The 22 NBA Cats that started the NBA season have quickly been cut down to 16 after a tumultuous week for the former Kentucky players. Chuck Hayes was waived, MKG, Jodie Meeks, DeMarcus Cousins, and Nerlens Noel missed time due to injury, and James Young was sent to the D-League. Still the players that did get to log minutes this week turned in some solid performances. Here are your top five former Cats from week 2 of the NBA season:
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans- 27.33 points, 8.33 rebounds, 3.33 blocks (3 games)
Anthony Davis and his Pelicans have their season in jeopardy already after starting the season 0-6. Only one team in Western Conference history has been able to recover from an 0-6 start and still make the playoffs. The Pelicans will attempt to right the ship as they host the Dallas Mavericks but the bottom line is that Anthony Davis just doesn’t have any help. It’s going to be a long year for the MVP hopeful.
John Wall, Washington Wizards- 16.33 points, 11 assists, 3 steals (3 games)
The Wizards went 1-2 this past week but passed a major benchmark with a win over the Spurs. The Wiz only play 4 games over the next two weeks but none is more important than tonight’s game against the Thunder. Washington fans are hopeful they can witness Wall dishing the ball to Kevin Durant next season so you can expect the hometown kid to get the largest pop of all.
Eric Bledsoe- Phoenix Suns 23 points, 7.66 assists, 2.33 steals (3 games)
Don’t look now but Mr. Bledsoe is already putting up numbers worthy of a trip to the All-Star game. He ranks 14th in the league in scoring and 15th in assists. Unfortunately Eric plays in a conference with Steph Curry, Damien Lillard, CP3, and Russell Westbrook so him making an All-Star game is extremely unlikely. Still the former Cat is quickly becoming the best player on Phoenix’s roster.
Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City Thunder- 15.67 points, 7 rebounds (3 games)
Another good week for the former Kentuckian but a disappointing week for his team. The Thunder went 1-2 against three good but not great teams. Next Up: the aforementioned trip to the nation’s capital.
Karl-Anthony Towns- Minnesota Timberwolves 13.33 points, 9.67 rebounds, 3.33 blocks (3 games)
Big KAT is shattering NBA records as the first teenager with 4 double-doubles in his first 6 games. He’s been the difference to the young Timberwolves team so far and it isn’t crazy to call them a playoff dark horse team this early in the season.