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Well, Andrew Bynum is Mr. Glass too…  But the other way!  And he’s also Mr. Franchise Killer, as the Cavs had to suspend him just to get him to stay out of the stadium.  “Hey Andrew, leave the HurryCane at home today, we don’t wanna keep paying the stadium workers to put down the handicap ramps!”  Just saves money across the board.  Once Bynum gets waived, I think even Obama will be shaking his head at Bynum’s healthcare bills.  Anyway, the obvious benefactor to that whole mess is Anderson Varejao, who after his dominating 18/25 game last night has double-digit boards in 4 of the last 5.  Varejao was cleaning up the glass like he was the Unbreakable one!  The leading rebounder in the NBA last year before he got hurt (at a ridiculous 14.4 a game), Varejao should be a monster in 2014.  Although it does help when Nikola Vucevic is hurt and the starting center against you is Jason Maxiell.  Hell, I coulda had a double double against them last night!  And I don’t even have Jerry Curls!  Here’s what else I saw last night across the NBA:

Marco Belinelli - Was on fire last night.  A career-high 32 points shooting a ridiculous 12-16 from the field and 6-9 from deep in the game I watched last night.  Not surprisingly, played the second-most minutes with the hot hand at 32:40, a far cry from the sub-20 minutes he’s seen the past three.  Hell, he outscored his last 5 games (31 Pts combined) last night!  Why I believe in ThrAGNOF!  You can ride these hot hands for a game or two and see if something keeps up.

Kawhi Leonard - At first glance it looked like a rough game, but a 8/4/4/1/1 line with a trey isn’t the end of the world.  We’re not about to have to barricade ourselves in James Franco’s house.  Did only shoot 1-5 and 5-8 from the stripe, and this time the 28:07 playing time had a lot more to do with getting his fourth foul in the early part of the third than anything else.  And they were some ticky tacks out there.  Greg Poppovich turned into a redfaced crypt keeper out there.  I thought he was about to hop outta my computer and eat my soul when he was yellin’ at the refs!

Manu Ginobili - Handed out a dimebag with 12, for an extremely effective 11/2/12/2/1 line with a trey.  The block was a nasty one coming from behind on J.R. Smith.  Msn I would clown J.R. so bad after this game.  “You let a bald, old dude swat ya like it was nothin’!”

Iman Shumpert - First off, what in the wide world of sports!?  Two crazy things, first that Shumpert put up 27 and was the sole reason the Knicks won, and second, both the Knicks and the Nets won on the road against the NBA’s best two teams at San Antonio and OKC.  Wild.  Iman for 10-13 (6-8 3PTM) 27/6/1/3/0 was about as out of nowhere as it gets.  Not too much to see here.  Maybe the Knicks can actually trade him now.

Tyson Chandler - Almost forgot who he was.  4/6/0/0/1 in 22 uninspiring minutes.  He’s been fine – I guess – since coming back, but I was never on the Tyson chicken truck.

Beno Udrih - Just proves that you don’t have to be good to produce given the situation.  10/2/7 last night shooting 4-9 and I couldn’t tell you a single one of his assists.  Played the second-most minutes behind Carmelo Anthony.  Worth a stream spot for some extra dimes until the corpse of Raymond Felton rolls back onto the court.

Tobias Harris - My boyfriend in the second half of last year only got 28 minutes last night.  Which isn’t terrible, but this one went into OT and the rest of the Magic starters got 39+ minutes.  10/5/1/1/2 for T (Tobias) and two straight pretty bad games after a nice 5-game stretch.  I still hate the Magic.  Hate them all.

Victor Oladipo - Another reason why.  Coming off the bench now for a sad 6/4/1/0/2 line with 3 TOs shooting 3-9 and 0-4 from deep.  Was at only 6 minutes deep in the 3rd quarter.  As I mentioned in a comment yesterday, one or two more bad games and it’s buy low for RainbOladipo, don’t think this keeps up, especially after the trade deadline.

Jason Maxiell - You know, I clowned him but he fell his way into a rainbow line.  No Vuc got J-Max (sounds like a Jersey Shore name) a 6/6/2/2/3 line.  I mean, you just stand around for 43 minutes and anything can happen!  Vucevic should be back from a minor ankle injury very soon.

Jarrett Jack - I saw a headline that said “Jack plays well for injured Kyrie Irving.”  So I was pumped to see what his statline was.  14/7/7 is nice, but shot 5-16!  How is that playing well?!  Yeah, I’m looking at you Jarret!  What?!  His answer?  “Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I’m Jarrett Jack!”

Tristan Thompson - I think I’ve found someone Slim likes even less than Richard Jefferson.  Impossible, you may retort!  I say, “Nay, Slim finds TT his most unfavorable!”  16/10/2/0/0 last night, only 4-8 FT, but c’mon Slim, he’s not that bad just because he only scores and boards!

Earl Clark - I know what you’re thinking, you’re like,”Why the eff is Earl Clark in the cut today?!”  Rainbow line alert!  4/2/2/2/2.  Sounds like a Denny’s breakfast option…

Stephen Curry - 36/12 with 8 threes.  Is just unreal.

David Lee - 13-17 for 32/14.  Is just underrated.  Basketball Monster has his total value at 31 overall with his biggest negative he doesn’t bang 3s.  And we all know my stance on that!

Mario Chalmers - 17/7/3/3/0 with no turnovers.  I hated on him early in the year and even when everyone on the Heat is playing he’s still producing.  I was wrong on this one…

Kris Humphries - Had a comment pointing his under-the-radar production.  Tough to miss a rainbow line though!  Well at least for me… They get me excited… 9/11/3/2/4 with no TOs in 26 really effective minutes.  Coincidently, playing a lot better since Kanye’s music video with Kim came out…

Jared Sullinger - Tad of a bounce back going 11/11/1/1/0 in 32 minutes.  In deeper leagues he’s obviously a hold, but not loving his assists dying.  I thought that was going to develop after seeing some nice dimes a few weeks ago.  I guess Celtics green had me thinking of dimebags too much…

Jeff Green - Speaking of Green, it was not raining for Jeff.  5-18 for 11/5/0/0/1.  I am so happy I traded him in REL.  So so happy.

D.J. Augustin - Rough game here, shooting 1-6.  8/3/4 with 4 TOs.  Under 30 minutes in three straight while Kirk Hinrich hasn’t been anything either.  Tom Thibodeau just loves Kirk so much, and will continue to give him high 20 minutes.  Thibodeau’s like Spock, except minus the ears and he ate the Enterprise.

Joakim Noah - Nearly a trip dub!  Man, he is just really effing good when Derrick Rose is out.  Rumor has it Rose will miss most of the year.  Just wanted to cover that, because no one did when it happened.

Joe Johnson - Buzzer hath been beaten!  Arrest this man for battery!  I heard on the radio that JJ now has 6 buzzer-beaters since 2007 while no one else in the NBA has more than 3.  I found that interesting…  Now, if only the game-winner did something to help his fantasy line…

Paul Pierce - Some great late-night questions yesterday evening, and I’m becoming more-and-more partial in Pierce getting it back together.  18/4/3/2/1 last night with 4 straight 10+ shot nights now under his belt, taking a season-high 18 in OKC.  Only made 6, but hey, more rock through PP means more cleansing of the kidney stones (hah, I feel like muttering off like Mitch Hedberg after that joke… “That one is ridiculous…”).

Deron Williams - Great 29/2/4/5/0 line burying 6 treys.  His ankles have been replaced with mechanical ones, like Will Smith’s I, Robot arm.

