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With all of the fantasy advice out there, is it ever really possible to sell high?

Everyone from the newbies to the expert players knows that Andrew Bogut is playing well. And playing a lot. And that he has a closet full of expensive suits to show for all the time he’s spent on the end of benches.

And we all have the file on the Australian Bogey Man. He’s had some amazing runs of board-n-block brilliance, albiet runs that have been more damaged than a “Crocodile Dundee” sequel. Stress fractures, awful falls, weird treatments and a mega-trade involving Kwame Brown (ew) have weighed down the bright spots in Bogut’s career like a Bloomin’ Onion that sits in your belly for days and won’t come out.

But things have turned around. He had that huge 14-point, 21-board playoff game against the Lakers last year. He received a three-year contract extension that blew everyone’s mind except for Bill Walton, who stood somewhere nodding with pride.

So here we are. Bogut has 11-plus boards in five straight games and is averaging more than 2 bpg in the last week. So the thinking is sell him off before he gets injured again.

I say run him into the ground. I say a Bogut in hand is worth two boarders in the bush.

And I say out west in the 415, where the land is harsh and bare, lives a mighty hunter named Andrew Bogut, who can dance like Fred Astaire.

If you know where that line comes from, you grew up watching way too many mediocre ’80s movies, and even worse you might have mental problems. Have someone look into that.

Jordan Hill – He’s been all over the place. Big game, back down to earth, big game, back down to earth. That 24-point, 17-rebound effort against Denver looked real nice, but I’d rather trade away a guy like this than a guy like Bogut. Inconsistency and players with dreads drive me crazy.

Taj Gibson – When he gets minutes, he boards (eight against the Clippers Sunday, eight against the Nuggets earlier this week). Not a bad short-schedule day option if you need help on the glass, plus he might get you a block or two.

Jeff AdrienRocky Balboa’s favorite player had a brief early-season emergence while Al Jefferson was nursing his boo-boo. Deep-leaguers gave up when the Bobcats put him back on ice, but he’s continued to stick around in the rotation, even with Al healthy. Yo Adrien is averaging 7.3 rpg and 1.3 bpg in the last week, including 10 rebounds and steal Saturday in Milwaukee.

Carmelo Anthony – Is there any way Melo could ever look tough? The mustache just makes him look like a member of El Debarge, and it would probably take him 10 years to grow a full goatee or beard. He might always look as soft as a marshmallow, but over the last few he’s been tough on the boards, racking up 18 to go with two blocks in his 30-point effort vs. the Pacers and then getting 12 more the other day against the Washington Bullets (We don’t print the real name of that D.C. team here at Boards-N-Blocks).

Thaddeus Young – Hmm … Michael Carter-Williams returns, and then Thaddeus leaves for “personal reasons.” Don’t want to make light of what could be a serious situation, but at least right now it looks a little shady for the 76ers, who were doing a poor job at tanking until Carter-Williams came up with that mysterious foot injury. I have a feeling when Thad gets back he’ll start going off, getting double-digit rebounds to go with nice point totals and some blocks. This, of course, will coincide with Spencer Hawes developing “a sore knee” that will sideline him indefinitely.

Spencer Hawes – Well lookie here! After two games where Spence had absolutely gone off (28-10, 25-12), it was announced he’d be sitting out for Saturday’s game against the Pacers (a loss where Roy Hibbert went nuts) due to a … drum roll please … sore knee! Now he might not play Wednesday in Orlando. How do you know that on Sunday? Hmm indeed!

Roy Hibbert – Still not boarding enough, but still averaging 4.3 blocks per game.

Brook Lopez – Same as above. His return date is fuzzy, and even when he gets back he continues to be more of a blocker than a boarder. The woeful Nets need him more than you do.

Kelly Olynyk/ Jared Sullinger/ Vitor Faverani – I’m with JB on this one. Stay away from Brad Stevens and his three-headed center monster. Sullinger is playing best out of the three of them (15-9-2 against he Hawks in Atlanta), so if you had to pick one, I’d go with Sully.

