In the preseason, people were asking me if they should take Serge IbakaÂ in the third round or the fourth round, as if those were the only two options. Sure, he’s great with the blockin’ and all, but I do not consider him a well rounded Center. Last night’s game is about what I expected, although with more rebounds and less blocks: 4 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks. His value all comes down to blocks. If you love his blocks and want them for your team, then he can do no wrong. If you want some meat with your gravy, I’m not sure you see it from Ibaka.
Kendrick Perkins – With 28 minutes as a starter (at Center, no less), he took 2 shots. Made one of ’em. He had 6 rebounds and a block, which of course was less than Ibaka. Good thing he started at Center, then.
Jeremy Lamb – Did not play (coach’s decision). Sure, why wouldn’t he? It’s not like Kendrick Perkins got 28 flippin’ minutes of crappy poo time (yes, I know they play different positions, don’t take away my rage). It’s okay, I’m sure coachÂ Scott Brooks didn’t want to disrupt his team’s rhythm. With theÂ 37.7% Field Goal shooting, the team couldn’t afford distractions.
Kevin Martin – Off the bench, he played 32 and a half minutes with 15 points, including 3 of 6 from downtown, with 5 assists. That’s decent, and maybe the beginning of a mini-resurgence season. If his butt is on your roster, you better hope so!
Kevin Durant – He had a big game. Surprise, he’s Kevin Durant. if there was more than one game on, I probably wouldn’t be mentioning his 23 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 three. However, I am contractually required to type out at least 400 words per post or else I have to play Jeopardy with David Stern. What is Hurricane Katrina? Mmm, no, I’m sorry, David, the answer was What is Hurricane Sandy.
Kawhi Leonard – Followed up his Halloween game with a lackluster performance of 6 points (0-3 from beyond the arc), 4 rebounds, and 1 assist. Silver lining? 5 steals. It doesn’t really matter what he does for the first week or two, if you drafted him, you’re not dropping him.
Tim Duncan – He’s certainly roaring out of the gates. With 8-19 shooting, he scored 20 points to go along with 8 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Daniel Green – The only Danny Green that isn’t Irish scored 13 points, including 3 of 6 from downtown, and tallied 5 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal.
Stephen Jackson – Threw up…five shots from behind the arc but only hit one. So, basically, he threw up. In total, he scored 11 points on the night to go with 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.
Tony Parker – His double double (14 points, 11 assists) on the night were capped off with the game winning shot. Has Parker peaked? Quite possibly. Should he be owned everywhere? Uh, yeah.