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People had grown increasingly frustrated with Robin Lopez. With Anthony Davis back, he saw a mere 15 minutes the day before, and in the past week, he was only averaging 7.5 PPG and 3.3 RPG. Well, Davis finished with 16/5/0 and a block while Lopez earned 22 points, 9 rebounds, an assist and 2 blocks. Ryan Anderson was actually the one who came off the bench, and he finished with 7/5/0 and a devastating 0-8 from downtown. I wonder if this is going to mirror the Toronto situation, where there’s a fuster cluck between Ed Davis (11/9 with 2 blocks), Jonas Valanciunas (12/5/1 with a block) and Amir Johnson (5/9/2 with a block). Three guys for two positions, and frankly, Jonas should be the one sitting. In the meantime, all three have value in deeper leagues, but shallow leaguers can look elsewhere until this situation sorts itself out. As far as the Hornets go, it may be worthwhile to see how this shakes out. If Lopez gains starter’s minutes and can go for 7-8 rebounds a night, he still has value. Don’t confuse him with Brook Lopez, but also don’t confuse him with Rodrigue Beaubois.

Kris Humphries – Although starting, he played less than 18 minutes to finish with 0 points, 9 rebounds, 0 assists, and 0 blocks. I hate to say it, but you can’t own him in a 12 or fewer team league.

Andray Blatche – Despite a 23.4 Player Efficiency Rating (ranked 9th) and a .183 Win Shares Per 48 Min (ranked 18th), he finished with 7 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block last night. Someone needs to tell him he’s supposed to be doing better than that based on his advanced metrics. Actually, before this game, he had been averaging 26 MPG for nearly 15 PPG and 6.6 RPG.

Jason Kidd – His supreme confidence gave him 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals, but also he took all 9 of his shots from behind the arc and only hit 2. Settle down, Kidd-o.

Tyson Chandler – Do you know who leads the league in field goal percentage? Obviously it’s Chandler, considering this is his blurb. Did you know he has over a .700 FG%? That’s better than most Centers’ free throw percentage (including his own). He finished with 7 of 11 shooting for 16 points, plus 12 rebounds (5 offensive), 2 assists, a steal and 3 blocks.

Raymond Felton – Shot a pissy 4-15 (0-3 from downtown) with 5 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal. That’s his first bad performance since the last time the Knicks played Brooklyn. Maybe he’s still upset about the Dodgers moving to L.A. I know I am. They broke the hearts of a loyal fanbase and infected the world with the Mets.

Andre Drummond – He had 6 points, 8 rebounds, a steal and a block. He’s 2nd in the league in Offensive Rebound Percentage, just FYI (only 2 last night, however).

Brandon Knight – He shot 1-10 last night (line: 9/6/0) and his FG% has dipped below .400 in the past week.

Jose Calderon – I hate to keep harping on Jose but his little monkey face is so adorable I just want to shove his head in my mouth. Hmm. Anyway, he had 17 assists to go with 7 points (2 threes), 3 rebounds and 2 steals.

Glen Davis – More bad news for the Davis clan. Glen finished with 12 points, 9 rebounds, an assist, a steal and 2 blocks. Yeah, I know. What’s that? That sounds okay? *Re-reads* Oh, I forgot to mention he left the game with a painful shoulder injury. He’ll have tests tomorrow, but no one seemed optimistic.

Arron Affalo – He had a nice night with 15 points (6 of 18 shooting, but missed all 5 three point attempts), 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Oh, and his name makes spell check want to commit suicide.

Nene – He’s back, baby! 20 points on 8-10 shooting, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and a block. 2 rebounds? He’s halfway back, baby!

Earl Barron – Despite 20 starter’s minutes, he finished with 2 points, 5 rebounds, an assist and a steal. In the old days, that would have cost a baron his head.

Kevin Seraphin – Don’t worry, James, he’s back to his usual; 6/2/2 with 2 blocks.

