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Maybe I’m just not into Nenê Hilario because of his name.

I can understand why he wanted to go from Maybyner Rodney Hilario to Nenê Hilario – his nickname as a youngster because he was the Nenê, or baby, of the family – although Maybyner is kind of a cool name and Rodney Hilario has a nice ring to it.

But now I’m way confused. Why is it no longer just Nenê but now Nenê Hilario? And why is it Nenê on second reference and not Hilario? And how come he only gets the accent sometimes (I’m giving it to him this time but usually I don’t). And wouldn’t you go with something more original, since there were three Brazilian soccer players who used the nickname, as well as a 19th century Bavarian princess? And wouldn’t you change Hilario, since it’s almost Hilarious, instead of the first two names?

A bigger question I’ve been asking myself is why did I drop Nenê earlier in the year. At the time I had way too many injuries, and no one was going to trade for a headcase injury risk with a revolving door moniker. Since then, of course, he has managed several huge games and some decent numbers, and I shame myself with a whip every morning for dropping him outright without at least riding it out a little. Don’t tell anyone.

But then again, I’m really not sorry I dropped him, because 15.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 0.9 bpg are not all-star numbers by any stretch. Plus, no one has any idea what to expect out of the guy on a given night. You might get a nice big man performance with points like the 24-8-1 he posted on Nov. 20 in Cleveland, or you might get a huge-yet-wussified night like his Nov. 30 showing against the Lakers, when he had a career-high 30 points but just 2 rebounds and no blocks.

He also might barely show up, bringing in a paltry stat line, or he might not show up at all, calling in sick with a sore something-or-other. It drove me nuts just looking at his game log. Obviously, you can’t drop someone with that kind of potential. But you can trade him. Wait until he gets in another nice groove and sell high quick.

Josh Smith – He’s the opposite of Nene (there goes the accent). You never know what you’re going to get from him, but it’s cool in a weird way. Sometimes it’s points and blocks but not a lot of boards, sometimes it’s a ton of boards and a block but not a lot of points, sometimes it’s steals and three’s with points but no big man stats. One thing’s for sure: J-Smoove is a polite guest; he’s always gonna bring something to the table.

Andrew Bynum – Everyone uttered a collective no duh when reports surfaced that the future Hall of Fame bowler had a sore knee which was followed by games where his minutes fell into the teens. Then, out of nowhere (my worst nightmare?) came Saturday’s break-out against the Bulls: 20 points, 10 rebounds and five snuffs in 30 minutes and four seconds, stomping on the line of doom I had drawn earlier this year when I said he’d never top 30 minutes. If you have common sense, you know this is an anomaly and not a future predictor. But if you believe Murphy’s Law applies to 76ers fans, I’d grab him off waivers if he’s there.

Robin Lopez ­­– You: “I don’t want the Robin Lopez, it looks funny.” Me: “But it’s good for you. It’s averaging nearly 10 boards in the last seven games, including two straight double doubles, and it’s verging on averaging a double-double for the season. You: “It’s got nasty hair. I don’t like it. I won’t pick it up!” Me: “Yes you will pick it up. You clearly need a consistent rebounder who can block coming off your bench. Pick it up or spend the rest of your season in last place.”

Timofey Mozgov – Hasn’t seen much action of late but stays on the Boards-N-Blocks radar by posting a monstrous 16-15-2 in Toronto on Sunday.

Terrence Jones ­­– Some of you wanted to know if he was for real. As a board-n-blocker, the answer is yes. He’s been at about 8 boards and 1.5 blocks since he slid into the starting lineup last month, and his scoring is well into the double digits. If you still don’t believe, watch this awesome block and finish from a game last week against the Hawks. He’s not going to be part of any kind of Big Three in Houston, but the Rockets clearly believe in him: He’s one of only six first-round picks since 2010 still on the roster.

DeAndre Jordan – Three-day-old Thanksgiving leftovers weren’t the only thing owners were drooling over on Nov. 29: That 9-block, 15-board performance against the Kings was yummier than a homemade Bobbie. He’s the new Tyson Chandler, which brings us to …

Tyson Chandler – He’s getting closer, but like just about every other injured NBA player this year, his timetable is nebulous. Some dude stashed him in one league where I dropped him earlier this year. I’d be pissed about it, but someone else had inexplicably dropped Jordan way before that, and I got him, so it’ll all even out even if Chandler comes back as beastly on the boards as ever.

