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What if Roy Halladay changed his mind about retiring and switched to pitching left-handed as a means to extend his career? He’d look like someone trying to do the stereotypical “girl throw” and the ball would end up killing a bat boy.

What if Robert Griffin III started throwing left-handed because Kyle Shanahan’s offense stinks and because RGIII just does things differently? Mike Shanahan would turn redder than well, you know, and become permanently frozen with the Anthony Perkins face.

This is why people were sort of baffled when Tristan Thompson decided to switch shooting hands from left to right during the 2013 offseason in an effort to avoid getting his shot blocked.

Is it working? Not really. His FG percentage is down six points from last year.

Do we care? In a word, no.

We care about boards and blocks. And while Thompson is not and never really will be a big blocker, he’s been boarding like a freak over the last week. Had a monstrous 17-21-3 against Denver and a classic 20-13-1 vs. the Clippers, and has averaged 14.7 rpg over his last four games.

People beat up on this guy, but considering that he had only one year in college, then got slowed by the lockout, then switched shooting hands, and then had to start this year dealing with fatboy Andrew Bynum as he worked his doughy body and bulky knee(s) into shape, I’d say he’s doing pretty damn swell.

Anywho, Bynum is finally fine, and not coincidentally the big games are now piling up for Thompson. Might as well start here and get it out of the way …

Andrew Bynum – Gah. Gur. Sh*t. Fark. Phhhhttt. Meh. Bah. Technically, I haven’t been wrong about him playing 30 minutes in a game, even though he did barely climb above the mark in a game against the Bulls where he logged a studly 20-10-5. Other than that he can’t stay on the court for a whole game and I gotta think he’s going to break down at some point. And anyway he still sucks in real life, and so do the Cavs.

Amir Johnson – Dude really is a headcase. Every time he’s given a chance at a starting gig he beefs. But then when he’s benched for a stiff like Tyler Hansbrough he starts going off even though he is not a sixth man or even a bench guy. The latest example came last night in Los Angeles, where the hometown kid averaging just under 10 ppg got the start and erupted for a 32-10-2, eclipsing the return of a certain No. 24. Maybe he needs to get out of Canada, eh? Well, the stench of maple syrup is hard to get rid of. Just ask …

Ed Davis – The former Dave Thomas to Amir’s Rick Moranis – and yes whenever I mention one I will mention the other – Davis looked like he was going to get something going with three straight double-digit scoring games and a 21-12-2 against Phoenix. Then he hurt his ankle. Based on how things always go for Mr. Ed, I’d be really surprised if he gets back in the mix when he gets healthy.

John Henson – I gotta admit, the first time I heard about a player named John Hensen on the Bucks my mind immediately painted him as a dude who would be hanging out at the end of the bench with Paul Mokeski and Fred Roberts. But he’s actually a long 6-11 big man with some mad skills who is taking full advantage of Larry Sanders’ Big Adventure. Hensen put up a big 19-17-1 at Washington last week, and he’s been a pretty consistent shot-blocker throughout the year. Larry Drew has been weird about his frontcourt rotations, but it looks like Hensen is a keeper.

Dwight Howard – Came to play against the team that drafted him last night, dropping a 20-22-3 bomb against the Magic. Even when he dogs it, which is most nights, he still puts up a double-double with blocks. Still, his FT shooting continues to stink, and his head is too small for his body, like that weird dude in “Beetlejuice.”

Kevin Durant – Fantasy’s best player has always seemed just a teeny tiny bit soft down low, but in the last week not so much, doubling his usual block output and beefing up to 9 boards per game.

Nikola Vucevic – Sore ankle still not better. If you sold him when I told you to those words are guslar music to your ears. Will probably come back as a double-double machine but I still think he was playing over his head last year.

LaMarcus Aldridge – A balanced Blazers attack has allowed him to focus elsewhere, and lately it’s almost like he’s running into rebounds, pulling down 12.8 rpg in his last four games.

Robert Sacre – Everyone’s gonna jump to grab this guy because Mike D’Antoni, who is crazier than his “Deadwood” doppelganger, Cy Tolliver, but not as tasty as his snack-food twin, has decided Sacre should start due to frontcourt injuries and his dislike of Jordan Hill and Shawne Williams in the starting five. In his senior year at Gonzaga, Sacre averaged 11-6-1. He was the last pick in the second round in 2012. He served time in the D-League. Could be the feel good story of the season but I’m not about to scream Sacrebleu just yet.

