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So I’m not a basketball historian, and I’m still a young pup.  I barely remember the Bulls glory years – I was in elementary school when they won titles 4-6 (yikes, aging the crap outta myself), but I do vividly remember the Byron Russell push-off and I cherished my Michael Jordan cards.  I still have a bunch of em!  This one is still in a nice case and one of my favorites…  Anyway, when I saw Jimmy Butler go off for 52/12/6/3/1 last night, I was about to make all sorts of tongue-and-cheek MJ parallels…

Got the same reverse layup and everything!  But then it dawned on me…  Butler is more like Scottie Pippen if there was no Jordan.  Pippen’s best season was 93-94, unsurprisingly the year without MJ, and went 22.0/8.7/5.6/2.9/0.8 on 49% shooting with 0.9 treys.  So far this year, J Buckets is 25.3/6.8/4.4/1.7/0.3 on 46% shooting with 1.1 treys.  While Pippen was obviously one of the best defensive players of his generation, Butler is a much better FT shooter and gets to the line more.  But the rest is really close, and I thought kinda interesting food for thought.  So the answer for the Bulls is simple – find a Michael Jordan for Buckets to play next to!  I’m a problem-solver – if only every team’s issue in the NBA was this easy!  Hah!  Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy basketball action:

Anthony Davis Playing the pure C as the Pels go a little smaller and risk his health every night.  40 minutes isn’t helping either!  20/17/2/1/3 yesterday, but a rough one on 10-27 shooting, 0-2 FT, and 3 TO.

Jrue Holiday Stop being such a sharer!  11/4/13/3/0 on 4-11 FG with 2 treys.

Buddy Hield Finding his shot lately, Hield was a fairly efficient 20/5/2 with 4 treys, but no D stats and 2 TO.  It’s as nutritionally empty as Buddy the Elf’s diet!

Terrence Jones – Bottoming out, which completely correlates with…  Dante Cunningham coming back?!  33 minutes last night for Cunningham giving him 32+ mins the past 5 as he worked his way back, and Tjones is 18 mins or under in 3 of the last 4.  Tjones is looking like cut bait in most 10/12ers.

Kevin Love Played through food poisoning last night.  As someone who has had food poisoning twice, one time I could’ve played through it, the other time I thought I was going to die, so let’s not give this guy an award for gutting through a 5-19 FG game.  Maybe you shoot a little less when you’re sick!

Jordan McRae – Got another start for Kyrie Irving (hamstring), but only 16 minutes of 4/3/0/2/0.  Kay Felder got 22 minutes of 12/1/2/0/0 and old man Richard Jefferson chipped in 12/12/2/0/0 in 29 minutes, but there’s no guards/wings you really want on this team while Uncle Drew is out.

Steven Adams Dayum.  What a game.  34 minutes of 20/8/2/1/3 on 9-11 FG, 2-2 FT, and no TO.  I watched pretty much this whole game and I didn’t notice anything too different out of him, just the D stats got there and he didn’t make any mistakes.  That sounds like I’m still trying to disparage his game, but I’m not!  He’s been fantastic this year – really took a nice step forward with the primary big man role.

Victor Oladipo Second game post-injury, going 18/5/4/1/0 with 4 treys.  Looked pretty good!  But still not what you drafted…

Semaj Christon – Can feel Cameron Payne behind his back, and looked really sharp in his 12 reserve minutes.  11/1/2 on 5-6 shooting, but really needs to fix his FT to stick around the NBA with a role (0-2 last night – 47.4% FT on the year).

Giannis Antetokounmpo Sabon on this!

26/10/5/1/1 with a trey and only 1 TO in a dominant game.  Stupid 5-10 FT though…  Meh, he had been really solid at the stripe lately before this one.