Perry Jones - Weirdest minutes total last night.  30:10 out of nowhere for 11/1/2/1/1.  Went 3-5 from deep, and if I had to make a comp it would be James Johnson.  Multi-cat with threes, and if he consistently gets mid-20s of playing time, would become interesting.

James Johnson - Speaking of JJ, 6/6/1/1/2 in another multi-cat line in 22 minutes.  If injuries come back to the Grizz like a flopping salmon out of the rapids, JJ would get the attention of a lot of fantasy owners’ upstream swimmers.

Ed Davis - 28 minutes of shining production, going 16/11/2/2/0 on 8-11 shooting.  Has clearly passed over Jon Leuer for backup big minutes.  Not much I’m doing in 10 or 12-teamers though, as Marc Gasol will even further cloud the Grizzlies big man minutes.  Then rumor has it they’re going to also bring back Bryant “Big Country” Reeves, in which case, would flat out be awesome.

Jerryd Bayless - Goes by JB, which is just friggin awesome.  As was his game last night, going 6-11 (3-6 3PTM) for 17/1/4.  Power to the JBs of the world!

Eric Bledsoe - Missed last night with knee soreness.  Moved Gerald Green back into the starting rotation for a 9/2/3/4/0 game, shooting a gnarly 1-7 from deep.  But hey, had 25 threes in the past 6 games and if Bledsoe misses another game, don’t hesitate to ThrAGNOF!

Giannis Antetokounmpo - 10/7/5/0/1 in another 34 minutes.  How sad is it that he’s the most consistently played guy?  Maybe sad is the wrong word, but yeah, for a Larry Drew team, odd.

Larry Sanders - 7-7 FG, 2-2 FT, 16/8/2/2/2 rainbow, it was like the light of the sun was shining through the vapor of sprayed champagne and Sanders finally saw the light…

Ersan Ilyasova - I know I’ve kinda flip-flopped on him, so here is my analysis:  worth a grab for the upside if you can handle some dead weight, but would go with some other fringe guy if needing any production immediately.  Only 18 minutes last night for 8/3/0/0/0 with 4 TOs.  Pretty brutal.  Still some upside there though.

Luke Ridnour - Speaking of brutal, how bad is it that Drew played Ridnour a team-higth 37 minutes last night.  Yikes!  I feel like Drew is an inexperienced cook, just throwing pasta against the locker room wall to see what sticks.  More apropos might be a game of darts at a senior center.  Either way, Drew rants have been long overdone, so let’s just get away from the Bucks…

Diante Garrett - My boy!  Slim was like, “I dunno why you’re keeping Garrett, I thought you don’t want no scrubs…”  And I like, “A scrub is a guy that can’t get no love from me, but I be chasin’ waterfalls!”  4-5 (2-2 3PTM) for 10/4/2/1/0 in 20 minutes while John Lucas III got a DNP.  Garrett is a little funky out there, but if something happened to Trey Burke, I could see Garrett being interesting, even if Alec Burks took over the main PG role.

Gordon Hayward - When not chucking up labradoodles, hittin’ big rainbows!  22/4/2/2/3.  Gets an obligatory shout out.

Chris Douglas-Roberts - With all the injuries to Bobcats 3s, CDR got 24 minutes including a lot of junk time in the blowout loss for a 6-8 20/4/2/1/1 night.  I’ve seen him play a couple times this year, and I’m not overly impressed.  Not much to see here.

Tony Wroten - I just think he’s a good player, and as I mentioned on Slim’s all-under-owned team yesterday, I strongly support the notion Michael Carter-Williams gets shut down at some point in the fantasy playoffs.  Even with MCW healthy, Wroten for a huge 32 minute run for 21/4/3/1/0.  Should be owned in far more leagues.

Michael Carter-Williams - Gets props for a rainbow!  A lot of rainbow lines last night.  Wasn’t his best game, but you’ll take 7/4/5/2/3.

 

I hope everyone has a great weekend as they return to real life after the Holiday, and I look forward to a full slate next week.  Good luck to all your teams this weekend!

171 Responses

  1. Slim

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    I knew there was a reason I drafted Larry Sanders on every team and never let him go after the injury. But since it was a hand injury I wasn’t worried about conditioning coming back so this immediate production isn’t all that surprising to me. One of my favorite players both to watch and to own in fantasy.

    Augustin got more run in the 2nd half, when Chicago pulled away. Only 10 minutes in the 1st half when the game was close. Chicago is pretty much using an 8 man rotation right now which is usually a very good thing in fantasy. I’m not giving up yet on him yet but if you wanted to I would understand. Plenty of guys widely available that I would own instead.

    Tristan is useless… He causes more problems for a fantasy team than he’s worth. Combined 3s/stls/blks of less than 1, Less than 1 assist, 2 poor percents. All those categories need to be made up for somewhere. That’s too many issues for only getting a 12/10 guy. If he was 20/12 with everything else the same then he would barely crack my top 100. As is he’s outside my top 200.

    I have issues with Wroten too. Maybe I need to make a players I don’t like post… The FT% is getting out of hand, the FG% isn’t a positive, and he’s been an extreme turnover guy. The points are nice, good rebounder for a guard, assists aren’t going to be there with MCW running the point, and he’s about a 1/1 3s/steals guy which is acceptable. He has value but those negatives are glaring.

    • The Beal Deal says:
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      Damn man, you got me thinking about dropping TT… Jameer Nelson is floating around, Paul Pierce and Jimmy Butler are too. I still think I can trade him to someone in my league.

      • Richie says:
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        @The Beal Deal: Gotta love 8 team leagues eh?

        • The Beal Deal says:
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          @Richie: Yea it’s an 8-team Extreme Cutthroat Rivalry League.

      • Slim

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        @The Beal Deal: If you can flip him then I would but I would also take all 3 over Tristan. My order would go Butler, Pierce, Nelson. Maybe dependent on need though. If you absolutely can’t live without the 3-4 boards more he gives than Butler or Pierce, OK, fine. But I bet there is a rebounder who’s available that I would rather own than Tristan. Someone who helps FG% or blocks at least once a game. Just something… I’ve got Butler and Pierce as at least top 100. Butler with upside for more. I’m assuming his toe is fine since he’s playing big minutes.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Slim: First on Wroten – yeah the FT% is ridiculous. But I’m not as worried about everything else, and I’m thinking more about his upside when MCW is inevitably shut down. Thompson outside the top 200 is just too bold for a starter who gives plusses somewhere. The talent pool just gets so thin up there, mid 100s sure, but he’s gotta be owned. Would you rather Felton or TT? Now getting @The Beal Deal: Paul Pierce for TT I buy

        • Slim

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          @JB Gilpin: You have Pierce over Butler? Hmm… Pierce is playing well right now but I don’t know. Points vs Steals. I tend to lean steals. Anyone can score. Big steals guys are few and far between. Is it the toe?

          I’m with you on Wroten iff, if and only if, MCW isn’t around but in his current role, with 30ish minutes, his weaknesses can cost you some categories. No one player should have that much control over a category unless they are the difference in others. Without the assists I don’t think Wroten is nearly useful enough to run out there for 3-4 games in a week. Oh and the more he scores the more those percents effect you overall. I don’t like it.

