NBA Week 1: Favorites and Fizzle

By Chris Burrows


Brandon Jennings (MIL) – The biggest standout of the NBA rookie class so far, Jennings is earning his minutes falling just short of a triple-double in his debut game with 17 points, 9 rebounds, and nine assists and a 24 point outing against the Pistons.

Gilbert Arenas (WASH) – His comeback looks like the real deal. Arenas’ numbers are already on pace to match his 06-07 days with a three game average of 28 ppg that includes a 32 point outing against the Nets.

Al Harrington (NYK) – 42 points against the Sixers. This vet is on pace to have his best season yet and help his team lots along the way.

Andrea Bargnani (TOR) – Chris Bosh wouldn’t be where he is without Bargnani who’s showing his worth in the paint this season and attacking inside. He’s a top producing center maintaining an uncommonly high 22 ppg for his position. And he’s 12 for 12 at the charity stripe which he is making his home.

Chris Kaman (LAC) – Another impressive Center so far, Kaman is stepping up his rebound totals (10.2) and point totals (22.6 ppg) with a 27 point, 11 rebound game against Dallas. He has recorded 3 double-doubles in five games.

Andrew Bynum (LAL) – Garnering lots of minutes and offensive stats, Bynum put up 26 points against the Clippers and has already had two other 21+ point games. His rebound totals are also on the rise.

Kevin Martin (SAC) – Martin is an offensive monster so far this season. He put together a 48 point game against Memphis with five rebounds, four assists, four steals, and one block. The guy is unstoppable.

Marreese Speights (PHI) – An off-the-bench option for fantasy owners, Speights has displayed a knack for sinking shots in Philadelphia with a .750 FG%. Though he doesn’t get as many minutes as the starters, he has already managed a 26 point, 5 rebound, 2 steal, 1 block game against Orlando and a 20 point, 10 rebound, 2 block game against the Knicks. If he gets more minutes, Speights might explode.

The Phoenix Suns – Besides leading all other teams in offense the Suns are getting it done in the rebounds too with a .512 total rebounding %. The Suns are just cranking out numbers.


Stephen Curry (GSW) – The highly acclaimed first round draft pick out of Davidson started both of the Warrior’s first two outings but only lit up the boards for 14 points against Houston and 12 versus Phoenix. Curry hasn’t yet recorded his first official NBA block.

Russell Westbrook (OKC) – Westbrook has succeeded offensively in his first four starts including two double-doubles in a row but his downfall continues to be his turnovers which can quickly sink any fantasy team. Westbrook had nine turnovers in one game against Portland and has 22 so far.

Pau Gasol (LAL) – Can’t do much on a torn hamstring.