Week 12 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: Philadelphia 76ers
I never thought I’d see the day.
The Sixers had 10 wins all of last season. Now, they have collected 60% of last year’s win total in just an eight game stretch. They reached a three game winning streak for the first time since 2013 and have played what may be their best span of basketball that Philly has seen in years. Despite a loss to Washington, the 76ers have left the Knicks, Hornets, and Bucks shocked this past week.
Stock Down: Cleveland Cavaliers
Not like LeBron James or the rest of the reigning champs care, but they’re stock is down after a tough skid as of late. The Cavs have fell to the Trail Blazers, Jazz, and Warriors in the last seven days as the surging Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors are closing the gap on their top seed in the East. Their blowout to Golden State has capped off an uncharacteristic slump for Cleveland.
Stock Up: Minnesota Timberwolves
Now that the NBA world have lowered their standards for the TWolves, they have room to pleasantly surprise people. That’s exactly what they did this week, triumphing over two Western Conference playoff squads, the Rockets and the Thunder, who have two MVP-caliber star players. Ricky Rubio has been dishing out more dimes than a blind cashier, and the rest of their young core have been collecting their points accordingly.
Player Stock Watch
Stock Up: Ricky Rubio
Remember when Rubio used to be coined as a top passer in the league? That title has disappeared for the most part, up until now.
Dating back to last Monday, Rubio has 56 assists in four games. His 46 dimes in three games were most in franchise history over that time span, and he has been by far the NBA’s leading assist man for the last four games. On top of this, he became the first player this season to post 15 assist and 5 steals — Chris Paul was the last to do so in 2016. He is struggling with his shot, but what’s new? Rubio could never shoot to begin with, so we can push that aside and appreciate how he has rediscovered his talented helping hand.
Stock Down: D’Angelo Russell
The owner of the second worst box score over the league’s past three contests, DLo has stunk on ice. The sophomore has hit just one of his last 16 three-pointers (6%), also shooting 35% from the field in general. Russell hasn’t been doing much play making either, with 11 assists and eight turnovers through his ice cold stretch.
Stock Up: Devin Booker
Book put up 39 points in back-to-back games on Thursday and Saturday. He’s been shooting lights out, converting on nearly half of his shots in each of his last five performances (and 22+ points in all of his last six). The young Phoenix guard has been scoring in many ways, earning himself a stock up for the week in the process.
Bonus Stock Watch
Stock Up: Flannel Shirts
We see traditional jersey retirements every year, but the San Antonio Spurs retired the first ever flannel shirt in honor of Matt Bonner, who recently made his retirement official. Manu Ginobili broke the news on his Twitter account:
Normal players get their team jersey raised to rafters, the Red Mamba got his flannel shirt. All praise the flannel!
Stock Down: Child’s Play
At the Celtics practice facility, big man Kelly Olynyk was warming up for a practice on Sunday. A young child – one of the assistant coaches’ – was running near the court and accidentally tripped Olynyk, who was clearly in discomfort and went straight to the locker room. He turned out to be alright since he went on to play his normal minutes the next game, but imagine if he missed extended time from his rolled ankle. Surely the Celtics organization will keep a closer eye on young family members running free during practices.
Stock Up: Triple H
As a tribute to WWE wrestler Triple H, Joel Embiid spiced up his walk-up entrance with an electric water spray:
— NBA RETWEET (@RTNBA) January 14, 2017
Embiid can’t seem to do anything wrong this season, as he continues to take the league by storm while also entertaining the nation with his off-the-court lifestyle and antics. Therefore, if Embiid is shouting him out by doing his classic intro, then that’s an automatic boost for Triple H.
Cropped photo of Rubio by @AS_NBA
Cropped photo of Russell by @LakersNation