December 2017 Basketball Wiretap

DeMar DeRozan, Russell Westbrook Named Players Of The Week

Dec 26, 2017 3:09 PM

DeMar DeRozan and Russell Westbrook have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for Week 10.

DeRozan averaged 34.0 points and 4.3 assists per game in an undefeated record for the Raptors.

Westbrook averaged 29.8 points, 9.5 assists and 9.0 rebounds per game as the Thunder went 4-0.

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Kidd, Nash, Billups Headline Hall Of Fame Nominees

Dec 21, 2017 4:31 PM

Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Chauncey Billups headline the list of nominations for the 2018 Basketball Hall of Fame.

Kidd was a 10-time All-Star while Nash won two MVP awards.

Ray Allen, Grant Hill and Rip Hamilton are also nominated for the first time.

Chris Webber, Ben Wallace and Tim Hardaway are also repeat nominees.

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LeBron James, Chris Paul Named Players Of The Week

Dec 18, 2017 3:28 PM

LeBron James and Chris Paul have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

In four games this past week, James led the Cavaliers to a perfect 4-0 record after averaging 24.8 points on .522 shooting from the field, 10.5 rebounds, an NBA-high 13.5 assists and 1.3 steals in 38.0 minutes. 

Paul averaged 26 points on 53.8% shooting, 45.7% 3p shooting, with 7.8 assists, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.25 steals.

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Victor Oladipo, Kevin Durant Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Dec 11, 2017 4:17 PM

Victor Oladipo and Kevin Durant have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Oladipo led the Pacers to four straight wins last week, averaging 30.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.8 steals. Oladipo shot 51.2 percent from the field and 47.5 from 3-point range over the four games.

Durant led the Warriors to a 3-0 record on the week, capping off a perfect six-game road-trip, and in the process becoming just the 11th team in NBA history to have a 6-0 record on a road-trip. He averaged 30.0 points to go with 9.3 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.00 steal and 2.67 blocks in 36.4 minutes per game. 

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LeBron James, James Harden Named Players Of The Week

Dec 4, 2017 3:06 PM

LeBron James and James Harden have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for Week 7.

James averaged 27.3 points, nine assists and 8.3 rebounds per game for the week as the Cavaliers went 4-0.

Harden averaged 34 points, nine assists and 7.3 rebounds per game for the week. The Rockets went 3-0 for the week.

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Brad Stevens, Mike D'Antoni Named NBA Coaches Of The Month

Dec 1, 2017 4:49 PM

The Boston Celtics’ Brad Stevens and the Houston Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in October and November.   

Stevens guided the Celtics to an NBA-best 19-4 record during October and November, including a 9-2 mark at home and a 10-2 mark on the road.  Boston followed an 0-2 start with 16 straight victories, tied for the fourth-longest winning streak in franchise history.  During the streak, the Celtics rallied from a deficit of at least 13 points to win a game five times.  Under Stevens, Boston led the NBA in defensive rating through November, allowing 98.4 points per 100 possessions.  The Celtics went 15-0 when giving up fewer than 100 points. 

D’Antoni led the Rockets to a Western Conference-best 17-4 record in October and November.  Houston closed this stretch with six consecutive victories, its second six-game winning streak of the season.  Overall, the Rockets outscored opponents by an NBA-high 10.8 points per game while compiling marks of 8-3 at home and 9-1 on the road.  In November alone, Houston went 12-1 with a point differential of plus-16.8 points per game.  D’Antoni, the 2016-17 NBA Coach of the Year, has overseen seven victories by 20 or more points this season.          

 

Other nominees for the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month were Cleveland’s Tyronn Lue, Detroit’s Stan Van Gundy, Golden State’s Steve Kerr, Indiana’s Nate McMillan, Philadelphia’s Brett Brown, Portland’s Terry Stotts and San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich. 

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LeBron James, James Harden Named NBA Players Of The Month

Dec 1, 2017 4:09 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the Houston Rockets’ James Harden today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in October and November.

James ranked third in the NBA in scoring (28.0 ppg) and fourth in assists (8.5 apg) for the Cavaliers (15-7), who finished November on a 10-game winning streak.  The 13-time All-Star shot 58.4 percent from the field, the second-highest mark of his career through 22 games of a season.  James also shot 42.5 percent from three-point range, his third-best percentage through 22 games.  The 6-8 forward, who also averaged 8.1 rebounds, was the only player in the league to average at least 25.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists.  In a 130-122 victory at the Washington Wizards on Nov. 3, the four-time Kia NBA MVP became the seventh player in NBA history to reach the 29,000-point mark, as well as the youngest at 32 years and 308 days.

Harden paced the NBA in scoring (31.5 ppg), assists (9.8 apg), three-pointers made (94) and free throws made (168) for the Western Conference-leading Rockets (17-4), who produced the third-best start in franchise history.  The 2016-17 Kia NBA MVP runner-up shot 45.1 percent from the field, 40.3 percent from three-point range and 86.6 percent from the free throw line.  Harden scored at least 20 points in all 21 games, the longest season-opening streak since James in 2012-13 (first 33 games).  On Nov. 5, the 28-year-old guard scored a career-high 56 points in a 137-110 win over the Utah Jazz.

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Ben Simmons, Kyle Kuzma Named Rookies Of The Month

Dec 1, 2017 3:40 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in October and November. 

Simmons led all rookies in scoring (18.6 ppg), rebounding (9.4 rpg) and steals (2.25 spg) and tied for the lead in assists (7.2 apg) in 20 games during October and November.  The 6-10 guard/forward also shot 50.7 percent from the field, the second-highest mark among first-year players.  He recorded two triple-doubles in his first nine career games, joining Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to accomplish the feat.  On Nov. 29, Simmons recorded career highs of 31 points and 18 rebounds as Philadelphia defeated the Washington Wizards 118-113.  The Australian native helped the 76ers close November with a 12-9 record.  

Kuzma paced Western Conference rookies in scoring (16.7 ppg) and field goal percentage (50.4).  He ranked second among West rookies in rebounding (6.1 rpg) and third in three-point field goal percentage (37.9).  The 6-9 forward scored in double figures in 18 of 20 games.  On Nov. 17, Kuzma scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 122-113 loss to the Phoenix Suns, becoming the first Lakers rookie to reach those totals in a game since Magic Johnson in the 1979-80 season.  In 11 starts for Los Angeles (8-13), Kuzma averaged 18.1 points and 7.5 rebounds.    

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