- LeBron James has stormed out of the gates, averaging 30.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks and 2.5 threes after two games. He’s also averaging 4.5 turnovers and shooting just 66.7 percent from the line. The turnovers will settle into the 3-3.5 range, but his free throw shooting remains a glaring weakness for the all-around stud.
Gilbert Arenas looked good in his first game back, putting up 29 points and 9 assists. He also hit a three on four attempts, putting to rest any concern that he’d actually keep to his preseason vow to shoot fewer than 100 threes this season. Still, don’t let your guard down with Arenas just yet.
- Chris Kaman looks good after two games, averaging 20 points, 12.5 boards and 1 block, though he’s also turned the ball over a total of eight times so far. He’s clearly benefiting from the absence of Blake Griffin and if he can stay healthy, Kaman will reward owners who took a risk on him on draft day.
- Kevin Garnett looks decent so far. He’s averaging 3 blocks after two games, but just 11.5 points. His offense will come around soon enough as he continues to work the rust off.
- Anthony Randolph was Nellie’d last night, playing just 9:58 off the bench last night and finishing with 8 points, 4 boards and 1 block. He’s playing hurt, so maybe coach Don Nelson was just being cautious, but this doesn’t look good.
- Al Jefferson looked terrible last night, but he’s playing with a bum Achilles so be patient with him.
- Roy Hibbert failed to meet expectations last night, but it’s too early to evaluate him.
- Brook Lopez, Andrew Bynum, Al Horford and Marc Gasol all look really good so far.
Waiver wire watch:
- Richard Hamilton
- Danilo Gallinari
- DeJuan Blair
- Ty Lawson
- Anthony Parker
- Brendan Haywood
- Andray Blatche
- Terrence Williams