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Here we are again Razzball Nation, welcoming in the New Year with with another diet of College Basketball talk with a side helping of Euro ball to help wet our appetites, whilst helping trim our waistlines after some over indulgence of guilty pleasures over the holiday period.

So what of the NBA week we have just had? well for a starter course we saw 24 year old rookie Malcolm Brogdon post his first triple double of his young professional career New Year’s Eve with a line of 15 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds on a resurgent Bucks team; for our main course we saw the first ever 50/15/15 line in NBA history when James Harden finished his 2016 with a remarkable 53 points, 17 assists and 16 rebounds; and staying on the triple double theme, for dessert a timely 2nd triple double of the season for Julius Randle on Tuesday, just days after writing about him last week (posting 19 points, 11 assists and 14 rebounds).

But these are triple doubles, What are the DD’s that you speak of. Well one of the significant happenings this week outside of the NBA involved a Dynasty Deep Dive man-love in Ante Zizic; you remember him right, the guy the Celtics took in the first round in the 2016 draft. After lighting up the Adriatic league Ante Zizic agreed to a 6 month contract to sign for DD Istanbul, who not only play in Europe’s top tier (Euroleague) but are also coached by David Blatt no less. So what are the reasons for this? Well Zizic’s  desire to play in the NBA next season of course and prove himself against Europe’s best, something of which he did admirably on Friday night in just his second Euroleague game. Playing against European power house Maccabi Tel Aviv, The Croatian big man posted a line of 14 points, 9 rebounds and a block in 24 minutes of action, and posted the second highest index rating on the team of 21. Extremely impressive for a man who just turned 20 on Wednesday, playing in only his 2nd game in the top tier. It speaks volumes about the talent Zizic possesses that he was trusted with 24 minutes of court action so soon by David Blatt, and those of you who have stashed him in Dynasty leagues should see this is a giant step towards being a part of the Boston Celtics rotation next season. Do not write of the speedy center as he continues to grow into a new system under quality coaching, and I am sure that he will be belly dancing his way in the paint to a few Euroleague DD’s.

You would be hard pressed to find a better performance in College basketball last week given the strength of the opposition than Dennis Smith Jr.’s  27 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals for NC State (who haven’t had much to cheer about in the NBA in recent seasons outside of TJ Warren and JJ Hickson) against 21st ranked Virginia Tech. The highly touted freshman, who is expected to go high in the draft, now possesses season averages of 19.6 points, 6.5 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals. The big time athletic PG sat out his senior high school year with a torn ACL and is quickly demonstrating that he has not lost much of his explosiveness as a result. Although an explosive finisher who gets to the rim with ease, there is still work to be done on the shooting end as he has thus far struggled with his 3 point shot, and is not spectacular when shooting from the charity stripe for a man of his position (thus far shooting 75% from the FT line). If Smith can continue to show he is over the injuries, and improve in consistency shooting from range, then the NC State PG could prove very desirable in fantasy drafts for the 2017/18 season if he decides on the one and done route (Given the right landing spot). I am sure Dennis Smith Jr.’s game will have JB drooling come Dynasty league draft day.

Also around the NCAAM this week:

  • Another week and another Kentucky back court mention. In a game that turned ugly very quickly against Texas A&M, Malik Monk once again deserves yet another mention for his impressive 26 point performance on 8-11 shooting (including 5-7 from downtown). Impressed? Well you should be as he did that damage in just 24 minutes. The counting stats from a fantasy standpoint are the drawback from a fantasy perspective for ‘The Monk’, but given the elite level of shooting (now shooting .516% on the season, .434% from downtown and 86% at the line) and the athleticism (did we not once think Demar DeRozan was only a scoring threat), it seems I am higher on Monk than most people’s rankings. The backcourt duo of Fox and Monk has been getting rave reviews, from no less than DeMarcus Cousins, who was quoted as saying ‘The way they play together is like watching John and Eric, all over again,” in comparisons to John Wall and Eric Bledsoe.
  • Another highly touted freshman, Josh Jackson, had arguably his best game of the season so far. After struggling early in the season with foul trouble, the SF is now finding his groove and on Wednesday posted 22 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, a block and a steal over 32 minutes against a pluck Kansas State team. JJ oozes potential, but for me at this point I am leaving him for others with the standout performances of elite level freshman around the league.
  • Time for some Baylor bias here, and with Villanova’s loss and Baylor’s win over Iowa State, it gives the Bears a shot at being ranked number 1 overall in the country (at least for a short while anyways). Baylor, who are led by 2017 first round hopeful Jonathan Motley, already possess wins over Oregon, Michigan State, Louisville and Xavier (whom were ranked at the time of game 4th,21st, 10th and 7th respectively) have a tricky encounter Tuesday against WVU, where Motley will look to build on his season averages of 16 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and a block on 53% shooting in his hope of joining former Baylor player Taurean Prince of being drafted in the first round.

