We’re Jammin’: Caribbean Basketball’s Big Week

November 28, 2012

Words by LargeUpCrewโ€”

We can’t say with certainty that it’s the first time that this has happened but this definitely a landmark moment for Caribbean basketball: Both of the NBA’s newly-named players of the weekโ€”the Hawks’ Al Horford in the Eastern Conference, and the Spurs’ Tim Duncan in the Western Conferenceโ€”are products of the islands. Duncan, the future Hall of Famer from St. Croix, led the Spurs to a 3-1 week from Monday, Nov. 19, through Sunday, Nov. 25, with averages of 22 points, 12.8 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.3 blocks, while Horford, who hails from D.R., had his Hawks off to a 4-0 week, averaging 16.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists.

Last year when we ranked the NBA’s Top 10 Caribbean ballers, Duncan and Horford came in at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, behind only the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, a player who’s island roots run a little bit less deep (his mother is Puerto Rican) than these two born and bred islanders.

It’s safe to say thatโ€”for one week at leastโ€”the Caribbean has officially taken over the NBA.