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After another solid game of 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks, Marcin Gortat is looking like quite the deal from draft day. On Friday, he went 16/16 with 3 blocks, and on Halloween, he went 10/9 with 5 blocks. Before that, he had 14/11 with 4 blocks. In the preseason, I projected him at for 14.9 pts, 9.6 rbd and 1.4 blk. While the points and rebounds projections look spot on, I may have been way off on the blocks. He is averaging 4.0 BPG this season versus his career high last year of 1.5 BPG. It’s astounding, and if he keeps this pace up, he (average round pick: 4.4) can dethrone Segre Ibaka (average round pick: 2.4) as the king of blocks. Here’s what else happened Sunday (and even a few highlights from Saturday):

Jason Richardson – Before the first two minutes were up, he left the game after it appeared he twisted his ankle after stepping on a camera person’s shoe. He did not return. Rest in peace, Jason. You will be missed (until you return).

Lavoy Allen – If you need help at Center, Mr. Allen is not the option for you. He only played 25 minutes with 6 points, 5 rebounds and 1 block.

Jrue Holiday – With 5 of 6 threes, he scored 27 points in a little over 40 minutes. He also had 7 assists but 6 turnovers. Frankly, I’m not sure why he played so many minutes, the Sixers were out of the game 30 seconds into it. Fantasy owners will take the assists, of course.

Spencer Hawes – He barely saw any Court time against the Knicks, playing 15 minutes for 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. He ran into some foul trouble early on and was basically benched for most of the game.

Thaddeus Young – Playing 36 minutes, he scored 16 points with 6 rebounds and 1 assist. I don’t know about you, but I expect a little more for that much floor time.

J.R. Smith – With nearly 35 minutes off the bench, he scored 20 points (including 2 threes), 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. If he keeps this up, he should be starting over Ronnie Brewer (9 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal).

Jason Kidd – The old man scored 12 points with 6 assists and 3 steals. Even if he only plays 22-25 MPG,  if he continues to have games like these with a few threes thrown in, he has value and should be on rosters beyond the 57% (in Yahoo! leagues) that he is in.

Brandon Roy – With 0-3 shooting, he still salvaged 4 points from the free throw line. Too bad he had 5 turnovers and 1 rebound, no assists, and 1 steal. Speaking of games, and I realize this has nothing to do with basketball, but I was going up against a random opponent this weekend in Hanging With Friends. Due to a generous arrangement of letters, I was able to play the following three words out of the gate: BUTTERY, JOVIAL, and QUILTED. My opponent, “01John01″, missed all three words and then sent me the following message, “I think ur cheating.” I was of course taken aback by such an accusation, as if the reason for his imbecility is that I was somehow playing unfairly. I responded by saying “I think I have a better vocabulary than you. Stay in school.” Johnny concluded our conversation (and game) with, “I no ur cheating and this is the new txt lang.” I thought Johnny was some dopey high school kid, but thinking terrible abbreviations is the “new” way people text makes me wonder if I was up against some middle aged twerp. Regardless of the age, I am sad for our country. Folks, if you take the time to read, you may learn a word like opprobrium. Anyway, before I lose my audience, let’s move on.

Andrei Kirilenko – His best days are behind him, but he still has some value, especially on this team. He shot 17 points to compliment 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks. He must have been quite jovial after the game.

Landry Fields – Landry did not have a…*dramatic pause*…FIELDS-DAY against the Timberwolves, managing only 4 shots (hitting 2) for 5 points, along with 3 rebounds and 1 steal. It was still better than his Wednesday game, where he missed all of his shots. Baby steps.

DeMar DeRozan – He was a sexy name towards the back end of drafts, with plucky fantasy lads and lasses hoping for an accumulation of lustrous stats. Last night, he rewarded owners with 22 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals.

Kyle Lowry – This is what Toronto wanted from him, and fantasy owners will take it, too: 22 points, 7 rebounds (4 offensive!), 5 assists, and 3 steals.  The night before, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, 28 points.

Alan Anderson – Played nearly 31 minutes and scored 18 points, including 4 of 8 from downtown. I am not certain I have ever heard of him before and I am his father.

Hedo Turkoglu – He had surgery on his broken left hand on Saturday and won’t be back for at least four weeks.

Goran Dragic – Although he missed 4 of his 5 three point attempts, he finished the night with 12 points, 8 assists, and a steal.

Jared Dudley – Dudley Did Wrong with only 3 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist in 25 minutes. He only has 2 points on Friday as well.  I wouldn’t drop or bench him just yet (maybe I bench him in roto leagues), but he’s going to have to show something this week.

