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So one of my favorite Charlotte Hornets memories was Glen Rice winning the All-Star Game MVP in 1997.  I was still a chitlin, but even then I knew the Hornets were the epitome of small market (and moved just a few years later).  Rice seemed like a fill-in bench player (even though he was pretty nasty in 96-97 with a by far career-high 26.8 a game), but went absolutely bonkers in the ASG second half, putting up 20 in the 3rd quarter.  He was hotter than P.J. Hairston in a “yo mama” contest!  I knew the Hornets had no title aspirations (ending up getting swept in the first round), but it made the whole season worth it.

And the Glen Rices of the world now have another, well smaller, trophy on their mantle with Glen Rice Jr. winning the Summer League MVP.  Actually, I’m not sure if he gets a trophy… Maybe just a stack of $1,000 in Belagio chips… Either way, Rice put up a 6-game line of 25/7.8/2.3/2.5/0.5 boosted by a plain stupid 36/11/3/4/0 line with six treys last Saturday.  “Pretend every game is the All-Star game film I always make you watch, son!”  The Wizards boosted their wings (and headband usage) with Paul Pierce brought in, plus Otto Porter should see a lot of minutes off the bench.  But behind Bradley Beal, Martell Webster just had herniated disc back surgery leaving a big early-season gap for backup SG minutes.  Sure Garrett Temple might be able to fill-in, but off the hot Summer, I think Rice Jr. has got some minutes coming his way.  Plus one of the biggest concerns for Beal is his injury risk, so a deep-league gamble on Glenny Jr. could be an interesting flier.  Here’s what else has gone down with Summer League wrapping up and free agency moves:

Kevin Love Watch – Day 52 – It’s kind of like Panda watch in Anchorman.  “Hey, you’re making me look stupid. Get out here, Panda Jerk!”  “Great story – compelling and rich.”  Well someone is about to be rich, with Kevin Love a year out of a max deal after this season – with 14-15 surely out of Minnesota.  Part of the speculation is a package of Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler, which while interesting for those guys, would make me absolutely all in on Tony Snell.  We’re dreamers here at Razzball!

Lance Stephenson - Picked up by my Hornets last week right after last week’s post went up.  Pete Nice on the Twittah was like, “happy face?  or frowny face?”  Or something to that effect… And I was like, “happy face!”  Love it, Stephenson gets to be on a more offensive oriented team with a lot of scorers and should rack up pretty good stats.  Hopefully he continues to be a trip-dub machine!

Rodney Stuckey – He’s relatively boring, but also looking at a starting job moving to the Pacers.  Wanna know who else was relatively boring at this point last year?  Lance Stephenson.  I’m not saying Stuckey is going to pick LeBron’s nose when they play the Cavs, but Stuckey is a boring vet on draft day looking at pretty good minutes.

Jameer Nelson – Signed by the Mavs and easily could be a sneaky starter.  He’s obviously not even close to a great PG option, but hey minutes be minutes!  I think that’s Mike Wallace’s catch phrase… Not the Dolphin one!  He really could be something close to what Jose Calderon did last year, minus some %s and add a few TOs.  2.4 treys might be a tad high, but that with a 11/2.5/4.7/0.9/0 line?  Seems very doable.  Kinda like the chick in the new AT&T commercials.  So doable.  The Mavs have also said the Nelson/Raymond Felton/Devin Harris rotation would also serve as backup SG minutes to Monta Ellis.  And with all three injury-prone, there could be a big emergence from someone and I don’t think it’s the latter two.

Al-Farouq Aminu – So many Mavericks, so little time!  Another signee brought into Dallas, but this one isn’t very fun.  Offers some multi-cat upside in stretches, but is just waiver-wire fodder in almost all leagues when he’s getting minutes.

Noah Vonleh – Coach Steve Clifford said Vonleh and P.J. Hairston weren’t going to have significant roles.  Hairston was like, “Hey, Cliff, there’s another P.J. you should know about – Carlesimo!  And remember what Spreewell did?  Yeah, I better be gettin’ 48 a night!”

Bruce Caboclo – Got posterized so bad by C.J. Fair that he cried.  “Soy triste!”  Wait, he’s Brazilian so I’d have to Ask Jeeves about how to translate that into Portuguese…  Later in the game, Brucie had a towel over his head on the bench.  The one time I got posterized playing pickup, it was by a guy I knew that I had no idea had hops.  I was more confused than anything.  “Soy confused-o!”

Omri Casspi – Waived by the Pelicans.  I thought this guy would be good and a possible starter on Houston last year!  And I wasn’t the only one… Oh how things can change…

Aaron Brooks – Signed by the Bulls.  Brooks is another dude I thought was underrated in his Rockets heyday.  Well, I guess it was more like his Rockets heyhour, but you know what I mean.  Clear-cut third-string behind Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich, but those are two of the most injury prone PGs out there so I’m keeping that logged into my deep league waiver wire memory banks.

