Welcome to the weekly NBA stock report where we go around the league and examine whose stock is rising and whose is falling.
In this week’s edition, the Toronto Raptors are dealing with DeMarre Carroll out (again), the second returns on the all-star balloting are in and the Blazers somehow forget to play their second-best player.
James Johnson and Terrence Ross: This has been said almost every single time Carroll has gone down with injury, but it’s time for Johnson and Ross to rise to the occasion and really step up in his absence. At the moment Johnson’s starting in place of Carroll but, overall, both he and Ross should see a minutes spike. As much as this is beginning to sound like a broken record, these two need to take advantage of this opportunity and take their games to another level.
Jimmy Butler: Is there anyone that still believes the Bulls are Derrick Rose’s team? Butler is undoubtedly Chicago’s best player, on both ends of the floor, and his spectacular 40-point, we-ain’t-gonna-lose second-half performance against the Raptors only solidifies this fact.
Draymond Green: The Golden State Warriors are ridiculous. Just when you think you can maybe slow down the Splash Brothers, here comes Green, a legitimate triple-double machine, defend-any-position burgeoning superstar who, while very good last season, is playing at a whole other level right now.
Raptors fans: The second returns of all-star balloting are in and in the Eastern Conference Dwyane Wade and Kyrie Irving remain the leading guards, while the Toronto Raptors backcourt tandem of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan sit in third and sixth place, respectively. This really shouldn’t be that big of a deal, but with the all-star weekend taking place in Toronto this year, you’d think there would be a bigger push to get Raptors players as potential starters. What happened to We The North?
Terry Stotts: C.J. McCollum is having an outstanding season for the Portland Trail Blazers and having him on the floor gives his team a better shot to win than not having him on it. Thus, when word came out that the Blazers left him off their active roster before a game against the Los Angeles Clippers because of a clerical error, you have to imagine just how embarrassed Portland coach Stotts must’ve been. After all, it is his roster. How did he not know his team’s second-leading scorer was going to be made ineligible? So weird.
Jarret Jack: The Brooklyn Nets’ season has been a disaster and word that Jack, one of the most likeable guys in the league, is out for the season with a knee injury is just icing on this awful cake.