Week 10 NBA Stock Watch
This is a brand new (hopefully weekly) segment for the 2016-17 season where we will talk about the highs and the lows of the past week to get a grasp of players and teams’ stock value. Whether you have bet your money on teams or players for this year, want a report for fantasy basketball, or are just emotionally invested, this NBA Stock Watch will have you covered on who’s trending in which direction.
Team Stock Watch
Stock Up: Boston Celtics
What if I told you that the Boston Celtics have been looking for a superstar, when they already have one. Boston now boasts the Eastern Conference’s top scorer and one of the best overall playmakers in the fourth quarter. I will get to Isaiah Thomas’ recent heroics soon, but it is no wonder his team is looking pretty solid in the East yet again. Boston picked up wins over the Grizzlies and the Heat, and nearly came back from a 20-point second half deficit against the Cavs. Even though they lost, they can still take some positives from that game. If Isaiah can continue being the Celtics’ own little version of Allen Iverson and be that star player they have been needing, they will surely lock up that three seed at the least.
Stock Down: New York Knicks
Back on a negative trend, New York is on a five game losing streak. They fell to the Pelicans on Friday by 12 points and then, in the battle of the mediocre, lost by the same margin to the Orlando Magic. As mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the Knicks were doing a good job of beating bad teams. Falling to teams like the Pelicans and Magic have New York back under .500 and currently out of a playoff spot.
Stock Up: Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks have had a weird season up to date. Sometimes they show up, other times they are no where to be found. This week though, they put together three straight wins for the first time since mid-November. Meanwhile, they also showed the ability to win close games — they held off the Knicks in overtime last Wednesday, and then got an overtime win against a fully healthy San Antonio squad to ring in the new year.
It came as a surprise to me when I saw that Paul Millsap was on the trading block considering they are finally back above .500, the five seed in the East, and signed for a player like Dwight Howard in the offseason. If these are true, maybe this three game winning streak isn’t too encouraging to their front office.
Player Stock Watch
Stock Up: Kyle Lowry
DeMar DeRozan often makes it easy to forget how good Kyle Lowry really is. When DeRozan was going off to start the season, Lowry was hidden in the shadows a bit. Recently, Lowry has been in the drivers seat for the Raptors, leading the way with 30.7 points (4.7 threes), 7.7 assists, and 6.7 rebounds in his last three games. He’s been the man for the Raptors, reminding everyone how good that Toronto backcourt duo truly is.
Stock Down: Dwyane Wade
I had a tough time picking a player here, but Wade will have to suffice. The Chi-Town guard hasn’t been himself lately, scoring his second lowest point total of the season on New Year’s Eve (eight points), in which he shot three of 13 from the floor. He’s had 11 assists to nine turnovers in his last three contests and an ugly -39 plus/minus in that stretch. The reliable veteran will surely snap out of this funk quickly.
Stock Up: Isaiah Thomas
Isaiah Thomas continues to prove people wrong. In today’s age, I never would have thought that a 5’9″ could excel, let alone go on a scoring tear. Thomas had a career night on Friday, scoring 52 points on 26 shots (29 of which points came in the fourth quarter), and drilling nine of his 13 three-pointers (69%). It was an unbelievable performance that left many few questioning the little guy’s capabilities.
Bonus Stock Watch
Stock Up: Quality Family Time
Clippers coach Doc Rivers and his son, Austin Rivers, both got ejected from their game against the Houston Rockets within moments of each other. Technically, it’s not good if a father coach and his son player both get ejected within moments of each other. But I always try to look at things from a positive perspective – this meant that they were going to have some quality family time together:
Like father, like son?
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 31, 2016
Whether they just watched the rest of the game in the locker room, ditched the arena in general and grabbed some dinner, or maybe caught a movie, Doc and Austin surely had some extra time together after being tossed out from some very questionable calls.
Stock Down: Premature Celebrating
This ain’t even fair for Kemba Walker. Usually, premature celebrating is running down the court, staring down an opponent, or doing some funky dance while a shot is still in the air. For Kemba, he patiently waited to see if his high-bouncing shot would fall, yet still ended up celebrating too early:
KEMBA WALKER PULLED A NICK YOUNG AND CELEBRATED TOO SOON. pic.twitter.com/ncKF467Gw0
— SB Nation NBA (@SBNationNBA) December 30, 2016
Thank you Kemba for blessing the NBA community with another classic Nick Young-like premature celebration. Twitter and social media had a grand old time captioning this classic reaction.
Stock Up: Coach Budenholzer
Unlike Kemba’s untimely celebrating, Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer’s son had a fire celebration when Tim Hardaway Jr. hit a clutch three-pointer against the Spurs:
It's only January 2nd, and this kid already has the best celebration of 2017 locked up. ?https://t.co/2j2BENhkMb
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 2, 2017
You’re doing something right, dad. Your kid is super pumped about your team and celebrating a huge shot without dabbing. You must be so proud!
Cropped photo of Wade via @chicagobulls
Cropped photo of Lowry via @SportsCenter