Sheridan Hoops MVP Rankings After Week Two

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1CARMELO ANTHONY, F, NEW YORK: The PA announcer called him “Melo” in pregame introductions and after he scored in the home opener (a practice that has since ceased), and the MSG television crew (controlled by the Dolan family) had begun doing the same thing. It was too weird. Anyway, when your team is 4-0 and you are leading the NBA in scoring (27.3, a tenth better than Kobe Bryant), this ranking is where you park your Car, ‘Melo.2
2LeBRON JAMES, F, MIAMI: Has made at least 50 percent of his shots in five of six games, is shooting 50 percent on 3s and is averaging 10.0 rebounds. And since you are probably wondering, the Heat get a chance to avenge their blowout loss to the Knicks (in New York’s home opener) on Thursday, Dec. 6 in Miami (the night TNT will break its regular season ratings record).6
3ZACH RANDOLPH, F, MEMPHIS: He has yet to score 20 points in a game. Yet he also has failed to grab fewer than 13 rebounds in a single game. And although the Grizzlies’ 4-1 record is not quite as beauticious as the Spurs’ 6-1 mark that is keeping the Grizz in second place in the Southwest, Z-Bo merits No. 3 because he has been almost singlehandedly carrying his team.-
4TIM DUNCAN, F-C, SAN ANTONIO: He has had one bad game, and it came in the Spurs’ only loss (to the Clippers). But his production over the first seven games (18.0 ppg, 9.5 reb, 2.3 blk) is even more incredible given his limited minutes (29.3). Notable: He is just a shade under 80 percent from the foul line. What magic elixir did he bring back from St. Croix (the place where they make Captain Morgan’s rum)?4
5CHRIS PAUL, G, LA CLIPPERS: Apologies to Jamal Crawford, who will get his props when we start doing our Sixth Man rankings. And I know you are reading this J.Crossover, because no player is more of a media sponge than you. But your buddy pictured to the left is averaging 18.6 points and 10.4 assists, and the dude has missed only one free throw all season (when he went 19-for-20 against Golden State).3
6<RAJON RONDO, G, BOSTON: Has recorded at least 10 assists in 30 straight games. Yes, most of those came last season, which should have no bearing on this season’s race. I’ll give you that. And yes, his team is .500. But he is the only irreplaceable player on that roster. And you know he’ll be playing in May.-
7KYRIE IRVING, G, CLEVELAND: Not to bag on the commercial for the second straight week, but Uncle Drew (which is now in mainstream ad rotations, unlike Uncle Drew I) is the worst sequel since Blues Brothers 2000. But don’t worry, Kyrie, I’ve got your back if y’all can win a few.7
8JAMAL CRAWFORD, G, L.A. CLIPPERS: Glad you continued reading this far, JC. Yeah, you dropped one spot from last week, but when you’re down here in the area recently populated by Brook Lopez, you still gotta pat yourself on the back for cracking the Top 10.8
9KEVIN DURANT, F, OKLAHOMA CITY: What, you thought we were going to leave him off this list forever? C’mon. He doesn’t play for the Lakers. He isn’t scoring at his usual clip, but he’s averaging 11.0 rebounds per game, which is almost as much as Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins combined (11.8).-
10<O.J. MAYO, G, DALLAS: If you remember the days back when O.J. was considered the second coming of LeBron, I hope you are enjoying being a twenty-something. In case you missed it, staffer Jeremy Bauman did a fine piece of Mayo’s breakout opening to the season in our blog last week. It is worth a clickthrough.-
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  1. TheTruth says

    Hey Sheri, it’s called a nickname, ya doofus. You talk like Melo is forcing the announcers to call him that. Park your own ego, fool…

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