Evan Turner – Evidently heading to Boston.  Wow, another maddeningly frustratingly [insert adverb]ly wing to compete for minutes with Jeff Green.  Brad Stephens can throw darts pre-game to determine his rotations.

Otto Porter – Joined teammate Glenny J on the Summer League 1st team with a 6-game 19/5.8/1.8/0.5/0.3 line.  Hit 7 treys, but is kinda meh.  That said, Paul Pierce isn’t exactly a spring chicken as the Wiz starting SF, so Porter could land himself into some starts pretty easily.

Jordan McRae – Had just a redonkulous Summer League performance of 21 points a game in 4 contests on 50% shooting, including getting to the line a whopping 37 times making 32.  Racked up 6 treys and 7 steals as well.  He’s actually listed as the second-string SG for the Sixers depending on which depth chart you look at, behind grandpa Jason Richardson.  With James Anderson waived, there’s a legit chance for some sneaky PT.

Doug McDermott – While getting Summer League 1st honors is nice and all, and 18/4/2.8/0/0.8 is fine, it’s still a little ThrAGNOFfy and he won’t be at 28.8 minutes.  Oh, and he’s older than like, everyone at Summer League.  He’s like that one random old dude playing pickup at the Y.  Wait, they’re usually not good though.  The 12 treys in 4 games is nice, the ridiculous 22-23 FT is fun, but shrug me shoulders.

Rudy Gobert – Monsieur elbow!  11.8/9.8 in only 23.8 MPG with 2.5 blocks a contest.  Shot 73% from the field, and besides a 3-9 FT travesty in the first game, went 6-9 in the latter three games.  He’s the backup C for now behind Enes Kanter, who is awful.  Could be an interesting deep league blocks flier.

Tim Hardaway Jr. – I think he’s Slim’s favorite player.  As we talked about on the Pod, Slim likes Timmy J for 30 minutes this year with grandes treses.  He’s the epitome of ThrAGNOF – hit at least 3 treys in every Summer League game while doing literally nothing else.  He ceases to exist when not shooting a three.

C.J. McCollum - While also ThrAGNOFfy in an impressive Summer League campaign, did rack up nearly two steals per and I think he’s a special player.  He’s obviously not in the most ideal situation, but with Mo Williams out of the picture, he should get pretty big backup PG/SG minutes.  A nice upside last round kinda pick.

Dante Exum – “These were not the Droids we’re looking for!”  Played dreadful, shot 31% (17% from deep), with a 2.8:3 AST:TO ratio.  It’s a big adjustment for Mr. Dundee, and I still think he could be undervalued in drafts, but not gonna reach.  We’ll see how his ADP is looking later on down the river.

Marcus Smart – After a rough start (5-23 FG 1-10 3PTM) from the field his first two games, picked it up in the final three, scoring 14, 19 then 20 with 2, 2, then 4 treys.  The development from outside was nice (even if he did shoot only 26% from deep), but I’m still anti-Smart compared to the legions of lovers.  Of which I was one!  Just not going to do enough in Brad Stephens’ nightmarish rotations scheme, especially with Rajon Rondo still a shamrock.

 

We all hope you’re enjoying the Razzball Pod and with Summer League wrapping up, being one step closer to the 2014-15 season.  Thanks for dropping by Razzball Nation!

  1. Clyde Prompto says:
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    *snaps out of fantasy baseball haze* I love CJ McCollum and think he can be a middle class man’s Jamal Crawford. *goes back to staring at Sam Fuld’s stats.*

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Clyde Prompto: Yeah that’s not a bad comparison. I’m thinking more like 03-04 Crawford, when he was at 1.3 and 1.4 steals, than the post 2006 Crawford in which he never got over 1.0 steals.

      If I believed they would get even minutes this year, and I’m getting closer to believing that, then I think McCollum would easily outperform Jamal Crawford.

      I don’t think I’m going to put Crawford in my top 150. For me he’s going to merely be a streamer in a 12er for this year and beyond.

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @Slim: Agree on all points.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Slim: Totally agree too, but I dunno if McCollum will get that kind of run. At least, consistent run. Crawford not top 150… I dunno I feel like he’d be close, right on the fringe of draftable in 12ers, but barely in if he does make it

  2. Frank says:
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    As you think about Mayo & ILyasova….and I’m sure they are constantly on your mind….what do you think their prospects are this season in MIL.? (or are they likely to be dealt?)