Blake Griffin – Must be the soccer unis! The Clips, decked out in preposterous powder-blue jerseys with short sleeves, crushed the Derrick Rose-less Bulls by 39 Sunday night behind Blake Griffin and his 15-12-3. Despite having the most annoying commercials in the NBA right now (t-Chris Paul), dude’s have a nice season on the glass (10.7 rpg)

Nikola Vucevic – Some are concerned that he’s not blocking shots, but then again he never blocked shots. The bigger worry is the lack of monster games on the glass. After three games in single digits he finally reached 10 on Sunday vs. the Suns. I still like Nik, but notice I said “like” and not “love.” Wouldn’t be a bad idea to try and deal him after his next 20-rebound game, if there ever is one.

Drummond & Monroe – Are you being pushed around in the paint? Are you entitled to rebounds that you’ve never received? Detroit’s frontcourt law firm is here for you! Drummond continues to dominate, and now Monroe is coming on again, hauling in 11 boards in three of his last four games. Order in the court!

Larry Sanders – They say that no news is good news. In real life, this is true for Larry Sanders, who has made headlines for his wounded thumb, an off-court altercation and the revelation that he was charged with animal cruelty earlier this year. But other than being mentioned in some preposterous Knicks trade rumors (are there any other kind?), us fantasy owners have heard next to nothin’ on his possible return date.

Tim Duncan – A dozen or so points, seven boards and a block per game. Is this the new normal or just Duncan easing his beat-up body into the grind before returning to double-doubles and the occasional explosion? I’d say somewhere in between but leaning toward the former. He’s approaching how David Robinson was in his last season.

Little Big Man of the Week – Russell Westbrook. Is it me or does it seem like players are taking more powders this year? Westbrook was the latest to do so, sitting out Sunday’s blowout win vs. the Jazz. But that’s not why we’re talking about Westbrook here. Once again, the 6-3 guard is grabbing more than five boards per game, and even nabbed a dozen last week against Denver. Let’s take Russ to Toys R Us and get him a little red wagon.

  1. Chasles says:
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    who’s a better pickup for the long run
    gerald green or caron butler?

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Chasles: Green.

  2. TR says:
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    Just did this:

    I gave up:
    Durant, Conley, Bogut
    Received:
    Westbrook, Ibaka, Vucevic

    I needed to round out my team a bit more and now have this roster:
    Westbrook
    Batum
    Lebron [had him and durant >:) ]
    Ibaka
    Vucevic
    D-Will
    Lopez
    Hill
    Isaiah Thomas
    Terrence Jones
    Stuckey
    Oladipo
    Valanciunas
    Butler (my league has an IR)

    Thoughts? Who won the trade? Was I successful in rounding out my team?

    • Pete Nice

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      @TR: You could argue that you got three to his one because of the risk of a Bogut injury. But he won the trade because he got the best player. It’s the Grey Axiom. It’s science. Next time, ask in advance yo. Otherwise it’s as silly as this:

      http://youtu.be/rpfPmvG6CHI?t=1m7s

      • Pete Nice

        Pete Nice says:
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        @TR: ** three to his TWO. My bad.

  3. AC says:
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    In terms of boards and blocks, would you rather have Miles Plumlee, Kosta Koufos or Robin Lopez?

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @AC: Plumlee seems like a more boom or bust kind of guy, whereas Lopez is the steady, reliable one. Personally I prefer Lopez, then Plumlee then Koufos.

  4. Sam says:
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    What are your thoughts on Danny Granger, do you think he could have a good year or should I just try to trade him?

    H2H Category – 10 team league

    should I also do this trade do you think?
    Receive DeMar DeRozan
    Send Wesley Matthews
    Send Danny Granger

    • Pete Nice

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      @Sam: I think the Pacers will, or should, try and move Granger if or when he gets healthy. Going into the year I thought he would only help but now I feel like he’ll just be in the way. Maybe they send him to Chicago now that D. Rose is out?

      I don’t feel like you’re getting enough there. Did he initiate the trade? If so he’s clearly selling high on DeRozan, who is playing over his head. It’d be good to be able to unload Granger in a two-for-one but aim higher if you’re dealing Matthews.

  5. Zebo says:
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    Is Terrence Jones for real, or is he like Spencer Hawes, who looks good for two weeks every year, and gets aunctioned for a million bucks, and then disappears for the rest of the year?

    • Pete Nice

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      @Zebo: I wouldn’t overspend, but I like Jones. Between 2010 and 2012, the Rockets had six first round picks, and Jones was the only one that fickle GM Sam Hinkie kept. I’m buying into Hinkie’s plan with the Sixers, so I trust his judgment on Jones.