Derrick Favors – I try to avoid talking about the same people all the time, but when you try to avoid the superstars and the bottom dwellers, you’re stuck with the same guys. It’s not like Favors doesn’t deserve it, as he led his team off the bench with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks.

Al Jefferson – Outside of Favors, the Jazz were playing the Blues, with Al finishing with 4 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and a block.

Paul George – I just went to confirm that Paul McCartney and George Harrison never collaborated together outside of the Beatles (they did, but also with Ringo Starr), and I came across this. I thought it was stupid, then read the article anyway. You know what isn’t stupid? George’s (not the Beatle) basketball skills. He finished with 20 points (2 threes), 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 4 blocks. Over the past 2 weeks, not including this game, his average line reads as thus: 21/7.6/4.6/1.4/1.0 with 2.9 3PG.

Roy Hibbert – He shot well, hitting 5 of 10 to finish with 12 points, but he also managed a mere 4 rebounds to go with an impressive 4 assists and 2 blocks. He does rank 3rd with a 95.6 Defensive Rating and 3rd again in Blocks Per Game, but he has been a disappointment, as we so often like to gripe about here. It seems like he took a step backward, not forward. Now slide to the right. Take it back now, y’all. One hop this time.

Dion Waiters – He saw a full regiment of 35 minutes, missing 4 three attempts but otherwise netting 13 points to go with 4 boards, 4 assists and a steal.

Tristan Thompson – He missed 8 of 10 from the field, but thanks to many trips to the free throw line, he finished with 11 points to combine with 12 rebounds (6 offensive), 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. And it wasn’t even Tue-sday.

Paul Pierce – He was remarkable with his shots, nailing 13 of 16, including 6 of 7 from downtown, to finish with 40 points. Add that to 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and a block and it makes LeBron LeBlush.

Jason Collins – Despite 23 minutes on the wood, he took no shots, finishing with 1 point, and only grabbed 2 rebounds, swiping 1 steal and blocking 1 shot before fouling out. Bizarre night for Collins.

Rajon Rondo – He had 20 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and a block, but he did not reach double digit assists, stopping at 8. Trade him before it’s too late!!1!1!!

Kevin Durant – Just to steal the thunder (get it???) from Pierce, Durant had a sterling game with 41 points (4 of 8 from downtown), 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and, unfortunately, 6 turnovers.

Kyle Korver – He had 9 points (3-7 from deep), 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks (a season high).

Serge Ibaka – The Lord of Blocks has also been the Duke of Making Field Goals, a more unwieldy and lesser used title, going for .580+ FG% on the year. Last night, however, he missed 7 of 9 to finish with 4 points. Nevertheless, he still managed 14 points rebounds and 3 blocks.

Zaza Pachulia – I’ve been carrying Zaza Gabor in a deep league because, hey, it’s a deep league and also because I think there’s something there. He finished with 6 points and 10 rebounds (5 offensive). That’s what daddy likes.

DeShawn Stevenson – He took 3 shots, missing all of them, and finished with 0 points, 5 rebounds, an assist and 2 steals.

Evan Turner – He left the game after spraining his ankle, came back, and then injured the ankle again. His status forward is unknown. Otherwise, he had 6 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists.

Jason Richardson - With over 30 minutes of court time, he only had 11 points, 3 boards, a dime and a steal. His December has not been as hot as his November. Someone in a league I’m in sent Brook Lopez and Kobe Bryant for Dwayne Wade and Marc Gasol, then flipped Wade and Jason Richardson for Kevin Love. The net effect is he got Love and M. Gasol in exchange for B. Lopez, Bryant and Richardson. Interesting.

Nick Young – With Jrue Holiday out, Young took advantage with 21 points, including 2 threes, but as usual, the peripheral stats were sparse, with just 4 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and a block.

