The NBA season seems to have finally stabilized, and records are starting to break. Tim Duncan advanced to 18th on the all-time scoring list, and most notably, Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan for 3rd all-time on that same list. Just as his career began with a free throw, his record-breaking point came from the foul line. In the standings, most remain the same, and, once again, the Golden State Warriors fail to lose. At 21-2, they have won 16 straight, and Stephen Curry is leading the charge in the MVP race. Not only does he have the deadliest 3-point shot in the game, but he is averaging the 3rd best field goal percentage around the rim (inside the restricted area) among point guards. When it comes to coaching, Mike Malone, coach of the Sacramento Kings was fired for his “poor coaching” despite not having his best player (DeMarcus Cousins). As far as former Georgetown players around the league this week go, they have definitely stepped it up from last week’s outings.
Detroit Pistons: Forward Greg Monroe
Greg Monroe averaged over 19 points and 8 rebounds a game this past week, as the Pistons enjoyed a rare winning week, with 2 wins and only 1 loss. Monroe, however, has been relegated to the trading block, according to rumors. As far as which team will land Monroe, it’s anyone’s guess. Boston would be a solid fit, as they lack a decent defensive frontcourt, and uniting former Hoyas, Jeff Green and Monroe, would be any Georgetown fan’s dream.
Indiana Pacers: Center Roy Hibbert
Big Roy Hibbert finally had a decent week, decent for Roy Hibbert that is. Posting a double-double in one of his games and scoring in double digits twice, Hibbert was effective for the Pacers, even though they stumbled to a 1-3 record this week and continue to remain outside playoff contention. Rumors are circulating about a possible return of Lance Stephenson via trade, and that would certain relieve a lot of the Pacers’ woes. Regardless, unless Hibbert can improve his “decent” play, the Pacers will continue to stumble until Paul George returns, which almost guarantees a losing season until 2015-2016.
Boston Celtics: Forward Jeff Green
Once again, the most accomplished former Hoya in the NBA performed well for the Celtics, averaging over 17 points this past week. Unfortunately, Boston stumbled to yet another losing week at a record of 1-2. Boston should be in the market for a trade sometime soon, for it finds itself with a very unreliable defense and lack of a solid rim protector. Green has established himself a dependable and reliable scorer, and Rondo is one of, if not, the best passers in the game, but they cannot hold down the paint for their team.
Philadelphia 76ers: Guard Hollis Thompson and Center Henry Sims
Both remain in the starting lineup, but the Sixers woes continue. After a successful week last week with two wins, Philadelphia finds themselves unable to win again. The two former Hoyas continue to perform adequately, contributing, scoring and rebounding on both ends. Though they will most likely never be prolific scorers or stars in the league, they are doing the Hilltop proud. If the Sixers do improve next season and choose to retain the Hoya duo, we may very well see this tandem in the playoffs, a welcome sight for not just Georgetown fans, but Sixers’ fans as a whole.
Washington Wizards: Forward Otto Porter
The recently departed from Georgetown Otto Porter once again finds himself at the end of the Wizards bench this week. Winning every game this week, including an impressive victory against Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers, the Eastern Conference’s second best team rarely used Porter. He did manage to contribute in his limited minutes. Without fail, Porter is energy off the bench for when the starters need their rest. If he can continue to pick his spots and increase chemistry with the offense, he will be ready to go for a bigger role should an injury unfortunately befall Washington. And who knows, he may even surprise us in the playoffs; only time will tell.