The NBA regular season has officially completed its first week and a half of action, with a lot of teams already playing their first five games. That has given the masses a lot to dissect about their favorite squad (or least favorite squad) and also provided us with some highlight plays already. With that being said, some around the NBA had better weeks than others. Let's take a look at the best and worst weeks in the league with another edition of "Who's Hot, Who's Not?"
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks:
There's no way Antetokounmpo wouldn't make this list after the week he had. The Greek Freak has put up an astounding stat line of 35.0 points per game, 10.6 rebounds, and 5.6 assists through five games this season. Antetokounmpo has already put up four games of 30+ points, three double-doubles and has led the Bucks to a 3-2 record early on, proving that the hype is real for a potential MVP season for the Bucks' franchise player.
It'll be interesting to see how long Antetokounmpo can keep up this ridiculous stat line, as he plays in a weaker Eastern Conference that may fall victim to nightly to one of the rising stars of the NBA.
Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers:
When Chris Paul left the Clippers via trade to the Houston Rockets this summer, there were a lot of people concerned about the future of the team. With Blake Griffin still a free agent, the team had no true identity and might've been without their two best players from the last five seasons. Alas, Griffin resigned and the team hasn't missed a beat since Paul's departure.
In four games this season, Griffin has made Los Angeles his show. From highlight-reel dunks to stretching the floor, Griffin has been able to show more of his arsenal in the short sample size of this year than ever before. Instead of waiting to receive the ball in the post and have minimal time to work, the explosive forward gets to use the most of the clock to his advantage and it is surely working.
Griffin is averaging 26.3 points per game and is picking up 9.3 boards a contest, obviously flourishing with his new teammates and system in place. With new point guard Miles Teodosic out right now, Griffin might even see his assist numbers go up.
Good start for Blake and the Clips.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards:
Bradley Beal is one of the better two-guards in the league and partners up with John Wall to make up one of the backcourts in the NBA. Unfortunately, this wasn't his best week.
Beal and the Wizards dropped their game to the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday that shocked a lot of people considering the point that both teams are currently at. In that game, Beal had an opportunity to put the Lakers away at the free-throw line but split a pair twice down the stretch. The game would head into overtime and Los Angeles would take the game in a stunner.
On Friday, Beal started off slow in Washington's game against Golden State with only four points in fifteen minutes played. Midway through the second quarter, he was involved in a fight with Warriors' power forward Draymond Green. Beal was caught grabbing the face of Green, leading to the latter wrapping him up and taking him to the ground. Beal and Green were both ejected, finishing the rough end of the week off for Beal.
Don't expect too many bad weeks for Beal, who is sure to bounce back.
Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns:
When Eric Bledsoe sent out the alarming tweet indicating his desire to leave the Phoenix Suns organization, the entire NBA world started to brainstorm where the guard could land. Would it be Cleveland, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, etc? As of right now, it doesn't look like Bledsoe will get his wish as quickly as he would've liked.
After being sent home following the social media post, Bledsoe has been sitting idle as the team explores their trade options. He has not been able to join the team during his discipline and will be off the court for a good amount of time, as it appears the Suns are expecting a king's ransom in a deal for the seven-year guard. Many teams that were interested in Bledsoe have since cooled on the idea of acquiring him, which leaves Bledsoe in an awkward spot. With no team willing to meet the Suns' ridiculous price range, he'll continue to sit on the sideline.
Bledsoe will remain off the court for the time being, wondering what is to come this season for him.