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We’ve let this go on long enough; this Paul George wreckin’ crew situation. He’s killing it lately, and if he’s on your fantasy team, he’s killing it for you lately. And if he’s not on your team, you might not have noticed how he killed you lately. Last night he ended with 14/5/2, with 3 steals and a pair of treys. Not a flashy line, but it’s sneaky solid. Just like the Pacers. Everyone on this roster plays 30 minutes. Top scorers rotate from night to night like a high school volleyball roster. But when all is said and done, George has averaged 18.2 pts/ 5.8 rbd/ 3 ast/ 3.4 stl/ 3.2 3ptm in his last five. That’s top 20-production, kids. The scary thing is that he’s doing this amidst Granger doing Granger things, West’s migration to the East and Hibbert on the cusp of all-stardom. In just 12 short months, this went from Granger’s team to possibly David West‘s team to maybe Hibbert’s team to about-to-be George’s. Not only do I think George can maintain this, but I also think he can improve on it this season. Definitely next season. ‘Cause that’s what he does. He improves things like the Pacers, your fantasy team and my normally crusty demeanor. Here’s what else happened Tuesday.

Darren Collison – 25/4/5, with no turnovers and a three-pointer in exactly 36 minutes. It would have been nice if he’d stolen the ball, but considering this year has represented his second backward step in as many seasons, a game like this is enough to make you weep. You know what else is enough to make you weep? Stubbing your toe in the dark.

Danilo Gallinari – Out a month with an ankle sprain. You knew that yesterday, but we didn’t cry about it appropriately together. You get the scotch and the Ben & Jerry’s, I’ll go get my fuzzy pajamas. While you’re waiting, maybe grab Rudy Fernandez.

Carmelo Anthony – Out 1-2 weeks. Grab Shump Shump and Bill Walker after you apologize for dumping them in the first place.

Reggie Williams – Let’s discuss Reggie Williams, shall we? Not only did he tie his season-high in points (21) for the second time in two games, he’s draining threes and adding more than his fair share of rebounds and assists (10 rbd/11 ast over his last two). The word is slowly starting to filter out and that he’d be a fine, fine, super fine pick-up in deeper leagues.

Derrick Brown – 10-for-10, with 20 points. I know, I know, but still … ignore it. It wasn’t real. Fold this performance up into a nifty paper aeroplane, open a window (be sure you don’t knock over the flower boxes), toss this game into the heavens and never speak of it again.

Tyrus Thomas – Shot 1-for-6 and ended with 2/3/0 in 20 minutes. I just wanted to point out once again how intensely disappointing Thomas’ career has been up to this point.

Stephen Jackson – Played 30 minutes. Whatever you were doing with Jackson, keep doing it for another game or two … unless what you’ve been doing is weird. Then stop sooner than a game or two from now.

Alonzo Gee – 17/1/1, with 2 steals, a block and a trey. Grab him, because why not? I’d give more of a shout-out to Gee if I was sure the kids were still giving shout-outs to things.

Jared Dudley – 19/4/3, with 3 3ptm. He’s up. He’s down. He’s been more up than down lately. All we are say-ing, he gives Phoenix a chance.

Nikola Pekovic – 23/10, with 3 stl and 2 blk. Ride his flow, dude. (Gross.)

Derrick Williams – 14/8, with 3 blk starting in place of Kevin Love, who’s on a timeout.

Jason Thompson – Seven points, three rebounds, sadness and a little bit of shame. That’s two games in a row JT’s grabbed fewer than four boards. If it happens a third consecutive time, he’ll shrink down and live in the model of Sacramento I keep in my attic along with the ghosts of the people that used to live in my house.

David Lee – He’s had 222 career double-doubles, but only two triple-doubles. He dropped 25/11/10 last night. His first since his 37/20/10 explosion against his current team back on April 2, 2010. I’m pretty sure that’s when Golden State first fell in love.

Monta Ellis – I only watched portions of this game, but it seems like every three minute period I watched featured Monta scoring 50 points. Anyway, he ended with 48 points. Not sure how that happened. Doesn’t matter. What matters is that this game easily featured the best collection of cowboy nicknames of any other possible NBA matchup. If I were casting a cowboy movie during the golden age of Hollywood going solely on NBA names, Monta Ellis and Russell Westbrook would be my stars. David Lee and James Harden would be the co-star. And if Kevin Durant changed his name to Gus or Jack Durant, we’d really be in business!

