With so much NBA action every night, it can be hard to keep track of who’s been at the top of their games. I’m going to do my part in staying on top of this by making a starting lineup each week of the best performers from the previous Sunday-Saturday. Players will be chosen based on their individual statistical performance and their team success with them in the lineup. The lineups will be built out of two guards, two forwards, and a center, with some liberty taken in the positional designations in order to form the best lineup possible.
Here is the NBA Team of the Week for March 1 through March 7:
F: Kawhi Leonard:
26.7/6.7/3.0/1.7/0.3 (PTS/REB/AST/STL/BLK), 49.1/44.4/75.0 (FG%/3PT%/FT%), 3-0 win-loss
Kawhi’s numbers for the week are very similar to his averages for the season, which is a testament to his consistent dominance on both ends of the ball. Leonard’s efficiency as an offensive leader and ability to make life difficult for opposing offenses helped him lead his team to a 3-0 record for the week. The Clippers have been on a tear, and Kawhi is a big reason why.
32.7/12.0/3.7/1.3/4.7, 50.0/40.6/72.2, 3-0
Porzingis has been on fire the last few weeks. He is stepping up into his role as Dallas’ second star and showing why the franchise decided to invest in him as one of their pillars of the future. After not playing for nearly two years, Kristaps is looking like he is finally back to 100 percent healthy and is showing it every night. Porzingis has been getting it done on both ends for the Mavs. He has excelled as a roll-man and a spot-up shooter on offense and dominated around the rim on defense. He is living up to his potential to be a two-way terror, maximizing his 7-foot-3 frame on both ends to help lead his team to wins in all three of the games he played in last week.
C: Anthony Davis:
33.5/11.0/1.0/2.0/2.0, 53.5/44.4/89.5, 2-0
Like Porzingis, AD has been outstanding on both sides of the ball. He is a dynamic scorer, getting buckets from the post, out of the pick-and-roll, and shooting jump shots. His combination of length, skill and athleticism make him nearly impossible to guard, as he showed by pouring in 30 points against the Bucks’ elite defense on Friday night. On the other end, he is continuing his All-Defense worthy campaign by disrupting plays with deflections and steals, and flat-out erasing opponent’s shots at the rim.
G: LeBron James:
31.0/9.0/11.7/2.0/0.7, 60.3/35.3/81.0, 3-0
LeBron is proving that he is still one of the best basketball players alive, if not the very best. He is scoring with high volume and great efficiency and is almost impossible to stop from getting to the rim and creating for himself and his teammates. He is the clear leader of a Lakers team that rolled to three victories last week, proving himself to be the best player on the court no matter who the opponent was. He used his high basketball IQ to position himself for two steals per game last week. That defensive bump helped the Lakers to post a top-5 defense on the week. The Lakers have been dominant since the All-Star break, and thanks to LeBron, last week was no exception.
G: Caris LeVert:
30.7/6.3/7.0/0.7/0.0, 52.5/40.0/69.0, 2-1
LeVert showed out in the Nets’ two wins last week, posting 51 points in a comeback-win against the Celtics and a 27-point triple double in a blowout win against the Spurs. In the Celtics game, just when the game looked out of reach, LeVert exploded for 37 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to help his team storm back for an improbable win against their division rivals. Against the Spurs, LeVert filled up the stat sheet from start to finish for his first career triple double.
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