Notinhalloffame NBA Cup Standings Update (190)

Notinhalloffame NBA Cup Standings Update (190)
02 Feb
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If you are a regular visitor at, 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 190 Notinhalloffame Cup Points:

1. Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics, 190 Points:  49 Games, 31.1 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 4.4 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.7 BPG, 24.6 PER, 7.3 WS.  (#2 on last ranking)

Tatum moved back to the top, and while he is not at the top of any stat line, he is the biggest star on the NBA’s best team.  He has never finished with a PPG over 30, but he has that currently (31.1).  This could be an MVP season for Tatum.

2. Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks, 186 Cup Points:  46 Games, 33.4 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 8.3 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.5 BPG, 30.3 PER, 8.8 WS.  (#1 on last ranking)

Doncic drops to number 2, and we can argue that he is also fallen behind Tatum, the player ahead of him, for MVP consideration.  The European superstar is second in PPG (33.4), fourth in APG (8.3) and is second in VORP (5.1) and Win Shares (8.2).   His PER of 30.3 also ranks him second.  Statistically, he is ahead of Tatum, but that might not matter if Tatum’s Celtics finish that much higher than Doncic’s Mavericks.

3. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder, 175 Cup Points:  47 Games, 30.8 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 5.6 APG, 1.7 SPG, 1.1 BPG, 27.1 PER, 7.8 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?  

4. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, 173 Cup Points:  40 Games, 31.8 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 5.3 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.8 BPG, 27.9 PER, 5.2 WS. (#5 on last ranking)

The two-time MVP is healthy and playing his best basketball of the year.  The “Greek Freak” is positioning himself back in the MVP talk and is third in PPG (31.8) and second in RPG (12.2)

5. Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies, 170 Cup Points:  43 Games, 27.4 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 8.3 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.3 BPG, 23.8 PER, 4.8 WS. (#6 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.

6. Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets, 169 Cup Points:  44 Games, 25.1 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 10.0 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.6 BPG, 32.1 PER, 9.9 WS.  (#3 on last ranking)

Jokic dropped three spots, though that was more from sitting out a game while others around him on this played in more.  The two-time and defending MVP winner (and NIHOF Cup Champion) is leading the league in PER (32.1), Win Shares (9.9), VORP (5.6) and Box Plus/Minus (13.1).

7. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers, 164 Cup Points:  38 Games, 33.5 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.1 SPG, 1.7 BPG, 30.7 PER, 6.7 WS.  (#9 on last ranking)

Embiid is back from a foot issue, and tearing it up.  He took over from Doncic the PPG lead and is second in PER (30.7).

8. Julius Randle, New York Knicks, 156 Cup Points:  52 Games, 24.7 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 4.1 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.3 BPG, 20.9 PER, 6.0 WS. (#8 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 (24.7).

9. Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks, 154 Cup Points:  46 Games, 27.0 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 9.9 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.1 BPG, 21.6 PER, 3.6 WS. (#10 on last ranking)

Young moves up one spot, and is the face of an intriguing Hawks squad.  

10 (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.

10 (Tie). LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, 153 Cup Points:  41 Games, 30.2 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 7.1 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.5 BPG, 25.1 PER, 4.6 WS.  (Not on last ranking)

Well look who climbed into the top ten!  King James is here, and as always plays his ass off every night.  If he stays healthy, he should be able make the top five by season’s end.

Our next update will happen after the first player breaches 200 Cup Points.

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