  1. ALkoholic says:
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    yes,reggie has been nice,hope dropping beasley doesnt hurt me but the bad shooting % and the bad games of 7pts and 4 rbs were getting old

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @ALkoholic, Beasley is impossible to feel good about. If you drop him, he’ll do to you what he did last night. If you keep him, he’ll go 7/4 on you. And no matter what you do, you’ll always be one game too late in doing it.

  2. Jeremy says:
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    Channing, two games double digit scoring, plus 2 threes and 2 blocks. Get on the band-wagon while there’s still room

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jeremy, He does it a third time tomorrow against Houston, I’ll consider it.

  3. Zebo says:
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    who is a better guy going forward? Pekovic or Hawes? Hawes has been disappointing for me.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Zebo, Pekovic. Pekovic is super compelling right now. He’s like sudden frontcourt gold, like Gortat was last year after Orlando traded him.

  4. farcus says:
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    looks like amare won’t be back until monday, would you drop ramon sessions and grab jared jeffries for a couple days? kinda feels like a pass to me.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @farcus, Meh. He’s been playing his best ball of the season with Lin at the helm (and the team’s two best players missing) and has only been able to muster 11/9, with a block and poor shooting. Sessions hasn’t been shooting well, either, but I like what he gives fantasy owners more than Jeffries’ ceiling.

      • farcus says:
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        @Adam, gracias amigo, i agree with you. i also kind of like holding sessions while there are trade rumours flying.

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @farcus, … And when Kyrie Irving is concussed.

  5. Ryan says:
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    Just got offered kg harrington and a top 3 pick in next years keeper draft for McGee. I am intrigued by this offer. McGee has so much upside but is such a head case. We keep 5 and I’m set with durant lowry curry iggy and amare. I figure I might as well get something for him while he still has value. Btw i can deal amare instead if thats better. Also im in 1st place if it makes a difference. What should I do. Teams below.

    14 team h2h keeper

    pg stephen curry
    sg Paul pierce
    g kyle lowry
    sf kevin durant
    pf bismack biyombo
    f andre igoudala
    c amare staudamire
    c javale mcgee
    util reggie williams
    util evan turner
    bn jarryd bayless
    bn Nikola Pekovic
    bn grevis vasquez

    • farcus says:
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      @Ryan, accept. for mcgee, i guess you lose in blocks, but otherwise it’s a win for you.

      • HotRod says:
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        @Ryan,

        You have Pekovic on the bench to insert at C, and your current PF is terrible. I would make the deal of Javale for the draft pick alone….your getting 2 solid PF options going forward, along with a top 3 pick. Javale is nothing special to begin with.

  6. Ryan says:
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    Cool thanks for the help Adam. Btw based by your latest write up on Paul George, are you still against trading iggy for him lol?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Ryan, Yeah, I am. I mean, everything is relative, right? George is playing extremely well, but my excitement stems more from the relative cheap price tag he comes with, his youth and the promise inherent in his development. But if you pause those three factors and look at Paul George as a fantasy asset right now (and projected toward the future) as compared to Iggy (who might also be playing top 20 basketball in the last week), I’d prefer Iggy.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Adam, Good point. Anyway I am leaning towards doing that McGee deal. So to help aleviate the loss of McGee blocks, should I trade bayless for james johnson?

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @Ryan, I have a soft spot for JJ, so lemme give that a big ol’ biased thumbs up.

          • Ryan says:
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            @Adam, Cool! What kind of upside from here on out can I expect from JJ?

            • Adam

              Adam says:
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              @Ryan, Starting lineup or not, he’ll give you about what he’s been giving owners up to this point.

  7. Moses says:
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    Adam,

    1. I gave away Mcgee, Lin, and Kevin Martin, for Gortat and Wallace. Win?

    2. Last offer on Durant – would you accept Ellis, Dorell Wright, Gasol, for Durant and Oj Mayo.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Moses, 1. Hmm. Not if Lin staves off Baron and Martin eventually gets his head out of his ass.