DeQuan Jones – With the injury to Jameer Nelson, Jones got the start but only lasted 16 minutes. The 2 point performance wasn’t cutting it.

Nikola Vucevic – Another possible draft day bargain, Vucevic double doubled with 18 points, 13 rebounds (6 offensive), 3 assists and a steal. I expect (hope for?) more performances like this and less like his prior game.

J.J. Redick – With 3 threes, J.J. tallied 24 points to lead the Magic. He also had 6 assists.

Etwaun Moore – Almost led the team in minutes (38:00), scored 15 points and racked up 6 assists and 3 steals.

Kyle Korver – He hasn’t had a season of double digit PPG since the last year of the G.W. Bush administration. If he keeps producing games like this (4 points, 1 steal, 1 assist), I’m wondering who is going to roster him, let alone start him.

Louis Williams – Lou-Lou played 27 1/2 minutes off the bench for 19 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals. If he didn’t miss 5 of 6 threes, it would have been an even better game.

DeShawn Stevenson – Although he played over 34 minutes, he only had 8 points and 5 rebounds. Hell, he only took 9 shots, but he missed 5 of 7 from downtown.

Al Horford – In less time than Stevenson, he scored 23 points with 12 rebounds, 3 assists and a block.

Serge Ibaka – He had his usual 3 blocks to go along with 14 points, but only had 5 rebounds. He didn’t start at Center, either. He already has dual PF and C eligibility, so it’s no benefit either way, but if you like random bits of information, there you go.

Kevin Martin – He did not start, he did not even play 30 minutes, but he did lead his team with 28 minutes, including 6 of 6 from beyond the arc.

Rodney Stuckey – Went 0-6 with 3 assists and 1 rebound. He entered the game just 1-for-17. Some things are cold. The polar ice caps, the bottom of the ocean, outer space. Stuckey may be colder than all of them.

Brandon Knight – Speaking of cold, Knight went 1-8 for 2 points. He at least managed 6 assists, although the 5 turnovers were unpleasant. The Pistons in general were off. The starters combined for 27 of the team’s 79 points. As for Knight, his production has not been overwhelming, but he has been good for double digit points and a healthy number of assists.

Jonas Jerebko – Led his team with 18 points and nearly 29 minutes of Court time, which admittedly came in some junk time as the Lakers annihilated the winless Pistons. He has otherwise averaged 12 PPG with nothing exciting in the peripheral statistics (1 APG, 2.3 RPG).

Jordan Hill – In 19 minutes off the bench, he scored 11 points with 7 boards and a block. That’s an improvement over his 1 and 2 point performances last week. Pro-tip: I would not have Jordan Hill on a team, unless you are in some kind of hellish 20 team league with 20 roster spots.

Metta World Peace – Ron Artest actually had a good game after three duds, going for 18 points (including 3-6 from deep), plus 5 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal.

Kevin Seraphin – We always get questions about the fiery six winged celestial being, so this ones for all of youse guys out dere – on Saturday, he came off the bench and scored 19 points wth 4 boards, 4 dimes, and 2 takeaways. It seems like he is not being bothered by the calf anymore. “Moo.” – Calf

Isaiah Thomas – Although the game went into double overtime on Saturday, Thomas managed all of 5 points with 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal.

Reggie Evans – In only 15 1/2 minutes on Saturday, he had 13 rebounds (plus 2 points, 1 block).

Omer Asik – On Saturday, he grabbed 15 rebounds but only shot for 4 points. He also had 2 blocks. Omergawd.

Mike Dunleavy – He exploded off the bench for 29 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and 1 block.

Anderson Varejao – He had 17 rebounds and 20 points on Saturday. 10% of Yahoo! leagues do not have him rostered. I guess 10% of Yahoo! leagues have 5 or fewer teams.

O.J. Mayo – He was on fire with 7 threes adding up to 30 points. In fact, he was a bit of a ball hog and only managed 3 assists, but hey, 30 points from a guy that isn’t named Kobe or LeBron is pretty good.

Jamal Crawford – Off the bench, he scored 27 points, including 4 of 8 threes. This goes with his earlier 21 and 29 point performances. It is too early to call this a comeback, but like a Russian submarine, he should be on your radar (still only 78% owned)

Blake Griffin – He double-doubled (19/11), but more interestingly, he hit 11 of 16 from the free throw line. I think people that avoided him did so to their own harm.

  1. Zebo says:
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    drop the following for Seraphine? Tristan, Mullens, Deandre?

