...How obvious it is that Ricky Rubio (Min) and Markieff Morris (Phx) are the top two performing rookies so far? Kyrie Irving (Clv) is a quickly closing in third, but MarShon Brooks (NJ), Iman Shumpert (NY), Brandon Knight (Det), and Kemba Walker (Char) are not in this discussion at all. The next three best at this point? Nikola Vucevic (Phi), Tristan Thompson (Clv), and Kawhi Leonard (SA). Kenneth Faried (Dev) would be right there with more time on the court.
...How stupid it is for fans to start fawning over Washington rookie Jan Vesely after his two “big” dunks in the Wizards’ first win of the season? The Wizards beat a really bad Raptors club on Tuesday that was playing its 4th game in 5 days on a 5-games-in-6-days stretch, and Vesely ended with 4 points in 16 minutes. Wow. He did have 5 energetic steals, but keep in mind that Toronto is in the bottom-5 in the league in Turnover Rate and, again, were really really tired. He followed it up with 0 points, 0 steals, and 0 assists in 15 minutes against Chicago the next night.
...How extraordinarily out-of-sorts “point guard” Iman Shumpert looks in the Knicks’ starting lineup? He’s had 13 assists to 15 turnovers and is shooting 22-for-58 (38%) during his four starts. If only someone would have known his horrendous PG-ability and shot selection in college would translate into the pros. Watch what you wish for, fans. I'll actually add that Jorts Harrellson is definitely the Knicks best rookie at this point.
...How the Knicks’ Offensive Rating is ranked 17th in the league, the exact same place it ranked in ’08-09 and ’09-10? For all the New York fans who think the PG situation is the problem, you may want to look at the fact that your top three shooters (Carmelo, Amar’e, Iman) all hoist up tons of crap that's heavily contested and are all shooting less than 44% for the season.
...How Kobe Bryant is noticeably slower than years past and is taking a much higher percentage of jumpers than in the past (17.4 shots beyond 10 feet per game vs. 3.3 at the rim), yet he’s somehow attempting far more free throws this year than any other season of his since ’07-08, when everyone could see that his overworked body was slowing/wearing down for good? No star treatment by the refs, right?
...How much John Wall is killing the Wizards’ offense? In '09-10 when the team was imploding under Gilbert Arenas’ epic stupidity, the Zards had a terrible 104.2 Offensive Rating (25th in the NBA). Then they drafted Wall, who played in 69 games as a rookie, and their Offensive Rating fell to 102.4 (28th). Now he’s starting every game with essentially all the same surrounding talent, and they have sunk to 90.6 (30th by a comfortable margin). He’s shooting 34% (0% from three) and is again near the league lead in turnovers per game with 3.7. For the record, his spotty shot selection and poor ability to run a half-court offense has been written about in scouting reports since his sophomore year in high school (that would be his second sophomore season after he was kicked off the team during his first one - seriously), so it’s not like we shouldn't have seen this coming.