          So in a 12 teamer 150 guys are owned, in a 16 teamer 200 guys. In the REL 340. Wow… So I guess I’m saying that in a 12 teamer Tristan is unownable and barely makes the cut in a 16er. Yeah I think so. I can understand your preseason rank of 120 based on youthful upside. Up to this point I see no indication of that becoming reality. There’s a chance he becomes an average FG% guy for his position. That’s not enough for me. I ranked guys for the REL before the draft and I probably didn’t even have him in my rankings. $2 was more than I was willing to pay. He went for $14. He’s 73% owned!?! Maybe a post is necessary…

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Slim: Nah I like Butler more. That was in response to him saying Pierce was out there. Haha on TT, and to be honest my rank of him that low I’m fairly certain was lower than most other rankings. While he’s doing about what I expected, you work in some injuries and people passing him and I think 150ish is about right, so fringe in 12 but I would hold. Interesting discussion. Maybe we’ll do a Slim JB battle piece one day!

            • The Beal Deal says:
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              @JB Gilpin: Glad I inspired this discussion. I am in a tight matchup with the 1st place team this week and it looks like it will come down to rebounds and TOs ironically, so I think I am holding until Sunday with TT getting back to back games then Im taking Jameer for a game then Butler on the 6th. What A Plan! Thanks guys. T squared has just one steal and 2 blocks total in his last 12 games just food for thought.

              • JB Gilpin

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                @The Beal Deal: T Squared! one T for boards, the other for points, and no T for anything else. You could say he has low T…

                • Slim

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                  @JB Gilpin: I like the battle piece idea. There are some that I would refuse to do. Ross vs Antetok. Please don’t make me choose!

                  • JB Gilpin

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                    @Slim: Gimme Ross, battle – game set match!

  2. PedroF says:
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    I really like Varejao and I’ve always had the guy in some of my fantasy teams for the last few seasons. However, he isn’t exactly bullet-proof and with his injuries history I think he’s fast approaching a sell-high point. It’s just hard to bet on him being healthy for 82 games…

    • JB Gilpin

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      @PedroF: Yeah I mean I can’t dispute that, but he was ranked really low and started slow and I think while he’s on the court will be great for a bit. Ride the wave! Not saying go out and pay a ton for him in a trade.

  3. Willie Stone says:
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    Currently in 1st place in 10-team 9-cat H2H league and me thinks i have the luxury to stash someone. I’m thinking ’bout the playoffs already. Kobe’s available on the waiver wire and I’m thinking about picking him up within the next couple of weeks (obviously if he’s still avail). Prolly drop Reggie Jackson if I go ahead with this. Do you think this is a sound move or is the potential upgrade minimal (Kobe taking it easy, Lakers kinda tanking, whatever)? It’s difficult for me to predict Kobe’s fantasy impact, so I’m wondering if I’m just being seduced by the sexy name.

    Thanx & Happy New Year.

    • matt says:
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      @Willie Stone: I dropped him for immediate production. Plus, he may be shut down. Think about it, if the lakers have nothing to play for why risk a $30 million 36 yr old player coming off of two knee injuries…id cut bait but it’s up to you.

      • Willie Stone says:
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        @matt: thanx Matt for ur input. Kobe getting shut down is definitely one of my big concerns. Nonetheless, it’s soooo tempting….

        • matt says:
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          @Willie Stone: I live by the credo “bird in the hand is better than 2 in the bush” I want production now..not a possibility that it comes 6 weeks down the road. It’s kinda like waiting on the day that never comes imo

          • Slim

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            @matt: I’m not interested in holding onto Kobe. In a 10 teamer especially! There are too many good players available that I would rather have then wait for an older player on a bad team. If he’s still available and we have a firm timetable for a return AND it’s going to be soon then I may change my tune. For now, he can be someone else’s problem if they want it.

            “Waiting on the day that never comes”, isn’t that that movie with Gyllenhaal and Quaid?

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Slim: “just tell her how you feel” hahahahaha

            • matt says:
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              @Slim: it’s a metallica song also :-)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Willie Stone: Happy New Year! I would hold Reggie right now. Plus factor in that in a 10-teamer, somebody like what Tobias Harris did last year could come out of nowhere. I would wait for those kind of guys than sitting on Kobe.

  4. matt says:
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    Colonel Sanders is BACK!

    • Slim

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      @matt: He does have some solid nicknames. I’m partial to ‘The Show’ but I’m a fan of the HBO show with Garry Shandling.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Slim: You ever see Mr. Show on HBO? I liked that one a ton

        • Slim

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          @JB Gilpin: Yeah I vaguely remember it. That was a long time ago. They all look so young! I may need to “find” a few episodes and watch em.

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Slim: If only we were neighbors… Could hand ya the series DVD!

            • Slim

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              @JB Gilpin: This is the internet. We’re all neighbors! Careful…….

    • JB Gilpin

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      @matt: What’s the matter Colonel Sanders?! Chicken!?

      • matt says:
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        @JB Gilpin: lol 7for 7 last night. Im waiting on one of his monster 15 boards 9 block games. Dude won dude carried my team last year. Him and Harden. And I.have both plus lebron and Howard and.teague lol

        • JB Gilpin

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          @matt: Yikes, your league cowers in fear… I held onto Sanders the one league I got him in and loving it so far, hopefully Drew doesn’t jack it up

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            @JB Gilpin: either a back up or hell be facing better players cuz the west is the shizz. The east is terrible@JB Gilpin: 60-20 not bad..: :-) it’s really competitive league aHave 4 teams with at least 50 + both conf 6 teams are in it to win it!

  5. matt says:
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    Thaddeus has been playing outta his mind last 5-7 games.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @matt: PLayin for a trade! Yeah he prob shoulda made the cut, still getting used to night hours. Missed his 6 steals outta nowhere, wheewwww-eee!

      • matt says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I respect the fact that he’s against tanking for the draft. I hope he does get traded…just not too the western conference. Lol If that happens im shipping him out also.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @matt: Backup PF to Aldridge hahaha. Of course kidding

  6. Ryan says:
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    In my 14 team h2h keeper league (we keep 5) I was offered jonas valucianes and a 1st round pick in next years keeper draft (6th rnd type player after keepers are set) for favors. Btw this guy in my league is in the bottom so it could be a pick in the top . Do I consider this trade? Team is below.

    14 team h2h keeper

    pg damian lillard
    g martel webster
    sg james harden
    sf kevin durant
    f john henson
    pf derrek favors
    c al jefferson
    c demarcus cousins
    util channing frye
    util Jeff Teague
    bn ben mclemore
    bn Lou Williams
    bn brendan wright

    • matt says:
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      @Ryan: tempting especially with the draft class next year. I think I would

      • Ryan says:
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        @matt: how big is the dropoff from favors to jonas? Btw my 5th keeper would be between favors and jefferson possibly.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Ryan: I’d have to take that one. Still a big JV believer, and that on top of a good draft pick I couldn’t pass up. I don’t think the dropoff is that huge Favors to JV

      • Ryan says:
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        @JB Gilpin: is this an improvement of the trade i posted yesterday involving teague henson for lance chalmers and the pick or harden cousins for davis jennings?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Ryan: Yeah those two were pretty close, but I think this one today is a home run

  7. Jesse says:
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    Would you trade away pau gasol to get Drummond?

    • MC says:
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      @Jesse: Hell YES!

      • Jesse says:
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        @MC: Reasoning behind this?

