Check it. If you have to open your season on the road then pulling out two tough wins, watching a highly touted divisional opponent go 0-2, and now having your captain be named player of the week is pretty much the best you can hope for, right?
The other short listed players were AJ Millien (Augusta), Stanley Thomas (Chicago) and Randy “I Think I’m Jason Williams” Gill (Montreal), and Willie Mitchell from Detroit. Millien had an insane offensive game against the PBL champs and Thomas had good scoring and rebounding numbers with very efficient shooting. Williams Gill had impressive numbers against Halifax, but his team didn’t win it, so how much is that worth? While his team did beat Manchester, his boxscore was unremarakable in that game. He seems to put up huge numbers in losing causes which is not exactly the ideal trait to have in a player. Mitchell’s numbers aren’t great but he hit one of the craziest shots I’ve ever seen. The one gigantic ommission from this list is Jonas Pierre (Quebec) whose team had the exact same record as Montreal against the same opposition and put up an astounding 13.5ppg, 11.5rpg, 9.5 bpg. I would (and did) pick him as my player of the week.
That said, there is without a doubt a great case to be made for Silverhorn. He was the leading scorer and captain of the team with the best opening weekend record (the only team to go 0-2) and averaged 23.5ppg and 4.5 rpg. He was also very efficient shooting 50% over all from the field, including 60% from three point territory and only turning the ball over once per game despite playing 43 mpg and presumably having the ball in his hand an awful lot. He gives you a solid 1.5 point per shot. He also grabbed an offensive rebound and hit the game winning shot against Quebec.
All in all: congrats to Brian Silverhorn and the Rainmen, and lets hope they can keep up their solid start and even improve on it.