As you are used to now, Monday night is mainly characterized by the unveiling of the best players of the past week. And today, kudos to Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant, who have been simply unplayable in recent days.
If the Lakers have really raised the bar over the last ten games, it’s largely because Anthony Davis has once again become the Anthony Davis that scares everyone. Especially over the week we just had, during which AD chained monster performances: 44 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks in the big win in Milwaukee, when… 55 points – 17 rebounds – 3 blocks yesterday on the Washington floor, with two wins to go 3-1 for the week. You have to go back to the 2020 bubble to see AD at such a high level on both ends of the court, or even to his New Orleans years. It is clearly a pleasure to see after the many sores and the last disappointing seasons of the monobrow.
On the other side of the country, Kevin Durant continues to do Kevin Durant. It’s still as deadly, it’s still as clean, it’s still as effective, but you can’t get enough of it. In his last four games, KD turns to 33 points, 7 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1 steal and almost 2 blocks on average 65.4% shooting (lol), 37.5% from distance and 92.3% in free throws. Crazy stats were especially boosted by his explosion against Orlando (45 points on 19/24 shooting) and his card against his hometown Washington (39 points). Combined, it also gives Brooklyn three wins in four games, which now has a positive record (13 wins – 12 losses, 8th in the Eastern Conference).
There were quite a few candidates this week, most notably Devin Booker in the West (39 points and 6 assists average, 3-1 record) who very well could have won this small reward which is always a pleasure, but Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant clearly doesn’t deserve it. And something tells us they’ll follow up quickly…
Source text: NBA
West: Devin Booker (PHX), Stephen Curry (GSW), Luka Dončić (DAL), Jerami Grant and Anfernee Simons (POR) and Zion Williamson (NOP)
East: Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum (BOS), Zach LaVine (CHI) and Dejounte Murray (ATL) https://t.co/Mxbh4KrMAy
— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) December 5, 2022