Trae Young Continues to 💫Dazzle, Leading☝ the NCAA in Scoring & Assists
The freshman point guard for the Oklahoma Sooners has taken the college and NBA world by storm with his early season performances.
From relative unknown to one of the biggest names in college hoops in a matter of weeks; fans, pundits and players are labelling Young a top-5 pick in next year’s NBA draft.
With unlimited range and impressive handles - not unlike Curry himself - Young leads the NCAA in scoring (28.5 ppg) and assists (10.2 apg).
Young has his Sooners team at 9-1, with college analysts showering praise on the 19-year old, with ESPN’s Jay Bills declaring: “This kid is ridiculous. Young has an extraordinary handle, gets anywhere on the floor he wants, can shoot it with range and flair, and does a great job of finishing over length, getting to the foul line and setting up others.”
And after an otherworldly outing against Northwestern State, where the sensation put up 28 points and 22 assists in just 29 minutes, the NBA world took notice.
Phoenix 🌞Suns Release Guard Mike James👋
After converting his two-way contract into an NBA deal, the Phoenix Suns are releasing guard Mike James, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
James, a 27-year-old point guard, has made a positive impact in his rookie season, averaging 10.4 points, 3.8 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 32 games (10 starts). He signed a contract with Phoenix for the remainder of the season, but the sides mutually decided to part ways to give James an opportunity to land elsewhere after falling out of the rotation in the last four games.
“Mike established himself as an NBA player here and our partnership proved to be beneficial,” Suns general manager Ryan McDonough told Yahoo Sports. “Mike had a handful of 20-point games and helped us win a few games. We wish Mike the best as he works to find another home.”
James Harden👌 Tops 50 Points Again, Rockets🚀 Lose Again
For the second straight game, Rockets guard James Harden topped 50 points, and for the second consecutive time out, the Rockets, who began the night with the NBA's best record (25-5), lost a high-scoring affair, this time to the Clippers, 128-118.
Harden hit 15 of 28 shots (6 of 14 behind the arc) to score 51 against the Clippers. He also had 51 points in a 122-116 loss to the Lakers Wednesday.
The Rockets star is the first player with consecutive 50-point games since Kobe Bryant did it four games in a row in 2006-07.
Harden unleased his usual repertoire of drives, 3s, and other scoring moves, including this nifty step-back 3 at the halftime buzzer. It's not exactly news that Harden scored 50 points, even in consecutive games. He's such a prolific scorer and so essential to the Rockets' offense it's surprising he doesn't have more 40ish and even 50-something games. That Houston lost both games because of a lax defense might be reason to worry. The Rockets blew a 15-point second-half lead, giving up 36 points to Austin Rivers and 32 points to Lou Williams in the loss.