John Henson Had reallllly tailed off lately, but bounced back with 27 minutes last night of 12/5/1/1/1 with no TO on 6-7 shooting.  Hit a key jumper late and avoided the FT line, so a pretty epic game for the Muppet Man!  Tough to trust even as a blocks source in 12ers though…

Malcolm Brogdon As we talked about on the pod this morning, tough to trust even while Matthew Dellavedova is out, going 12/2/5/0/0 on 3-12 shooting with 2 TO last night.  That said, with only a 2 point lead and 8ish seconds left, gave the Thunder ice daggers with 2-2 FT to make it a 4 point game.  Cool as a cucumber!  Which is appropriate given the Bucks wearing their home green!

Gordon Hayward Trust the Gordon’s Fisherman!  Monster game against the Mess, going 30/4/3/2/1 on 9-18 shooting, with 3 treys and 9-9 FT.  I’m going to officially ignore any preseason finger injuries just like I did this year, as legal precedence.

Derrick Favors Yuck.  18 minutes as the starting PF as he’s still working his way back from IT Band issues, for 6/3/0/0/0.  As mentioned in [email protected]’s 7 ahead, the Jazz have 5 games this week, so he might have low minutes to make it through all 5 games.

Rudy Gobert Which means 5 days of The Gobert Report!  15/16/2/1/3 as he continues his monster year, which should’ve been last season!  Ugh.

Isaiah Whitehead Got another start at PG, going 12/6/1/0/1 with a trey.  Did have 3 TO, but played 31 minutes and Jeremy Lin is still without a timetable for his hammy.  Worth consideration in deepers, if only because his block was this one!

Stifle that, Monsieur Elbow!

Sean Kilpatrick Rough one for only 8/4/1/0/0 on 2-7 shooting, but #JazzD!

Trevor Booker Revenge game?!  Nah, can’t really be a revenge game if you lose!  17/15/2/0/1 as he FINALLY gets big minutes going for 34:08.  Hasn’t gotten that much run since Dec. 7th, and only gone over 30 minutes twice in that span of a month.  Smh.

Aaron Gordon Fantasy’s most inconsistent player (little inside joke for Slim there) went 22/6/6/1/0 with 3 treys against the Poppycockers last night.  So frustrating, but due to the frustration I got him for free on a couple of wires before this game and I’m hoping for the best!

Bismack Biyombo Rainbow alert!  But…  Whoa, all he needed was one basket!  0/2/3/2/2.  Hard to do!

Jodie Meeks ThrAGNOF – ride em when hot!  7-9 FG with 6 treys for 23/2/2/0/1.  It’s like Nick Young, except no one owns him…  Why you ThrAGNOF!

Elfrid Payton Put this ish on ya Shelfrid, NYC!  13/3/14/1/1 off the bench in 31 minutes, as the bench role is reallllly working.  Shot 6-12 FG, tallied a trey, and nary a TO.  Shabam!

Brandon Jennings – Stupid Courtney Lee returning from injury!  I kept streaming the BJ after using him in some leagues against the Rox last week, but only 24 minutes off the bench with Lee back for 12/3/4/0/0 with 3 TO.  Did have another 2 treys with that, but bleh, back to the streaming garbage pile.

Carmelo Anthony Yeah, you’re not even close to being the engine for this team.  No Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles soreness) and the PoppyCs lost by 12 at home to the Magic…  19/7/3/3/1 for Melo, but good to see him playing off lingering knee soreness in the same knee that cost him 42 games in 14-15.

Joakim Noah After a horrible game against the Pels, has had back-to-back usable outings, going 8/10/2/2/2 last night.  Rainbow line!  No Zinger is forcing him to play a little more – 33 minutes in this one.  Not good for his long-term prospects seeing the brittle Noah flooded with minutes!

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist When you’re guarding Jimmy Buckets and he gets 22 FTA, it’s likely you had foul issues!  Fouled out in 27 minutes on a rough 6/3/3/1/0 line.  Had his hands on D full though!

Kemba Walker Tried to match Buckets in a battle of alphas, but 34/11/4/1/1 on 13-19 FG (6-8 3PTM 2-2 FT) came up a bit short.  Just needed to get 20 more trips to the stripe!