    They each were AWFUL last season…way below expectations (although the MIL situation was soooo messed up). New season, new coach do the changes make either of them draftable in you much respected….and honored….opinion?
    Frank

    • Slim

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      @Frank: I think Ilyasova has no role on that team. At best and I do mean at best 20 min off the bench. Even if he gets moved I’m not sure where he would be able to start and be fantasy relevant. The problem with moving Ilyasova though is the 3 year 24 Mil left on his contract. He’s well out of my top 150 and probably even the top 250. In a dynasty I’m letting him walk.

      Mayo on the other hand could get some minutes but I think his best role will be that of a bench scorer. If Brandon Knight doesn’t play the point then there is no way Mayo will get up to 20 min. If Knight is the point guard then Mayo has to compete with Antetok and possibly Middleton. I don’t think Mayo can win those competitions. On another team I could see Mayo getting some run. Top 150 in either scenario? No. In a dynasty I let him walk too.

      Both will probably see some playing time in an attempt to build up their trade value. I bet it doesn’t work and will only piss us fantasy people off… again…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Slim: @Frank: Wow, Ilyasova out of Slim’s 250?! He’s not going to be ranked well by me, but maybe has some bounce back upside if there’s an injury. But he was brutal last year. It is worth remembering he had the bad ankle thing going on, so maybe he’ll be healthier too. Probably out of my 150, but def in top 200.

      Mayo is a guy that I will have in a similar range, but playing time won’t be there. 190ish maybe even out of top 200, I think Ilyasova has a better shot of a bounceback.

  3. Pistol Pete says:
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    JB
    Do you have an eta for your rankings? Served this novice well last year.

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pistol Pete: Hello sir! I don’t have a concrete date, but I’m hoping by mid-August to be through the top 200. With Valanciunas not on the list. Haha not really, but I’m looking forward to rebounding from that one!

  4. Slim

    Slim says:
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    Everyone seems to think the Love trade to Cleveland is imminent. I think this would guarantee The Brow as my number 2 pick. For me this would move Love after Curry, Paul, and Harden. Kyrie should be well out of the top 20 also. Waiters is the same, outside the top 100. Who’s the starting 5? Varejao? Bleh, they better come up with a good backup. Does this put Cleveland over Chicago in the east (assuming a healthy Rose)? I’m saying No!

    Now in Minny things would get real interesting. Kevin Martin would be the number one option. Minutes would open up for Dieng. Not sure what happens with Corey Brewer but he should have a bigger role in the offense which I do believe he could handle. I think Rubio would need to shoot more… uhoh… We need to see what all the pieces are but overall I would say everyone in Cleveland moves down a few ranks and everyone in Minny moves up a few ranks.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Slim: Tough break for Paul George. Sorry, I couldn’t resist the bad pun. So much for my George v Melo post. That’s kind of unfortunate.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Slim: Yeah Love looks locked with another update this morning basically admitting he needs to go. Which I agree. Fans would boo him.

        Wow, yeah I think CLE is the team to beat still. I know the Bulls are pretty locked and loaded too, but with their mix of youth and BronBron it should be tough. Agree on Love moving way down. I’m nervous to start the ranks until that deal is done…. Hopefully it’s a few days and we can get crankin!

        Damn, I wish I had Dieng. Pretty sure he was a pickup. Arguably the best waiver wire pickup as a keeper heading into this year. Trying to think of others and can’t…

        Ugh, yeah sucks on your post! Huge ripples from that one. I hope he can recover and be healthy for 15-16.

        • Slim

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          @JB Gilpin: Looks like we have a deal in place for Love. Wiggins/Thad to Minny. Love to Cle. Bennett to Philly. Let’s see… I’m thinking…

          Minny… Rubio/Martin/Brewer/Thad/Pek with Wiggins/Dieng off the bench Wiggins starting when Martin gets dealt and Dieng starting when Pek inevitably gets hurt.

          Cle… Kyrie/Waiters/LeBron/Love/Varejao with Miller/Tristan as the top guys off the bench. (Yikes)

          Philly… MCW/Thompson/McDaniels/Noel/Sims with lots of competition for playing time with McRae, Wroten, Grant, Moultrie, Bennett.

          At least that’s how I would play these teams…

          I think at this point we can make rankings assuming the deal gets done.

          The only other pickup that sticks out to me in the REL is Snell. Wish I had either. The only keeper I have being effected is Brewer and I think he should be alright. Probably still a keeper for me.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Slim: Geez that’d be a huge haul for the Wolves! Even though I hate Bennett, it’s a good pickup since Thad seems to wanna walk when able.

            Yeah I forgot Dieng would be a bench guy, Rotoworld doesn’t have Pek’s deal in there. I thought Pek was a FA at some point, I’m seeing a 5 year deal on Google but nothing there. Stupid Wolves!

            As soon as this deal is finalized, it’s definitely ranks time. Also Yahoo needs to hurry up and get fantasy basketball launched for RCLs!

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