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Tuesday night NBA grades: Straight “A”s for Nowitzki, Beasley, Lakers bench

Nov 13, 2013, 4:47 AM EDT

Dirk Nowitzki, Al Harrington AP

Our grades from Monday around the NBA, or what you missed while wearing your $550 sweatpants….

source:  Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks. The big German with the soft touch reached an NBA milestone Tuesday — he passed Jerry West to move into 16th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Appropriately he did it with a couple consecutive threes as Dallas was beating Washington. Nowitzki now has 25,197 points after his 19 in the win and at his current pace he could get all the way up to number 10 or 11 this season. Nowitzki is simply the best European player ever in the NBA and a guy who explodes myths — he may be a seven-footer who likes to shoot threes but go ahead and tell me again how he’s soft.

source:  Michael Beasley, Miami Heat. That he is putting up numbers — 19 points on Tuesday against the Bucks — is not the surprise, it’s the fact that he has been efficient doing it that is the new wrinkle. Known as a gunner up to now, he is shooting 65.2 percent on the season, and he has done it by shooting 7-of-8 in the restricted area and 4-of-6 from three. We’re just eight games into the season, but if he can keep this up he becomes a very valuable weapon for Miami when the games really matter.

source:  Los Angeles Lakers bench. In the Lakers four wins this season the bench has scored 76, 48, 54 and Tuesday night 56 points. They outscored the starters in two of those games and in all of the wins the play off the bench from guys such as Nick Young (17 points Tuesday) and Xavier Henry (15) has been key. These guys along with Jordan Farmar are thriving in Mike D’Antoni’s more free flowing system and the nights they are putting it all together is what is keeping the Lakers close to .500 (4-5) without Kobe Bryant or Steve Nash.

  1. 2bemoore43 - Nov 13, 2013 at 5:16 AM

    best european player ever? Kurt you do remember Arvidys Sabonis right? Ask Hakeem Olajuwan how great he was. Drazen Petrovic anyone?

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      Hakeem is Nigerian. No doubt Sabonis and Petrovic were good but Nowitzki has had a far better NBA career than either of them.

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 13, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      Sabonis was a great player but most of his best years came in Europe so it is hard to quantify them in comparison with what he did in the NBA. Petrovic may have had a chance as he was spending his prime in the NBA but unfortunately he was taken away at much too young of an age.

    • kingtotz - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:44 AM

      Best European player ever IN THE NBA. that’s what he said.. -____-“

    • kingtotz - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:44 AM

      Best European player ever IN THE NBA. that’s what he said..

  2. mimaiheatdynasty - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    S/O MICHAEL BEASLEY!!! If he ever gets it together mentally, it’s a wrap.

    • limonadamas - Nov 13, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      Nice handle… Go Mimai! =)

  3. belleby123 - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Nowitzki was in full beast mode.

  4. jbeagles23 - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    I like that Beasley said he’s scared of his teammates He knows as well as anyone with this team if he is out of control on or off the court hell get released

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      He also knows that he has guys actively working to keep him on the right path. LeBron embraced him after the game like he would his own kid, and in the postgame said that he has Beasley “under my wing”. Beasley said that it’s great to be wanted. So far, so good – the season is yet young, but this could have gone wrong so many ways by now.

  5. chicitybulls - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    I see you deleted my comment from yesterday. It’s cool. Maybe you will keep this one. Did you see the whole game yesterday (Kansas/Duke)? Do you still think I’m biased towards Jabari Parker?

    • thebigcaptain2011 - Nov 13, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      No, but I do think this comment is out of place.

  6. zerole00 - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    These guys along with Jordan Farmar are thriving in Mike D’Antoni’s more free flowing system and the nights they are putting it all together is what is keeping the Lakers close to .500 (4-5) without Kobe Bryant or Steve Nash.

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    That’s cause D’Antoni’s system is designed for young players, not old and/or injured ones.

    • zoomy123 - Nov 13, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      Yeah, but D’Antoni’s system is also designed NOT to win a championship. You can’t play like this in the playoffs.

  7. 2bemoore43 - Nov 13, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Kurt Helin November 13, 2013, 1:41 PM EST

    Hakeem is Nigerian. No doubt Sabonis and Petrovic were good but Nowitzki has had a far better NBA career than either of them.

    fully aware of Hakeem’s story (im native Houstonian). Robert Horry & Dennis Rodman have far better NBA careers (rings matter) than Steve Nash or Karl Malone, but they are not better (individual) players than Malone or Nash. Dirk landed in right place @ right time, but not better…. sorry

  8. antistratfordian - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Beasley’s PER right now is 35.5. That’s pretty funny.

    After the Bucks game LeBron said:

    “I got Bease under my wing and I want to see him succeed so much. The more confidence that Spo continues to give him, the more confidence his teammates continue to give him, the more he’s going to continue to perform. He’s a hell of a talent and we all know that. I’m going to make sure to stay on him so he continues to keep striving.”

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