Al-Farouq Aminu – He’s shown flashes before but I did not think I’d ever see anything like the 16-point, 20-board explosion he unfurled against the Mavs. He followed it up with a 10-rebound game, and he’ll get some numbers while Anthony Davis is out, but he’s still just a streamer-type guy.

Andre Drummond – He’s only failed to get double digit boards in four games all year. He’s averaging 16.8 rpg and 2.0 bpg in the last five. He’ll feast on depleted frontcourts against Minnesota and New Orleans, but Brooklyn and especially Indiana are stingy in the paint. Plan to stream boards and blocks later in the week to supplement your squad in case Drummond gets slowed.

Thaddeus Young – Came back from an absence due to “personal issues” like gang-busters, putting up 20-10’s left and right. Since then, he’s gone in the pooper, and now rumors are swirling that he could be headed to Houston for Omer Asik. He’d do great there as a real-life player with a shot at a title, but his fantasy value would take a hit.

Terrence Jones – Put up 16-13-5 against the Magic, and if Asik does indeed get dealt the effect could go either way. The good news is his main competition for minutes would be gone. On the other hand, Thad Young is a similar player. I might sell high on him, or buy in for the short term if he’s on waivers (right now he’s only 48 percent owned in Yahoo).

Taj Gibson – He looked like he was playing on a Nerf hoop in the Bulls blowout of the Heat last week. He’ll get more minutes with Luol Deng out, but are you like me? Do you still not believe he can give you 20-10 with a block or two on the regular, even when he does it almost every game where he gets minutes? Could be time to buy in before he goes out and proves us wrong.

Giannis Antetokounmpo – The Play-by-Play Man’s Nightmare made a little blurp on the outskirts of the B-N-B radar when he got six rebounds and three swats in a loss to the Pistons last week. For some reason I feel like he should be 7-feet-tall and I’m kind of disappointed he’s not. Nevertheless, I could see streaming him out of desperation for a block on a short schedule day but that’s about it.

Kosta Koufos – Gets double-digit boards and 2-plus blocks practically every time out. Still only 34 percent owned in Yahoo! He’s a must-have while Marc Gasol is out yo. What are you waiting for?

Rudy Gobert – Gobert Alert! Squeezed out a 5-7-1 in extreme garbage time during Friday’s massacre in Portland.

Little Big Man of the Week – Michael Carter-Williams. When’s the last time you saw a point guard put up a line like this: 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists along with three steals. Granted, he is 6-6, so he’s not exactly little, but he plays the point. Kid’s got a little Magic in him, know what I’m sayin’? Currently dealing with a weird skin infection on his knee that was serious enough to land him in the hospital. It’ll probably heal up around the time Evan Turner slips on a banana peel.

43 Responses

  1. I sold Vucevic on your cue with Lillard to reel in Kevin Love. While Love didn’t play last week (smoke in Mexico, grandmother dying), I don’t regret it.

    I’m looking to sell high on Terrance Jones and Kosta Koufos but it’s been tough to find any suitors. I’m baffled why there is an owner holding onto Gasol that won’t even entertain the offer and is getting crushed in board/blocks but that’s his prerogative.

    I’ve got Tyson Chandler stashed but Sanders still looms on wavers. Decisions, decisions.

    • Pete Nice

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      @WNWDOTCOM: Yeah you couldn’t get anything for them straight up but Jones could be used to sweeten the pot if you tried a two or three for one. Just ride Koufos out until Gasol gets back.

      I started a rebuilding process in one league and went to look for Sanders but he was gone. Doubt you could stash both Sanders and Chandler but it’s a toss up on which one I’d put in storage.

      • @Pete Nice: Yeah, I’ve tried to get pretty creative in moving them in packages for elite players but no one is biting. Oh well, it’s a good problem to have as they are playing well. I’m just looking for more long-term sustainability but I’m sure they’ll be another waver wire add at that point.

        I’m stashing Chandler over Sanders because Sanders screwed me at the season’s onset. That and Chandler was playing well before he went down, something that can’t be said for Sanders. That and Larry Drew’s front court rotations.

        • Pete Nice

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          @WNWDOTCOM: Bucks have a lot invested in Sanders though. They almost have to throw him out there just to save face on the big extension. Like I said, I’d roll the dice if I get to gamble for nothing.

          • Pete Nice

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            @WNWDOTCOM: By the way I feel you with the trade frustration. I had to take it over the barrel just to get a deal done for LeBron in one league. I definitely lost the trade but I just felt getting an elite guy. Why not make trades? It’s fantasy! It’s supposed to be fun!

