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NBA Star Power Index: Anthony Davis going beast mode; De’Aaron Fox on fire; Ben Simmons answers Philly bell

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Welcome back to NBA Star Power Index: A weekly index of the players who received the most rumors in the league. Being on this list isn’t necessarily a good thing – it just means you’re getting the attention of the entire NBA world. It’s not a rating either. The listed players are in random order. This column will be published every week throughout the regular season.

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Anthony Davis

LAL • S • #3
BCP26.4
RPG12.6
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Davis has been an absolute monster for the Lakers lately, and he put a statistics line against the suns Tuesday must be seen to be believed: 37 points, 21 rebounds, five steals and five blocks. Since blocks and interceptions became official statistics in 1973, Davis became the only player to confirm these numbers.

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Davis’ diet is a lot nicer this season. He cut his long mid-range attempts mostly in half, doing most of his damage in the paint (before Phoenix cut off a lot of his descents and post-ups, he would catch lower and start his moves closer to the rim; one dribble or one hard step and he’s in the paint and attacking the rim) and at the free throw line, where he averages 12 tries over his last four games.

Claiming himself in the paint and making his way to the free throw line is what will keep Davis’ performance going like this without relying on jumpers falling. On Tuesday, he converted 15 of 16 free throws after 18 of 21 last Friday against Detroit. This does not happen by chance. He doesn’t get a lucky whistle. He goes into beast mode. By playing to his size and strength and leaving teams, especially those who dare to play small, with no choice but to shut him down.

The Lakers (5-11) lost in Phoenix but have won three of their last four games and are waiting for LeBron James. we’ll be back on friday against the spurs. If Davis, who joined Shaquille O’Neal and Elgin Baylor as the only players in Lakers history to play four consecutive 30-15 games, continues to play the same way James did when he returns to the roster, perhaps the Lakers can start something real together. .

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De’Aaron Fox

SAK • PG • #5
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ACS1.33
3P/G2.067

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Light the beam, baby The Kings have won seven in a row, and if Fox continues to play like this, keeping him out of his first All-Star Game will be next to impossible. Fox scored 32 points in Sacramento’s win over Memphis on Tuesday, 33 points in a win over Detroit on Sunday, and he’s breaking career highs from anywhere on the floor, including 81 percent at the rim and 58 percent between 4 and 14 feet. registering as the highest ranked guard in the league, according to Cleaning the Glass.

His shots during this winning streak are brilliant.

Fox is also posting a career-best 40.8% of 3 (he hit 5 of 8 on Tuesday); among the league’s top 20 scorers (Fox ranked 14th), it’s the fourth best clip from deep behind only Stephen Curry, Donovan Mitchell and Tyrese Maxey.

Fox is still Sacramento’s powerhouse with a tight pick-and-roll diet, but he’s thriving on a little more variety in his moves than in years past as the Kings have more options with which they can initiate action. on the half court, namely Domantas Sabonis in a high position or as a dribbling activator.

Fox’s mid-range jumper drops into an efficient clip, and this gives it an exhaust valve that slopes down so it doesn’t have to force its way into traffic; he makes three shots per game from 5 to 14 feet, according to NBA.com tracking, which puts him in first place among defensemen and right on par with Luka Doncic.

All this suggests that Fox is delighted. And the Kings are no joke.

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Ben Simmons

BKN • PG • #10
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RPG6.8
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Upon his return to Philadelphia, Simmons faced the challenge of a semi-hostile crowd (subsequently saying he thought it would be louder) with 11 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds. All things considered, I thought Simmons was level-headed and aggressive and honestly didn’t give the Philadelphia fans any negative energy to latch on to. Even when he hit the free throw line (he only made 3 of 6), he didn’t shy away from the spotlight. He came over, took his pictures and was fine.

Despite Simmons playing pretty well, the Nets lost the game to a Sixers team that was missing the top three players in Joel Embiid, James Harden and Tyrese Maxey, which was discouraging. Simmons in center (difficult to play alongside Nick Claxton due to spacing issues) is a problem on the scoreboard where Philadelphia killed the Nets, whose defense was generally better under Jacques Vaughn but is still a problem. Simmons dropping points in the fourth quarter was a common occurrence among Sixers fans.

All this to say that Simmons’ overall performance is a good sign that there is still more to come in the big picture. For him, these are three very solid games in a row. This is enough to say that he has changed significantly. Simmons’ double-double in Philadelphia followed a 15-13-7 record against the Blazers and 22-8-5 against the Grizzlies, both wins for the Nets.

It’s just a different energy that Simmons is playing with at the moment, and accordingly, there’s been a different energy in the Nets lately despite the loss to the Sixers. It’s the Simmons game that gets into the spirit of the whole team.

Vaughn said Simmons…



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