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Minnesota’s Darko Milicic has a 3.6 PER and an ORtg of 58 despite averaging nearly 23 minutes per game to start the season. I honestly didn’t know either of those statistics could get that low. I thought I could walk out onto a pro court wearing a sumo suit and ice skates and earn better than a 3.6 PER. That’s like earning a zero on a quiz on which the teacher is awarding two points for writing your name. The no. 2 overall pick in the 2003 draft is getting paid $5 million this year to do that. The frustration level of the situation was enough to pierce even the thick shell of Minnesota’s ignorambis. The ignorambis is any coaching or management staff making boneheaded personnel decisions despite everyone around them telling them not to. Exhibit A: Milicic. Unbelievably, there are rational whispers that Milicic is getting punted back to the bench, while Kevin Love and Michael Beasley shift to make room for Anthony Tolliver in the starting lineup. Tolliver, in two fewer minutes than Milicic, has a 127 ORtg and a 17.7 PER. Although I’m not suggesting anyone outside of deep leagues pick up AToll now before he forms a coral ring around the starting SF spot, I am suggesting you keep an eye on him and drop Milicic faster than a bag of bricks falls from a helicopter.

Here’s what else happened around the league yesterday:

Shaquille O’Neal – The rotating center position in Boston keeps a-turnin’ as Shaq’s geezer knees (kneezers?) have laid him low just in time for Jermaine O’Neal‘s knees to step in and take starting minutes. If that doesn’t work, get ready for Glen Davis to enter the starting five. This entire situation should surprise you no more than the average revolving door.

Antawn Jamison – He’ll probably be out of the lineup due to a sore knee. Get your knees right, NBA! Until he returns, Hickson’s your pick, son.

Rudy Fernandez – RuFer shot 0-fer from behind the arc (0-for-6) and 30 percent from the floor. Three-jerk!

LaMarcus Aldridge – Scored 33 points on 19 shots, with nine boards … and nothing else. He never scored more than 32 last season. Put that in your pipe and look like a douche while smoking it.

Taj Gibson – Chicago’s favorite blues trombonist has been limited to 21 mpgs so far because he’s averaging five fouls a game. Unless there’s a real solid choice on your waivers, hang on to him for a few more games to see if he blows this foul tendency. You see what I did there? Blow? Trombonist?

Luol Deng – 40/4/2. Benchslapped! If he’s gonna average 11/2/0.5 to start the season, he’s got to give owners a little warning before he quadruples that output and sets a career-high in points. Maybe this game is that little warning. Dang is right.

John Wall – The D.C. rookie sprained his ankle on Sunday but no one reported it, probably because he’s still likely to play tonight. So if an ankle sprains and no one is around to report it, does it make an impact? We’ll find out soon enough.

Gilbert Arenas – Probably won’t debut on Tuesday. If you own Gil, keep him benched. If you own Wizards tickets to the next few home games, congratulations on possibly owning a ticket to a Wall-less, Gil-less, Blatche-run throwback to last year!

Zach Randolph – His tailbone is bruised but doctors said it wasn’t fractured. I fractured my dog’s tail once and he pooped in my bed the next day. I’m not saying there’s a connection here, I’m just not over the shock of sleeping in poop. If Z-Bo misses any more games, it’ll only be one or two.

Tiago Splitter- Made his debut to  the tune of 2/2 and a steal. Popovich said he’d play Splitter for five minutes in the first half and five in the second. He played 5:12 in each half. What have we learned? Popovich is full of shit.

George Hill – Got flipped in the air attempting a layup and hurt his trapezius (the muscle tumblers and circus folk love best) and didn’t return.

Baron Davis – Out of the lineup with a sore left knee (NBA knees!). That’ll happen when you rely so heavily on your legs to heave long, inaccurate bricks.

Eric Bledsoe – Played nearly 40 minutes in his NBA debut subbing for Davis and dropped a .360/1/9/5/3/4/2/3 line. Deep leagues – go after him. Shallower leagues, monitor him as closely as a shifty pre-teen in the porn section of a magazine stand.

Eric Gordon – Sank 23 points, but also doled out a career-high 11 dimes. I said it yesterday, but seriously, everybody is friggin’ averaging double-digit assists this season. If this were baseball, I’d assume players were injecting steroids directly into their selflessness.

DeMar DeRozan – Tied his career-high with 24 points on 7-for-12 shooting in 32 minutes. Still no threes after three games, but for now I’m willing to stop and smell DeRoses.

Donte Greene – DNP-CD. Donte’s Not Participating – Cut Donte.

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  1. Chris says:
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    Alright…another question on my Hibbert trades…

    Scoring system is

    1 point per: point scored, rebound
    1.5 per assist
    2 per block/steal

    Hibbert, Mo Williams, B. Gordon

    for

    M. Gasol, G. Arenas, J. Hickson

    My starters are: Collison, W. Chandler (currently), L. James, P. Gasol, B. Lopez (shallow league 5 starters, 6 bench)

  2. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Chris: Nah. Keep Hibbert. He’s the best player of the six and I wouldn’t be surprised if Mo is the second.

    Also, you’d be giving up the trio that’s going to score more points, offer up more assists and steal the most.

    Is your entire league going after Hibbert?

  3. doinks says:
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    Adam,

    I’m in dire need of REBs and BLKs. What do you think of Turiaf and Ben Wallace? Which do you like better?

  4. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @doinks: Go with Wallace until the Knicks rotation become more clear. Greg Monroe looks awful in Detroit right now, so Ben’s playing time should be steady for a little while.