            • @Pete Nice: I feel your pain. It wears me out. The guy with Marc Gasol, who refuses to deal for Koufas, was also the token auto-drafter of the league. There’s always that one.

  2. Brendan says:
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    Should I drop Patrick Beverley or Danny Green for Taj Gibson or just hold? I’m in need of points, FG%, and Blocks. I’m having trouble cutting ties with either of those two players because it seems they have the potential to be fantasy studs, but just aren’t performing.

    • @Brendan: I would. Both are on wavers in our league (12-team H2H) and Gibson is rostered up.

      • Pete Nice

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        @Brendan: @WNWDOTCOM: I’ve actually been a PBev hater all year but I’m into him way more than Green, who ha’s been shot since screwing up in last year’s finals. Feels weird dumping PBev outright but he’s probably replaceable.

  3. Lmnop says:
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    I Just traded away Noah, Stephenson, Brewer for Batum, Varejao, Olipido…Good or bad?

    • Pete Nice

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      @Lmnop: Yeah good one. You could argue on whether Batum or Oladipo is the best player in the trade, and you got both. I have Stephenson in one league and he really craps the bed some nights. Tip of the cap to ya!

      • Lmnop says:
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        @Pete Nice:

        Yes! Thank you Sir

        • Pete Nice

          Pete Nice says:
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          @Lmnop: No prob! Next time you can run it by me in advance. I don’t charge anything!

  4. jakob says:
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    Hey, what do think of these trades?

    Trade A)
    I get: Steph Curry, Henson, Sullinger
    I give: Parker, Jordan Crawford, David West, Terrence jones

    Trade B)
    I get: Jennings, B. Knight, Vucevic, Deng, Jefferson
    I give: Parker, Parsons, Crawford, Pek and Terrence Jones

    • Pete Nice

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      @jakob: I’d do Trade A.

  5. Barenrewn says:
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    In final stages of negotiation and would love some feedback.

    The basic structure is I would trade either Westbrook or Lilliard and Kobe for Howard and D. Williams. My concerns are Williams’ ankles.

    Whatever happens I’d still be ok @ PG w/ Rubio.

    1) Would you do this trade?
    2) Should I keep Westbrook or Lilliard?

    • Pete Nice

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      @Barenrewn: No I wouldn’t do this one. If you’re in a 5×5 where FT % doesn’t count I’d consider it, but if FT’s count Howard takes a big hit.

      Keep Westbrook AND Lilliard. If anything I’d deal Rubio (injury risk) but not for Howard and definitely not D. Williams, who I was relieved to unload in a blockbuster over the weekend.

      • Trey says:
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        @Pete Nice: just curious what the blockbuster trade was? :P

        • Pete Nice

          Pete Nice says:
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          @Trey: I don’t kiss and tell.

  6. Bargnani aka WetNoodle says:
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    I FINALLY came to terms with D.Green not living up to my expectations and drop killed his a$$ to the waver wire.. I was really holding on to the fact that i could possible have some contribute in 3pts,reb,stl and blks since I kinda needed help in all cats. I picked up A.Johnson and almost grabbed R.Lopez but really am wondering if Larry Sanders is worth a stash. all with the idea none of these bigs hurt my ft%.

    Im in a 10 team league with two bench spots and Tobias Harris currently milking one of my spots with his sprained ankle.

    Who would be your choice to?

    • Pete Nice

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      @Bargnani aka WetNoodle: Harris has been killing people and no one really knows what he’s going to bring to the table if/when he gets into it. I’m into R. Lopez and Amir is as much of a spec add as ever even though he’s widely owned for some reason. I’d give him or R-Lo a roll, maybe wait just a few more days on Sanders. But if you’re in good shape you could stash him too.

  7. Jake Van Zuiden says:
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    What’s up Pete? I’ve got some questions for ya. I’m pretty point guard and big guy heavy, lacking at the SG and SF position ( The only ones eligible for either are Iguodala and Knight). My roster is Westbrook, Wall, Rubio, Burke, Knight, Iggy, Love, Cousins, B Lopez, Griffin, AlJefferson, Amir, T Jones, and Valanciunas. It’s a 10 team hath categories FGM/FTM/3PT/PTS/OREB/DREB/AST/STL/BLK/TO/DD.
    Somebody just send me the trade Marc Gasol and Vucevic for my Al Jefferson and Amir. Should I accept this? Also I need to trade either a big dude or pg for a SF/SG so who should I target?
    Also some notable FAs are Sanders, T Chandler, W Chandler, P Bev, Gallinari, Vasquez, T Evans, JeVale, Felton, and Pierce. Any guys you think I should add or keep my eye on? Thanks!

