the Warriors tabbed C.J. Watson (GSW) for a run in the big show, he became the 100th GATORADE Call-Up in D-League history.
Evidently Nick Young and Dominic McGuire (WAS) were enjoying themselves a little too much for the taste of Washington's vets. The HNPAMY (Have Not Played A Minute Yet) Club:Herbert Hill** (PHI), Greg Oden** (POR), Oleksiy Pecherov** (WAS), Ramon Sessions* (MIL), Marcin Gortat* (ORL), JamesOn Curry* (CHI), Adam Haluska** (NOH) and Kosta Perovic* (GSW)
* = assigned to the D-League
** = injured