Tayshaun Prince- I still am not used to checking any Memphis score to see a former Cat, let alone Tay, but I’m getting there. In a losing effort tonight against the Hawks, Tayshaun had 6 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. 3-9 shooting isn’t going to get it done but I suspect his offense will come around as he plays more and becomes more comfortable with his team and role.
Brandon Knight- Despite being close in the final seconds, Knight found himself on the bench during crunch time. He didn’t have the best shooting night, finishing 4-10 but still has 12 points, a rebound, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Still though, they fell to the Nets 93-90.
Eric Bledsoe- When your two best players go down, it’s time to step up and Eric has done just that. His minutes had been moderately sparse in recent games but with Griffin and Paul out, he played 40 minutes in a win against Orlando where he had 27 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 6 steals, and 4 blocks. That’s what the young people call “flexing” I believe.
John Wall- It’s not a stretch to say that John Wall has been playing better since coming back from knee surgery than prior. He is almost single-handedly turning the Wizards around with his great scoring and dishing acumen. And he used both to wax the Knicks last night. He finished with 21-5-9 to go with 1 block but 6 turnovers. Obviously there is still some work to be done.
Keith Bogans- In a match up of former stud Cats, Bogans squared off against Knight. Bogans won. Coming off the bench, he finished with 9 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists. Easily one of his more complete games this season.
Patrick Patterson- Patterson shined as his Rockets suffered a flame out at the hands of the Heat. Patrick was 7-12 for 15 and had 3 rebounds. Since winning his starting job back, he has proven he belongs there.
Anthony Davis- Despite playing only 19 minutes, he was an efficient contributor. His Pelicans finished enjoyed a 9 point victory against Phoenix while he had a meager 8 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, and 1 block. At least his team won. He’ll continue to improve as he gets in to the flow of the games and builds himself up.
Enes Kanter- Welcome back #FreeEnes! He had been mired in a 3 game skit on 3-13 shooting for 7 points so of course he HAD to go off against the Bucks, right? Well he did, going 7-9 for 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists.
DeAndre Liggins- Though he only played 3 minutes, DeAndre played them like they were the first three of the game. He scored 2 points, got a rebound, an assist, and a steal. Not bad.