    • Pete Nice

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      @Jake Van Zuiden: Sanders and Chandler are stashworthy. Chandler could work his way back into big minutes but hasn’t so far. Not a bad spec add.

      When you look at that trade it seems like a no-brainer but here’s the deal: Gasol is one of those guys with an unknown return date. That sounds fishy to me. And with Vucevic, he’s been day to day, and the Magic are tanking, so there’s no real reason to rush him back. I would look at it as you’re trading Jefferson for Gasol-in-a-month, most likely. Would you do that?

      • Pete Nice

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        @Pete Nice: ***Wilson Chandler could work his way into minutes…sorry bout that

        • Jake Van Zuiden says:
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          @Pete Nice: any specific guys I should target for my SG or SF? And so you think decline the trade?

          • Pete Nice

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            @Jake Van Zuiden: I mean both guys are out for who knows how long. If you have two guys out on a small roster like that you’ll get creamed until they return, if they return.

            Bet you could still buy low on Kawhi Leonard.

  8. Kevin says:
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    My bledsoe and favors for klay? Is that fair? I do need a spot up 3 shooter.

    • Pete Nice

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      @Kevin: Na too much.

  9. Craig says:
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    Would you drop Gerald Green for Tony Wroten in a 14 team 9 categorize head to head league?

    • Pete Nice

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      @Craig: People are saying Wroten only has short-term appeal but obviously the Sixers are being ultra-conservative with MCW. I’m thinking with all the “injuries” (wink wink) the Sixers are “suffering” (wink wink) this year there will be numbers for Wroten whether MCW is playing or not. Unless Wroten gets “injured” (wink wink).

      You could argue against dumping outright, but damn Wroten is a fun player to watch.

  10. Lasandro says:
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    Haha I love your ongoing theory that the sixers are tanking it a lil too obviously.

    Out of interest, T Jones, R Lopez, Oladipo, Frye and W Chandler are all on the wire. As far as consistent value from here on in, who should I pounce on? Cheers!

    • Jake Van Zuiden says:
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      @Lasandro: I would think Oladipo based on his multi-cat production. But if you need a big guy id go with Lopez but it’s close

      • Pete Nice

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        @Lasandro: @Jake Van Zuiden: Holy effbomb you gotta grab Oladipo!

        As for the rest I’d grab R Lopez, TJones (tie for first), Frye and Chandler in that order.

  11. Lasandro says:
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    Hickson too!

    • Pete Nice

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      @Lasandro: Put Hickson after RLo and Jones.

  12. Pavel says:
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    14-team h2h, deep league. Would you trade
    My: Gortat/Knight
    For His: Kevin Martin/Valuciunas
    ?

    • Pete Nice

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      @Pavel: No I’d hold steady. Headcase Nene is doing his thing again and Hot Gortato will be the beneficiary. He was a pick of mine going in and now that he’s on the Wiz I’m even more into him.

  13. Dreadz says:
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    Hey Pete, I’m trying to buy low on T.Jones in my 16 team dynasty because of the uncertainty around the Asik trade. I don’t mind stashing him for a season if he gets benched again, but I also don’t want to over pay. Would Harrison Barnes and Khris Middleton be too much? Barnes seems to have a clear path to minutes (injuries, David Lee trade, etc), but I still don’t know what to make of Middleton. I’m also worried that T.Jones is going to end up in the land of Rockets PF’s past like Motie, Casspi, P.Patterson (last season), J.Hill (few seasons back), etc. Would you recommend buying T.Jones in a dynasty?

    • Pete Nice

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      @Dreadz: No I think you’re right. There’s still no telling how that would shake out if the Rockets get Thad. Barnes and Middleton have more value combined in a dynasty.

  14. Larry says:
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    Hi guys,

    If you would rank these SGs/SFs, which one would be the best in punting PTS and 3s? Chandler, Pierce, Webster, Ross, T. Allen, Shump, J. Taylor. I need at least 2 of them that would help my %s and boards. Basically, I need all the other stats except PTS and 3s.

    Also, R. Lopez > Kanter (still punting PTS and 3s)? Thanks!

    • Pete Nice

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      @Larry: Webster and Allen. And yup RLo over Kanter. I’m on the RLo Train. Whooot whoooot!

  15. LMNOP says:
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    sup Pete, Ersan Ilyasova, cant seem to get a fix on him! kinda frustrating. Keep or drop?

    • Pete Nice

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      @LMNOP: Drop. It’ll feel good when you do.

      I’ve never liked him.

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