  5. sparts says:
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    Was offered Nash for joe Johnson in a 12 team roto league. should I do it?
    My team is

    Devin Harris
    Gilbert arenes
    Jameer Nelson
    Joe Johnson
    Danny Granger
    Chris Bosh
    Lamarcus Aldrich
    Robin Lopez
    Antwan Jamison
    Luol Deng
    Samuel Dalembert
    Ben Gordon
    Mike Dunleavey

    Leaning toward doing it for the assists but im not sure. Your thoughts?

  6. Jif & The Choosy Mothers says:
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    Adam: Been enjoying your posts quite a bit. Have a question unrelated to this post though – have you heard anything about Larry Hughes or Sergio Rodriguez possibly showing up on an NBA roster anytime soon?

    Thanks.

  7. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @sparts: I think Johnson will have the better year, but you COULD use the assists. Do it if you think it’s your best option for increasing your ASTs.

    @Jif & The Choosy Mothers: Sergio is playing in Europe and I haven’t heard Larry Hughes’ name in a few months.

    It’s been a sweet few months.

  8. Adam says:
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    In a pretty deep league (12 teams, 15 man rosters) would you drop ty chandler (wrong end of time share) or darrell arthur (prob lose all minutes when zach and marc get back) for bledsoe? Any more news on barons injury?

  9. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Adam: Dropping Chandler is a better move in the immediate short term. Dropping Arthur is a better bet five games from now.

    VDN basically called Baron an overweight mess, but didn’t rule him out of tomorrow’s game.

  10. ETMcgee says:
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    re lamarcus’ line: 33/9 with 63% FG and 100% FT (9/9) plus a steal and a block and 0 TOs. This wasn’t a 33/9 of an Eddy Curry variety or anything.

  11. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @ETMcgee: Oh, God no. McMillan would slap-an-Aldridge before he let him stand down at the block waiting for the ball for 32 minutes.

  12. Victorious Secret says:
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    12 team, h2h, 13 starters/6bench.
    R Fernandez’s numbers have always intrigued me and i always have trouble dropping him when he inevitably doesnt get the minutes he needs to produce, my question is whether or not I should kick him to the curb for someone like JJ reddick who is more likely to get 25+ a night, maybe bledsoe, or should I hold onto his upside for the time being?

  13. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Victorious Secret: The safe play is Redick (despite his cold start this season). Fernandez has potential, but not enough to warrant using up a bench spot until he shows you something.

    I like Bledsoe a lot if Davis goes down for any substantial amount of time, but that time ain’t now.

    Of the three you mentioned I’d own Redick, Fernandez, Bledsoe in that order.

  14. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    @Adam – Similar question to the above. Picked up Rudy for the week and Teague just got dropped. Bulls played well last night @ home except for the fouls. Drop Rudy and or RWilliams for Teague and/or Dunleavy? Thanks!

  15. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @AnotherFalstaff: Own Dunleavy, Rudy, Williams, Teague in that order.

  16. Kyuss says:
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    Hey Adam, who’s a better start at sf today, Thaddeus Young or James Jones (h2h)? Thanks!

  17. Chris says:
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    @Adam: This is mainly just my brother who I typically bounce opinions off of.

    I’ve been trying to trade Hibbert as a top 5 center…I don’t think I will trade him unless that happens or his production drops off from what he’s done so far.

    I went after D. Lee with Hibbert and W. Chandler but got that turned down. I’m hoping I can end up with a top 10 center as my backup and upgrade my starting 5 fairly significantly at the same time.

    Who would you say is the type of G/F talent to ask for to pair with a solid center? Josh Smith? S. Nash?

  18. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Kyuss: Young, unless you need 3ptm.

    @Chris: I’m a little confused. Are you saying that Hibbert isn’t a top 10 center and you’re hoping to trade him in order to get one?

  19. Chris says:
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    @Adam: I’m saying since I have B. Lopez I’d like to trade him for a top 10 center (a J. Noah or M. Gasol type) and another player that improves my starting 5 since I don’t have a spot to start him.

  20. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Chris: It’s going to be tough because there are a lot of people who just don’t know about Hibbert yet. Hell, there are still people that don’t know about Granger. So treating Hibbert as a top-tier center in trade offers won’t work with most people as they’ll view his output this season (and even the end of last season) as unproven.

    Honestly, you’re better off keeping him unless there’s someone in your league that you know sees Hibbert for the stat-stuffer he most likely is.

    And if you can pull of off anything close to a Hibbert/Chandler for a Lee/Nash, you don’t need my help. You’re playing amongst suckers.

  21. Chris says:
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    @Adam: Yeah, going after Lee was a stretch for those two…

    Sounds like you might recommend shopping B. Lopez from those comments and using Hibbert as my center…

  22. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Chris: You’d have a better shot getting Marc Gasol/Nash or something for Lopez than Hibbert.

  23. d2bnz says:
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    Thanks for the heads up on Leandro Barbosa last week , my two $$ leagues feature weekly set ups ….bummmer, and inserting Toney Douglas in his place this week has saved me a wheelbarrow load of angst.
    Barbosa’s line from yesterday certainly hints at a troublesome injury!

  24. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @d2bnz: More troublesome than the injury is that everyone seems to be pretending it doesn’t exist.

  25. agarthered says:
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    Derozan or Wesley Johnson going forward?

  26. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @agarthered: DeRozan until Wes gets more minutes.

  27. agarthered says:
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    Lol, should have added Casspi to the list?

    Derozan or Casspi?

  28. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @agarthered: If Casspi’s startin’, Casspi.

  29. Dylan says:
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    I’m thinking about trading gilbert arenas and ben gordon for kevin martin and tony parker. in an 8 cat roto league where i need ft percentage steals and threes. your thoughts?

  30. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Dylan: There is absolutely no downside of this trade for you. If you can do it, Godspeed.

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