        • MC says:
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          @Jesse: Drummond is a top 5 Center, Pau Gasol is too injury prone for me

          • Slim

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            @MC: I’m officially worried about Pau’s injuries and age also. I’d take Drummond if I could handle the FT issues. Actually, I’d take him even if the FTs are a problem for your team. Everything else is too good. If this is Roto though I’d have to see the rest of your team to really give sound analysis.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jesse: Even as an anti-Drummond guy, I’d have to take him over Pau

  8. Jose A. says:
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    What kind of value does Brandon Knight have going forward? Is he a hold-for-more-goodness? Or is he a sell-in-case-the-wheels-fall-off? Is he more valuable than, say, Trey Burke or Terrence Jones?

    Thanks!

    • matt says:
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      @Jose A.: I think hes more valuable then both. I love knight his upside is ridonkulous

      • Slim

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        @matt: I concur. I think Ridnour playing some point and Knight playing some off guard helps him too. I like Burke a lot but the missed time earlier in the year really nerfed his development. Terrence Jones is a completely different player so how the rest of your team is setup is important. In a trade Knight is worth much more though.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jose A.: I’ve been a huge Knight guy all year and think you have to hold unless someone is all giddy about Knight like me. The upside is just too big, even in Larry Drew’s weird coaching strategy. Like him better than those other guys.

  9. Tony says:
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    Does John Henson step back in when he gets back? Or is larry drews brain just too much of a rubiks cube to figure out? Ersan cant be the answer.

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      @Tony: I think Rotoworld read my comment….

      John Henson said he expects to play next to Larry Sanders once recovered from his high-ankle sprain.
      A two-week timetable has been rumored for Henson, although he thinks he’ll return before that. Only time will tell, as high-ankle sprains have a tendency to linger longer than expected. But once Henson returns, pairing him next to Sanders on the block for extended minutes would make a ton of sense — especially given Ersan Ilyasova’s continued uneven play. We’d be surprised if Henson didn’t settle into a 28-32 minute role again whether he’s starting or coming off the bench.

      • Slim

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        @Tony: I wouldn’t be dropping Henson even before that news. Ilyasova should still start I think so Henson can get some backup center minutes. All 3 could coexist. There are enough minutes to go around. Sanders, Henson, Antetok are going to block a ton of shots. The Bucks have the potential to be a fun team to watch.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Tony: Yeah Ersan indeed isn’t the answer. I would say Henson at ~25 mins is more likely though, just because Drew will jerk it around. And if Ersan gets hot, tough to see a lot of minutes with all 3 together. But most nights Henson should be close to 30 with some outliers under. I did drop Henson in a league or two, but only for real quality guys that happen to be sitting there.

  10. MC says:
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    Hey JB, Andray Blatche is available in my league. Should I drop Tobias Harris for him? I have to swap PF for PF due to league rules. Harris has been inconsistent and with Brook Lo out for the seas Blatche has the higher upside for double-doubles. Thoughts?

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      @MC: heck no! Not for Blache

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MC: If dub-dubs was a stat cat I might, but probably holding Harris for multi cat upside.

      • MC says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Its a H2H pts league where DD’s count

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @MC: Makes it close. Narrowly sticking with Harris tho

  11. Joe says:
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    After another dud-worthy performance by Jeff Green (by 12-team league with 11-man rosters standards), would you drop him for any of the following:

    Redick (stash)
    Nick Young
    Lou Williams
    Terrence Ross
    Alec Burks

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joe: Nah I thnk you have to hold Green over all those guys. Maybe try and package him for a 2-for-1. Green is turning out to be a terrible call by me and multi others coming into the year

  12. Zar says:
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    OHHH HENSON WAS DROPPED…worth a waiver? Or should I hope he hits FA. I can drop Middleton for him..Or sullinger. Probably sullinger since I need the SF Depth.

    And whats up with Middleton? He was playing so well, and then gets benched. Sooo Middleton or Anetok, who is worth the spot?

    • Richie says:
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      @Zar: @The Beal Deal:

      Henson is most definitely worth a waiver.

      Drop Middleton for Antetokounmpo now

      • Zar says:
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        @Richie: Thanks. In another league, I’m gonna offer Zach Randolph and Jeff Green and try to pick up Dragic and Marc Gasol, think the owner might take it? Should I even do it ><

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Zar: Yeah I would def do that if you can make it work

    • Slim

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      @Zar: I don’t put much value in a waiver. If the guy is going to help my team he’s worth the waiver whatever number it is.

      I don’t think Antetok should be available. I agree with Richie. Get him now for Middleton. Henson over Sullinger? I think so.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Zar: Hmmm, def want both Giannis and Henson over Middleton. Middleton was always “middling” NBA talent, just had some hot games. Prob taking Giannis too since he’s playing right now, I’d hold Sullinger too, I know he is fading a little, but while I think henson will need to be owned when he’s back, think a lot of upside is gone since he has to depend on Drew’s bench rotation and terrible coaching habits.

  13. CDS says:
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    Hey JB what’s going on?
    Should I drop boozer or plumlee for varejo?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @CDS: What’s up man! Yea I would fine a way for him, probably losing Plumlee but he’s been playing so well…

      • CDS says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Alright cool thanks man ill think about it

  14. Jay_0321 says:
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    JB home skillet!

    Just got offered a mad trade from the second place team. I am in third.

    His CP3, Batum and Amir Johnson (whom I dropped)

    for

    My IT2, Millsap and Korver!

    THOUGHTS???

    • TR says:
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      @Jay_0321: I’m not JB but I’d take that in a heartbeat

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jay_0321: I’m with TR I have to take that one! Love IT2 but he’s no Paul

      • Jay_0321 says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I moved on that one.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Jay_0321: Ugggggghhhhhhhhhhh

  15. Anthony says:
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    Hickson and Dunleavy or Meeks, Lou Williams, and Jordan Hill? Really deep league, H2H most cats! Thanks man!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Anthony: Hmmm, a consistent production vs. upside. I might take Hill side given you don’t have to drop anyone good

  16. Jake Van Zuiden says:
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    Wroten, Sullinger, or Jackson?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jake Van Zuiden: Depends on needs but Jackson is prob who I’d go with

  17. TR says:
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    What do you think about these two add/drops?

    I’m thinking of dropping Tobias for Pierce and Kawhi for Varejao.

    Probably seems crazy to drop Tobias or a kawhi but I’m in a shallow 8 teamed and considering how little people will trade me for them, I don’t think either will get picked up

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      @TR: Also, it’s a point league so Kawhi’s multi-cat production doesn’t help me much

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TR: Vaerjao def needs to be owned in a points league right now… Tobias I don’t mind, but man, as a Kawhi guy it’s tough for me to say he’s droppable, even in Points. I would keep him and grab Anderson V, but then again I’m not as versed in pts leagues

  18. JB and imaginary friends,

    Happy New Year, dudes.

    I have been seeing a lot of questions, comments and subsequent rants (primarily from me) regarding the two evil monsters in fantasy – Mike D’Antoni and Larry Drew.