 

That is a wrap from you me this week. Enjoy your week and I will catch you next week for more Dynasty Deep Dive.

You can find me on Twitter @storytelling41.

  1. Drez1 says:
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    Love what you’re doing with this column. Any chance of some positional tiers for the upcoming draft class, or is it a bit too soon? I’ve got Zizic stashed, and I’m looking at the first round pick next season in a dynasty tankjob, lol (probably targeting a PG).

    • Craig Bozic

      Craig says:
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      @Drez1: if there is a year to tank then this ranks amongst the best to have those high picks. Never too early to gain picks either, especially if there is anyone sleeping in regards to knowing about the quality of this potential one and done class.

      I appreciate the kind words, positional tiers is on the horizon, but will be a little closer to the end of the college season, especially given a few potential first rounders (ala your Giles abd Smiths) are still finding their grooves from lengthy returns.

  2. Chris says:
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    Thanks Craig!

    Can you tell me what you think about these two trades?

    Thanks,

    #1
    Giannis and Korver
    for
    A Davis and Wayne Ellington

    #2
    Teague-Crowder and Korver
    for
    Chris Paul-Marcus Smart and Markieff Morris

    • Craig Bozic

      Craig says:
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      @Chris: I am taking the Giannis side, primarily because it is difficult to trust Davus health over the course of a season.

      I like Teague, and he is really finding his groove right now in Indy, but enough coming back with him to consider giving up Paul, who before injury was a steady top 5 play.

      Giannis side and Paul side for me on face value.

  3. Peter says:
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    Hey man, Would you trade Kevin Love for K Leonard?
    Trade analyzer rated love at 24.92 and 27.97 for Leonard.
    Considering everything, like Kawhi possibly being rested more than Love do you think itll be worth it?

    Also how do you feel about my avery brdaley for Marc Gasol.
    I appreciate your time and prompt replies. Thanks in advance.

    Currently sitting in first place but ill probbaly be second at the end of this week due to all the injuries.

    10 teams H2H 9 cat with 1 IL spot
    Team:
    1. Kevin Durant SF,PF
    2. Chris Paul PG
    3. Kevin Love PF,C
    4. Rudy Gobert C
    5. Derrick Favors PF,C
    6. Jeff Teague PG
    7. Thaddeus Young SF,PF
    8. Avery Bradley
    9. M Harkless
    10. TJ Warren
    11 .Enes Kanter
    12. Gary Harris
    13. Lucas Nogueira (just added)
    14. T.J. McConnell (just added)

    Again, thank you so much. Id greatly appreciate any help

    • Craig Bozic

      Craig says:
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      @Peter: I love pairing Gasol and Rudy together. Plenty of stuff and things with Gasol blending the FT percentage nicely. Obviously Gasol will sit from time to time, but you have a couple of streaming spots to compensate that easy enough.

      If I can get Kawhi for Love, I am doing it in a heartbeat abd not looking back. Again even if Kawhi is rested some down the stretch you still end out on top, and with Korver in town could effect the amount of time the Cavs require Love to stretch the floor with their being plenty of perimeter options

      • Peter says:
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        Should i drop anyone for
        D collison
        Z-Bo
        Doug McDermott
        Donatas Motiejunas

        Thanks again

        • Craig Bozic

          Craig says:
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          @Peter: I would probably give Collisin a look over MCconnell, or maybe even take a punt Lavert if available (dependent on whether you can get get dual eligibility on him as seen him listed as anything from to PG to PF lol)

  4. Peter says:
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    That alll makes complete sense. Thank you so much, Its appreciated

  5. Nick says:
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    Hey dude! I haven’t posted in your column before but I’m an avid dynasty player and looooovvvve your material.

    So I’m in a 12 team 8cat dynasty league and I just got offered a doozy of a trade proposal.
    Melo + 1st round pick (guaranteed top 4) for Simmons

    I tracked Simmons from day 1 if his college career last year and won the luck of the draw to get him so it would sting to give him up but this seems like a legit deal for me to consider. What do you think?