    • @Zebo, I’d need to see more than a few games, but if the season ended next week, I’d drop Jordan or Mullens. Good thing the season isn’t ending next week.

  2. Steve Stevenson says:
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    H2H, Little Nate or Gerald Green? I love watching Green (was there for that dunk against the Rockets last year), but league scoring format favors PG stats over pure scoring.

    • Richie says:
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      @Steve Stevenson, “league scoring format favors PG stats over pure scoring.”

      You answered your own question.

    • @Steve Stevenson, Nate will give you assists, etc. See above.

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @ChrisV82, Thanks, guys. I guess my real underlying question was, since we all know he’s going to be inconsistent, whether you think Nate’s going to continue to get enough playing time to put up meaningful stats on a week to week basis. Sounds like you both think so.

        • ChrisV

          ChrisV says:
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          @Steve Stevenson, until Rose comes back, he should at least see 20-25 MPG.

  3. DasPeck says:
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    Ok, so I drafted Steve Nash…

    I’m new to fantasy NBA, not new to fantasy. Most of my league are very casual NBA fans, though they are fantasy savvy players as well.

    We’re doing ESPN standard 8 categories, no tov’s, 10 team PG,SG,SF,PF,C,G,F,U,U,U – Bench x3

    I think I drafted pretty well from the 9spot…

    I’ve got:
    Nash
    Lin
    Lowry
    Calderon
    Kevin Martin
    Joe Johnson
    Josh Smith
    David Lee
    Kris Humphries
    Big Baby
    Al Jefferson
    Deandre Jordan

    I’m currently sitting in 3rd place, struggling in blocks, points, and assists bad.

    I think I could get a good price for Nash, and he and Calderon aren’t helping me much.

    I’m not really sure what to target…
    Asik, Dunleavy, and Jamal Crawford are available. If there is anyone you think is perfect, I may be able to use Nash’s name rec. Anyone you think I should part ways with besides Nash or Calderon? I’m not particularly eager to give up on Nash, but I don’t like getting all 0′s.

    Any advice is welcome.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @DasPeck, Nash is likely to miss four weeks with a leg injury. If you can move him, your window is about to close.

  4. Booya says:
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    I have major injury issues with bynum, gordon, wall and nene. Which would you drop nene for…Mullens or Larry Sanders?

    Thanks

    • @Booya, if you insist on dropping Nene, I’d take Mullens.

  5. Jeff says:
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    Do you think Stuckey and Brand will bounce back? Why do you think they are both struggling so mcuh so far?

    • @Jeff, Apparently, Stuckey has been having headaches (and so have his owners!) and Brand is just cold. I think they both bounce back. It’s only November 5th.

      • Jeff says:
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        @ChrisV82, who do you like more overall? seraphin or robin lopez?

        • ChrisV

          ChrisV says:
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          @Jeff, given the same amount of playing time, I think Lopez will provide the better value.

  6. DasPeck says:
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    Ok, so I drafted Steve Nash…

    I’m new to fantasy NBA, but not new to fantasy. Most of my league are very casual NBA fans, but they are also fantasy savvy.

    I’ve been looking to make some moves, maybe with Nash. I’d like to give him a chance, but he’s putting up 0′s and I may be able to get some name rec for him.

    We’re in a 10 team, standard ESPN, no tov’s, PG,SG,SF,PF,C,G,F,U,U,U, Benchx3…

    I think I drafted pretty well from the 9 spot…
    Nash
    Lowry
    Lin
    Kevin Martin
    Calderon
    Joe Johnson
    Kawhi Leonard
    Josh Smith
    Kris Humphries
    Big Baby
    Al Jefferson
    David Lee
    Deandre Jordan

    Right now I’m sitting in 3rd place, but struggling bad in blocks, points, and assists. I’m not loving Nash or Calderon.

    Some guys available in my league are Dunleavy, Jamal Crawford, and Asik.

    Do you have any suggestions for targets, or any advice at all?
    What kind of player do you think I could get in a Nash trade? Lillard?

    Thanks!

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @DasPeck, as stated above, Nash is likely out. Not sure if you could get Lillard without the injury, but you’re unlikely to get him now. You’re welcome to shoot for Asik.

  7. Lance says:
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    How would you rank: Parsons, Danny Green and Gerald Green? I’m leaning toward Danny, but I’m always worried about how Pop distributes minutes.

    • ChrisV

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      @Lance, if Parsons continues his pace, I’d go in the order you listed them.

