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BBNBA: De’Aaron Fox is Your 2018 NBA MVP

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Thunder – 111 @ Hornets – 107

  • Five former Wildcats saw the floor as the Oklahoma City Thunder won their third straight game after starting the season 0-4. Hamidou Diallo and Nerlens Noel combined for 10 points on 5-6 shooting, including this impressive offensive rebound leading to a dunk for Diallo.

  • Patrick Patterson was 0-3 from the field in only seven minutes. It was his fewest minutes played of the season thus far as the Thunder elected to go with Jerami Grant down the stretch.
  • As for the Hornets side, Malik Monk went out looking to take any shot that came his way. He finished with 21 points on 7-15 shooting (4-12 from deep) with some impressive “no-no-yes!” type finishes. The dude is an acrobat dressed with a jersey on.

  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist brought in another modest nine points and nine rebounds in 24 minutes, including this chase down block leading to a dunk.

Nuggets – 110 @ Cavaliers – 91

  • The Nuggets didn’t need much to make quick work of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jamal Murray played only 22 minutes and none of the Nuggets starters played more than 28 minutes. Murray still managed 10 points on an efficient 5-8 shooting. As a result of the game being a blowout for the majority of the second half, Trey Lyles played 24 minutes – a season-high for him. He added 12 points of his own but had to attempt 13 shots to get there (5-13 from the field). A lot of Lyles’ shots weren’t even close if we’re being honest, and he continues to struggle to knock down shots from the perimeter (0-3 on Thursday night). I will say this, though, his head coach must obviously have supreme confidence in Lyles and it’s clear he still has the green light. It’s only eight games into the season so there’s plenty of time to recover. He rarely settles for jumpers and continues to attack the paint if he sees an opening. His confidence is glowing, the shots will start to fall eventually.

Kings – 146 @ Hawks – 115

  •  Look, I get that the Sacramento Kings beat the lowly Atlanta Hawks, probably the worst team in the NBA not located in Cleveland. I get that their front office knows nothing other than how to screw this up. I get that this could all be short-lived. And I really don’t want to get ahead of myself here, but the Sacramento Kings are winning the NBA Finals this year. Golden State is getting swept. The Raptors forfeit before Game 1 of the Finals even begins. A 15-year dynasty is in its earliest of stages.
  • De’Aaron Fox went absolutely dumb stupid last night, recording a 31-point, 10-rebound, 15-assist triple-double, the first of his career. This game is normally a battle to see who is the second-worst team in the league. Fox ran around those poor Hawks all night and made them look like they didn’t even belong in the same league in the second half. After the game, Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce said, “Fox is one of the, if not the, fastest guys in the league,”.
  • The only other player in NBA history to record a triple-double before their 21st birthday is that LeBron James dude. It’s no longer a question of if Fox has taken the leap, but it’s now a matter of figuring out just how high his ceiling reaches. He’s not overthinking. He’s making the easy passes. He went 3-4 from deep. When he’s clicking, he’s unguardable. Just watch the highlights.

  • But let’s also not forget about Willie Cauley-Stein who, like Fox, is playing the best stretch of basketball he ever has in his life. WCS brought in 12 points and six rebounds on 6-8 shooting and outhustled every single person on the court. If he stays committed to this level of intensity with a blazing quick point guard who loves to find the open man, WCS is on his way to a Most Improved Player type season.
  • Lost in the Fox frenzy was Alex Poythress on the Atlanta side. Poythress missed the previous two games with a knee injury, but came back strong, posting nine points and eight rebounds in 16 minutes.
  • Skal Labissiere was able to register some clock in the blowout, scoring six points on 2-3 shooting.

Pelicans – 119 @ Trail Blazers – 132

  • Anthony Davis sat out for the third time in four games to nurse his nagging elbow injury. Which means the New Orleans Pelicans lost. The injury isn’t too severe, however, and had the game been in the playoffs, Davis would have played. Him sitting was more precautionary than anything, no need to risk your star player’s health over a few games in late October/early November.
  • What did happen in Davis’ absence was an explosion of scoring from Julius Randle, who scored a season-high 29 points on 9-16 shooting, including six rebounds and three assists (and 11-12 from the free throw line).

  • Darius Miller also sat out due to a quad injury that has now caused him to miss four straight games.

*Other Notes*

  • Eric Bledsoe scored 13 points to go along with seven assists in a close loss against the Boston Celtics.
  • Shai Gilegous-Alexander added seven points on 3-8 shooting for the Los Angeles Clippers.


PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)146-115 W @ ATL319-13 (3-4)1015103+3433
Julius Randle (NOP)119-132 L @ POR299-16 (0-2)63103-1325
Malik Monk (CHA)107-111 L vs. OKC217-15 (4-12)02103-323
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)113-117 L @ BOS133-9 (1-2)17102-1232
Trey Lyles (DEN)110-91 W @ CLE125-13 (0-3)81112+1024
Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)146-115 W @ ATL126-8 (0-0)60302+2325
Jamal Murray (DEN)110-91 W @ CLE105-8 (0-1)13001+1022
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)107-111 L vs. OKC93-10 (0-2)90101-2524
Alex Poythress (ATL)115-146 L vs. SAC93-6 (0-0)80000-616
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)113-122 L @ PHI73-8 (0-0)22011-1817
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)111-107 W @ CHA63-4 (0-1)20000010
Skal Labissiere (SAC)146-115 W @ ATL62-3 (0-1)40001-35
Nerlens Noel (OKC)111-107 W @ CHA42-2 (0-0)20110-58
Patrick Patterson (OKC)111-107 W @ CHA00-3 (0-3)30000+27
Anthony Davis (NOP)119-132 L @ PORDNP-Elbow----------------
Darius Miller (NOP)119-132 L @ PORDNP-Quad----------------
Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)110-91 W @ CLEDNP-Foot----------------
Wenyen Gabriel (SAC)146-115 W @ ATLDNP-Inactive----------------


7:00: Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander) @ Magic (Briscoe)

7:30: Rockets (Knight-out) @ Nets

8:00 (ESPN): Thunder (Diallo, Noel, Patterson) @ Wizards (Wall) 

8:00: Pacers @ Bulls (Ulis)

8:30: Knicks (Kanter, Knox-out) @ Mavericks

9:00: Grizzlies @ Jazz

10:00: Raptors @ Suns (Booker-probable)

10:30 (ESPN): Timberwolves (Towns) @ Warriors (Cousins-out)

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Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

2 Comments for BBNBA: De’Aaron Fox is Your 2018 NBA MVP

  1. henderblue
    2:09 pm November 2, 2018 Permalink

    Fox was spectacular.

  2. michaelb
    2:35 pm November 2, 2018 Permalink

    Makes magic Johnson kick himself lol