  6. AZ Ramirez says:
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    ……I wish I hadn’t read this post because I totally buy the Sixers conspiracy you’re selling, I was really high on Spencer Hawes coming into the season because of one magical line he put on Roy Hibbert on March 16th last year (18/16/8/0/7 with a 3) and figured he was in line for a lot of display minutes so they could try and shop him…..so I own him and am saddened to hear that this could just be another scheme in Tankfest 2013, I too found it weird that they potentially ruled him out for Wednesday because of soreness. That being said, solid blurbs. Longwinded today, sorry about that.
    Question:
    There are two Elite BLKs teams in my league and then 9 total BLKs separate 7 out of the 8 remaining teams, with my team being in fourth place, the Roy Hibbert owner in my league has proposed multiple deals to me asking for a 2 for 2 deal or a 3 for 2 (I also want to try and pry Jrue Holliday from him). I have to send him a Center back because we have a 4 Center cap.

    He’s interested in Kyle Lowry, Kevin Martin, Eric Gordon, Ty Lawson
    My expendable Centers are Verajao and Valanciunas

    Do you see any potential for a deal in there?

    • AZ Ramirez says:
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      Kind of seems like Spence got benched for hitting those 3 3′s in that last 1:21 in the 4th quarter of the Milwaukee game. They ended up winning, probably upsetting the higher ups.

      • Pete Nice

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        @AZ Ramirez: I don’t know if the tanking is that blatant. I think some of it is asset protection – they might decide to trade any of their vets to get worse now and better later. I don’t think you need to dump Spence just yet anyway. Brown says he likes him and there’s a chance he could play PF alongside Noel next year.

        As for the blocks question – does Hibbard get you over the top and able to compete with the big guys?

  7. Kevin says:
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    Hey Pete. I’m thinking about making some changes to my roster.

    Guards – Eric Bledsoe, Oladipo, Trey Burke, Danny Green, John Wall, Arron Afflalo, Kyrie Irving

    Big men- Derrick Favors, Miles Plumlee, Carlos Boozer, Dwight howard, josh Mcroberts, kosta koufos.

    if I take kyrie irving, favors, danny green, who do you think can I made a good convincing trade for, to help me with assists or rebounds? i guess it sounds like a loaded question, since it depends on the team I’m trading with and what they need. do you think i can make cases for anthony davis or blake griffin? Thanks in advance!

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Kevin: That has to be enough to get Davis but try and dump Howard on him instead of Favors. I wouldn’t do that for Griffin.

  8. Frank White says:
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    Hey wutup Pete.. is Last Sanders with having now to hold onto.. I Have Gasol on bench already though??

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Frank White: I dunno still feels kinda weird to dump outright. it’s been quiet so try and take advantage of the uncertainly by including him in a two or three for one trade. someone might bite. beyond that he might get traded to a good situation or be suspended for the season – wait until then to take matters into your own hands.

  9. AJ says:
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    Being offered Nene for Duncan? Would reject but Duncan being limited sux, thoughts, who you like best? Thanks

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @AJ: I would do Nene for Duncan.

  10. Jon says:
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    In a 12 team roto league
    my team:
    Cp3
    JJ redick
    Teague
    Wesley Matthews
    TJ
    Korver
    JV
    Jason smith
    Dwade
    PBev
    Larry sanders
    Tobias harris

    im doing pretty well in most cats, but in serious need of a reliable big men. I’ve tried to trade WAde for either Cousins and Millsap but both failed…. any suggestions?

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Jon: How about Harris and Wade for Cousins or Sanders and Wade for Millsap?

      • Jon says:
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        I think it would be too much of a gambling.. Harris and Sanders can both be a difference changer if they get back to their form…IF! seems like all i can do is to cross my fingers and hope for the best

        • Pete Nice

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          @Jon: It’s fantasy man. Unless it’s a money league what do you have to lose? Maybe those are too much but in some leagues you gotta bite the bullet to get an elite guy because no one will trade.

  11. Aj says:
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    Would you consider dropping Korver, Trey, Eric Gordon ( his FG% be hurting sum nights) for Jordon Hill, JJ Hickson, Henson or better off with what i have, looking to upgrade , thanks

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Aj: I like Hickson and Burke seems like more of a project than thought. Korver is worth keeping an eye on and if he heads to the bench I’d think about axing him for Henson.

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