Wesley Johnson – Don’t: Be fooled into thinking Johnson is a major coup of a pick-up after his 27-point explosion last Friday. Do: Remember that Johnson has always been a great source of blocks (six in his last two games) whenever he’s going right, i.e. hitting three’s, scoring in the low double figures and chipping in with some other stats. Great streamer.

DeJuan Blair – If there was a Boards-N-Steals column, Blair would be the headliner almost every week. He’s averaging 7.8 rpg and 1.7 spg for the season in just 20 minutes per game. In the past week: 10.3, 1.3, to go along with 10.8 ppg. Another sweet streaming option but little more – the big boy will never get more than 25 minutes in a game because if he played any more than that he’d require a ventilator.

Kosta Koufos – Marc Gasol’s fill-in has been fillin’ up the stat sheet like a jammin’ gyro, piling up 12.3 rpg and 2.7 bpg in the last week. He doesn’t score at all so if you’re a Gasol owner, you’ll need to get the points from someone else.

Nikola Vucevic – How deep is your love? Better question is how deep is your league. Because if it’s shallow I’d deal him while he’s hot and replace him with something on the wire.

Andrew Bogut – This bearded bloke is still boarding (double figures in seven of his last eight) and blocking (2.3 bpg in his last seven games) like Mad Max beyond Thunderdome. Still healthy, and his role in the brouhaha last week against Portland was actually a good thing – he’s as aggressive as ever.

Jermaine O’Neal – Guess who took part in the aforementioned dust-up in Oakland last weekend? Uh, Jermaine, you do remember that you were a part of the worst fight to ever spill into the stands right. So, were you thinking about the fact that you still look like a 16-year-old with the hairline of a 55-year-old when you helped escalate said fight?

Tristan Thompson – The Good: 10.7 rpg over the past week. The Bad: Averaging 9.5 rpg on the season, just a click above what he did last year, which is a bummer for a dude who was supposed to step up. The Ugly: Does not block shots at all, especially over the last seven days (literally, no blocks), during which he shot just 31 percent from the floor and averaged 6.7 ppg.

Little Big Man of the Week Award: Stephen Curry.  The little Warrior is 6-3 but has to be hiding something somewhere if he’s 185. He pulled down 6.3 rpg last week, including 11 boards in a shoot-out loss in Oklahoma City during which he also blew up for 32 points and five assists.

  1. kisses says:
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    I am pretty thin at PF/C, currently only having Jordan Hill, Glen Davis, and DeAndre (MGasol on IR). I dropped TJones to make room for Tobias Harris and Miles Plumlee for Stuckey as I needed better FG%. Both were snatched quickly and now I am in a spot: Do I drop Jordan Hill for the evening for a spot-start of Taj, to then drop Taj after tonight’s game and pickup DeJuan for tomorrow night, and hope that Jordan is still there by Thursday to pick back up? The Lakers have another week where they are off until Friday so I am not sure if I just hold onto Hill and lose out of big man stats until Friday or pick up some other guys in the meantime and hope he is still there…

    Thanks!

    • Pete Nice

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      @kisses: Not sure what you did but I guess it depends on how deep your league is. Hill is droppable for a streamer spot in a shallow league.

      • kisses says:
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        @Pete Nice: I ended up dropping Hill for Taj which paid off for the evening and dropped Taj for DeJuan the second the game ended, so I have DeJuan for tonight. Hill will be available again tomorrow so I might pick him back up if he has not been snatched yet. Might be streaming bigs until MGasol gets back or maybe try to pull a trade with all of my SGs. Thanks.

  2. Bon says:
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    Do u think jonas valaciunas will step up soon? he finally had an 20 10 game and previously he only had barely 10 10 game. what do u think he will average this year?

    • Pete Nice

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      @Bon: I’m not a big Jonas guy. Looks like he responded to Casey’s threat of a lineup change. Give it another week to see if it’s for real or just out of fear.

  3. Sam Savitt says:
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    hey,
    in an 8 team, h2h categories league, which side wins
    nene and carmelo vs. harden
    thanks

    • Pete Nice

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      @Sam Savitt: It’s close but I would keep Harden, unless your team is in the dumper and is otherwise barren. In that case try for someone better than Nene.

