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 100 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 130 Notinhalloffame Cup Points:
1. Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks, 144 Points: 34 Games, 34.2 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 8.9 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.6 BPG, 32.5 PER, 7.3 WS. (#1 on last ranking)
Doncic pulled back as the lone top man in Cup Points, and for our money, he is the current favorite for the MVP. Doncic just took over as the scoring leader (34.2), and is also tops in the standings in Win Shares (7.3) and VORP (4.4).
2. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets, 137 Points: 35 Games, 29.7 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 5.3 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.5 BPG, 26.6 PER, 5.7 WS. (#2 on last ranking)
The Nets are on fire, and whether are winning or losing, Durant always shines.
3. Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics, 128 Points: 34 Games, 31.0 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 4.0 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.9 BPG, 25.1 PER, 5.2 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.
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, 127 Points: 30 Games, 32.1 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 5.2 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.9 BPG, 28.4 PER, 4.2 WS. (#5 on last ranking)
Giannis moves up another spot 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.
5. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder, 125 Points: 33 Games, 30.8 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 5.8 APG, 1.7 SPG, 1.0 BPG, 26.6 PER, 5.0 WS. (#3 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?
6. Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets, 121 Points: 32 Games, 25.5 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 9.5 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.7 BPG, 31.9 PER, 6.8 WS. (#6 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 PER 32.3, Box Plus/Minus (12.1).
7. Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics, 119 Points: 34 Games, 27.0 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 3.4 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.4 BPG, 21.0 PER, 2.8 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.
8. (Tie) Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies, 117 Points: 30 Games, 27.0 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 8.1 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.2 BPG, 23.4 PER, 3.1 WS. (#9 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.
8 (Tie). Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers, 117 Points: 27 Games, 33.2 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 4.6 APG, 1.2 SPG, 1.6 BPG, 30.3 PER, 4.8 WS. (#8 on last ranking)
Embiid makes his 2022/23 top ten debut, and is currently second in Points per Game (behind Doncic).
10. DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls, 105 Points: 36 Games, 26.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.9 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.4 BPG, 22.3 PER, 4.6 WS. (Not on last ranking)
DeMar DeRozan makes his first appearance this year in the top ten, and is proving that his comeback last year was no fluke.
Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors fell off the top ten.
Our next update will happen after the first player breaches 150 Cup Points.
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