In France they spent part of the day watching Kylian Mbappé shine but then flipped and saw the future No. 1 picked by Victor Vembanyama do a 30-point double-double.
Victor Uembanyama scored a double-double with 30 points. @Metropolitans92 win!
— NBA (@NBA) November 26, 2022
That’s two 30-point double-doubles in a row for Wembanyama.
He will be selected at number 1 next June (barring something catastrophic) and the teams are already thinking about the lottery next June.
6 teams: Houston, Detroit, Orlando, San Antonio, Charlotte and New Orleans (via LAL) are separated by 2 games at the bottom of the standings. https://t.co/JppIByU4jq
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) November 26, 2022
Expect some other teams to jump into this mix below because the depth of this class goes way beyond just Wembanyama with Scoot HendersonAmen Thompson and others. The tank goes people.
DeMarcus Cousins didn’t understand why he didn’t have an NBA contract this season.
He thought he proved he could help teams needing frontline depth last season, first in Milwaukee when Brooke Lopez out of action after back surgery and gave them 9.1 points and 5.8 rebounds for consistent play. The Bucks ultimately released Cousins for financial reasons, so the Nuggets brought him in to replace Nikola Jokic. He was consistent again, averaging 8.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game (and he had a 31-point night against the Rockets).
Confused, he called one of the former general managers who brought him in, Bob Myers of the Golden State Warriors. Myers relayed their conversation on All That Smoke Podcast (via NBC Sports Bay Area).
“DeMarcus called me a month ago and said, ‘Why am I not in the NBA? Myers told Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on the All The Smoke podcast earlier this week. “And I said, ‘Do you want this answer? … Because people are afraid of how you are going to act.” And he’s like, “Why?” And I said, “Well, whatever the reason, now it’s here.”
“And I like DeMarcus. You guys may know him. He’s just, I can’t blame him for everything he’s been through.
Shortly after this conversation, cousins spoke to Chris Haynes and said he learned from his past mistakes.
“Did I make mistakes? Absolutely. Did I do something wrong? Absolutely. For this I am very sorry. But I did more right things, and I did more positive things than my negative ones. I just don’t want these positives to be overlooked. And obviously, when it comes to the negatives outweighing the positives, you should probably move away from it. This is how life goes. But I don’t believe I’m in this boat. I’m just asking for a chance to show my growth as a person and as a player.”
The cousins also had physical problems, including an ACL tear that cost him his 2019-20 season with the Lakers. He also had domestic violence charges at the time (these charges were dropped a few months later).
Cousins just needs a chance to prove he’s been through it all and can help the team like he did last season. There were rumors from Taiwan that Cousins could join Dwight Howard in that league, but Cousins did not confirm this. He still wants a chance in the NBA. So he waits and hopes that he can change the narrative around him.
Evan Mobley didn’t make the leap forward in his second season that many expected, in part because he needs to adjust to playing with the new, dominant backcourt in Cleveland. Donovan Mitchell as well as Darius Garland. Mobley gets nearly five fewer touches per game and doesn’t have the same chance of using his skills without rebounding (73% of his shots this season at zero or one dribble) as he did when he was a rookie.
“He can be better than me,” Antetokounmpo said in an exclusive interview with cleveland.com, leaving the Fiserv forum… “I don’t understand why he can’t. It depends on him. I will always try to be better. Every day. But he has the skills to be a very, very good player. He is 7 feet tall. He can move very well. He can shoot. He’s very smart. As you said, he watches other players’ records, which is very, very good for a young player. If he takes it seriously, he will become great.”
Better than Giannis? What could make him say this?
“I didn’t average his numbers in season two, so he’s already ahead of me,” Antetokounmpo told cleveland.com. “It’s in his hands. If he stays humble, continues to work hard, focuses on the game, and shows love for the game of basketball, he will be really good.”
One of the players that Mobley teaches on tape is known to be Antetokounmpo. Of course, it’s almost impossible to match the strength and athleticism that Antetokounmpo plays with, but Mobley has a set of skills that can make him a shotmaker and scorer on the wing with the ball.
The Cavaliers don’t need him to be like this as Garland is improving and Michell is better than advertised. Cleveland has a top-five offense and didn’t have to turn to Mobley for extra goals and shots. But that could change, especially in the playoffs against strong defenses from teams like the Bucks and Celtics. Ultimately, how far the Cavaliers can go in the postseason over the next few years may depend on Mobley’s offensive growth.
Antetokounmpo thinks Mobley could be special in the role, which should give fans in Cleveland even more hope.
Milwaukee – Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks taught the Cleveland Cavaliers a lesson in playoff intensity long before December began.
Antetokounmpo scored 38 points as the Bucks took a 23-2 lead in the first eight-plus minutes of the third quarter, beating Cleveland 117-102 on Friday night to end the Cavaliers’ four-game winning streak.
Giannis was a FREIGHT TRAIN in @bucks winning by throwing dunk after dunk on the way to 38 points in a return victory!@Giannis_An34: 38 points (65% from the game), 9 pd, 6 pd, 2 ch. pic.twitter.com/ZBZdr4dVmA