NBA Top 5: this season’s performances so far

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1. Curry’s career-high game

On January 3rd, 2021, Steph Curry set a career-high in points with a win against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Trail Blazers are an established team with two superstars in Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Even with all odds against Curry and the Warriors, he was still able to put up 62 points. He finished the first quarter with 21 points, shooting 7 of 11 from the field. By the end of the first half, he already had half of his final destination in his career night. Curry’s last shot of the game was with 45 seconds left; it was obvious that he wanted to hit the 60 point barrier as soon as he let the shot fly. Draymond looked for Curry and passed it to him and of course, the shot went in, breaking teammate Klay Thompson’s record career-high. This game will be one Steph Curry remembers forever.

2. Youngest Triple-Double

This past weekend, rookie star LaMelo Ball recorded a 22 point triple-double. He also had 12 boards and 11 assists. The youngest Ball brother became the youngest player to ever record a triple-double. The Hornets also ended up on top, coming out victorious 113-105 against the Atlanta Hornets. In LaMelo’s first game, you could already see his passing abilities, throwing no-lookers and behind the back passes. He is also a very tall point guard, which allows him to snatch quite a few rebounds for his team. I would expect to see a lot more triple-doubles out of LaMelo Ball and some crazy passes too.

3. Beal’s 60 Point Game

Last Wednesday, Bradley Beal had a crazy game with 60 points. As a 6’3 shooting guard, Beal is able to shoot the ball very well and is an overall threat offensively. Beal wasn’t very pleased with himself, though. The Wizards still lost a close game to the 76ers, and most of Beal’s highest-scoring games have been games his team has lost. He shot 20-35 from the field and 70% from the three-point line. With this 60 point game, Bradley Beal passed Gilbert Arenas in most 50+ point games in Wizards’ franchise history. He is also leading the league in points per game at 34.3 ppg and a shooting percentage of 47.9% from the field. Although he didn’t make the All-Star team last year, I am looking forward to him making it this year with how well he is playing so far.

4. Young GOAT

On January 7, 2021, Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks played the Denver Nuggets in a close matchup, ultimately winning 124-117 in overtime. Luka had a near triple-double with 13 assists and 9 rebounds, and his performance is what really helped the Mavericks stay in the game. Luka hit some very clutch shots in the fourth quarter and overtime; he had four straight shots from beyond the arc to ice the game and make it nearly impossible for the Nuggets to come back and win. Luka and the Mavericks shot 60% from the field and an astonishing 62% from three. Doncic is already one of the top players in the league, and he has a chance to cement his position as a top-five player this year.

5. Nikola’s start to the season

Nikola Jokic has been exceptionally good this season. Every game, he shows how he can be a candidate for MVP this year and doesn’t let any of his fans down. He shows up ready every game and puts up triple-doubles all the time, even averaging a triple-double so far this season. The last player to do this was Russel Westbrook, and he won the MVP that year. Nikola is averaging 24.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 10.4 assists so far. He is shooting almost 60% from the field and a little under 45% from three. Nikola is a very powerful center with a scoring ability that not many centers have. He is able to shoot the ball from deep better than many point guards and shooting guards, making him one of the toughest players to guard as a center. Nikola is also able to pass like a point guard and shoot like a no one else. Jokic is at the top of the MVP race and on track to win it so far, assisted with such an impressive resume.