I love all fantasy sports. Baseball might be my favorite, just because it’s so long and hard and there’s so many guys to choose from…
But there are moments, fleeting highlights and moments, that I think make Fantasy Basketball special. Like yesterday, with DeAndre Jordan absolutely murdah-ing Brandon Knight on the alley. If you’re on your computer, just go to ESPN or NBA. I mean Daaaaahhhhuuuummmm. Lots of twitters about it, but my favorite might have been from Knight himself: “It wasn’t in the scouting reports that the clippers threw lobs lol”. Hah! Glad to see he isn’t in a deep depression. Makes it more fun that everyone can smile about it. ESPN then had a top ten of posterized moments. All the others looked like the posterizee was about to kill the posterizer. I’m 6’7 and I got posterized once by a guy the same height, but I didn’t know he had hops. I just smiled and went my way, and luckily everyone didn’t go nuts/it wasn’t in front of 15,000 people. Or else I’d be more Patrick Ewing than Brandon Knight.
Fantasy-wise, Jordan is still the barely-ownable center he has been all year. You should get a bonus for posterized dunks. Had one of his best games of late going 5-5 13 Pts 7 Rebs 1 Ast and 2 Blks. Been at least 7 and 5 with a block the last five. If you need blocks plus want to be on the edge of your seat if you only watch highlights of players on your team, give Jordan a look if he’s available.
Here’s what else went down over the weekend:
Andray Blatche - Had a silly outlier game of 9-11 FG 18 Pts 4 Rebs 2 Asts 4 Stls and a Blk in only 20 minutes Saturday night. Inconsistency in minutes will keep this sort of line from happening again, unless there’s an injury to the starting front line.
Devin Harris - Picked him up chasing Asts in a head-to-head matchup and got 9. Hooray para mi pickup! Still didn’t win the category though, but at least I felt smart…
Steve Novak - White boy was absolutely silly Saturday night, going 7-12 (5-10 3PTM) for 20 points. Can’t do much else though, but ThrAGNOF!
Kemba Walker - Had his best game in a while, scoring the most points since Jan. 21 with 29 and adding 3 Rebs 6 Asts and 4 Stls in a shocking Charlotte loss. OK, so it isn’t shocking. Or a shocker. Oh to be a Witchita State alum.
Josh McRoberts - Got the start Saturday night and fouled out in 22 minutes and did virtually nothing. Coach K would have been crying the whole time.
Trevor Ariza - 26 (5 3PTM) and 10 but no other stats. Who is he, Z Bo with an outside shot!? Even though he came off the bench, played 35 minutes. Should be owned in almost all leagues.
Anthony Davis - 20 and 18 Saturday. Two away from a Goromotaro. Told ya to buy the brow!
Ed Davis - Be awesome to see he and Anthony play together like the Dale and Antonio Davis-i of the Pacers in the 90s. Be a long team with more limbs than those stupid talking trees in Lord of the Rings. I hate those movies. All the sudden you’re in the minority if you don’t dig quests and spells and all that hooblah. Oh yea, fantasy basketball – E.D. went 12 and 9 with 5 blocks in another start with Z Bo out with the ankle sprain. If Z Bo is out a few more games and you need some Swat, pick up Davis or Redbox “Collin Farrell Terrible Movies.”
Mickael Gelabale - What an awesome name. Two straight fantasy-worthy nights getting two starting nods over the weekend with the Wolves dropping like flies. On Saturday went 19-4-3 and a block then on Sunday went 13-3-2-1-1. Mickael can Gel-and-Ball. Gellin’ like… Eh, I guess the Dr. Scholl’s thing doesn’t work. Worth a look in deep leagues if you need minutes.
Ty Lawson - Was absolutely on fire Saturday night, going 12-17 (4-4 3PTM) for 32 points. Might need to pour some water on him like this awesome Dowling fan. Man I love that video, one of my favorite fan cam moments.
Corey Brewer - There’s that deep fantasy value! 7-13 15-2-1 and a steal. I think Brewer can be useful.
Thomas Robinson - 8 minutes. EIGHT MOTHER F MINUTES! Sheesh, yea let’s unload all our PFs for a young raw talent, then never let him play. Sorry Razzball Nation, I got duped.
Jared Dudley - Lindsey Hunter can’t figure out who is gonna round out his minutes. Crazy that players I watched growing up are all coaches now. Tyrone Corbin? Let’s get Dennis Rodman to coach. He’s already got skills managing egos. Dudley went 8-12 (3-5 3PTM) 3 Rebs 7 Asts and 2 Stls. The way Hunter rotates his guys, I wouldn’t trust this unless Dudley started playing 30+ minutes a night.
Monta Ellis/Brandon Jennings - Maybe the mot electric backcourt in the NBA. Put up 102 points over the weekend. I tried to electrocute my backcourt for my Jackass audition. Gave new meaning to I.B.S.
Nate Robinson - I’ve probably used my “I’m not a fan of” quota on Robinson, but with yet another start and yet another DNP from Hinrich, Robinson went 8-19 (2-8 3PTM) 4 Rebs 8 Asts and 4 Stls. Hinrich was in a boot up until yesterday, so Robinson could have a little value until he’s back. Or until Derrick Rose is back. Oh no, not this can of worms…
Dwight Howard - 16 and 21. Another near Goromotaro. Has at least 16-13 and 4 Blks through the last three. Fantasy Superman!
Kyrie Irving - Injured his shoulder yesterday. I have a feeling he’ll miss at least a game. Need to get him some bubble wrap to play in.
Alan Anderson - Playing like it’s November. With Rudy Gay missing Sunday’s game with back issues, Anderson got some extended run. If Gay is out another game or two, Anderson is a great ThrAGNOF pickup.
Thaddeus Young - Sounds like a name from Immortals. Been huge lately, going 13-17 Sunday for 26-12-2 with 5 Stls. Too bad the Sixers can’s win anything.
Tobias Harris - Now a starter! 38 minutes! Wasn’t huge, but 15 Pts 7 Rebs 3 Asts and 2 Blks. Too much to call him the Jeremy Lin of 2013?
Games Tonight: OKC @ SAS then NYK @ GSW. Man is that a sick back-to-back. Probably will be all over my twitter. Follow me @jbgilpin for live analysis! As always, leave your comments below Razzball Nation.