  8. AdamH says:
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    I know it might be asking a lot, but what are the odds of getting an updated draft board? I have a draft coming up… If not, could you hit me up with a handful of the major movers in either direction (ie Harden)?

    Thanks!

    • @AdamH, I might be able to help you out. When is your draft?

      • AdamH says:
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        @ChrisV82, Its presently scheduled for tomorrow, 730 PM Eastern time.

        • ChrisV

          ChrisV says:
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          @AdamH, check out the post scheduled for 4 pm EST tonight, particularly the end of the post. Hopefully that helps a bit.

          • AdamH says:
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            @ChrisV, thanks!

  9. AdamH says:
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    Its presently scheduled for tomorrow, 730 PM Eastern time.

    • AdamH says:
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      @AdamH, Ignore this comment.

  10. Pavel says:
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    Trying to move Dwight Howard since his ft% really hurts my team. Need some help with this team. I’m in a dynasty league (10teams x 17 players, standard cats +o.reb category)

    This is my team:

    PG: Jennings, Nash, Vasquez, G.Hill, Nelson, I.Thomas,

    SG: Kobe, Wade,

    SF: Lebron, Matthews

    PF: Ilyasova, Nowitzki, Bass, T. Robinson

    C: Howard, Hibbert, Noah

    I have an offer for my Howard+Wes..Mathews

    And I would get Danillo Gallinari + Ibaka.

    Would you do it? Or float some more offers for other centers and such?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Pavel, You should get more than that for those two. What round did you take Howard in? First? Second? You should at least get a second rounder back for him.

      • Pavel says:
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        @ChrisV, This is a Dynasty league, so I got Howard 2 seasons ago straight up for Deron Williams. And I’ve floated some offers like vasquez+howard for Love but I haven’t had a taker completely yet. What do you think? I figure my team is really good at ft% if Dwight wasn’t on it. Also, I want to make some 2-1/3-2/4-3 trades to free up space for some players on the wire. What would you do in my situation?

        • ChrisV

          ChrisV says:
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          @Pavel, If you want to move Howard, go for it, but don’t undersell him just to get him off your team. If you pair Howard with another player, you have to get good value back, otherwise it’s a waste. Don’t get fleeced.

  11. Prospects Anonymous says:
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    I am in a 4 player dynasty with a caveat. You own the rights to any player you drafted in the rookie draft for 2 years, unless you decided to pick him up and put him on your squad, then after that he is fair game if you decide to drop him. Last year in the inaugural draft I took Valancunas and Sigleton(bleh, meek pickings whatever). This year I got took Lillard. I originally planned on not picking up Lillard all year because I was not sure if I would have the space to keep him at the end of this year and I thought if I waited until next year I might have a better chance of needing to keep him for 2014. This year I kept, Jefferson, M. Gasol, Harden, and Batum. Ideally I wold like to add a stud PG into that mix and would most likely opt to let Gasol, Jefferson, or Batum go. With that in mind I spend my first 2 picks this year on PG to fill my void, I went with Nash and Holliday. All that being said, with Nash’s injury and all, would you recommend going ahead and picking up Lillard, do you think he will be a top-50 talent going into next year? If so who would you recommend dropping?

    Nash
    Harden
    Batum
    Jefferson
    Gasol
    Holliday
    Boozer
    Kirilenko
    L. Williams
    Hayward
    Hickson
    D. Williams

    Also, do you see Valancius being more serviceable than any of these players at the present moment or would you still hold off on picking him up? (I lose his rights at the end of this year)

    Thanks in advance and I hope you could understand. I enjoy your posts and keep up the good work.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Prospects Anonymous, it looks like Nash will be back by Thanksgiving, if not sooner. I expect big things from Lillard this year and next, so if you can find a way to add him to your team, do so. I’m just not sure I would outright drop Nash for him.

      I think Jonas Valanciunas will be a top talent, but right now there’s no one I would drop to pick him up. He is barely in the top 200 right now.

      • Prospects Anonymous says:
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        @ChrisV, ok I guess let me phrase this a different way. Do you see Lillard being more valuable than Jefferson, M. Gasol, or Batum at the start of the 2013 year?

        • ChrisV

          ChrisV says:
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          @Prospects Anonymous, I do not see him being more valuable than Jefferson or Gasol. I can see him with a better value than Batum, yes, although Batum plays a really shallow position.

          To add onto my earlier comment, I think Nash has better value now, but you are in a dynasty league, so obviously that adds value to Lillard beyond his 12-13 worth. When Nash returns, you may want to pair him with someone else as a 2 for 1 deal and then pick up Lillard. Or maybe you can do it now.

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