Yesterday, the NBA announced who are the best individuals in the NBA for the month of November in both conferences. Just to mention, that this recognition is for both October and November.
We are starting with the East, where Nick Nurse won the Coach of the Month Award for the first time in his career. His Raptors are leading the league with 20 wins and only 5 losses. When looking last 10 matches, Toronto has 8-2, and they are by far the best franchise in the NBA at the moment. If they continue to play like this, there is no doubt that the Raptors are going to finish first in the East for the second year in a row.
Giannis Antetokounmpo became the first player in the history of the Milwaukee Bucks to win Player of the Month award more than once. The Greek international was excellent over the past four weeks, pushing his team to the second-best record in the whole league. So far this season, Giannis averaged 27.3 points and 12.9 rebounds, adding 6.0 assists on top of that. He is by far the best individual in the Eastern Conference at the moment.
Trae Young has been the best among rookies in this conference, With 15.6 points, and 7.6 assists the fight overall pick in this draft earned this honor, despite having troubles with his efficiency and defense. According to most of the experts, his defensive efforts are way below any decent standards, but in general, you need to be aware that his Hawks are not a team who relies upon defense too much.
Doc Rivers is the best coach on the West, and to be honest, we couldn’t agree more on that one. His Clippers are first in the Conference with 16 wins and 6 losses, and just a few people could have seen that coming. It is his 11th Coach of the Month Award, first since April 2017. His team is excellent in close games, and Clippers have 6-0 in contests decided by 5 or fewer points. LA has five players with 15+ points per game, meaning that they have a very diversified attack.
One of his best weapons is Tobias Harris who earned himself the first Player of the Month award. The Clippers forward is averaging 21.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 52.8% shooting from the field, with 44% beyond the arc. Former Detroit Pistons is probably one of the most underrated players in the league, because the media doesn’t create as much hype about his games, like with some other players. Without question, the Clippers wouldn’t be this good if Harris wasn’t on the team.
And finally, Luka Doncic got the award for the best rookie in the West. If you ask us, the Slovenian teenager should be a candidate for the best player also, as he runs Dallas Mavericks’ game from top to bottom. The Mavs are still in the playoff picture, and that is mostly thanks to Doncic and his 18;5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists. He already imposed himself as the leader of this franchise, and a player who likes to take the responsibility.