  4. Fantasy Newb says:
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    I have Drummond, Ibaka, Melo, Dwight, Lillard, Brook Lopez, Teauge, Ellis, DeRozan, Jamal , David West, and Koufos. I really want Love or Anthony Davis (maybe not if his injury lingers). Is there anyway I could pull something off?

    • Pete Nice

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      @Fantasy Newb: Try Dwight and Melo first. But if I could get either dude in a two for one I would pair anyone on that roster to get it done.

      • Pete Nice

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        @Fantasy Newb: But yeah not Davis now. I’d try and get him for less playing off injury fears.

  5. hamtime says:
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    thoughts on the following two trades:

    1. i give lawson/mclemore for kahwi/ilyasova
    2. i give favors for jrue holiday

    Are any of these worth doing? Thanks!

    • Pete Nice

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      @hamtime: No on the first one. Yes on the second but it’s close.

  6. Thanks Pete for the article. I moved Vucevic with Lillard to get Kevin Love, opening up an extra roster spot. I just stashed Tyson Chandler tonight in hopes he makes it back sooner than later. I used my cat-like reflexes to grab Kosta Koufos the minute Gasol went down and that’s working out well.

    12-team H2H each category. Appreciate you man.

    • Pete Nice

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      @WNWDOTCOM: Good moves dude, and I love that Love trade, so to speak!

      • @Pete Nice: Thanks Pete! It was you that inspired me to sell high on Vucevic and I’m happy that I did. They don’t get any better than Love if he can stay healthy!

  7. Bon says:
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    any insight on jason smith, centre for NO, will he get boosted stats since davis is out?

    • @Bon: 12-14-1 in 47 minutes so far tonight. New Orleans is in double OT with Chicago.

      • Pete Nice

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        @WNWDOTCOM: @Bon: I honestly can’t believe that guy is still in the league. He plays well for a few games when he’s given a chance but then teams figure him out quick.

  8. Zack says:
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    What happened to Terrence Jones tonight? Did he even see the floor during the second half?

    • Pete Nice

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      @Zack: Got off to a bad start and never recovered. I still like him.

  9. Michael Pan says:
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    Hey guys,

    I got offered trevor Ariza , and ray allen for ty lawson

    what do you think of this trade?

    i have mike conley and trey burke as my other guards

    • Michael Pan says:
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      btw i am the one with ty lawson

      • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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        @Michael Pan: No way on that…keep Ty man.

        • Pete Nice

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          @JoeMorgan’sMustache: @Michael Pan: Yeah agree with Joe 100 percent on that. Allen is a three-point specialist and that’s it, not worth any value in a trade. Ariza would be a great guy to have but, again, not someone you want to trade for. This dude is clearly trying to sucker you — watch out for him!

  10. TestTickles says:
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    Is this a good deal? Looking to trade Hawes and IT2 for Brook Lopez. Or would you rather keep IT2 and package Mayo

    • Pete Nice

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      @TestTickles: Yeah I’d rather do Mayo and Hawes for Brook. Just know going in that Lopez is an injury risk – that being said, it won’t kill your team to lose either of the guys you’re giving up.

  11. Larry says:
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    Should I drop Kanter already? Amir and Marvin Williams have been dropped in my league, but I want to still compete in FT%, I have Sanders and Millsap, so will adding Amir (or maybe T. Chandler, who was also dropped) make my FT even worse? I need help in boards and blocks and percentages. Thanks

    • Pete Nice

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      @Larry: No I wouldn’t drop him outright. Not yet. Amir and Marvin have both done this before, shown flashes, but neither one ever gets to the level of reliability. Also, I wouldn’t depend on Sanders at all. I’d hold him, but a return seems way out. Kanter was the third pick in the ’11 draft, so Utah is invested. He’s just struggling right now. As for the FT’s – why not just punt on that cat and try and dominate the others? You only have to win by 1 point each week if you’re in a H2H.

  12. Robert says:
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    I have wall, irving, ellis, love, bledsoe, drummond, hayward, josh smith, M gasol, favors, beal, noah and parsons. Who do you think i can give to get Brook Lopez? The owner of lopez is in need of steals and assits.

    • Pete Nice

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      @Robert: Irving and Noah? I like Brook but he is an injury risk, and you already have Gasol.

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