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I think it’s obvious that I am big on Demarcus Cousins. Looking back, I should have ranked him #1. No, not above LeBron James (who had 20 points and 5 assists, FYI) for this season. I meant #1 all time. Better than Jordan, Magic or Chamberlain. Bigger than the Beatles! Okay, so, obviously I’m not really going to say he’s the greatest basketball player who ever has and ever will live, that’s not true, nor is he really better than LeBron & company, but Cousins did get 21 points, 9 rebounds and a little ol’ three, too. That’s something to get excited about. Mercy! Anyway, here’s what else happened the past couple of nights in the NBA preseason:

Jose Calderon – Made 3 of 5 three pointers, helping him to reach 15 points. Also had 4 assists and 2 steals. He’s solid and dependable, like a man should be.

Greg Monroe – He went 7-16 on Wednesday, scoring 17 and grabbing 10 rebounds. In the pre-preseason, I wrote, Monroe’s “numbers are trending handsomely upward, and it looks like that should continue, both in terms of minutes and production.”

John Lucas III – On Wednesday, he came off the bench and had 16 points (6-12), including 3 threes and 5 assists. Two write ups in one week, nice work by John Lucas Wolverine Claws. *snikt*

Cole Aldrich – Starting for OKC, he had a double double (10 points, 11 rebounds – 4 of which were on the offensive side) and 3 blocks.

Russell Westbrook – Netted 19 points in under 17 minutes. I think he had a plane to catch.

Terrence Jones – He played 25 minutes off the bench but managed 20 points, 6 boards, a swatted shot and even a three. By the way, five of those rebounds were offensive. And no, not offensive like Kids Bop.

Kevin Love – Had a decent game: 12 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists. Yet, he also somehow went 0-4 from downtown. Time to iron out those wrinkles, K-Lo.

Nando De Colo – He had a double-double in the interesting points/assists combo with 9/11. Never forget.

Michael Beasley – Went 14 points, 5 assists, 2 steals. Easley Peasley.

Steve Nash – With his new team, he had 13 points, 4 assists, 2 steals. Okay. Hoping for more in the regular season, but okay.

Damian Lillard – Had a sweet night with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 threes. Draft him!

LeMarcus Aldridge – You can draft him, too, if’n’ya want. On the night, 8 rebounds, 14 points, 1 block.

Carlos Delfino – Only scored 1 in 7 attempts behind the arc. Get this guy some contact lenses.

Ray Allen – Scored 4 three pointers, but only 1 assist, 1 rebound, no steals.

Blake Griffin – Went 8-16 for 19 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and even managed 3 of 5 from the free throw line. What a bum!

J.R. Smith – Scored 20 points (and only one of those was a three), plus 6 assists and a steal. Hmm, I might be keeping tabs on him like a jealous lover.

Jordan Crawford – Speaking of Jordan…oh, wrong Jordan. Anyway, this Jordan scored 17 points, including 2 threes, but not much else (2 rebounds, 1 assist).

Bradley Beal – I feel like this guy is going to be discussed quite a bit. Had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, plus a three and a steal. I almost wrote steak, but that would have been too delicious.

Steve Novak – He went 7 for 7 from three point land. Holy crap. That is really the only reason you would ever want to own Super Novak, but the problem is those type of games are sprinkled between 4 and 6 point efforts.

Nick Young – Forever Young, I wanna be forever Young, do you really want to live forever? Forever? Forever? Not sure the answer to that question, Alphaville, but I do know Nick played 30 minutes as a non-starter and managed 22 points, including 3 of 4 from downtown.

Jrue Holiday – Also scored 3 of 4 from beyond the arc, but he went up to 27 points and didn’t even need 20 minutes to do it.

Nikola Vucevic – Little Niki had 12 points, 10 rebounds, and a block.

Quentin Richardson – Didn’t even play 10 minutes, went 2-6 with a 1 rebound. He’s been pretty much a non-impact player since joining Orlando. Not really sure why he’s on the team.

Brian Roberts – On Thursday, he had 16 points, 8 assists, 2-3 from downtown. Brian Roberts has a good game the same night the Orioles beat the Yankees in extra innings of game 4 of the ALDS. Somewhere, the baseball Brian Roberts sheds a tear.

