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Jae Crowder, Demarre Carroll, Kawhi Leonard, and Justise Winslow. When you think of these four players, a few things should come to mind. They are all scrappy players known for their hustle stats, lockdown defense, improving jump shots, and for being fan favorites. Long wing spans, large biceps, and… the hair. The type of hair that makes you understand why the only rule that matters  is no touching of the hair or face… and that’s it! Go away, inner Ron Burgundy. These players may take time to develop into fantasy assets, but once they do, you better hope you have first row seats to the show, because these are league winning talents.

Winslow has yet to hit his peak, but looking at his numbers in limited time last year, we can see what he may become. His percentages have been rough, but his near 11 points, five boards, and four assists per game, coupled with 1.3 steals will prove very useful over the course of a full season. Take a look at Carroll. Four seasons of mediocre play for Memphis, Houston, and Utah before getting 30+ MPG for the Hawks and then the Raptors. His line looks a lot like Winslow’s above, but add in the 1.5 3PM and he’s become a useful fantasy asset. Crowder took a similar path as well. Three seasons of weak ball for the Mavericks and Celtics before his Boston breakout in 2015 where he had a line of 14.2/5.1/1.8/1.7/1.7 which was only exalted by the 2.2 3PM in 2016. The Cavs should open even more doors for Crowder, and his fantasy stock is on the rise.

Lastly, the star of the bunch, Kawhi Leonard. Three seasons as a high motor, defensive specialist putting up similar stat lines to the ones you see above, followed by three seasons taking over the reins of the Spurs steering wheel. He also has a relationship with Pop that none of us will ever understand. Scoring 25 a game, hitting two 3PM, adding in a slew of counting stats, and we have a first round pick everyday of the week and twice on Sundays… but not Mondays because that would be ridiculous. You can’t have that two days in a row, that’s just not fair to anyone else in the room. Damnit Bernice!

Is that you George Muresan?

You’re lost, aren’t you. Why are you telling us about players we already know about? Get to the good stuff, quit wasting my time! Wow, everyone relax, it’s coming… and you’re going to love it.

To quote the original Fresh Prince, “Taurean, yo feet must be tired cause you’ve been running through my mind all day!” Yep, you got it right…Taurean Prince is about to go HAM. The history lesson I provided above about these style of players suggests otherwise. Prince must be a few years away from stardom, but let me hit you with some factoids. Prince was providing the Hawks with a couple of high motor minutes per game last year, until he was thrown into the fire at the end of the season for 10 wonderful games. Now, most of our fantasy seasons were most likely over, or half the owners were checked out of your roto league, but you Razzball reader you… you were paying attention. You saw the amazing beast mode performance. 10 games, 11.4 points, 1.1 threes, 3.9 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.5 blocks. Wipe those eyes, take a cold drink, maybe find a safe house and read that again. Ready? 10 games, 11.4 points, 1.1 threes, 3.9 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.5 blocks. Think about what a full season of starters minutes could mean. He has all the opportunity in the world to succeed this season as the Hawks are quietly in tank mode. The young talent on this squad is to die for, whether it’s Dewayne Dedmon, John Collins or Kent Bazemore, this is a team going through a youth movement, with fantastic athletes, and Prince is the glue guy that will hold them together.

At 23 years old, Prince was in college for 4 years, and his senior season at Baylor he started all 34 games they played. His line that year was 15.9 PTS 1.6 3PM, 6.1 REB, 2.3 AST, 1.3 STL, 0.7 BLK, and 77% from the free throw line.  That’s the kind of line that Prince may give you this season. If that doesn’t get you to the waiver wire right now, I don’t know what will. If that doesn’t bump Prince up a few ticks on your cheat sheet, you’re doing it wrong. Son loves him. I love him. The bandwagon is open for business. Come one, come all, and you better not be late, because dinner is served at 7, and you can’t have your pudding if you don’t eat your meat. Grab a share of Taurean Prince and enjoy the ride.

Prince is pumped!

My Prediction: 13.3/6.5/1.9/1.7/0.9/1.5

  1. Threekola says:
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    I love him too, and I would not be shocked if he hits those number Post ASB next year. I don’t think it’s impossible that those end up being his season numbers if you look at his per 36s from last year. The boards seem a bit high but both dwight and sap are gone so there are boards to go around. If there is anyone on Atlanta this year that can pull an Avery Bradley from last year and decide to become a beast on the boards for a weak rebounding team it can be Prince.

    If he hits those numbers on like 43% 78% and 1.2 threes a game, what is that…top 50 for sure right?

    • Mel

      Mel says:
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      @Threekola:

      Top 50 might be a little stretch in my mind but it might be closer that people think. Draft him with confidence, even a few rounds early. Don’t let him slip away.

  2. Renz says:
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    Hello Mel,

    I know I’ve been here for a couple of weeks already annoying you guys with so many questions and advises lol. So within 2 weeks I’ve made a change on my roster, from getting a good filler down to making big trades. After those, here I am with this new line-up

    Jokic
    Turner
    Green
    Horford
    Bradley
    DSJ
    Chriss
    Prince
    Murray
    Dedmon
    Crabbe
    Richardson
    Seth Curry

    I would like to know if you could let me know the players that I can drop and trade, and if ever, which player/stat guy should I look into? Because I always tend to ask for trades which makes me a bad fantasy guy lol. I always like trading but I am not exactly sure if I win it or lose it. As long as I make trades and I get players, I feel like a GM already. Anyway, there is another offer I got from my workmate and this is his offer,

    Myles Turner + Avery Bradley for P. George + Ingram

    Other than that, I will just wait for your advise. Thanks mate!

    • Bye Felisha says:
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      @Renz: Id want Turner. In a keeper this is def a no effn way trade

    • Mel

      Mel says:
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      @Renz:

      Answered your trade offer in the other post, depends on what your ultimate strategy is.

      As for drop, I think you have a good young team with a lot of potential.

      Crabbe, Curry, RIchardson, Dedmon, Murray, Prince, Chriss, DSJ can all be major contributors.

      I would hold off from dropping anyone until the season starts. If there is someone you desire, you can make the case for dropping Crabbe or Curry.

      Good Luck

      • Renz says:
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        @Mel:

        Just read it now. Thanks!

        Alright. This is noted. Cheers!

  3. fanape says:
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    Hi Hi, great content… in a 14 pax h2h league 9cat. wondering what changes to make to the team: Jokic / Butler /M.gasol / Schroder / Lonzo / Ingram / hood / ingles / dedmon / Powell / kuzma / decarroll / marjanovic

    Cheers in advance

    • Mel

      Mel says:
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      @fanape:

      Nice squad well rounded with high upside fliers. With Jokic as your anchor and Butler and Marc Gasol right behind him, your studs are solid multi-cat contributors. The rest of your team helps fill in gaps. Lonzo and Schroder will help with assists. Hood and Ingram with points and 3s. Dedmon with boards. Ingles a little bit of everything. If you hit on one or two of your end guys, and the injury bug stays away, you could have a nice season. Good luck!

      • fanape says:
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        @Mel: thanks for the response.. decided to drop boban and grab d.mitchell in light of the exum situation

        • Mel

          Mel says:
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          @fanape:

          Ooooooo love that move.

          A lot of fantasy gold to go around in LA and Utah. I’ll be writing about one of them for this week’s column. Stay tuned…

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