Jeremy Lamb Continues his decent little streak of 5 usable games, going 15/6/3/1/0 off the bench with a trey and 6-7 FT.  Certainly in the streaming class as an under-the-radar, do-it-all kinda fellah.

Michael Carter-Williams It’s temporarily official – Rajon Rondo (DNP-CD again) is officially out of the rotation.  MCW for 10/9/3/0/1 on 4-12 shooting in 31 minutes is worth a look, as sad as that sounds!  You have to be expecting low-ish AST, bad FG shooting, no treys, and bad TO.  But if you can bend over and accept most of those negatives, then sure!

Jerian Grant Wow, got a little run next to MCW…  27 minutes of 9/3/6/4/0 and might be worth equal consideration.  If you desperately need a PG in deepers, I might go ahead and give him a spec add.

James Harden Welcome to the tripdub party!  23/10/10 as the Rockets really turned around this 10-point win against the Wiz after trailing 14-29 through the first quarter.  Harden shooting 6-24 certainly didn’t help at the onset.

Montrezl Harrell Pretty much must-own; as I mentioned yesterday in the notes and this morning on the Pod, running the D’Antoni pick-n-roll with Harden beautifully.  6-11 FG for 14/9/1/0/2.

Trevor Ariza Rainbow alert!  10/6/5/3/2 with 2 treys and no TO.  Got 44 minutes too, mainly because none of the Wizards talked about his wife and kids like Salah Mejri did…

Eric Gordon Sigh.  6 treys for 31/2/3/0/1 as of course he has his best game to kick off my REL week against him…

John Wall Against the Rockets – I was expecting more!  18/5/12/2/0.  Crazy that it’s an underwhelming line for Wall these days!

Otto Porter Has his roto-friendly line even on the off nights, going 8/3/1/1/1 with no TO and no treys.  Really not too much to talk about with the Wizards.

Draymond Green Also invited to the tripdub party!  15/10/13/0/0 with a trey.  Hate the lack of D stats and 5 TO, but we’ll give him a pass, don’t want him feeling kick-y.

Stephen Curry Bleh.  22/3/5/0/0 with only 3 treys and 3 TO, it’s just really not enough for where you got him, with or without using my #1 pick call.  It’s frustrating, but I feel like a streak of monster games could still be right around the corner.

Jusuf Nurkic Whoa, the Jamba Jus getting loose in a game I didn’t expect it!  Warriors love their smallball, so I wouldn’t have foreseen 21 minutes for Nurkic off the bench, who had a huge 15/6/4/1/1 line on 6-8 shooting and only 1 TO.  It’s worth a spec add in anything deeper than 12ers, or if you can afford to burn a stream spot in 12ers.  I’m still hesitant to buy back in in RCLs though…

Nikola Jokic Also frustrating it kicked Joke back to the curb to only 25 minutes, but he was unreal in those 25 minutes!  21/13/5/1/0 with a trey and 4-4 FT.

Gary Harris Continues to be “fine”.  Where’s all the comments slamming me for Gary Harris?!  11/4/3/2/0 with no TO and missed all 3 of his treys.  It’s fine!  It’s must-own pretty much!  but not someone you burn a month of a roster spot for.

Wilson Chandler Had a few valleys, but 37 starting minutes last night for 21/4/2/2/1 with 3 treys, and has been one of the huge waiver finds this year.  He and James Johnson are doing neck tats proud off the wire!

T.J. Warren There we go!  41 starting minutes, and back to what we saw in the beginning of the year off a rough game.  24/8/2/1/1 on 12-20 shooting.

P.J. Tucker And the Suns ran the two “J”s next to each other a good bit, with PJ getting a super 36 minutes.  6/12/0/2/0 in his usual boring line, but nice to see these two products are not going to cannibalize each other.

Brandon Knight Wowwwww.  Under 10 minutes again, going only 5/0/3 in 7 minutes.  Unbelievable.  Needs a trade more than ever.