    With D’Antoni In particular, the Jordan Hill issue that was touched on by SLIM yesterday, regarding his playing time and whether his PER 36 stats are “enough” to keep him rostered in fantasy, albeit on the bench in most 12-14 team leagues. My short answer is: YES. If you’ve been paying attention to not only the Lakers abysmal play of late, but the trade rumors swirling in LA at rapid pace, I am of the humble opinion that Kupchak and the Lakers will ultimately, move Pau Gaysol and put operation TANK 2013 year in full motion. I still don’t believe Kobe returns to this circus. Wether or not that impacts moving Pau to CLE for Bynum and change, that remains to be seen. But, I think it happens. Current CLE-LA Trade Rumors have been quelled for the time being, but I can see this regaining momentum shortly. LA desperately needs this to happen. Bynum would be subsequently waived and the LAKERS would save a bundle against the CAP, making them big boy spenders in 2014, when they mistakenly will usher in the Carmelo Anthony era (my prediction). If and when that Pau trade happens, I would think / hope / presume that Jordan Hill would become a fixture in the Lakers rotation garnering up to 30+ min per night. Now D’Antoni utterly hates my guts and refuses to unleash Hill, but I can’t help but think neither Sacre or a rapidly diminishing, Kaman, will usurp Hill’s PT with Gaysol completely out of the picture. Therefore, with the NBA trade deadline rapidly approaching, my long-winded hunch or “advice” would be to hold and/or stash HILL until we find out about Pau’s fate in Laker land. Of course, it’s D’Antoni and he also loves Shawne Williams….so there’s that to also keep in mind. Such a wonderful smart man, that Mr. Pringles fella.

    Regarding Larry Drew and his rotations – in short, I give up. Being a former gambling junkie turned fantasy nerd / student of the game, I pay attention to opponents, match-ups, travel, chemistry, +/- outputs, free agency years, youth movements, etc. and I can confidently say, I have no FREAKING CLUE what Larry Drew is thinking, doing, strategy he’s implementing, general direction of the franchise and/or what they hell that are playing for on a daily basis– other than he’d be the first coach I would shit-can in the NBA. I drafted and own Brandon Knight in both my 14 and 16 teamers, which has been a fun ride of late. However, I also was able to pick up OJ MAYO on the cheap months ago, and that has been a total disaster of epic proportions. I mean, he’s playing like 10 minutes a game now and is arguably the best offensive player on that team. You can’t really drop him, although you should (I won’t). the Greek Alphabet Soup is interesting and I like that he’s getting run, but overall, I’m so confused. Illysova? Larry Sanders? Middleton? Henson? There are some really interesting pieces in MIL, but Drew is really freaking retarded. Any Bucks fan out there (I feel sorry for you having to deal with this nonsense), but would still like someone to make sense of it all to me, I’m all ears.

    4 things I’m watching this weekend for deep leagues: 1) Does Asik get traded? Impact: Terrence Jones. 2) With Kirilienko and Blatche returning, who does Kidd give minutes to at SF/PF? Impact: Miraz Teletovic. 3) How laughable /usable is Lakers PG situation with Farmar shelved? Impact: Kendall Marshall. 4)Which BIG emerges in ATL front court? Impact: Mike Scott.

    Good luck this weekend…

    • Lasandro says:
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      @EL BURRO: Us Aussie fantasy geeks endorse this rant. Looking forward to responses. And similar to what I commented on yesterday’s post, I too have no idea what Larry Screw is up to in Wisconsin. I’m still juggling the thought of picking my former stud Henson up off the wire, after dropping him last week

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @EL BURRO: Happy New YEar! Good to see you are well. Dude imagine the Lakers getting a a top 5 pick in this draft class. Next to a 75% Kode. Would be awesome. Yeah Mike skinny on Mike and Mike likes Melo goin there too.

      Bucks are a soup of mess. So much athletic talent (minus Ersan) and upside. I enjoy the Knight right too though. Has a 14 reb and 14 ast game lately, plus two 36+ point games, imagine if he got like a 35/13/13 line. Could happen. Then he’ll play 11 minutes to Luke Ridnour getting a full 48 the next game.

      1 – Eh, we’ll see. Thigh injury and all this drama has got to have teams hesitant. Hopefully Jones doesn’t have to face new compeitition with whomever they pick up. 2 – Teletovic with only 11 mins yesterday. Never was a big fan. 3 – Marshall I think is worth a 12-team gamble in most leagues. I mean, who knows. Obviously depends on who you drop. 4 – Go Mike Scott!

      Have a good weekend!

  19. Lasandro says:
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    Señor Gilpin, great write up once again.

    Have been offered the following:
    D Lee for my M Gasol and Rondo

    Very interesting.. Thoughts please? As reference, rest of my current team: Pierce, W Chandler, DMC, AD, W Matthews, R Anderson, Holiday, Jennings, Stephenson, Sully. Dead last in 3′s, but acquired Anderson and Matthews only recently. Above mid-level to great in other cats. Before Gasol went down, he was doing beautiful things for me. How realistic is Lee’s current run, as far as season long prod? Don’t watch many warriors games

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Lasandro: Thanks man! Glad to be back to the normal schedule. I like Lee and think he’s a bit undervalued at times, but with Gasol about back, I think Gasol’s all-around game will out-do Lee’s. Now that is given Gasol comes back around 90-95% and doesn’t get hurt again. I think I would hold there.

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        @JB Gilpin: fantastic! You pretty much reassured my initial thoughts on Gasol. Really have no idea what to expect from Rondo – as you also pointed out to me a couple of weeks back – so I’ll hold on both.

        The Paul Pierce experiment begins tomorrow on my squad. He, Along with the underachieving Sully and Jackson, are all on probation right now. A bit sad because I Recieved sully in a recent trade and he’s been pedestrian for the most part. Not sure how he did today but the last two of his were nice, however. Giannis is staring at me dude! He’s callin me!! Reddick too.

        Settling in to watch the new Hobbit movie, so ciao for now playa

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Lasandro: Yeah Rondo I think will be ownable but not huge when returning. Yeah I’m shocked Sully hasn’t been keeping up the times, I had two Celtics games a few weeks ago and he was facilitating very well. Perils of going off just a few games. Sully shot 3-17 today. Yikes. At least the counting line was fine. The desolation of Sully awaits!

          • Slim

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            @JB Gilpin: Antetok should be staring at you from your roster not the free agent list! I’d take him over Sully all day and twice on muesday. Oh and Antetok vs Pierce is really close to me. I almost always take upside over age but they’re different kinds of contributors so it kinda depends.

  20. Luis says:
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    Great piece. Need trade advice. I’m in a 12 team roto league and currently in 2nd. I traded Ibaka for Cousins and Josh Smith and looking to trade Smith now who is hurting my percentages. I need more 3′s, and better 3pt percentage. I was just offered Beal straight up for Smith. Would you do this with the threat of Beal’s recent injury problems?

    My team:
    Jrue, Oladipo, P. George, Isaiah pt. 2, W. Chandler, Giannis, Henson, Cousins, Anthony Davis, Hawes and just picked up Reddick to stash him. Hoping that works out.

    What do you think JB? And anyone else’s input would be greatly appreciated too.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Luis: Thanks! Josh Smith’s 15% 3PTM isn’t working?! Haha, I keed. Stupid Smith. I think you could get better than Beal though. Seems like you have decent 3s, I would shop Smith more for someone better. How about Ryan Anderson and someone? Maybe see if that owner needs a multicat like Smoove

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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah I already have. I offered the guy that has Anderson, Smith straight up and he said no. The guys in this league don’t like trading. They were complaining when I pulled off the trade for Cousins and Smith. I think I SHOULD be able to get more than Beal, but not sure if I can. I’ve been trying to move him for the last couple of weeks, with barely even responses.

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          @Luis: Ryan Anderson just left the game on a stretcher! Maybe I was lucky he didn’t like the trade.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Luis: Yikes! Scary injury for Ryan. Sucks your league is so inactive. How it goes sometimes, you get attached to guys. I think I would still shop more, Beal if guaranteed played the rest of the year I could get behind, but so injury prone.