    • Craig Bozic

      Craig says:
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      @Nick: I absolutely agree. The opportunity to get a top 4 pick plus Melo too good to turn down. I like Simmons a ton too, but there is enough floors in the game to warrant serious consideration in taking this, especially if there is a market for Melo from a contender where I can flip him before he is hurt or shut down.

    • Craig Bozic

      Craig says:
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      @Craig:@Nick: I also appreciate the kind words

      • Nick says:
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        @Craig:
        Thanks!

        I need to provide a bit more context though because there are a few more factors that are making it tough for me to accept the trade. So I’ve built my team around FG/AST/BDS/STLS/BLKS with occasional wins in PTS and 3’s. Simmons fits my team way better than Melo who isn’t a great fit with my team considering his FG is killer.

        I’m also 2nd in my league potentially first by the end of the week, so I’m not sure if I could flip Melo.

        Another huge factor is that in our league you HAVE to roster a rookie. So if I lost Simmons (even though he hasn’t played) I’d have to roster a rookie and right now Lavert is my best option on the wire.

        Here is my team –
        Pg – Wall, Holiday
        SG – Dipo, Lavine, Harris
        SF – Chandler, Harkless, Draymond
        PF- Griffin, Simmons
        C – Whiteside, Adams

        I’m looking to flip Holiday for Ibaka to boost BLKS as Nogueria is just the guy I’m currently streaming. Big reason for that too is that I already have what will likely be the #4th or 5th pick and could probably pick either Ball, Smith or Fox so I’ll have a real nice PG to get those AST back.

        • Nick says:
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          @Nick:
          Oh I meant to say after all that, with all that taken into consideration would you still recommend I make the trade?

          • Craig Bozic

            Craig says:
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            @Nick: Yeah the peramters of what you are trying to achieve make it a bit more complex, especially given the nature of likely dropping two players to accommodate the deal if Simmons is on your IL and fits into your stuff and things style of your team and it remains to be seen how much Simmons will actually play this season still as I am sure the Sixers will nurse him along slowly.

            I am also a believer that the Nets will bring Lavert along nicely second half f health allows, as it is gonna be imperative to develop both him and Whitehead given the nature of them losing their first rounder next year as well to Boston.

            This is very much a ‘How much faith do you have in next years draft class’ situation…and I for one have plenty so if i can guaruntee that top 4 pick with Melo, then for me I am taking it (and at worst at least bridging the gap closer on the two weaker cats of points and treys as well as gaining an elite level PG prospect).

            He not willing to give anyone up other than Melo?

            • Nick says:
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              @Craig:
              Ok thanks!

              He doesn’t really have anyone else expendable for him other than Melo. His team is bad so he’s trying to rebuild with youth.

              I’ve got a deal I like better that I’m going to wait for and if I don’t get it I’ll likely pull the trigger on this one then.

              The deal is Jrue + Adams + 2nd round pick for Ibaka + DJ or Howard + 1st round pick (likely 7th overall)

              What I’m finding with this upcoming draft is that the margin between 1st pick and let’s say 10th isn’t all that big and that there’s Allstar depth in the lottery, so getting the 5th and 7th pick for example won’t be all that off from the 2nd and 5th, and that way I keep Simmons as well.

              • Craig Bozic

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                @Nick: agree with what is said. The draft is deep with quality, I for one like the flexibility of being able to get ‘my’ guy in a draft like this but agree on the minimum differential.

                Also agree Simmons suites your strategy, so fair do’s for exploring to find a more suitable for the needs of your team.

                • Nick says:
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                  @Craig:

                  I know this is pretty hard to do but let’s say Simmons were coming in next years draft. How would you rank him alongside the freshmen coming out?

                  I still haven’t pulled the trigger on the trade and at this point because even with Carmelo in the mix I’m thinking dynasty and which young guys have the best chance of being superstars.

                  • Craig Bozic

                    Craig says:
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                    @Nick: I would Simmons interchangable with Lonzo Ball at 2/3 with Fultz as my 1 (From a fantasy perspective)….Difficult comparison to make at this point without knowing the landing spots of this years class on a production/growth basis that is where i would currently rank him (and naturally rankings are fluid).

