Myles Ma is here every Thursday with the NBA Stock Report. Draw a circle around him on Google +, or follow Myles on Twitter, @LameMyles.
Hello, Stockers! Read on for an in-depth analysis of the New York Knick’ rollercoaster, the Bulls’ spiritual philosophies, and Tony Parker’s bedroom exploits.
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.
NEW YORK KNICKS
Record: 25-25 (7-3 in last 10)
Here’s a summary of the Knicks’ season:
- No point guard! Knicks suck!
- Jeremy Lin! Knicks rule!
- Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire suck! Knicks suck!
- Mike D’Antoni got fired! Mike Woodson rules! Knicks rule!
- Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin are injured! Knicks suck!
Add it all up, and you have a .500 team that either Chicago or Miami will obliterate in the playoffs. Knicks rule!
Record: 40-11 (7-3 in last 10)
Where every Heat loss draws tons of hate because of Miami’s assemblage of stars, every Chicago loss is shrugged off because someone is always hurt. The Bulls have stayed atop the East because they’re deeper than Lao Tzu.
After getting about a $10 million raise this year, Joakim Noah is continuing the success of the 2010-11 campaign that earned him that dough. He’s become a better passer and is up there with Tyson Chandler and Dwight Howard as a defensive center.
These guys just need to get healthy, but they’ve played well enough to rest for the playoffs.
Record: 11-38 (2-8 in last 10)
The Wizards have replaced Nick Young and JaVale McGee with Nene, trading raw talent and athleticism for the Brazilian’s savvy. At his best, Nene is one of the most efficient scorers in the league and one of the best passing big men to boot.
Moving the two malcontents puts the focus squarely on John Wall’s development. This season is sort of a lost cause, but he needs to show that he can be a threat from deep, and above all, be a winning player in the NBA.
Record: 27-23 (8-2 in last 10)
Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson, who were playing at superhuman levels just to keep the Jazz respectable, are finally getting a little bit of help. I thought Devin Harris was dead after leaving New Jersey, but he’s played decently of late, despite missing 90 game winners in a four-overtime loss to Atlanta.
It’s a dogfight out west, though.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS
Record: 34-14 (8-2 in last 10)
The Spurs aren’t dead yet! This seems like a theme every season.
And infuriatingly for fans of any team with a bad GM, the Spurs keep drafting Kawhi Leonards in the middle of the draft and laughing at you.
Here’s how I did last week:
Hornets – Last week’s rating: Sell (11-34), 1-3 since
Clippers – Last week’s rating: Hold (26-19), 2-2 since
Nuggets – Last week’s rating: Hold (25-21), 2-2 since
Hawks – Last week’s rating: Buy (26-20), 4-1 since
Celtics – Last week’s rating: Buy (24-21), 3-1 since