Starting Five: The week’s best NBA players

By Jack Maidment

The Week’s Best

@Jeremy Lin. How could he not make the Starting Five this week? In the space of just four days, Lin went from drawing splinters at the end of the bench to soaking up M-V-P chants at Madison Square Garden.

He powered the Knicks to an enthralling victory over the New Jersey Nets before playing the best game ever by a point guard starting his first NBA game (28-8) in a win over the Utah Jazz.

He has single-handedly reinvigorated New York and is experiencing the biggest spike in celebrity maybe ever.

Oh, and somebody wrote a song about him; it’s not half bad.

Like a few people said on Twitter, if Lin were stocks I’d be buying.

@Kobe Bryant. The simple fact is it’s not everyday you get to write about someone going fifth all time in scoring. I don’t care the Lakers lost their last two: Kobe was making the Five regardless of the beat down Los Angeles took this week.

He has 28,601 points and trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.

That’s pretty good company. Even Shaq gave him props.

@Monta Ellis. Monta was so hot on Tuesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder I mistook him for this guy. He dropped 48 points on the Thunder in a narrow loss in what has to be one of the five best individual performances of the young season.

He took 29 shots, made 18 and went 3-6 from behind the arc. Human Torch.

@Tony Parker. The San Antonio Spurs have won five games in a row and are currently third in the West. Pretty unbelievable considering Manu Ginobli has been out injured, Tim Duncan plays 27 minutes a game and the rest of the roster is made up of bit part players and rookies.

The driving force behind their success is undeniably Parker who hung 42 on the Thunder this week in an eye-opening win.

Spurs done? Non Monsieur.

@Steve Nash. Nash celebrated his birthday last night with a win over the Bucks, the Suns’ third W in a row. Phoenix is out of the playoff spots at the moment, but what Captain Canada is doing in the desert is nothing short of spectacular. Literally everything they do that’s good is down to Nash, just watch the tape.

Without him they are probably the worst team in the NBA.

Have fun next year Phoenix.


2 Responses to Starting Five: The week’s best NBA players

  1. MattBroom says:


    May I please remind you that I bought Jeremy Lin to your attention at the start of last season when he was picked up by the Warriors following his excellent summer league performance last season.
    You laughed at me then, but it seems I was right!.

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