Paul George F OKC 17 hours ago
George recorded 26 points (9-17 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, five steals and four assists in 36 minutes during Monday's 114-107 loss to the Pelicans.
George was excellent again in a tough loss, bouncing back after two below-par games. After a bit of a slow start to the season, he has looked fantastic over the last few weeks. He is currently leading the team in points, steals, and three-pointers. The fact that he is also playing the most minutes on the team is a strong indication that he is beginning to settle into his new role, and should be a lock as a top 25 player for the rest of the season.
Dwight Howard PF/C CHA 17 hours ago
Howard had 25 points (8-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 9-14 FT), 20 rebounds, and four blocks in 30 minutes during Monday's 118-102 win over the Timberwolves.
Howard finished with a season high in scoring and matched his season high in swats while posting his fifth 20-plus point showing through 16 appearances. This was also the third time in 2017-18 that Howard hauled in at least 20 boards. He'll be going for his third straight double-double (and ninth of the campaign) when he faces off with the weaker but quicker Marcin Gortat in Wednesday's matchup with the Wizards.
DeMarcus Cousins PF/C NOP 17 hours ago
Cousins finished with 18 points (7-17 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block across 26 minutes during Monday's 114-107 victory over the Thunder.
Cousins was ejected after 26 minutes of playing time, still finishing with a full stat line. He was removed from the game after an elbow to the head of Russell Westbrook. It didn't appear too serious, and he should be fine to go for the next game. Cousins has been amazing this season, but has seen his production dip slightly over the last two weeks. This was to be expected after his ridiculous first fortnight.
Anthony Davis PF/C NOP 17 hours ago
Davis collected 36 points (9-19 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 18-22 FT), 15 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 44 minutes during Monday's 114-107 victory over the Thunder.
Davis was everywhere for the Pelicans, leading his team to a tough victory. DeMarcus Cousins was ejected after 26 minutes of action, leaving Davis to put the team on his back. He didn't disappoint, as they held off the Thunder in the final quarter to get the win. He has been in a bit of a slump over his last three games, but was able to get things going in a classic performance. His number will be up and down depending on who has the hot hand, but should still be viewed as a top-five player, barring any injury setbacks.
Patrick Beverley G LAC 17 hours ago
Beverley (knee) recorded nine points (3-8 FG, 3-7 3Pt), six rebounds, two assists and one blocks in just 22 minutes during Monday's 107-85 loss to the Knicks.
Beverley returned from a five-game absence, playing limited minutes in a blow-out loss. The fact he was playing at all is a good sign for owners, and the low minutes may have been due in part to the nature of the scoreline as well as a minutes restriction. He looked healthy when he was on the floor, and should be fine to roll out in your lineups for the Clippers next game against the Hawks on Wednesday.
Blake Griffin F/C LAC 17 hours ago
Griffin tallied 21 points (6-18 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 7-8 FT), five assists, four rebounds and two steals in 33 minutes during Monday's 107/85 loss to the Knicks.
Griffin struggled from the floor, as the Clippers fell to their ninth straight loss. After winning their first four games of the season, the Clippers have looked ordinary, losing 11-of-12 games. Griffin has been consistent, however, providing owners with good scoring and rebounds, as well as adding two three-pointers and almost five assists per game. His efficiency has been an issue, shooting below 42 percent for the season.
Kristaps Porzingis PF/C NYK 17 hours ago
Porzingis finished with 25 points (7-20 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 9-9 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 29 minutes during Monday's 107-85 victory over the Clippers.
Porzingis was dominant again Monday, filling the box score in an easy victory. After a sub-par performance in his last outing, he was back to it, continuing his stellar start to the season. Something to watch for owners however, is that his efficiency has dropped off over the last four games. He has shot 34 percent from the floor, on a team-high 73 field-goal attempts. This will obviously not stick, but his hot start is probably something that was just a short sample.
Tim Hardaway Jr. SG/SF NYK 17 hours ago
Hardaway tallied 13 points (6-13 FG, 1-6 3Pt), five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block across 26 minutes in Monday's 107-85 victory over the Thunder.
Hardaway was questionable heading into the game, but appeared untroubled by his sore foot. He has been excellent since his rough start to the season, helping the Knicks to a surprising 9-7 start. He continues to play with confidence, and there is no reason to believe this will stop at any stage. He is not going to provide a lot outside of scoring, but has been rebounding well and providing some steals.
Donovan Mitchell SG UTA 19 hours ago
Mitchell scored 17 points (6-19 FG, 1-7 3PT, 4-5 FT) to go along with four rebounds, five assists and one steal across 36 minutes in Monday's 106-87 loss to Philadelphia.
Mitchell led a feeble Utah offense with 17 points on Monday. Shooting 31.5 percent from the floor, the rookie guard struggled with his shot in what turned out to be a high-volume shooting night. Mitchell has been entrusted with a sizable chunk of the offense, averaging 14.3 field goal attempts per game entering Monday. As a result, he is second on the team in scoring with 14.8 points per game.
Ben Simmons G/F PHI 19 hours ago
Simmons scored 27 points (13-24 FG, 1-4 FT) to go along with 10 rebounds, two assists and four steals over 34 minutes in Monday's 107-86 win over Utah.
Against Utah, Simmons uncharacteristically did not fill out the assist column (2). The rookie more than made up for his lack of assists by stuffing the rebound (10) and steal (4) categories en route to his eleventh double-double of the season. In addition, Simmons rounded out a solid shooting performance (52.1 percent) with a career-high 27 points. In total, Simmons has developed into a stat sheet stuffing machine in this early stage of his career.