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Guys, I’m hyped for the All Star Game. Despite the sloppy play and lack of defense, the annual exhibition is always an event in my household. You’re all invited to my place on Sunday.
This is the point in the NBA Stock Report when I generally talk about the Dow Jones, but I read two takes on the legitimacy of that index today. I would link to them, but you don’t care.
This week’s NBA Stock Report, in which I rate each team as a ‘buy’ ‘sell’ or ‘hold’ is based on play through Tuesday night.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS
Record: 23-10 (9-1 in last 10)
Apparently I’ve written about every team. Last time we looked at the Spurs, they were streaking.
They still are, despite losing Manu Ginobili to injury yet again. Obviously Tony Parker has been the engine for this team, but Kawhi Leonard has also garnered his share of the credit for the Spurs’ success.
He’s close to an elite defender already and is also a reliable three point shooter. He fits Greg Poppovich’s cast-iron mold for role players perfectly.
Rating: HOLD. They’re not dead yet.
Record: 10-22 (3-7 in last 10)
Even though it hasn’t resulted in wins, inserting Isaiah Thomas as the starting point makes a lot of sense. Even if he called his own number as much as Tyreke Evans, Thomas has been a much more efficient scoring option this season.
This team has enough talent on offense to make defenses worry. The Kings just need someone to organize them.
Their schedule in March is grueling, though. If they are going to figure out, they had better do it over the All Star Break.
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
Record: 26-7 (8-2 in last 10)
Is it time to be disappointed in Kendrick Perkins? Obviously the Thunder would rather have him than Jeff Green, but Perkins is the only Thunder starter who is not going bananas these days.
Perkins is turning the ball over on more than 30% of his positions, part of a disturbing trend in Oklahoma—they’re the worst team in the league at taking care of the ball. The Thunder are overwhelming teams right now with their speed and talent, but their success might mask problems that could arise in the playoffs.
Rating: BUY. Hey, they’re still pretty good.
Record: 26-7 (9-1 in last 10)
I love this video of comedian and actor Adam Pally watching the Decision. It reminds us all why we hate LeBron.
And yes, we have to go back to the Decision to remember—because LeBron James’ play this season has been utterly unassailable. If he can keep it up, this would be his best campaign, and that’s saying something.
This team is scary.
Rating: BUY. They might get complacent, but still…
NEW YORK KNICKS
Record: 17-17 (8-2 in last 10)
I will try not to be a homer. I know they suffered a pretty embarrassing loss to the Nets on Monday, but this offense at full strength has a lot of potential.
From Carmelo Anthony to Jeremy Lin all the way down the bench to Steve Novak, who is shooting 43% from behind the arc, Mike D’Antoni has a lot of weapons at his disposal. If the Knicks can gain some polish in practice over the break, they might make a run despite their tough schedule.
Here’s how I did last week:
Nets – Last week’s rating: Sell (8-22), 2-2 since
Bucks – Last week’s rating: Hold (12-17), 1-2 since
Wizards – Last week’s rating: Sell (7-22), 0-3 since
Trail Blazers – Last week’s rating: Sell (15-14), 3-2 since
Mavericks – Last week’s rating: Hold (18-11), 3-1 since