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It’s finally here: All Star Weekend! It’s a shortened week, so you get a shortened article.  Like New Years Eve, I’m getting hyped up to be let down, the most common experience in life. I’d like to say I’m optimistic for the weekend’s festivities, that the changes to the dunk competition will make the product exciting, but I’m not. Nevertheless, it’s all about expectation. Take your fantasy squad: If you’re like me, you enjoy having a player on your roster being named to the All-Star squad. From my  perspective, it increases his value, even though we all know, that it really comes down to the numbers. But I have an expectation that players who have been named an All-Star will live up to that honour.

So now might be the time to buy an All-Star, who has the best part of the season (and his production) left, or to sell high on an All-Star who is overvalued. Understand that there are no steals here. You’ll pay (or receive) for every player listed below.  That said, here are a few names to consider:

BUY:

Damian Lillard PG

The Buy section of this article will be pretty short, as there are no bums on the all star list. But I personally believe that Damian still has potential to grow. He shoots the lights out from beyond the arc (40.4%), and his 5.7 dimes per game certainly has room to improve. This is clearly just personal opinion, but I believe him to be the best PG, in terms of potential, behind Chris Paul.

Dirk Nowitzki PF, C

Disco Dirk is old. Oldest All Star on the roster, in fact. But at 35, he’s still pure cash, this is no Kobe-esque all star nod for what he has accomplished in the past. His stats: 21.7/6.1/2.8/.9/.6, shooting a blistering 41.2 3pt%, as well as 49.2% FG%. Pure and simple, he is knocking it out tha park! I feel he has more to offer, because his team will struggle to hold onto their playoff spot, and he will have to step up, if the Mavs have any chance.

Paul Millsap PF

Paulie was always a talent, but he was buried amongst the Utah trees, and in terms of All Star nods, the west is full of talented bigs. Now, in the East, thriving in ATL, he’s got his first invite. His 17.6/8.2/3/1.8/1.1 with a 3pt per is very nice indeed. Like Dirk, Paul is in no danger of beign rested, as the Hawks will need him down the stretch in order to secure their playoff berth.

SELL:

Roy Hibbert C

I know that Roy has 2.5 blocks a game, and that’s amazing, he can single handedly win that cat for you week by week, but his 11.8 points, and 7.7 boards are just… meh. I would rather have Joakim Noah, for example.

Kyrie Irving PG

Again, no bums on this list, I have uncle Drew on my roster, and while he is still producing, he’s no longer the heir apparent for CP3. At least for now. His 21.5/3.2/6.2/1.3/.3 are undoubtedly All-Star worthy, but his numbers are down from last year. Again, just my gut-feel talking, but I’d take Lillard for Kyrie at this point.

Joe Johnson SG, SF

I’m putting on my conspiracy guy hat for this one, but mighty Joe is only on the All Star roster because both NY teams need representation. In his last five games, he’s gone 10.2/2.4/1.4/.2/0 with 1.7 3pt. I said there were no bums on this list, but Joe’s face does have two cheeks. Just sayin’.

Ok hoops fans, I’m off to New Orleans!… that is, on TV, and in my mind. Enjoy the All-Star game.

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  1. hamtime says:
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    looking to solidify my team for the 2nd half, and these are the FAs that are available. Who would you get to replace budinger and rank for ROS? 14man 9 cat

    farmar, tross, giannis, rkelly, greivis, asik (the latter two for possible trade stash)

    Thanks!

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @hamtime: Hmm.
      Chase is solidly in the starting spot while Martin is out. He might actually be the best bet. To rank them, best to worst: Farmar (if he can stay healthy), Giannis, TRoss, Greivis, Asik (if he gets traded, he might climb), Kelly.

  2. 740 says:
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    Hey Dan, 12teams h2h 8cat. My Hayward, Gordon for Kemba, Korver. Thoughts on this trade?

    Thanks!

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @740: I think you’re giving slightly more, but I like Kemba.