Tyson Chandler 12/6/1/1/0 in 23 minutes, but dat efficiency doe!  3-3 FG with 6-6 FT.  So un-Tyson like at the stripe!  Just trying his best to show one-upmanship over DJ…

Marquese Chriss Keeps flashing us the potential (2/1/0/1/2), but just no consistency there, and fellow rookie Dragan Bender also got only 5 minutes.  Too perilous for redrafters.

J.J. Redick I don’t watch a ton of Clippers, but he was looking amazing, and it lends itself to only a 22/4/0/0/0 line with 3 treys.  Why the shooters can be so alluring, but a mirage in fantasy!

Raymond Felton When he runs up and down the court, it looks like Violet in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when she balloons to full blueberry.  16/4/5/1/2 in a fantastic outing.  Resurrected his career with Dallas last year – I can’t explain this renaissance lately!  Chris Paul with his bad hammy came in doubtful and nothing sounds too optimistic he’ll be back the next game, so give Raymond Fatton a stream!

DeAndre Jordan Attack that glass!  9/20/2/0/3, but at least Tyson out FT-ed him, haha…  3-8 FT as you’d expect.

Austin Rivers 37 minutes for daddy’s boy, going 9/4/5/0/0 on only 2-11 shooting.  Minutes are there, but game-to-game contribution won’t be.

 

I hope everyone got off to a great start to their first week in 2017!  Enjoy the action tonight, and I’ll catch you again with the daily notes and the Pod Thursday morning!

  1. miles proudfoot says:
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    Happy new year! Speaking of inconsistencies, would you roster Aaron Gordon, Clarkson, or Reke? Thanks!

    • miles proudfoot says:
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      @miles proudfoot: hmm, throw Harrell in there as well please. I could keep two of them. Thanks

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @miles proudfoot: for league two, do you like replacing Clarkson, GHarris, Collison, Warren with any of the following: Illy, JayM Green, Harrell, JRich?
        Think I have to get JRich at the least. Thanks!

        • JB Gilpin

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          @miles proudfoot: Hapy new year man! I like what Harrell is doing. Give me Harrell and Clarkson.

          Yeah def get JRich for prob Colly. Yeah I’d prob get Harrell over Clarkson, since you’re adding steals and have Harris helping there, along with rest of roster

  2. Slim

    Slim says:
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    “Open your mind, open your mind!” – Wilson’s Neck Tat.

    • Lasandro says:
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      @Slim: haha. James Johnson’s too.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Slim: @Lasandro: Start the reactor!

  3. Lasandro says:
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    With Cody entering the concussion protocol, I decided to drop him in my
    10er roto for Warren. Boy did that work out! Essentially I’m now in a position where I have to choose sticking with james Johnson and TJ over Cody and Harrell… all these guys hit the O brds, score efficiently and contribute on D. Stick with my current two? In first place so this is a good problem to have

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Lasandro: Weird, yeah I missed that… Happened in between games, which is a little scary. Yup glad you got TJ! So James Johnson and Warren vs Harrell and Cody. Leave Cody out now, can’t afford dead weight with not much upside when back. I think I’d find a way to get Harrell… Leaning losing J Johnson

    • Lasandro says:
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      @JB Gilpin: I’m gonna go ahead and say that the correct drop is Warren. Man, I am DONE with that rollercoaster of emotions. A bad mix of him not quite being “there”, losing PT to Tucker on any given night, and Booker and Bled being absolute ball-hogs on O. Managed to use my waiver claim to re-grab Montrezl off the wire for that sweet volume FG% boost and Obrds that I was after in Warren. My current squad (10er 14 cat roto):

      Harden
      TyJo
      James J
      JRich
      Montrezl
      KAT
      Goose
      Otto (only played with TWO 3stl, 3blks, 3 3s games!)
      PBev
      Gorgui
      Tobias (how many games does he need off the bench to be considered for 6th MoY haha?)
      Crowder
      Holiday