Anthony Davis – Here is your rookie update: 12 points, 9 rebounds, 1 block vs. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist‘s 1 point, 4 rebound, 2 block effort.

Carl Landry – Tom’s son had 24 points on 9-12 shooting, with 8 rebounds and a dime.

Stephen Curry – If you love assists, you’ll love Curry’s 10 assist, 13 point game. If you also enjoy three pointers, Curry provided 2 of those as well. Curry was very satisfying.

David Lee – Did Not Play (Coach’s Decision). I ignored most of the DNP, but this one bothered me. Lee just had a great game this week, so we’ll keep an eye on this to make sure it’s nothing serious (I did not see the game and have not been able to find out anything alarming at this time, which is good).

MarShon Brooks – Will miss a week with tendinitis in his right foot. Don’t share that with Lee!

Joe Biden – Laughed a lot at Paul Ryan.

  1. barker says:
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    18 team keeper — keepers are due monday

    pick 5

    biyombo bogut gay deron williams horford jan vesely evan turner udoh jason thompson d collison

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @barker, what Pavel said.

  2. Pavel says:
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    I’d go bogut, gay, horford, williams, and d collison.

  3. Jeff says:
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    What do you think of my team. 12 team h2h 9cat.

    Guards: Ty Lawson, Jeff Teague, Damian Lillard, OJ Mayo, George Hill, Rodney Stuckey

    Forwards: LaMarcus Aldridge, Paul Pierce, Andrei Kirilenko, Shawn Marion

    Centers: Greg Monroe, Joakim Noah, Nikola Pekovic

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Jeff, like the Lillard pickup, not sure how many bullets AK47 has left.

  4. Mr. Ballistik says:
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    @Jeff: That squad seems a little light on 3PT to me. Admittedly, I’m not sure what Teague did last year, or what Lillard will do this year, in that area.

    • Fenris-77 says:
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      @Mr. Ballistik, Teague made less than a three per game on the year, so he’s not much help, but Lillard is a great shooter with deep range, so I’d imagine he’ll be good for at least 1.5 a contest with room for more.

  5. Pavel says:
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    what you guys think of this draft and the auction values (14 teams, h2h, standard 9 cats)
    1. LeBron James (Mia – SF,PF) $85
    2. Russell Westbrook (OKC – PG) $59
    3. Ersan Ilyasova (Mil – PF) $17
    4. Wesley Matthews (Por – SG,SF) $17
    5. Brook Lopez (Bkn – C) $2
    6. Isaiah Thomas (Sac – PG) $4
    7. Michael Beasley (Pho – SF,PF) $4
    8. J.R. Smith (NY – SG,SF) $3
    9. Elton Brand (Dal – PF,C) $3
    10. Derrick Favors (Uta – PF,C) $2
    11. Nikola Pekovic (Min – C) $1
    12. Bradley Beal (Was – SG) $2
    13. Ricky Rubio (Min – PG) $1

    • Fenris-77 says:
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      @Pavel, That looks like a league that massively over spends on the top tiers of players. All your guys from Brook on are great auction value.

      • Pavel says:
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        @Fenris-77, Have you been in draft where things go different? i’ve done plenty of mocks too with durant/cp3/bron goin for at least 76 each. After that it steadily drops (love usually goes around 73). So I wonder what you mean by overspending, because if there are more teams (like 14/16/20 teams in a league etc.) doesn’t that mean that it is that much more important to get the best players cuz everyone else will try to get them?

        also I wanna see what you mean by “overpaying”. I’m not disagreeing that so much of the total pot goes to the big named players, but with those names you get consistency and continuous production. I’ve glanced over teams from previous leagues and it happens very often that guys after 5th round can be busts or just bad or whatever (so they end up getting dropped and picking up the hotter hand). What do you think about this?

        • Tony says:
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          @Pavel, he means value wise Lebron doesn’t return $85, so you overspend, but it sounds like everyone overspends on their “big name” THEN there’s all kinds of bargains like Brooke Lopez, etc…. alot of your guys you got for CHEAP probably should have went for more, but since everyone “overspent” on their big dogs, there wasn’t any money to spend on those guys…. I play in a large 18 teamer and we do a live auction, i saw Durant get tossed back in last year due to contraction of a team and he went for $90…. sometimes you can’t put a price on consistency, that’s why people pay! just depends what you do with your other dollars!

