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 180 Notinhalloffame Cup Points:
1. Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks, 182 Cup Points: 44 Games, 33.8 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 8.6 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.5 BPG, 29.9 PER, 7.8 WS. (#1 on last ranking)
Doncic is still at number #1, but is he is still the MVP front-runner? The man at #2 is staking a claim for that. The European star is currently leading the NBA in Points per Game (33.8) and is 4th in Assists per Game (8.8). The Mavericks will go as far as Doncic can take them.
2. Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics, 177 Points: 46 Games, 31.0 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 4.4 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.7 BPG, 24.6 PER, 6.8 WS. (#2 on last ranking)
Tatum is threatening to top the list, and for many is the current front runner for the NBA MVP. He has never finished with a PPG over 30, but he has that currently (31.0).
3 (Tie). Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets, 160 Cup Points: 42 Games, 25.1 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 9.9 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.6 BPG, 32.4 PER, 9.5 WS. (#3 on last ranking)
The “Joker” has been great lately, and we know someone wants to get that third Cup! He is currently leading the NBA in PER (32.4), VORP (5.4), Box Plus/Minus (13.2) and Win Shares (9.5).
3 (Tie). Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder, 160 Cup Points: 43 Games, 30.7 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 5.5 APG, 1.7 SPG, 1.1 BPG, 27.0 PER, 7.1 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?
5 (Tie). Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets, 153 Cup Points: 39 Games, 29.7 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 5.3 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.5 BPG, 26.8 PER, 6.4 WS. (#5 on last ranking)
The Nets were on fire, and Durant was posting his best numbers over the past three years. K.D. is now on the injured list with an MCL injury, and will miss a month, that will cost him the MVP and of course, the NIHOF Cup. He dropped three spots from out last update.
6 (Tie). Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies, 153 Cup Points: 39 Games, 27.2 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 7.9 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.3 BPG, 23.5 PER, 4.1 WS. (#8 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.
5 (Tie). Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, 153 Cup Points: 36 Games, 30.9 PPG, 11.9 RPG, 5.3 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.9 BPG, 26.9 PER, 4.4 WS. (#6 on last ranking)
The two-time MVP has the least amount of Games Played of anyone else in the top ten, and had he not missed them, would potentially be in the top spot.
8 (Tie). Julius Randle, New York Knicks, 148 Points: 49 Games, 24.6 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 4.0 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.3 BPG, 21.1 PER, 5.8 WS. (#9 on last ranking)
Randle continues to climb the list, and currently has a higher PPG (24.4), as his All-Star year two years ago (24.1).
8 (Tie). Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers, 148 Cup Points: 34 Games, 33.6 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.0 SPG, 1.7 BPG, 30.9 PER, 6.1 WS. (#9 on last ranking)
Embiid is currently second in Points per Game (behind Doncic), but is currently dealing with a foot injury.
10. Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks, 142 Points: 43 Games, 27.0 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 9.9 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.1 BPG, 21.4 PER, 3.6 WS. (#10 on last ranking)
Young holds the final spot on the top ten, and is the face of an intriguing Hawks squad.
Our next update will happen after the first player breaches 170 Cup Points.