I was standing in front of a food truck called “Oh For Sweet Sake” located in Orange County, California somewhere. I was enjoying some conversations with owners Lisa and Al while enjoying my hot coco and Mac N Cheese. Some guy in my fantasy league offered Derrick Rose and Anderson Varejao for Tyreke Evans and Brook Lopez. I took it because Rose is performing at an MVP level. Stats are accurate as of December 1, 2010. Thanks for the hot food, guys! That made my head clearer especially with sports conversations. Follow their Twitter - http://twitter.com/ohforsweetssake
5. Rajon Rondo – 11.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 14.1 assists, 2.4 steals, EFF +22.6
A lot of people hate this guy. It’s because he seems irritating. Some people question his fashion sense. Some people question a lot of things. The one thing you should not question is his stats. In short, they are out of this world. The thing that is holding him back is his scoring. So what? He brings everything else to the table. He zigzags everywhere. The assists are plentiful. The steals show up. The points reach double digits eventually. The free throw percentage is horrible though. Rondo is a keeper unless you’re trading for a top 3 point guard or some elite player.
4. Derrick Rose – 26.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 8.2 assists, 1.0 steals, EFF +24.1
Rose is getting more haters after every game. I knew he needed a quantum leap during his third year, but I remained skeptical. He took that leap alright. Averaging nearly 27 points and 8.2 assists make my eyes pop wide open. Captain Obvious says that he needs to limit his turnovers and get to the line more to obtain that magical +25 efficiency number. Rose can also get more steals while he’s at it. Bulls fans need to thank the basketball gods for granting this quantum leap. He is scary good. He will only get better because he’s only 22 years young. The last 7 consecutive road games in circus trip – 30.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 6.5 assists. As Stacey King would say, “Go buy a dog if you’re scared.”
3. Deron Williams – 21.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 9.9 assists, 1.3 steals, EFF +24.5
Kobe Bryant says that Deron Williams is the best point guard in the league. Perhaps he is right. In the context of data, he is not. Williams is only top 3. That’s fine. He is a must have in fantasy land and doing quite well without Benedict Boozer. Paul Millsap exploding helped, too. Utah fans have nothing to worry about. Williams is making his claim to the MVP throne. Let’s hope he averages 10+ assists per game when the season ends. He is having his best statistical season yet. Let’s work on getting more steals, ok? Thanks.
2. Russell Westbrook – 23.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 2.2 steals, EFF +25.7
The kid from Long Beach blew the eff up. He is off to a red hot start. I’m pretty sure he cannot maintain this pace especially playing alongside Kevin Durant. Enjoy the numbers if you have him. He is beating out Deron, Rose, Rondo, and Nash. With that said, I’d trade Westbrook for Chris Paul straight up in a heartbeat without thinking. Many people are already placing him in MVP talks. The numbers say he should be in the mix, but if you see who the franchise player for the Thunder is truly, you’ll realize that Westbrook should not be in the discussion. Or perhaps he should? A lot of going back and forth here...He’s getting his numbers because Durant is taking all of the attention away from him. Being injured doesn't hurt either. Westbrook had 43 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists in a recent game. Wow. Just wow. Is he a Ninja Turtle?
1.Chris Paul – 16.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 10.3 assists, 2.9 steals, EFF +25.8
There is no surprise about Christ Paul. He takes the number one spot again. What’s there to say? I wrote off the New Orleans Hornets before the season started. Now, Paul has brought them back to life on the 3rd day. Efficient, ball hawk, assists, great free throw percentage, and can hit the long ball. When fully healthy, he is the best statistical point guard in the game. The numbers do not lie. I have him on my team and I’m currently ranked number 2 just because of his production. Don’t trade unless you’re getting back LeBron James AND Dirk Nowitzki just for him.