I realize his PER is through the roof… but 17 games into the season, in last place… seems like #3 in the world is just a bit of hyperbole at this point.
i dunno man. i don't know if he can keep it up but he has been a world-destroyer this year so far. they're 8-9 in the west and the 2nd best player on his team is uhhhh....omer asik?? zach lowe said he's been the best player in the league this year, and i'm not sure i can argue w/ that. only competition so far is curry and harden, we'll see what happens.
in related news, look at the top 7 seeds in the west, ommfg
the seventh seed in the west is projected to win 59 games!!!
He's got the ideal game for old players - fundamentals and obsessively honing a few go-to skills, never dependent on speed or athletic ability. He's like the old guy on the playground that keeps beating all the youngsters by making every shot, always getting himself open, and defending with leverage, positioning and a few sly tricks
Major concern for people his age is injury and Pop does an excellent job managing his workload while having great fun trolling the league and the fans