NBA Weekly Review
by Strike Point Sports - 01/18/2007
Gilbert Arenas - Who's been hotter than the Hibachi Man? His jumper has already won Washington three games while his Wizards have leaped passed the Orlando Magic to occupy first place in the Southeast Division. Considering how weak the Eastern Conference is, his play alone could carry them through to the Finals.
Steve Nash - His 20 ppg and 11 assists are better than any of his two MVP seasons, while the Suns are the hottest team in the NBA at 30-8.
Dirk Nowitzki - 25 points a night for a Mavericks team that has gone 32-4 since their 0-4 start.
Ben Gordon - Only a few select players have ever averaged over 20 a night off the pine. Air Gordon is one of the more talented scorers in the NBA for the Baby Bulls.
Leandro Barbosa - No one is faster on the hardwood with the ball than this Brazilian. 16 points off the bench for the best team in the Association.
Corey Maggette - Despite his team struggles he has managed nearly 16 a game for the Clippers while playing under 30 minutes.
Coach of the Year
Jerry Sloan - The Jazz have blossomed this year, particularly because of the play of Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams. Utah is just 18-18-3 ATS while 25-14 in the standings.
Avery Johnson - Dallas has one of the more talented teams in the league, but to keep this team running so strong for this long is truly impressive. The Mavs hold the league's best mark at 32-8 and are 21-16-3 ATS.
Eddie Jordan - Anyone who can have his team in first in their division through the first couple of months of the season while giving up more than 106 deserves come consideration. Gilbert's 30 a night leads them offensively. Their up-and-down play has lifted them to one of the league's best Over/Under marks at 23-15.
Biggest Team Surprise
Houston Rockets - Despite occasional stints without T-Mac and missing Yao for 4-6 weeks, Houston has played extremely well. They currently occupy the Western Conference's six seed and hold a 25-15 record. They have struggled, however, against the number, going 19-21 so far this year.
Biggest Team Blunder
New Jersey Nets - This spot was saved for Miami, but we cut them some clack because of all the injuries. The Nets have underachieved terribly to this point and even in the awful Atlantic division they cannot climb to the top. At 18-20 they are percentage points behind the upstart Raptors, the team that holds the best mark against the number at 25-25.