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NBA Stock Watch: New York Basketball Is Playing, Wizards Aren’t


The holidays are here! It’s time for gifts, but it’s also time for the national focus to start turning attention to the NBA.

With that in mind, let’s do our weekly stock tracking, where we check out who across the NBA is up and who’s down.

Increase: The Knicks‘ playoff odds

Just when you think they’re out, they pull you in again.

The Knicks have now won seven games in a row. They are 17-13, good for the sixth best record in the Eastern Conference.

This is not smoke and mirrors either. The Knicks have the 13th best attack and the 9th best defense in the league. Jalen Brunson (20.8 points, 6.2 assists per game) exceeded expectations, especially in clutch games, where his steady hand and ability to produce shots He gave the Knicks something they hadn’t had in years.

Tom Thibodeau has also adjusted the way of turning, the bench Derrick Rose and red orange and spend more minutes on fast-paced young players like Quentin Grimes and Deuce McBride. Grimes in particular was a revelation; he’s done 44.9% of his deep looks in the past 10 games playing tight defence. Throw in by Mitchell Robinson non-stop attack recovery (only Houston rocket and Grizzly Memphis recovered a larger percentage than their own miss) and you have a recipe for success.

The Knicks have little chance to win in the knockouts – they don’t beat Celtics, Shove, Sixers or Cavalry in one of the seven best – but that doesn’t mean they can’t turn this into a successful season, especially with Eagle, raptor and Heat fought.

Falling: Anyone interested Washington shaman

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Mages have a tendency to be unsuitable. They have lost 10 games in a row. None of their recent lottery picks as well. They have Bradley Beal signed a contract until the end of the 2026-27 season, for which he will be paid $57 million.

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The obvious solution here is to put all of your energy into the “Brick for Vic” trade Kyle Kuzma (21.3 points per game, 7.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists), shop Beal (something they should have done 3 years ago) and stop chasing a starting spot. Will they finally see the light? For the sake of Wizards fans, I sincerely hope so.

Rise: By Jaren Jackson Jr. Defensive Player of the Year

Jackson has traded everything in sight since rejoining the Grizzlies. He averages 3.1 tackles per game – which would be good for No. 1 in the league as soon as Jackson plays the minimum number of games – and has bolstered the Grizzlies’ defence. According to reports, enemy gunners only hit 43.2% of their shots in the perimeter with Jackson nearby. NBA Advanced Statisticsan absurd number.

Featuring Jackson, the Grizzlies are clearly the top team in the West. Stop waiting Warrior to figure out why they couldn’t win on the road, or for the Clippers stars to really put several games together. Instead, turn your attention to Memphis, where Grizz currently boasts the 9th best offensive ability and 5th best defense in the league.

This is a legitimate championship contender, and Jackson’s defense is an important reason.

Increase: The Net!

The Knicks aren’t the only New York City team to find a foothold recently. Check out these numbers:

As you can see there, Kevin Durant was the catalyst for this change, as he joined the conversation about MVP. The question is if any of this is sustainable.

I doubt.

Nets are leaning Street so much about Durant. He plays 36.7 minutes per game. That’s the recipe for injury after the All-Star break. Also, Ben Simmonsafter looking the same as before, he stumbled on a streak of 8 points, 4 bounces, 4 assists.

All that said, credit the Nets for turning their season around. Just a few weeks ago, it looked like general manager Sean Marks would have to consider blowing up the whole thing. Now, the Nets can actually become a buyer at the close of the deal.

Falling down: The Lakers‘ hope to kick the playoff

Remember when it looked like the Lakers turned their season around thanks Anthony Davis go into monster mode for the rest of the tournament? Yes, now Davis is expected to be sidelined for weeks due to a leg injury.

This is already a group without depth. Without Davis in the squad, it will be very difficult for them to make it to the play-ins.

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Yaron Weitzman is an NBA writer for FOX Sports and the author of Rise to the top: Philadelphia 76ers and the most daring run in professional sports history. Follow him on Twitter @YaronWeitzman.


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