  21. Connor says:
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    Would giving up Jimmy Butler and JV be too much for Varejao? I would use my empty spot for Giannis.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Connor: Yeah i think that’s way too much. I am still a big JV guy and with Varejao having an injury history, I might even want JV over Varejao straight up

  22. Ridiculous says:
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    Welcome back JB.

    Was wondering where you went there for a little while. So I’ve got an interesting one for you.

    You may or may not remember but I am the guy who traded derozan and got back Kemba walker. I drafted derozan because of you and followed your advice when you told me to sell high on him and buy low on Kemba walker. The trade has been $$$$$$!!!!!!!

    I’m now working on a deal with the same guy to buy back derozan.

    First off. I punt FG %, Turnovers, and Blocks. So far the strategy is perfect and I ALWAYS win a week 6-3 or 5-4.
    Derozan fits that so well.

    Right now he wants my Spencer Hawes & Terrace Ross.

    I would get back Derozan and Tony Parker.

    My thoughts:

    I really like Hawes. I see him as a top tier center. Him hitting so many 3′s from the Center position. He hits his free throws for a center. That’s what I’ll miss from him. He doesn’t steal that much and he is only player on my squat who blocks shots and I loose that every week so they ultimately are worthless to my squad. He may get traded and if he does we all know he doesn’t have a shot at matching his numbers. Plus he has slowed down a bit. My only other center is pekovic. Id have to grab a center from the wire if I get rid of Hawes. Prolly a glen Davis. He has J.j. Hickson.

    Terrace Ross- I picked him up from the wire last week. I dig what he is doing. Fits my squad well. Had a good game today. I’m thinking he is better for my team than Gerald Henderson

    Tony Parker-
    A super pimp. My only concern is the random DNP and him resting during fantasy playoffs. He doesn’t ever block a shot. Perfect.

    My squad lives off high volume shooters who can board, hit the 3 and steal the ball.

    Do you see this as a fair trade?

    Would if be better if I threw in pekovic instead of Hawes? Should I give him Jeff Green instead of Ross? Gerald Henderson instead of Ross?

    He’s also got oldlapio who I am super interested in.

    JB we gotta pull one more little trade to get back derozan.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Ridiculous: Oh I’ve been around! Just holiday-in it up ya know… Yup I remember the deal well! I think that whole sequence made up for some bad calls :)

      I think you have to take that deal. I know Parker’s DNPs are frustrating, but Ross is raw and Hawes, while good, I think was overproducing early on. But does produce in those stats like you said, in a great out-of-position way. I like Ross fine as a guy that should be owned, but getting DeRozan and Parker is too nice.

      Now – I would indeed throw in Pek instead of Hawes fitting your strategy, if that deal works. I would hold Green, Henderson I could get being moving instead though. Mmmm, I love Oladipo as a buy low if his owner is frustrated with him. How about a Pek, Hendo, Ross for Parker, DeRozan, Oladipo. If rejected, replace one with Green, I would still like it. Let’s make this work man!

      • Ridiculous says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks for being such a pimp and putting in the time and responding. It’s time I buy you a drink mang. You and Grey deserve it.

        Alright JB. I threw 4 offers his way. I feel like i win any one if he accepts. Here they are.

        #1
        I give: T.Ross & Pek
        I get: DeRozan & Parker

        #2
        I give: T.Ross & Pek & G.Henderson
        I get: DeRozan & Parker & V.Odaplio

        #3
        I give: T.Ross & Hawes & G.Henderson
        I get: DeRozan & Parker $ J. Calderon

        #4
        I give: T.Ross & Hawes & J.Green
        I get: DeRozan & Parker & J. Calderon

        I’m feeling good about all those. Anything you think I need to change?

        If anything I can cancel trade number 4 to see if he will take 3 first.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Ridiculous: Thanks man! We welcome drinks any time. I am becoming more and more a scotch guy. I need to change my button@!

          1- love it
          2 – awesome
          3 – Love it
          4 – like it, least favorite, still a winner though.

          Let’s make it happen!

  23. m1chael says:
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    Hey JB.

    Bit worried here about Mike Scott and James Johnson. Scott played 19mins and Johnson only 13mins.

    Should I hold any of these guys for lets say….D. Collison (assuming CP3 misses time) or Antic.

    Or just be patient and don’t jump the gun because I’m stacked on PG with Curry Wall Lillard.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @m1chael: Collison leaps and bounds past both, I would drop Johnson, Grizz feront court getting fuller and fuller.

    • Shaft says:
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      @EL BURRO: drop jeremy Lin for collision?

      • Michael says:
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        @Shaft: drop James Johnson for Collison?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Shaft: Yes

        • Shaft says:
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          @JB Gilpin: over Kendall Marshall, Jordan Crawford or dj augustin?

            • @EL BURRO:

              Actually, would probably drop DJ. Kendall is limited offensively, but has a clearer path to playing time for next 2-3 weeks. Playing time = production. Kendall > DJ.

              Note: Like DJ’s game much more than Kendall’s, but all about playing time.

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              @EL BURRO: sorry, to be more clear drop Lin for Jordan Crawford, Kendall Marshall, dj augustin or collision?

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                @Shaft: Collison probably for me.

                • @JB Gilpin: Agreed. Colli will be pretty nice with 30-34 min. I watch every Clippers game (that’s my squad). He should be able to put up 15-16 pts /5-7 assists nightly with 1-2 steals. A lot to like running the Clip show.

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                  @JB Gilpin: sorry to post again JB just curious about the rationale. Kendall’s numbers look absurd for a first start. I’m looking for assists and steals. 10 team 8 cat. That change anything? Probably will drop whoever it on pick up for blake when he comes back.

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                    @Shaft: Marshall was great, but against a bad Jazz team with an inconsistent defender in Burke against him. Still like him a lot, don’t get me wrong, but Collison is gonna kill him in steals and be about even in asts.

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @EL BURRO: Our field reporter coming through! He got picked up in one of my RCLs then when I was deciding who to drop in the other he got picked up. My leagues are rough!

  24. I love lamp says:
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    khris middleton, luke ridnour, jodie meeks, kendall marshall, pj tucker. Which 2 would you pick out of them for a 12 team h2h points league?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @I love lamp: Marshall and probably Tucker, who quietly just keeps producing.

  25. JB – in a 11 category (standard 9 + FGM, FTM), redraft, H2H league, who do you like more: PJ TUCKER or COREY BREWER? They feel about the same to me… with Brewer trending slightly downwards with Chase Budinger on mend.

    Brewer — 32 min / 11.9 pts / 2.7 boards / 1.2 assts / 1.7 steals / 0.4 blocks / 1.0 3pm / 43% FG / 76% FT
    Tucker — 30 min / 9.2 pts / 5.6 boards / 1.8 assts / 1.3 steals / 0.3 blocks / 1.1 3pm / 40% FG/ 74% FT

    You seem to like TUCKER a little, but that wing position depth in PHX is no joke either with Green, Morris x2, etc. Maybe the potential injury to Bledsoe shores up more time in the short term, plus Tucker is currently shooting 40% FG when he’s more of a career 45% FG kinda guy. So, there’s also that.