  3. RevClyburn says:
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    Hey Dan,

    thinking about totally improving my team: Jennings, Oladipo, Ross, George, Thad Young, Melo, Plumee, Morris Wade, Wroten, Calderone, Courtney, Blatche, Westbrook, Butler.

    Would you trade Melo and Wade, for who value wise?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @RevClyburn: wade has cache, but his actual value isnt that high. His minutes are being managed, and he sits. Try for a Batum, and see if that flies. But don’t take it personal if that’s rejected.
      Melo can flat out score, board and dish. He has top 10-20 value.

  4. Bennie says:
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    Was offered Bledsoe and Monta in a trade for Kemba. Already primed for playoffs. Should I take it?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Bennie: if you’re in a keeper, I guess you think about it, but don’t expect bled to be back in time to contribute to your playoff run

  5. Kevin says:
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    Hey Dan. Drop james johnson for brian roberts? i’m banking on jrue holiday not coming back. with tony allen coming back, do you think johnson would even get less minutes than what little he already has?

    I have:
    John wall, Oladipo, Mario Chalmers, Kyle lowry, Trey burke, Tyreke Evans, James Johnson
    Anthony Davis, Anderson varajao, Dwight Howard, Robin Lopez, Derrick favors

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Kevin: Sure, you could drop him, I love James’ production across the board, but he rises, then falls. You could also think about dropping Chalmers…

  6. Frank White says:
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    What’s up Dan… Do you think Reddick is worth holding onto?? I got some other guys out also

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Frank White: I couldn’t find any info on how long he will be out, other than he’s not playing Tuesday. I think he has very good value, it would be a shame to drop him for nothing, but I suppose if you have to, you have to.

  7. Barenrewn says:
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    Mulling over an offer. What side do you like better? Dirk and Vucevic for Aldridge and Kemba? Thanks.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Barenrewn: Hmm. I think I like Dirk and Vucevic, although many may choose the other side, it’s a pretty even trade.

  8. aclmaster says:
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    My Jonas Vauluncias for his Dion Waiters and Enes Kanter?
    What do you think?

    Thanks!

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @aclmaster: I guess if you need a guard, Waiters has been playing well lately. But Kanter is only getting minutes while Favors is out, he will have little value after that. I would ask for a better player, for a one-on-one trade. Thing is, JV is nice, a nesr double double each night, but he’s not yet a blue chip player, it’s not like you’re getting Kevin Love, or anything of that value.

  9. Patrick says:
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    i just got an offer my kyrie for marc gasol and bledsoe, what you think?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Patrick: Not unless it’s a keeper league, and you’re out of it this year. Bled will in all likelihood be out for this fantasy season, and Marc has been injured all season.

  10. AJ says:
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    Thoughts on Dropping Korver for kawhi or should I hold, I like Korvers 3 ball but feels like his production just ain’t enough to hang on to if I can upgrade. Thanks

    • Jeffro says:
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      @AJ: get kawhi now

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @AJ: I would pick up Leonard.

  11. Jeffro says:
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    Ok big decision 4 guys, 1 spot in scoring league 2 pts for assist(weekly avg), burks, Augustin, Beverley, or Nash?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Jeffro: What are steals, blocks, boards worth? 2 for an assist, steals and blocks should be worth like 4 or 5 then at least. Do you lose points for turnovers or missed shots? I would rank them for the week Beverley, Augustin, Burks, Nash. I don’t trust that Nash even plays. Burks vs Augustin is close. With the extra worth of an assist I’ll give the edge to Augustin. Depending on how the above questions are answered I would more than likely run Beverley out there. If steals/blocks are comparably worth very little and if there are no penalties for turnovers or missed FGs then I would go with Augustin.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Jeffro: Nash is too much of a question mark. If it’s just points and dimes, PBev is also not ideal, his stats are more defensive. Burke is interesting, but he was hitting his rookie wall before the break, and may well be at that level still. Augustin, although playing off the bench, is the de facto dude to grab.

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