                    Simmons is a good fit for your stuff and things strategy, But for direct comparison the lack of range to Simmons game, as well some immaturity issues (I am sure you would have seen this last year too when LSU struggled). If Simmons can get more range and be more aggressive on the offensive end (Rather than always be pass first, think how many times he gave up open looks to pass to someone else last year for LSU) then every opportunity to be my number 1 (And of course Lonzo Ball could also improve in his shot)

                    IMO though all 3 have immesne potential especially wth the fluidty of their ball handling for players their size (and naturally special given the size of Simmons.

                    My 2 cents, but naturally a lot can and will change over their careers 😉

                    • Nick says:
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                      @Craig:

                      Thanks! This is really good stuff. I think for me it kind of confirms my desire to hold on to Simmons, as I’m not actively pursuing 3’s. If I can dominate 4 or 5 categories then I can stream the rest, and I find that 3’s are the easiest thing to stream in fantasy.

                      I agree with you on the aggressiveness aspect of Simmons game but hopefully he figures out how dominant he can be in transition and averages something in the 18-22ppg in the next few years. The thing that get’s me with him and makes it so hard to pass him up is the stats he gets you from a SF/PF position which is why it makes guys like Draymond and Giannis almost impossible to trade (though I’m not expecting him to every reach their defensive stats).

                      I’ve got that other lottery pick (top 5 for sure) on lockdown. Doubt I’ll be able to get Fultz but I didn’t know Ball would be so high on the list.

                      So I’m thinking for upside/team fit Simmons might make the most sense paired with someone like Ball or Smith, and there’d be no guarantees I’d get Fultz even if I made the trade.

                      Thanks so much for your help, and I’ll definitely be back for more discussion in the future. Especially on the Zizic fellow, I too have been following him closely, when he eventually hits the NBA he’ll be all mine! 🙂

        • Craig Bozic

          Craig says:
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          @Nick: no worries, always a pleasure. I am always a preacher if the deal don’t feel right then don’t do it and sounds like the heart is firmly stuck on Simmons (nothing wrong with that)

          Appreciate the kind words abd always around to give my angle (although I live in United Kingdom so time zone doesn’t always offer a prompt response)

  6. Tyler says:
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    Who’s my drop to activate Gay?

    G-Wall,Dragic,Tyreke,Bev,LouWill
    F-Giannis,GHarris,Mirotic,Hayward,Harkless
    C-Gobert,Horford,Turner
    IL-Gay

    Locked for playoffs so looking for best value during fantasy playoffs weeks.

    • Craig Bozic

      Craig says:
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      @Tyler: Mirotic for me. Don’t like the inconsistencies and what he does statistically is easy enough to find on the wire, especially as your team has plenty of range as is

  7. Tyler says:
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    Also, Wall vs Lowry for fantasy playoffs? Who would u rather have?

    • Craig Bozic

      Craig says:
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      @Tyler: 8 or 9 cat?

      • Tyler says:
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        @Craig: 9 cat. Lowry is better but afraid of his propensity to dropoff when it counts (Fantasy playoffs)

        • Craig Bozic

          Craig says:
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          @Tyler: For me the difference s if it is turnover league or not…If it is TO league then i want Lowry….If it is not, then their is a good argument for Wall as he plays 2 extra games over the fantasy playoff period. Team schedule is crucial come playoff time.

  8. Tyler says:
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    Should I pickup Aaron Gordon? seems to have really bad efficiency cats. Harkless I like to keep he’s been a steady defensive stats anchor for me with 3s/boards upside.
    Who’s my drop? Thinking it’s Aminu but they both seem to have bad %s and Aminu has the leg up on minutes/stocks.
    Next is Carroll but he’s been getting consistent upper 30s mins as well. Upside is like Crowder-lite.
    Which brings me to LouWill or Tyreke. Reke’s assist I think is invaluable to my team and Lou’s scoring/FT is as well.

    What do you think? Should i get Gordon?

    My Team:
    G-Hill,Dragic,Beverley,Beal,Tyreke,LouWill
    F-Draymond,Harkless,Aminu,Carroll
    C-Marc,KAT,Noah
    IL-Griffin

    • Craig Bozic

      Craig says:
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      @Tyler: I would be picking up Gordon for Aminu. I can see a situation where Vogel runs the offense through more through Gotdon as the season progresses, something which won’t happen with Carrol or Aminu given the personel in Toronto and Portland. Add to that Vogel’s history of running an offense through a forward I think Gordon is a great target for back end of the season.

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