      2. Nah. I like this deal less than the one involving Wall.

  8. WuMan says:
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    Hi Adam,
    9Cat H2H, 12teams 12players (10 active and 2 bench spots). I’m tie at 7th spot and 6.5 games back.
    G: Curry, Holiday, Teague, DeRozon
    F: Ryan Anderson, David West, George (yeh), Amir Johnson (sigh)
    C: Pau Gasol, Bosh
    Inj: Manu, and Gallinari

    The regular season standing is more important (pays accordingly)
    If I decide to stash a player, should I keep Gallinari or pick Zach Randolph (in FA). Or should I just drop Gallo and pick up like:

    Carter, Delonte West, Hayward, Dunleavy, Harris, Nelson, Rudy F., Afflalo, Shumpert, Diaw, and MarShon?

    Thank you.

    • Adam

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      @WuMan, I’d dump Gallo (or trade him, if you think you can find a buyer). He’s going to miss a month, which is almost half of the remaining season, if you think about it. That’s a lot of time to sit on a guy.

      I might grab Hayward, Dunleavy and Delonte in that order. I’d also keep an eye on where Gallo’s minutes go in Denver. You might get solid use out of Rudy/Afflalo/Brewer/ Wilson Chandler (?!?), but I’m just not sure how that’s going to work out.

      Who knows? Maybe in three weeks he’ll still be in the FA pool and you can re-grab him.

      • WuMan says:
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        @Adam, Thank you. Really appreciate it.

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @WuMan, Never a problem.

  9. Kratos says:
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    Would you lose Nene or Dalembert for Pekovic? 8 cat

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Kratos, Well, you can’t drop Nene (he should be playing tonight), but taking a chance on Pekovic at the expense of Dalembert wouldn’t be terrible.

  10. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Any problem dropping Ridnour for Reggie? Whoever I end up going with will probably be on the chopping block once Ginobili comes back anyway.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Steve Stevenson, Nope. No problem at all.

  11. Lance says:
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    I know “A Master Gee Gee” is getting a lot more playing time because of Cleveland’s injuries, but do you see him having any value when Anthony Parker etc. get back? Thinking of picking him up and dropping either James Johnson, Jason Thompson or Afflalo.

    • Adam

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      @Lance, A little value maybe, but he’s just not consistent (Exhibits A & B: Tuesday and Wednesday) . I’d definitely rather own James Johnson. The other two are also inconsistent and probably wouldn’t kill you if you swapped Gee for one of them.

  12. josh says:
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    hey adam, you update so often love it. is trading off dalembert and hawes (im tired of him waited too long) for paul george be a bad trade?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @josh, Not for you. Probably the other guy, though. Maybe he needs bigs.

  13. Nick says:
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    Drop Greivis Vasquez for Rudy Fernandez?

    • Nick says:
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      or for Booker?

      • Adam

        Adam says:
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        @Nick, Depends on what stat cats you need to focus on, but dropping Greivis for either is advisable.

  14. Jeremy says:
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    If lowry’s a no go tonight would you advise picking up dragic for the spot start and dropping either Reggie Williams or tayshaun? Love gettin the extra minutes on a light games day, hate dropping valuable assets for a spot start.

    • Adam

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      @Jeremy, Tayshaun wouldn’t be a bad gamble (he’s not that valuable an asset).

  15. christobal says:
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    deron
    wall
    tyreke
    terry
    lou williams
    antawn
    beasley
    howard
    camby
    anderson
    west
    boozer
    lopez (already stashed)

    hey adam i really enjoy your blog. thanks for all you do.

    above is my team and i am doing quite well currently (32-22 third place) and will most likely go 8-1 this week. the team does well but i am in need of a boost to my fg percentage. i recently dropped bass to stash lopez and i am tempted to drop d west to stash zach randolph. i have an easy opponent next wk and then things will get tough until the playoffs. do you recommend i do this? thanks bud.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @christobal, I read earlier today that Randolph is up and around and seems to be targeted to play again the week after the All-Star Break. That basically leaves you with a 2-3 week gap to bridge. If you can do it, your team will be better with Randolph than without. It sounds like you’re already in the playoffs…why not? Where’s the risk?

      Also, I’m assuming you’re dropping Delonte, not David?

  16. christobal says:
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    hey adam thanks for the reply… no i meant david west… which makes this decision very tough..

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @christobal, Oh, that DOES change things a bit. Is David West really your worst player? Why not drop someone else, keep West and still pick up Randolph?

      If David West is your worst player, you’re probably okay no matter what you do.

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