Embiid and Maxey are the first pair of teammates to feature in our Team of the Week (Photo: Sixers / X)

As the third week of NBA action commenced for the 2023/24 season, we began to see teams separate themselves from the rest of the pack.

The Philadelphia 76ers have been the early beneficiaries of the James Harden, undefeated since the deal was done, as the Los Angeles Clippers remain winless. Minnesota might be the new ‘giant slayers’ of the competition after they took another scalp in the form of the Boston Celtics. Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets are going about their business quietly at 5-3.  

The Inner Sanctum has selected players based on their form throughout the slate of games from 6-12 November (AEDT) and whether they could play in that position in a game.  

PG: Tyrese Maxey

Maxey is putting together some CV for Most Improved Player this season and this week only boosted his credentials. Working in tandem with Joel Embiid, the duo helped the 76ers to the top of the Eastern Conference with a 7-1 record. This was solidified with a 108-105 win over the Boston Celtics, where Maxey dropped 25 points, to pair with nine rebounds and five assists. Although he also picked up a 22-point double-double against the Wizards inside three quarters, his standout game came against the Pistons on Saturday where he had 29 points, 11 assists and six rebounds in the eight-point win.  

Weekly Stats: 25.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 9 assists, Record: 3-0

SG: Luka Doncic

After a slow start to the week on the shooting front, Doncic ended the week on a major high. 44 points from 17/21 field goals (6/9 from deep) against the Los Angeles Clippers was his most efficient display in the NBA. The performance also saw him collect six rebounds and six assists. His second Team of the Week appearance, Doncic will seek to capitalise on upcoming matches against the New Orleans Pelicans and Washington Wizards.   

Weekly Stats: 31.8 points, 7 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.8 steals, Record: 3-1

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SF: Anthony Edwards

Making the Team of the Week last week, Edwards went to another level this week. His efforts in the last few minutes of regulation and in overtime against Boston resulted in them getting the win. The former number one pick was able to secure victory off his hustle plays and clutch shots. Edwards finished with 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the 114-109 overtime victory. He maintained the same intensity as the Timberwolves secured wins against the Pelicans and the Spurs to have them 6-2 prior to this week.  

Weekly Stats: 30.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 1 block, 2 steals, Record: 3-0

PF: Bam Adebayo

This week saw Adebayo at his dominant best. Averaging 21.4 points and 7.2 rebounds a game, while sitting at 2-3, the Miami big man led the Heat to three consecutive wins for the week. Although he was statistically better against the Los Angeles Lakers, where he one rebound off a 20/20/10 game, his was more efficient against the Atlanta Hawks yesterday. Adebayo scored 26 points on 9/12 shooting, while accumulating 17 rebounds and three turnovers. 

Weekly Stats: 26 points, 15.7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2.3 blocks, Record: 3-0

C: Joel Embiid

Named centre in the Team of the Week last week, Embiid had another strong week as he helped Philadelphia to a 7-1 start. Easily, his best performance of the past seven days came against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday as the reigning MVP scored 48 points in three quarters in a blowout win. His scoring dominance was accompanied by 11 rebounds and six assists. 

Weekly Stats: 36 points, 12.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.3 blocks, Record: 3-0

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