As we roll toward the All-Star Break, there were a couple of rookies who cracked the NBA Best of the Week list for the first time as some of the kids are getting a chance for more playing time because of injuries or other lineup adjustments (read “Tank City, baby!”)
It was a strange week, one in which one of the teams that has been bouncing along the bottom of the tanking tank—the Orlando Magic—went 3-0 with back-to-back wins over the current No. 1 seeds in each conference, beating Oklahoma City on Friday and Indiana on Sunday.
It was a week in which a team fired its coach the day after it had won by 16 and 17 points, respectively. But it’s the Detroit Pistons and they tend to move coaches in and out rapidly. For some perspective on that, the Pistons came out and knocked off San Antonio on Monday night in interim coach John Loyer’s debut. The newest coach beat the longest-tenured coach. But while Gregg Popovich has coached the Spurs since the 19th game of the 1996-97 season, Detroit is now on its 11th coach in that same span. The more things change, the more things … change, apparently.
Moving on to the best of the week, where the players selected must play at least 25 minutes a game in more than half of their team’s games (rookies must average 20 minutes a game to be selected).
All statistical information from NBA.com/Stats.