    Curious your take. Thx

    • JB Gilpin

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      @EL BURRO: Yeah they’re virtually clones… I’ll take Tucker for the boards and more consistency. I feel like Brewer and those 1.7 steals come from 0,1,0,1,0,0,5 type variables, sure they all count, but he’s really frustrating. Same with his scoring average and the instability. Agree with Brewer trending down a bit and Budinger entering the mix on top of Mbah a Moute, it’s very crowded with no leeway in that starting lineup as in Pek, Love, Martin are all gonna get their big run. Suns can kinda move Tucker around 2-4. Well maybe not the 4 unless it’s a real small lineup… But yeah

      • @JB Gilpin:

        good points. i’m a Brewer owner and frustrated with the inconsistencies of late. hence, the question. Tucker is available again. I seem to plug/play/ add / drop him all the time based on schedule.. I kinda want to make the permanent move but have always been mesmerized by Brewers defense (steals, in particular)…

        thx for the take…

        BTW — switching gears, I’m setting up a 14 team SLOW MOCK draft over at Fantasy Baseball Cafe (Baseball Leftovers). Feel free to check out and join it, if your schedule permits. I like hoops, but love fantasy baseball… nice way to start your prep and the guys who typically participate are all very solid fantasy minds.

        Here’s the link: http://www.fantasybaseballcafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=464806

        • Slim

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          @EL BURRO: I’m with JB. I like Tucker more. Tucker has also been one of my most added/dropped players this year.

  26. Michael says:
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    Thanks for the replies from everyone. But I highly doubt I’ll get him.

  27. Caleb says:
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    who is more worthy of an add in a 10 team h2h league… Jack or Waiters?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Caleb: Probably Waiters but close

  28. matt says:
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    This guy traded love/lilliard for wade/CP3 …he must have gotten bored or something. I know one thing..he really Effd up! Lol

    • Slim

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      @matt: Paul is amazing and all but I wouldn’t have done that trade even before Paul went down. Love/Lillard are both 1st rounders and are both at least comparable to CP3. You are absolutely right about one thing. That guys season is over.

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        @Slim: LOL Yup! Wade for Love or lilliard is horrible! I agree cp3 is a beast but now he has 2 injured guys on his team. I would have just done a 1 for 1 wade isn’t worth much in my opinion cuz you never know when he’s sitting. back to backs is a guarantee now!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @matt: Agree with you guys, it wasn’t the worst I’ve ever seen but pretty bad and now everyone is hurt haha

  29. Slim

    Slim says:
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    I’m in a 12 team league. Kendall Marshall or Tony Wroten? Hehe…

    • Slim

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      @Slim: Actually I have a 12 teamer that’s getting really good, can’t fit either of those 2. Marshall vs Collison is pretty even I guess but Marshall was picked up when Farmar went down so I never really had a shot for him in this league. Darn those west coast games ending at 1 AM EST.

      PGs. Lawson, Teague, Jennings, Collison
      Wings. Harden, Ross, Antetok, Korver, Carroll
      Bigs. Cousins, Favors, Sanders, RoLo

      I just recently traded JV for Jennings since I was coming up short at PG and had plenty of bigs. Traded Kanter and IT2 for Jefferson before IT2 was the starter and before Kanter lost his starting job. Flipped Jefferson and Frye for Cousins. So basically IT2 for Cousins and I kept clearing up roster spots. Korver was dropped at the beginning of the year… I didn’t draft him. This is a money league too. I like my chances. Am I missing something or is there really no weaknesses here?

      • @Slim:

        Slim – here is my general opinion on your squad – used Grades.

        PG: Grade: A. Love your 4. Adding Colli just probably made your 4 some one of the best PG rosters in the league, not knowing anything about your league. The only real issue there is 3pm, Teague and Colli and to a lesser extent, Lawson are not really deep threat guys. I’m nit-picking, but still…

        WINGS: Grade: B. Harden is an A+. We both feel the same about Ross and his upside. The back end, I’m not huge on. Carroll is meh to me. Korver is a 3pm specialist, which makes up for your short-coming there at PG above. Antetok is the wild card; no idea if he will continue to get run or find the bench within a few weeks. I think you could be stronger here in a 12 teamer.

        BIGS: Grade: B+. Cousins is an A. I have man love for him and have drafted him in 1st Round last 2 years in both my 14 and 16 teamers, so that should tell you how I feel about him . My Boogie love runs deep and he’s turning into the monster I envisioned. Favors is very solid. No issue there. If 2013 Sanders was playing like 2012 Sanders, this component of your roster would be an A-, not a B+. However, he’s not, so you may struggle with blocks/ scoring until he starts performing like he should. RoLo, I’m generally not a fan of the brothers Lopez. However, he looks better in Portland, and is serviceable in a 12 teamer.

        SUGGESTIONS: I would look to improve and add a 3rd good BIG that can get you some scoring, boards and blocks — Vucevic, Mark Gasol, Hawes, maybe even Drummond, who would dramatically help. I could see you trying to package Collison + RoLo (and/or Antetok) for 1 more better BIG. Keep Sanders and have him as your #4

        • Slim

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          @EL BURRO: Thanks! That’s way more than JB would give me. Sheesh… A lot of things just happened so I’m not sure how it’s really going to play yet.

          With Jennings and Collison this huge weakness was instantly cured. I like my PGs to shoot a bunch of 3s as well but my wings have been covering it lately. My turnovers are going to get well out of hand now so I guess I’ll be punting that for the most part.

          I think Antetok is here to stay. I love what he does to a fantasy roster too. He’s basically my 4th or 5th big and if he gets consistent with 4-5 assists then he’s also my 4th or 5th PG. More 3s and steals are coming as he gets comfortable on both ends. It’s happening so much earlier than anyone thought and I think that’s why people are hesitant to buy in. Korver does his job, I really can’t complain. I’m kind of fond of 3pt shooters with good FG%. Just added Carroll. He’s the streamer now after the Collison add. I also wanted a PF eligible so he fit.

          Cousins techs are going to annoy me eventually. Here’s to hoping he misses a day with a full slate of games. I have blind faith in Sanders. Maybe a little too much… If he’s only a 2 block guy I’m going to be disappointed. That sounds kind of crazy but, 10/10/1/1/3, that’s me being satisfied with Sanders. I want more though. Favors is inconsistent day to day but week to week it all looks the same. I’ve been pretty happy with him. RoLo has been really useful with Sanders down. Not sure how much I could get for him in a trade.

          I’ve tried to flip Korver in several deals but haven’t been able to make those work. Upgrading RoLo would be nice but… Portland has a 5 game semifinals. I think he’s going to play a big role in winning that week. 4 games out of a better player is better. 3 games though… I don’t know. I just have to find the right guy. Scoring is something I’ve been looking to upgrade. I love the youth on this team. Just the idea that they could, for the most part, all play better is appealing. So I’m currently in 8th, 40-40-1, in this 12 teamer Y! pro-$20… A little comeback is in order but I’m not too worried about it.

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Slim: Sorry I’m not ad helpful! Don’t disagree with anything. Rather Collison over Wroten. I’m not as high on Giannis but do like him, I think you’ll be swell heading into the playoffs

  30. Brent

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    Drop Tobias Harris for nick collison? I need boards and blocks, but i also lost kobe and westbrook

    • Slim

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      @The Fantasy Dick: I don’t think so. Collison should be really good for the month of January but Chris Paul will return and the fun will end. I think Tobias is fine. Top 50 guy moving forward to me. I’ve been thinking about sending some buy low offers out there for him.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @The Fantasy Dick: Nick Collison? Definitely Tobias. If Darren Collison, probably still Tobias but depends on needs

      • Brent

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        @JB Gilpin: Ha, yeah Darren Collison. I don’t see Nick Collison having much value ROS.

