If you are a regular visitor at Notinhalloffame.com, you know that we created the Notinhalloffame NBA Cup, where in every regular season game, we award points (5-4-3-2-1) to the top five performers. This is the third year that we have done this, and Denver’s Nikola Jokic won the first two.
To keep everyone regularly in the loop this time, we have decided to give regular updates, starting at when the first player cracked 120 Points, and tell all of you the top ten. We will this going forward with every update as the first player breaches the elevated ten-point threshold afterward.
Here is the current top ten, based on the first player to breach 120 Notinhalloffame Cup Points:
1 (Tie). Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets, 121 Points: 31 Games, 30.1 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 5.3 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.6 BPG, 27.0 PER, 5.0 WS. (#2 on last ranking)
Durant moves back up to the top spot, albeit in a tie, and sure enough, he also shares the most amount of Points (934) with Luka Doncic, though KD has played two more Games.
1 (Tie). Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks, 121 Points: 29 Games, 32.2 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 8.7 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.6 BPG, 30.3 PER, 5.3 WS. (#1 on last ranking)
Doncic remains at the top (though now tied with Durant) and should be considered the top contender for the MVP. At present, he is second in Points per Game behind Joel Embiid, and is also topping the stat line in VORP (3.6).
3. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder, 113 Points: 29 Games, 31.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 5.7 APG, 1.7 SPG, 1.0 BPG, 27.0 PER, 4.5 WS. (#5 on last ranking)
Gilgeous-Alexander is going to be an All-Star this year, and is shattering last year’s averages, which were already good. How great will this Canadian be?
4. Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics, 111 Points: 30 Games, 30.6 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 4.1 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.9 BPG, 24.9 PER, 4.4 WS. (#3 on last ranking)
Tatum continues to get better which should scare the hell out of anybody cheering against the Celtics. He has never finished a season averaging over 30 Points per Game, and Tatum is over that now.
5. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, 110 Points: 26 Games, 31.6 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 5.1 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.0 BPG, 28.8 PER, 3.7 WS. (#5 on last ranking)
Giannis is back where he belongs in the top five and the two-time MVP’s Bucks look ready to win it all. He is in the top five in Rebounds and Points per Game.
6. Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets, 103 Points: 27 Games, 24.7 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 9.2 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.7 BPG, 32.0 PER, 5.5 WS. (#10 on last ranking)
The “Joker” is on fire lately, and we know someone wants to get that third Cup! He is currently leading the NBA in Box Plus/Minus (12.0) and Win Shares (5.5).
7 (Tie). Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics, 102 Points: 30 Games, 26.2 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.5 BPG, 19.8 PER, 2.3 WS. (#7 on last ranking)
Brown’s appearance here gives Boston the only team to have two players in the top ten, and he currently has the highest traditional numbers of his career.
7 (Tie). Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors, 102 Points: 26 Games, 30.0 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 6.8 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.3 BPG, 26.7 PER, 4.1 WS. (#4 on last ranking)
Curry is now out with an injury, and will likely be out of the top ten by the next update.
9. Donovan Mitchell, Cleveland Cavaliers, 99 Points: 29 Games, 29.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 4.5 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.3 BPG, 24.8 PER, 4.9 WS. (Not on last ranking)
Mitchell returns to the top ten, and more and more it looks like he was the true star of his previous team, Utah.
10. Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies, 98 Points: 25 Games, 27.0 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 7.8 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.2 BPG, 23.8 PER, 2.6 WS. (#10 on last ranking)
Morant is the face of the Grizzles, and he is posting similar numbers from last year, when he took Memphis to the next level.
Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers fell off the top ten.
Our next update will happen after the first player breaches 130 Cup Points.
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