        • Fenris-77 says:
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          @Pavel, You don’t even get guaranteed consistency from the top guys. You have from LeBron and Durant lately, but lots of 1st and 2nd round guys go for a bundle and then have injury issues or down seasons or whatever (Chris Paul, Stoudemire, Curry ect ect).

          The truth of the matter is that on your roster the bulk of the real value is in those later round guys, and you got some great deals. Personally, I always try to go into the mid rounds with more money left than most teams for just that reason, but in the auction leagues I’ve played in, populated by some of the best informed guys you’ll ever play with, you don’t get deals as good as you managed.

          By ‘overpaying’ I mean spending on one or two guys to the extent that you don’t have the available cash to rake in all the value sitting around in the mid and late rounds, especially in deeper auction leagues. It’s not so much that LeBron by himself at $76 is a bad deal, but if you add another one or two big name dudes you’ve pretty much blown your load, and that kind of team doesn’t win leagues.

          • ChrisV

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            @Fenris-77, @Pavel, this seems to be a repeat problem in auction drafts. The top 25 all go for 10-20 times more than the next 40 players.

            • Pavel says:
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              @ChrisV, Here is the thing though. 1-Guys do get injured but that is something you can not account for (i.e. Derek Rose). However the top guys are usually perennially the top guys from what I see there is a much bigger deviation from the guys in later rounds. 2- I think you can still get good deals at $1 in the end no matter what. 3-My idea is that I’d rather give up a $1 player and drop him for a hot hand, than have a bunch of $5 players that I can’t really drop. Each season guys emerge from nowhere (isiah thomas, m.thonrton, dragic, ilyasova, etc.) that weren’t as highly regarded before. So, I account for that and i leave room for that.

              You are right, it would be better to stack your team with more solid players, but I think that the strategy to buy most solid guys first (1st+2nd round) and then spread your money evenly later. Plus, the Draft is only the beginning (though a very important part). It’s important to make deals and work the wire through the season instead of just falling in love with who we picked, right?

              • Fenris-77 says:
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                @Pavel, The exact nature of a $5 player versus a $1 player has everything to do with your league, and not so much to do with absolute player value. In a different league you wouldn’t gotten a bunch of the guys you have for a couple of bucks a piece. Those same guys would bet the $5 guys you’re talking about.

                When you spread your money more evenly over your roster what you’re doing is minimizing risk. When you invest 60% or more of you season budget on two guys your success is completely dependent on those two guys staying healthy and productive. And while you can’t predict injury, you can certainly insulate your roster form the worst of its effects.

                Even from an in-season value standpoint those great late round guys who toss up great numbers for a $3 cost are solid gold. Everyone wants guys like that in trade and that gives you a certain amount of leverage.

  6. Bushi says:
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    Please rate my 16 team ESPN H2H!
    Guards: K. Irving, P. George, K. Lowry, G. Vasquez
    Forwards: K. Leonard, R. Anderson, D. West, N. Vucevic, T. Splitter, C. Parsons

    Centers: A. Jefferson, N. Pekovic, K. Seraphin

    Kinda went on a forwards spree and lost track on the guards part of the draft. Saw pockets of players where they were still on the board and avoided them compared to players that were left on the board due to lower ESPN ADP.

    • Bushi says:
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      standard 8cats

      • ChrisV

        ChrisV says:
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        @Bushi, Seems alright, considering how deep your league is. You may want to consider flipping a guy like West for another PG, but don’t panic before the season even starts. If there’s an option, take it. Otherwise, sit tight and see how it plays out.

  7. Moe says:
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    Good read.

    Need a tip.

    Should I trade LMA for Jsmith?
    5 keepers/12cat
    LMA/Horf/Curry/Lin/B-lopez
    Im not sure…. what do u think?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Moe, I would take JSmith. I have him in my top ten, and I’m big on LMA.

  8. Moe says:
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    I’m just a big LMA fan but Jsmith should be good for 20/10/3/2/2 a night so, if he will take it ill do it up i think..

  9. Moe says:
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    ALSO
    When is the Razzball Fantasy league going to be up
    I would love to join
    I’m very active :D fantasy wise and R-ball.com wise.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Moe, you should be able to join tomorrow or Wed.

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