      Now you know I love my Heat trio but I watched yesterday’s game and man oh man does Dragic dribble the air outta that ball. No where near as much movement without the Johnsons out there. And the shots JRich got really were bad looks and as a result of Goran bailing out last-second. What on earth is gonna happen once Winslow and Waiters return?? I love the high usage roles both Johnsons have but I’m a touch worried that one of them (likely James) will lose once everyone returns. Thoughts @Slim? Until then, I ain’t dropping any of them until I see it play out.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Lasandro: Hahaha yeah Warren is def an emotional rollercoaster. Nice I like Montrezl for you too! Hah yeah Heat are def messy. Johnson is prob more like a 24ish mpg guy when everyone is healthy, but who knows when thatll be. Until then, no more bad sushi for James J!

  4. Not Your Average Joe says:
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    Yo JB Slim! Oh dear, that sounds like a cigarette brand. Yo Slim JB! Ugh. Now I’m making a fat joke. Yo JB & Slim! Better, though instead of a podcast crew it sounds like a radio show.

    Montrezl Harrell. I agree he’s must own and kicked myself a little bit for not recognizing it sooner so I could put in a bid for him Sunday night (our league does FAAB waiver wire Monday, Wednesday, Friday). I’m going to drop RoLo for him. Had it. Can’t do it. He’s dudding left and right. Maybe there was something about Rondo’s missed shots that made life easier for RoLo under the rim. MCW misses them too but his as real clankers.

    I want to replace RoLo for Harrell. I have $80 left in my FAAB for the year (out of $100). I want to make sure I get him, but I don’t want to radically overpay for obvious reasons. How legit do you think his current performance is, and based on that, what would you bid to have a high chance of getting him without vastly overpaying?

    Also, I dropped Parsons for J-Rich. I just got really worried Parsons isn’t going to get full minutes until the ASB, assuming he stays healthy, and is a potential rest/DNP candidate down the stretch, even assuming no further setbacks. Bad move?

    Team: Lowry, Conley, TyJo, Beal, J-Rich, Batum, Ersan, Millsap, Zingis, Gobert, RoLo

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Not Your Average Joe: Maybe call us J Slim, so we sound like a rapper?!?

      Yeah i like Harrell over Rolo too right now. Even if it is only medium term while Capela is out. Hahaha yeah MCW misses clank all the way to the perimeter!

      The pick n roll with Harden is 100% working/legit. I might go $15ish? Sure it might only last another month, but I dunno, he looks so good that maybe when Capela is healthy it pushes Nene outta the rotation.

      Yeah tough to own Parsons on a shallower roster and J Rich def needed to be owned, I like it

  5. wubeone says:
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    Happy New Year.
    12 team H2H 9Cat
    Trade my KAT+Dragic for KD?
    Rest of team: Kemba, LMA, Eric Gordon, TJ Warren, Dirk, Ilyasova, Fournier, Harrell, Cody Zeller, J-Lin -_-, Matt Barnes (streamer)

    Thank you

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @wubeone: Happy new year man! Hah on Lin. But yeah I really like that deal for ya, I would do it!

      • wubeone says:
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        Thanks JB

  6. JJ says:
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    Greetings and thanks for your help as usual!

    Standard 12er, looking for the best upside stash for later in the year

    Would you drop Terrence Jones for:

    Nurkic
    Dwight Powell
    Capela
    Saric
    Bender
    Chriss
    Jerian Grant
    Jamal Murray

    • JB Gilpin

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      @JJ: What’s up man?! Always a pleasure! Looking to stash… Capela jumps off the page, but mannnn is Harrell looking good. If a pure stash and you don’t mind a 0 for a while, I could see doing that one

  7. Jake Smith says:
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    Hey JB,

    happy new year! love the work you do.

    question, Thabo sefolosha hasnt been doing much lately, and im in need of steals and blks this week. Would you drop sefo for nogeuira, demarre caroll or T. ross? The raps have like 4 games in the next 6 days so a good streaming option.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jake Smith: Happy new year! Really appreciate it! Yeah I like gambling on Egg Nog since he can bring you both, and like you said, a lot of games means they’ll try to sit JV/starters a little extra if any are run aways.

