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The Top Ten Box Scores of the Week

Welcome to the Top 10 Boxscore of the Week, a weekly segment (well usually! Sorry I've been absent a few weeks) on the Boxscore Geeks where we break down our favorite boxscores of the week. While we do use statistical criteria to guide our choices, this list is subjective. With that said, here's our list! These are from games from 12/26/16 through 1/1/17.

Player Date Minutes PTS(TS%) TRB(ORB)| AST TOV STL BLK PF PoP
James Harden 12/31 42 53 (78.1%) 16 (3) 17 8 0 0 2 20.4
Kyle Lowry 1/1 39 41 (98.4%) 9 (1) 7 4 0 0 3 16.9
Giannis Antetokounmpo 12/31 41 35 (73.4%) 9 (3) 7 4 2 7 2 15.8
Dwight Howard 12/28 39 16 (68.7%) 22 (7) 3 1 1 1 5 14.2
James Harden 12/30 34 30 (79.1%) 13 (1) 10 6 5 1 1 14.5
Russell Westbrook 12/31 29 17 (62.3%) 12 (0) 14 1 2 0 0 14.1
Isaiah Thomas 12/30 37 52 (82%) 2 (1) 0 2 1 0 2 9.9
DeAndre Jordan 12/28 39 13 (68.3%) 25 (5) 1 4 0 2 4 7.6
Malcolm Brogdon 12/31 39 15 (57.7%) 11 (1) 12 3 0 0 4 3.2
Paul Millsap 12/26 25 7 (23.7%) 5 (2) 0 2 1 0 3 -12.8

1. James Harden put up the highest point total triple-double since the days of Wilt. Easily the best box score of the week and a candidate for boxscore of 2016!

2. Kyle Lowry also made history with the first 40-9-7 line for the Raptors in a win against the Lakers. Lowry just missed having perfect efficiency from the field, but we'll forgive him.

3. Giannis makes the list with the most blocks for the week with seven. He's one of two Bucks to make this list in a win against Chicago (see below) Giannis has been an absolute beast this season and has done just about everything.

4. Dwight Howard is playing at peak levels this season. Dwight is one of two players to get over 20 rebounds this week, and it helped the Hawks squeak out a close win against the Knicks.

5. James Harden makes the list twice with another triple-double! It was his first of three straight (tune in next week! I think Harden will be back on this list) The Clippers without Paul or Griffin weren't much competition and Harden showed it.

6. Russell Westbrook has been a triple-double machine this year, and I'd be remiss not to get him on this list. Much like Harden, he was able to carve up the Clippers without Chris Paul. Mad props for a 14-1 assist to turnover ratio.

7. Isiah Thomas makes the list for being the best score of the week. His 52 points on 26 shots were killer in a close win against the Heat. He didn't do much else, but if you shoot that well, you don't need to.

8. DeAndre Jordan makes the list for the most rebounds of the week in 25. He's also the only loss from one of the good box scores of the week. The Clippers did have Chris Paul for this game, but it wasn't enough to keep them from a close loss to the Pelicans.

9. Malcolm Brogdon makes the list for a great performance out of a rookie with his triple-double. With Giannis, he helped the Bucks take down the Bulls.

10. Millsap gets the coveted 10th spot with the worst game of the week. Seven points on ten shots, only five boards from a big to go with two turnovers and three fouls helped the mediocre Timberwolves take down the usually good Hawks.


That's our list! Did we miss someone? Are any players too high? Well don't worry, we'll be back next week with another one. If you see any box scores you think deserve consideration, leave them in the comments or tweet at myself (@nerdnumbers), Patrick (@nbageek), or Brian (@boxscorebrian) with hashtag #BSGTop10. Seeya next time!

With Paul missing the past 6 of 7 games due to injury Giannis has moved to #1 in the MVP horse race. He's on pace to be the first to 10 wins produced, but Harden still has a chance to pass him.
Harden was very underrated last season... he was MVP candidate 2 seasons ago, was suddenly "trash" and not even All-NBA last year despite averaging 29/9/7 and is MVP candidate again! what happened last year?
What if OKC would have traded Durant instead of Harden? Could they have gotten Anthony Davis who hadn't yet played in the NBA? The obvious, 'move,' was to keep Westbrook, Harden, Durant and Ibaka, but what ifs are fun. Especially since they got nothing for Durant and luckily got Steven Adams for Harden.
Randle got the triple double last night against the Grizzlies. 60% shooting, 14 rebounds, 11/2 assist/TO.
In the realm of why awards would be bad for your team but good for reputation, how many rookie of the year recipients have made the playoffs in the last 20 years? I suspect that if your team is heavily leaning on a rookie your team is probably trash. I know probably have Dre intrigued.
Derrick Rose, Amare Stoudemire, and Tim Duncan are the only rookie of the year recipients to play on playoff teams but only Duncan was a star on his playoff squad. So not only is it rare for a top rookie (by conventional standards) to play in the playoffs but even more rare for him to be one of the reasons the team made it to the playoffs. GM hack: Don't rely on your rookies unless you are tanking and/or want to drive up the price on him to get more proven commodities. Classic buy low, sell high.

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