Week 17 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.
*22 teams in the league only played one game in the past week, so this week’s stock watch will be less focused on teams and players, and more focused on everything that happened over All-Star Weekend.
Team Stock Watch
Stock Down: Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte was on the verge of halting their three-game skid against Toronto when they imploded in the fourth quarter. They had a 17-point lead heading into the final 12 minutes but somehow managed to lose by five. Definitely not a great sign for a team that is just 24-32 in a weaker Eastern Conference.
Stock Up: Chicago Bulls
For starters, it helps that the Bulls played two games this week. Chi-Town defeated two superior teams, the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors, to go into the All-Star break on a high note. Also, they didn’t have Dwyane Wade for either victories. Players around Jimmy Butler have been stepping up, including forwards Bobby Portis and Taj Gibson, as well as center Robin Lopez.
Stock Down: Indiana Pacers
Again, Indiana is one of just eight teams who played more than one game this past week. Not only did the Pacers fall in those contests, but they have lost their last six games. Yes, two of those were against LeBron James and the Cavs, but there are no excuses for losing six in a row. Indy apparently wants to be buyers at the trade deadline since they claimed that their 2016 first-round draft pick is available. Perhaps landing more talent could change this downward slope that the Pacers are currently on.
Player Stock Watch
Stock Up: Andrew Wiggins
Who was the leading scorer this past week? Young Andrew Wiggins. He joined the elite company of LeBron James, Allen Iverson, and Kevin Durant by becoming the fourth player under the age of 22 to put up back-to-back 40-point performances. Albeit he took a ton of shots over that time (27.5 per game), Wiggins still shot an efficient 56.4% from the floor and 50% from three. He is continuing to sharpen his offensive tools — increasing his rebounding and passing should be his next focus.
Stock Down: Damian Lillard
Out of the 98 players who averaged at least 10 shot attempts over their last two outings, not a single one is shooting worse than Dame Dolla from the field who sits at just 22.5%. He has played 75 minutes through the two, yet only converted on nine field goals. How many did he put up? 40. His -18.5 in the box score isn’t working any favors for him either. This will likely be a short-lived cold stretch for Lillard, so expect to see him back to his normal ways after the All-Star break.
Stock Up: Markieff Morris
Kieff has been super efficient over his last couple of games. The Wizards forward, over his last three, has shot 27/44 (61.4%). He is six of his last seven from downtown and has scored at least 20 points in three straight games for the first time this season. Morris has been averaging 23 points per game as of late, which is eight points higher than his season average. It seems like every player on Washington has been playing great basketball, but especially Kieff Morris.
Bonus Stock Watch
Stock Up: DJ Khaled
To be honest, I struggled to decide whether Khaled’s stock deserved to spike up or dip down after this weekend. The rapper and producer was all over the place at the All-Star festivities. I’ll start off with the bad…
DJ Khaled performed on Saturday night in between the biggest events of the evening, but I have to question how entertaining his live performance was. It’s really just him yelling at the fans over his prerecorded songs. And yes, he seemed to be under the impression that the All-Star events were being held in Miami for some reason…like he literally
said yelled it multiple times:
DJ Khaled saying "Miami, what's up?!" in New Orleans is peak DJ Khaled pic.twitter.com/8ebzPZAyOU
— Nick Breezus (@NickBrownHD) February 19, 2017
Does dj khaled really think hes in miami??? I need answers pic.twitter.com/wvPTERXj7C
— 25 Average (@barnesnrobles) February 19, 2017
— Brandon Gurman (@TheGurmCheese23) February 19, 2017
Despite all of this, I had to raise his stock. I mean, even though his live performance kinda hurt my ears, I have to admit he is the ultimate hype man out there.
Then, Khaled came out, along with a handful of athletes and celebrities, to help raise money for the Sager Foundation by taking three-point shots. And Khaled actually hit one! I swear he did, watch it for yourself:
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) February 19, 2017
Things only got funnier when Steph Curry was called out to try knocking down a halfcourt shot and missed on all of his attempts:
Dj Khaled made more 3 pointers tonight than Steph Curry did
— NBA RETWEET (@RTNBA) February 19, 2017
Finally, he returned to the spotlight when fellow DJ (by initials, not by profession) DeAndre Jordan used him as a prop for his dunk:
DeAndre Jordan gets DJ Khaled to help him for his first dunk! ??
— NBA SKITS (@NBA_Skits) February 19, 2017
Of course he was snapchatting it too:
Here's what DeAndre Jordan's first dunk looked like from DJ Khaled's Snapchat. pic.twitter.com/J9CrrVWEuf
— Leading NBA ™ (@LeadingNBA_) February 19, 2017
It was a roller coaster of a night for you Khaled, but I will say you ended the night on a high note.
Stock Down: Science, Apparently
According to Kyrie Irving, the world’s smartest scientists and researchers who have been studying the earth and space and everything in between are wrong:
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) February 18, 2017
I remember when B.O.B said this and Twitter absolutely lost it. It got to the point where B.O.B. mentioned astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson in a rap, and Tyson’s nephew, who happens to be a rapper, proceeded to drop a B.O.B. diss track (look it up, it’s pretty great). Anyway, Twitter (and Duke haters) reacted the same way to Kyrie’s responses:
UNC weighs in on Kyrie Irving's flat earth theory
— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) February 18, 2017
Kyrie Irving has the best handles of any flat-Earth truther.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 17, 2017
BREAKING: A rare photo of Kyrie Irving's flat earth has been taken from space. pic.twitter.com/DuwC1M5zFi
— Fake SportsCenter (@FakeSportsCentr) February 18, 2017
Also, Draymond Green backed up Kyrie’s statement: “I’m rocking with Ky. …How do we stand on the earth if it’s round?” Oh yea and dinosaurs never existed either (according to Kyrie). Take that science!
Stock Up: NBA’s Got Talent
So the NBA orchestrated talent show-type tapes during All-Star Weekend where players show off some of their off-court talents. There was a wide array of skills that were brought to the table. Devin Booker showed off his ping-pong skills, Lou Williams, Metta World Peace, and Iman Shumpert dropped some bars in the studio, Luc Mbah Moute put his elite whistling to use, CJ Miles hit all the right notes on the piano, Chris Bosh rocked some blues on some sort of guitar instrument thing, and Victor Oladipo let it all out on his own version of “I Believe I Can Fly.” I’m still going to advise you all to stick with your day jobs, but you NBA players still got some cool talents.
There’s so much that went on this weekend, so why end it so soon? Here are some rapid-fire bonus stock watches…
Stock Up: Make-Ups
Russ and KD? Back together?! Well, kinda at least:
KD and Russ <3 pic.twitter.com/FyHK3zKcnQ
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) February 20, 2017
The bench reaction omg ? pic.twitter.com/0oZzh98GgP
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) February 20, 2017
Stock Down: The Dunk Contest
We missed Zach LaVine. It stunk. Especially compared to last year. That is all.
Stock Up: The Dab
WHO SAID THE DAB WAS DEAD?!?
Dab dunk. pic.twitter.com/VjBJrbZBb2
— JordaNBA (@ZombiaxX) February 19, 2017
(Dee Brown’s dunk was the OG, but still)
Stock Down: Defense
It was the All-Star game, so obviously there was no defense. Literally, these things are like 95% offense and 5% defense. Poor Kawhi Leonard didn’t know what to do with himself out there.
Cropped photo of Wiggins and Lillard via Flickr