Welcome to the Boxscores of the week! Every week I run down my picks of the five top boxscores of the week. For good measure, I also look at the bottom three. While production -- we use the Points Over Par metric -- does play a role in who I select, I also allow some subjectivity into my selection. With that in mind, here are our lists!
The Top Five Boxscores of the Week
1. The Bucks blew out the Trail Blazers, who are a good team. A big reason was Giannis' best game of the week. Efficient shooting, sixteen boards, and a three to one assist to turnover ratio? It's becoming pretty routine for the MVP frontrunner.
2. Kyle Lowry puts up a great triple-double to keep the Raptors the best team in the NBA. Regular season Lowry is around for another season.
3. Hamidou Diallo gets the rookie spot of the list. Perfect shooting with extra credit for threes was pretty much the cause. He also tacked on two steals, because why not? He did it in under twenty-four minutes of play, which is extra impressive.
4. James Harden finally makes the list! He put up the highest net-points (point volume including efficiency) of the week. Harden was also solid at rebounding and passing. High turnovers is the only thing that kept him off the top of the list.
5. Enes Kanter gets on with a twenty-twenty. With twenty defensive boards, it was an impressive outing. His shooting efficiency is a drop below the other scores on the list, but we'll still count it.
The Bottom Three Boxscores of the Week
1. Brook Lopez is the Ying to Giannis Antetokounmpo's Yang. He put up the worst game of the week. Brook Lopez has had a decent season. He still doesn't do things a traditional big does, but he shoots lights out from three. So in a game where he missed all twelve three-pointers he attempted, he put up a pretty bad game.
2. Robert Covington put up the worst net points game of the week. He missed seventeen shots and ten threes. The damage was minimal because he fouled out. He was the worst player in the game, and that's a pretty impressive mark because ...
3. Andrew Wiggins went twenty-nine minutes and scored zero points. With an assist to turnover ratio that canceled out, this was an impressively bad game where Wiggins did nothing productive for his team. As a testament to how bad the Bulls are, the Timberwolves won this game by 15.
Alright, those are our lists. As always, let us know in the comments or on Twitter if you have any suggestions. You can also let us know if our selections were wrong, but it's too late to change things now! See you next week!
Reminder, I'm keeping an entirely arbitrary running tally of these using standard MVP voting rules (5 points to first, 4 points to second, etc. Same rules for bad games but -3, -2, -1) Here's how things sit after five weeks. — minimum of two entries to make the board.
- LeBron James: 9 points (3 entries, two in one week!)
- Steph Curry: 8 points (2 entries)
- Andre Drummond: 4 points (2 entries)
- Enes Kanter: 3 points (2 entries)
The Bad List remains the same
- Carmelo Anthony: -5 points (2 entries)
- Donovan Mitchell: -2 points (2 entries)
We'll see if any more players join either list next week!
* Reminder, the Points over Par metric is just the Wins Produced formula translated into point margin. The way to think of it is -- how many points would a team win (or lose) by with our player's performance if they played next to an average team against an average opponent.