As week two of the 2023/24 NBA season saw the introduction of the inaugural NBA in-season tournament, fans were treated to some mammoth feats. Steph Curry proved why he is one of the greatest shooters of all time. Zach LaVine dropped 51 points against the Pistons, and speaking about 51, who could forget Boston’s emphatic victory over Indiana?
The Inner Sanctum has selected players based on their form throughout the slate of games from 30 October-5 November (AEDT) and whether they could play in that position in a game.
PG: Steph Curry
Stiff to miss out last week, Steph Curry produced another strong week. He is the reason why the Warriors maintained a perfect week, after his contested layup saw Golden State get past Oklahoma City on Saturday. The bucket capped off another 30-point performance which went with eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals. However, it was on Tuesday against the New Orleans Pelicans where his scoring prowess was on full display. 42 points on 15/22 shooting and 7/13 from deep was just another trademark performance from the point guard.
Weekly Stats: 29.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 46.8% 3PT, Record: 4-0
SG: Anthony Edwards
Luka Doncic could have easily slotted into the Team of the Week for the second-consecutive week but was just edged out by the Timberwolves guard. While Doncic averaged a near triple-double over the period, Edwards was more efficient and most consistent over his three games than the four-time All Star. Edwards top-scored for Minnesota and was prolific defensively as they disposed of Denver, while he had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists in their victory over Utah.
Weekly Stats: 28.7 points, 5 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 50% 3PT, Record: 2-1
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SF: Jayson Tatum
Leading the best team in the NBA currently, Tatum had to be in the Team of the Week. It is extraordinary to think that the two-time All-NBA small forward only played six quarters across the first two games of the week. He scored 33 points and had six rebounds in Boston’s 19-point win over Washington, while he had a 30-point triple-double against Indiana in their emphatic 51-point victory. Tatum managed to back it up on Sunday, with 32 points and 11 rebounds. The win over the Brooklyn Nets also saw the 25-year-old register his 10,000th point.
Weekly Stats: 28.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 54.2% 3PT, Record: 3-0
PF: Nikola Jokić
The two-time MVP had another strong week, making our Team of the Week once again. Jokic had at least a triple double in all four games and shot above 75 percent on three occasions. Although the reigning champions were blown out by the Timberwolves in their first loss of the season, Jokic was still immense with a 25-point double-double. His best performance of the week was in Denver’s 11-point win against the Dallas Mavericks, where he has 33 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists, shooting 14/16 from the field.
Weekly Stats: 28.2 points, 12.8 rebounds, 7.4 assists, Record: 4-1
C: Joel Embiid
The reigning MVP won the battle for the best centre of the week, taking position in this Team of the Week at the five. Monday saw Embiid produce his best performance of the week after he had 35 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, six blocks and two steals inside three quarters. He was also strong throughout the remainder of the week as he had a near 28-point triple-double against the Raptors on Friday, before 26 points and 11 rebounds against Phoenix on Sunday.
Weekly Stats: 29.7 points, 13 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 2.7 blocks, Record: 3-0