  8. Johnc says:
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    Sadly, with CP3 still out, my choices to fill while he sits in IR are:

    Rondo, Korver, Deng, Mills, Sergio, Felton, J Grant,

    My team in 12, 9 cat, H2H league:

    CP3, RJax, Jennings, Smart
    DeRo, Leonard, Porter, G Harris,
    KAT, Horford, Jokic, Adams, Poison Goose, Leuer ( I know you hate him!)

    1. Best short term?
    2. Best chance to stick on my roster longer term?
    Gracias

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Johnc: 1. Short term… Man I think fatty Felton is your guy! 2. Long term I’d say Sergio. Even when CP3 is healthy, looks like the AST would help

      • Johnc says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Johnc: Any time!

  9. Stat Studded says:
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    Hey JB,

    Would you do KAT+Kemba+Robin Lopez for Steph+Derrick Favors in a 9-cat H2H? Do you see Steph picking up his 3PT shooting, or Favors getting back to his old self?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Stat Studded: Def yes to Steph, I think a bounce back will come. Favors still worries me… How big is the league? I dunno, I’m kinda leaning no in most formats

    • Slim

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      @Stat Studded: This is a hard NO from me. I don’t trust favors and Kemba isnt a major droppoff from Steph.

  10. Tyler says:
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    Trade Lowry for Wall?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tyler: Hate to cop out, but I did have these guys back to back in my ranks as well. Lowry I would keep if 3s were a need, if more AST is the need, def would take Wall

      • Tyler says:
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        @JB Gilpin: arent you worried of Lowrys propensity to dropoff in the 2nd half?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Tyler: I feel like that was only the case 2 years ago when he played through a jacked up hand and wrist. He was pretty much the exact same pre and post ASB last yr

  11. Zebo says:
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    Is Montrezl still viable like this after Capela returns?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Zebo: Possibly, I wrote or said on the Pod sometime recently that they could just DNP Nene for a big when both are healthy, to rest up Nene

  12. John says:
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    is it a good idea to go hard after brandon knight since he’ll probably get traded?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @John: Bleh, I don’t think so, I dunno if a team is gonna give him the keys to be a PG, whoever gets him

  13. hamtime says:
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    1. being offered parsons+harell for my baze+winslow in a 16m.. thoughts?

    2. should i offer my AD/winslow for DMC/dbooker?

    3. pls rank: mkg, cj miles, frye, jerian, felicio (14m)

    4. drop powell (SOOOOO BORING) for patty mills (equally lame) 16m

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hamtime: 1. Well now that Winslow is out ROS, definitely! But would’ve before knowing that anyway. 2. Nah, hold. 3. I actually like that exact order. 4. Hah yeah I know POwell is boring, sure if you need 3s/scoring from Patty

  14. Doctor G says:
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    JB! Quick trade question for ya. Gallo has been red hot lately, pretty much coinciding with the return of Gary Harris. Buuut we all know hes a huge injury risk, so looking to sell high on him before the wheels inevitably fall off. I do like Gallo’s scoring and FT volume its huge for my team, and hes also my best 3 point shooter, but I’m in desperate need of a big. Would trading my Gallo for Gortat or Vooch be doing okay, or is that aiming too low? 12 team H2H. Which do you think has the better ROS outlook out of those 2 bigs? IMO Vooch has nice upside and is the better player than Marcin, but I’m worried about his playing time, and Orlando has the inferior playoff schedule to Washington. Gortat gets more rebounds, but man hes been playing 40+ mins constantly and I’m worried he might break down later in the season. Also Mahinmi could eat into Gortat potentially down the line. Washington does have the 4-4-4 playoff schedule however. Neither are premier shot blockers. What ya think??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Doctor G: Yup, the offense is hummin’! But agree, def would cash out Gallo at a high value if possible. Nope I like both of those offers given team need! Maybe you shoot a smidge higher at first, or see if you can get a sweetener with Gortat

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