        Thanks for the assist Slim and JB

  31. matt says:
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    Quick question, Is there anyway I can get in a REL or RCL next season? I have pretty good leagues that im playing in with mostly active owners. But I still seem to have 1 or 2 guys that skew the standings every year by either giving up or not setting full line ups every week! Plus I just want to step up my level of competition every year. I dominated almost all of my leagues and this season is looking very good so far. Put me in coach im ready to play! Haha

    • Slim

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      @matt: Inactive owners started getting to me too. Yahoo started money leagues $20 or $100 and that’s the highest level of competition I’ve found to date. I’m in one of each and everyone is still very active. Tons of streaming. Trades are happening weekly. It’s perfect.

      RCLs open up at the beginning of the year and as they fill up more get created. Everyone is invited and you might not find better competition in a free league. The REL is a little different, If we could start a new one each year I would be on board. 20 team, 17 player, auction dynasties aren’t for everyone.

      • Jake Van Zuiden says:
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        @Slim: As he said, I would like to try to get into the RCL next year. I’ve been following your guys’ blog all year and love going through every morning before school. I’ve been playing fantasy sports for 4 years now and am very glad I found this site. I’m also getting frustrated with inactives in my leagues, so if I could step up my level of competition, that’d be awesome!

        • JB Gilpin

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          @matt: @Jake Van Zuiden: Thanks for the interest guys! Would love having you guys aboard, we launch about a month and a half before the season, all free, with great prizes, an overall standings, and weekly updates. Tons of fun! And I’m still following through with shaving the overall winner’s team name on my head, should be interesting!

      • @Slim:

        I play in a bigger money, 14 team – h2h league ($500 entry) that is very competitive. If you and/or JB are interested, let me know. There may be some consolidation next year with 1 or 2 spots opening… I could slide you guys in.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @EL BURRO: yikes, rich for my blood!

        • Slim

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          @EL BURRO:

          That’s a big money league. Maybe I can convince JB to co-manage with me and split the entry fee. Come on JB… We are no slouches! It’s just money. I play in money leagues for the competition not the prize and I have no problem paying more money for stronger competition.

          Do you play any fanduel or draftkings? My brother’s making a nice little profit every week at fanduel. He’s been begging me to do it.

  32. Jake Van Zuiden says:
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    Would you go Blatche over Sullinger?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jake Van Zuiden: Nah I think I would stick with Sully despite his terrible shooting day the other day

  33. Nikko says:
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    How do you feel about Kevin Love and john wall for Aldridge, Holiday and Millsap? No FG% of FT%

    • Nikko says:
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      @Nikko: or Lawson instead of Holiday

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Nikko: I would want Love and Wall side still in both, close though

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        @JB Gilpin: what if Tyreke Evans was thrown in on Loves side and IT was on Aldridges?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Nikko: ohhhhh that is a closssse one. Aldridge barely under Love, Wall I think is second best player in deal, but I might have to go IT2 side then, love IT2

  34. Michael Pan says:
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    Hi JB,

    What you think of Nene Halirio. He’s on waivers right now, should i dump faried or joe johnson for him? or shall i stay put

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Michael Pan: I’d hold your guys, Nene not being able to start or handle big minutes hurts him

  35. TR says:
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    Was offered a trade for my K Love and think I may pull the trigger as much as it hurts to trade him

    I give up Love, Wall, and Hibbert for George, Knight, Dragic, Vucevic, and Sanders

    I have 2 players on my team I’d be willing to drop meaning I’d have an entire team consisting of good players. Still unsure though

    • JB Gilpin

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      @TR: Yikes, yeah man I think I’d have to take that one. George is probably the best player in the deal plus that depth is crazy. Love KNight too of course

  36. Luis says:
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    12 team league h2h just want know what you think of my team and any suggestion may have for me.
    Chris Paul INJ
    Tony Parker
    Brandon Knight
    J.R. Smith
    Iggy
    J.J. Reddick INJ
    Josh Smith
    Anthony Davis
    Marc Gasol INJ
    Terrence Jones
    Anderson Varajao
    Reggie Jackson
    Kenneth Faried
    Been battling injuries all season lost Brook Lopez but made some good addition throughout the season and have stayed middle of the pack 6th currently

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Luis: Yeah tough injuries…Nothing is really sticking out, maybe grabbing Collison or Marshall for Faried to get ya some dimes. If there are any takers you could try to move Parker, and I think it’s worth dropping Reddick unless you have unlimited IR spots to get some production now.

  37. Lasandro says:
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    Heya bud

    In need of a scorer who gets a three and boards. Looking at the FA list of J Butler, CJ Miles (another solid game today), T Ross, Schump, Meeks and A Bradley. All have been nice, although Schump’s interest has only come based off a two-game run. Consistency wise, Ross is a gamble for me and a bit of a THRAGNOF. Looking forward to your reply mate and hope you’re keepin well! PS – the recent Pierce pickup you suggested has worked out well. he’s playing great as my team’s jack-of-all-trades. Our boy Willy Chandler put up a dud the last game. if he doesnt perform today, hm..

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      Update: just saw the box scores of some of today’s games – yeah, lets just ommit Ross’ and Schump’s names off that list. Just too inconsistent with what I need. And as far as scoring prowess go, would a Taj gibson add be possibly my best bet, with booz out for a short period? He certainly produces with minutes

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        Sorry for the overkill, but Ive decided to go by the strength of schedule on this one. The three Im thinking of picking from on the FA are Bradley, G Green and J Meeks. Dropping Wilson. Yes, he’s great, but with the nature of that Nugs team, you never know who’s gonna catch fire and take starters minutes on that night (eg. Suns). Would appreciate your thoughs

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Lasandro: No overkill at all! Taj can definitely get it done… I think you know to expect I would say hold Chandler… But I love Wilson! Me and him on an island together, wouldn’t be the end of the world… I wouldn’t let him float away though… Anyway, Green might have the best pure upside scoring wise with Bledsoe out this week.

          • Lasandro says:
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            @JB Gilpin: well, I won’t let his weak non-scoring game today affect my decision, then. And he has been good for the most part that I’ve owned him. So Wilson can stay on the island. Also, there should be more dentists on lonely islands. But let’s just say J Butler continues to slowly improve – would he theoretically be more of a provider than Wilson?

            Also, just recieved this offer: his Blake for my AD. And the crowd goes silent… Thoughts?

            • Lasandro says:
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              I would drop Sully perhaps but his boarding has been nice and I seriously doubt he continues this woeful shooting with his bum hand. The effort is there. Ideally I’d like him to score more.. It’s been frustrating. My Anderson went down and jrue and BJ put up very low scoring games. Getting desperate housewives over here

              • JB Gilpin

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                @Lasandro: Whew, glad Wilson can be on our islands! Yeah tough Anderson injury, hope he can get back on the court soon, was scary. Don’t start pounding the white wine desperate housewife! Yeah I think if Butler can keep up his pace and stay healthy, I would want him over Chandler. I’d hold brow over Griffin. Gotta love the 3+ blocks in 4 straight! I like Sully a lot too, still produced decent given fouling out in under 20 mins and not shooting well. HUmphries playing well on an expiring deal Boston can’t wait to get rid of won’t cut into Sully’s minutes when he’s 100%

                • Lasandro says:
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                  Aahhhh, so much clarity. Thank you, blogger friend across the seas. Will monitor butlers next two games and get back to ya

                  • Lasandro says:
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                    And outta interest, what kinda numbers by butler would warrant me swapping either Pierce or Chandler for him on my squad? Last question, promise!

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