It’s a small sample size, but James looks like a rejuvenated player even before the break gets underway. The Cavs are on a four-game winning streak going back to James’ game-winning performance against the Timberwolves last Wednesday, and during the streak, James has averaged 30.0 points, 13.0 assists and 9.5 rebounds while shooting 55.3 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from the 3-point line.
Howard reportedly lived up to his reputation of being a locker-room cancer: former teammates reportedly cheered when he was traded to the Hornets. On the night of Howard’s return to Atlanta, fans booed the big man in solidarity with Hawks players, who probably would have joined in if they were in the stands.
During his time in Atlanta, Scott was known more for the tattoos on his arms than the basketball plays he made with them. During the 2014 NBA playoffs, the eighth-seeded Hawks were threatening to upset the top-seeded Pacers in the first round. National media attention naturally followed the team, and some reporters noticed Scott had emoji tattoos.
A couple of features and an Atlanta series loss later, Scott returned to relative anonymity as an above-average defender and 3-point shooter �� a good, but not great, player. Considering this isn’t the first or last time the Hawks show up on this list, fans shouldn’t be too shocked he got a video.
Despite playing with two high-volume scorers, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony, George has managed to keep up his numbers and be effective on the floor. He is averaging 22.5 points, and his 3-point shooting has been excellent, at 43.2 percent this year.
He has also been a force on the defensive end, leading the league in steals with 2.2 per game. He comes into the break on a hot streak, topping 25 points in six straight games (29.8 points per game) and shooting 49.2 percent from the 3-point line in that stretch.
Embiid has missed 11 games, and the Sixers are 3-8 without him, which gives you an idea of his value to this young group. He’s averaging 23.7 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists, and he was the East’s Player of the Month for January. Before playing just 23 minutes against the Knicks last week, he had recorded eight straight double-doubles.