NBA 2017/18: Red-hot players in the NBA
As we near the business end of the season, let’s take a look at a few of the hottest players in the NBA right now.
The NBA season is dwindling down, and as many teams are getting ready for the playoffs others are already building for the future and giving their youth more chances to play.
Over the last month, we have seen a few players in the NBA take the league by storm, and their impressive play has garnered the attention aplenty.
With that said, let’s have a look at some of the hottest players in the NBA right now.
Anthony Davis is the most obvious place to start. The New Orleans Pelicans’ star has been on fire over the past month.
The team’s playoff hopes were supposed to be over after DeMarcus Cousins’ season-ending injury, but instead Davis has relished the opportunity and has taken his game to a new level.
Davis’ play in February has arguably put himself into MVP conversations. To give you a sample size of his work, “The Brow” has averaged a stat line that includes 33.9 points, 13.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.3 steals per game, since DeMarcus Cousins’ injury.
During this impressive stretch, Davis put up an impressive 45 points, 17 rebounds, five steals and five blocks performance against the Miami Heat along with a season-high 53 points and 18 rebounds and five blocks performance against the Phoenix Suns.
Davis also anchored the Pelicans into a seven-game winning streak dating back to February 10 and has put the team back into contention for a playoff spot.
As the Pelicans continue to push for a playoff spot don’t expect Davis to slow down as they will likely give him every minute he can handle. If Davis is able to stay healthy, he will likely finish as one of the hottest players in the league heading into the postseason.
Despite having a mediocre start to the 2017/18 season, Brandon Ingram has significantly stepped up over the past month. The Los Angeles Lakers small forward averaged an impressive 18.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.2 3-pointers, 1.1 blocks and 5.6 assists through the month of February.
Ingram is also shooting an impressive 54.5% from the field and 52.2% from beyond the arc. The second-year player is playing the best basketball of his career and is showing everyone why the Lakers took him second overall in 2016.
With the Lakers’ chances of securing a playoff spot being highly unlikely, youth and player development will become a primary focus for the team down the stretch.
In that, we can expect LA to give younger players like Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, and Ingram extra looks to further their development at the NBA level. Therefore, one should not be surprised to see Ingram continue to elevate his game until the end of the season.
Since entering the NBA in 2003, LeBron James has been one of the best players in the NBA. In fact, you can say that for most of his career.
Even at 33 years old, he doesn’t look like he is slowing down soon and the month of February was a special month for “King James”. He set another impressive career milestone and continued to solidify his legacy.
James dished out his 8000th career assist against the Brooklyn Nets on February 27th, making him the first player in NBA history to reach 30,000 points, 8,000 rebounds, and 8,000 assists.
Beyond that, James averaged a triple-double in February, with 27 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10.5 assists per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to fine-tune their game for a deep playoff run, so look for James to stay and provide the same type of production.
Which players have caught your eye of late? Comment below!