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. Hassan Whiteside puts up the best game of the week with a 20-20. Oh yeah, he also tacked on 9 blocks! When healthy Whiteside is one of the top centers in the league.
2. Omari Spellman takes the "rookie spot" for the list. He makes the number two spot because he put up his great double-double in under thirty-minutes. It wasn't enough for a win, but still a great game.
3. Drummond actually put up two 20-20 games this week. But I'll side with his most productive game of the week (and one of +15 Points over Par games) a sound 20-19 with three steals a block to boot!
4. Kanter puts up another great 20-20 to make the list. When Kanter gets minutes he's an offensive beast. Something the Knicks might want to think about.
5. Pascal Siakam wins the "fan vote" list. Thanks to Chris Benjamin for suggesting this one. Any time a player breaks 100% on True Shooting it's a special game. I wish he'd put up more on the right side of the boxscore, but on the Raptors, you have so many players that can do so much.
The Bottom Three Boxscores of the Week
1. On November 8th, Eric Bledsoe put up a "career game" that helped the Bucks win. It was worth roughly +11 Points over Par. With the worst game of the night, not only would Melo's performance have nullified Bledsoe's performance, it would have made the Bucks the underdogs! In what may be Melo's last time on this list, I wanted him to go out on top.
2. Jaylen Brown makes the list with the worst game of the week.Thirteen missed shots, and a pretty empty box score gets Jaylen on the board.
3. Anthony Davis joins the list by being in the ten missed shots game (on inefficient shooting, obviously). Five turnovers and a lack of the standard Anthony Davis game (rebounds and blocks) and Anthony Davis makes the wrong list this week.
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! Since no player has made either list both weeks I've done this though, there's currently not much point. See you next week!
With another top five boxscore, Andre Drummond joins Steph Curry as the only player with two places on the list (my bare minimum for a leaderboard spot). Curry has the lead with 8 points, Drummond is in second with 4.
Also, Carmelo Anthony takes sole custody of the bottom three leaderboard with -5 points. On a funny note, by placing on the list, Anthony Davis joins Klay Thompson as a player with a finish on both lists!
* 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.