Happy U.S. Thanksgiving to all. Enjoy the football games! A few quick NBA thoughts for you.
1. Brandon Jennings (Bucks): The combination of him and Monta Ellis have folks in Milwaukee enjoying their home team again. Jennings is averaging close to eight assists per game while scoring close to 17 points with over three steals a game. Needless to say, he's producing. The up-tempo style fits his game perfectly and he has the confidence of coach Scott Skiles. He has terrific ball skills and can impact the game defensively with his quick hands and pressure on the ball. Fun times for the Bucks. Entertaining, that's for sure.
2. David Lee (Warriors): Helping his improved team with another solid year with 15.6 ppg and 11 rpg. Relentless competitor who goes after it in the lane and has a very effective face-up game. Pace of play is not an issue with him. Produces in whatever scheme you run. Like his approach and professionalism. You can count on him each night. Runs the floor and gives you great second effort. A double-double man and consistent doing it.
3. Rudy Gay (Grizzlies): Nice having him heathy. Terrific frontcourt with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. How about this guy on some nights as a third option averaging close to 20 ppg. Not a bad situation for Lionel Hollins. He is a very good shooter with a good mid-range game who draws fouls and creates his own shot. Has a good overall feel for half-court offence and moves efficently without the ball. One of the really good teams in the West. If he stays healthy, they'll be a tough out come springtime.
4. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Bobcats): Putting up good numbers as a rookie (11.7 ppg and 7.2 rpg, shooting 46 percent). Love his energy and motor. Plays all out and guards at a few spots. Major key for him will be whether he can improve his perimeter shooting. He's got an explosive first step and if he can be respectable in this area, his whole game will open up. A gamer who competes with fire.
5. Dominic McGuire (Raptors): With the injuries to Landry Fields and Alan Anderson, he's getting some run and for a coach like Dwane Casey who values defenders, he'll continue to see the court. Has his limitations offensively but to his credit, he doesn't force his game. A team guy who has given them the ability to mix/match him some nights based upon the playing ability of an opposing 3 or 4 man. Can guard almost any spot on the floor and is a good on-ball defender and steady overall team defender. Knows and accepts his role. Won't wow you but a valuable piece to have in spots to use.