Chandler Parsons – I love this line from Matt Miller at NBA.com: “Rockets forward Chandler Parsons could not find a rhythm during his first bobblehead night, shooting 4-for-13 overall and 1-for-7 from 3-point range.” What a way to christen your first bobblehead night! His final line: 9/5/4/3. He also missed 6 of 7 from downtown and has been ice cold from behind the arc.

Toney Douglas – The Rockets have been burning up the atmosphere, and Douglas threw in with 17 points (5 threes), 3 boards, and 4 assists.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – He may not be rookie of the year by the end of the season, but last night he was top dog with 25 points, 12 rebounds (5 offensive), 4 assists, 3 steals and a block.

Byron Mullens – He saw over 39 minutes on the court and finished with 13 pints, 9 rebounds and an assist, plus a generous 2-2 from three point land. Nothing like a PF/C having more threes than blocks.

Ramon Sessions – Final line: 2/1/4/1. This on the heels of 20/4/6. He’s a solid player in deeper leagues, but you may bemoan Ramon in shallow types.

Shannon Brown – He led the Suns with 26 points (the last game, 22), and also contributed 4 points, 2 assists, a steal and a block. He shot 5 for 7 from downtown.

Larry Sanders – He had 8 points, 9 rebounds, an assist, 3 steals and 2 blocks. He’ll probably have 4 blocks the next time out.

Brandon Jennings – With nearly 42 minutes, he had 26 points, 7 boards, 2 assists, a steal and 3 threes. He is averaging 20 PPG over the past week.

Monta Ellis – He missed 13 of 14 (including all 5 three point attempts), concluding his efforts with 4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block.

Zach Randolph – With 17 rebounds, he owned the backboards, and with 15 points, he also led his team with points. Yup.

Stephen Curry – He hit a scorching 7 of 12 from beyond the arc, wrapping up with 32 points to go with 6 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal and a block.

Harrison Barnes – With Festus Ezeli, they combined for 19 1/2 minutes, 6 points, 3 rebounds, and 0 assists. To quote Stan Lee, “Nuff Said.”

Aaron Brooks – His line was 23/2/5/2, a season best. It was basically in response to more time with the absence of Tyreke Evans.

Marcus Thornton – With 19 points (5-10 from deep), he had 19 points, but that was never his problem; he only had 3 rebounds and zero assists.

Lamar Odom – After landing on my radar, he tallied 4 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists. Must have been a bird.

Jamal Crawford – He led his team in minutes from the bench, finishing with 17 points, a rebound, 5 assists and 3 steals. Hate the FG%, love the assists and steals.

  1. JT says:
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    In a H2H dynasty league, trade my Pau Gasol, Kevin Martin, and Biyombo for Favours, Monroe, and Gordon Hayward?

    I can’t win this year, but this still feels light.

    • JT says:
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      @JT:

      Also, I could do a version of this without Hayward and Biyombo. I love the block potential, so I’m the Biz’s only friend. I say I’m just his friend. He has what I need. I want to keep him ’round and visit his dorm room.

      • ChrisV

        ChrisV says:
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        @JT: Without knowing your team (although I’m sure you’ve posted it before), it does seem legit.

        • JT says:
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          @ChrisV:

          Thank you.

          If I swapped in MKG instead of Hayward, that’s even better, right?

          • Eric says:
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            @JT:

            MKG is like a mini-Kirilenko. Now just tell him to hit some 3s!!! lol.

          • ChrisV

            ChrisV says:
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            @JT: I’d take MKG. I like Cheesy Poofs.

  2. Taki says:
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    With Glen Davis possibly out for a while with a serious injury, is there anyone worthwhile to pick up off waivers on the Magic??

  3. Jesse says:
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    Why do you recommend trading Rondo?

    • Eric says:
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      @Jesse:

      I think he meant it as a joke. Of course you could always trade him for CP3 or perhaps Russel Westbrook! lol.

    • Pavel says:
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      @Jesse: depends on who you’re looking to get. I think you could get more for rondo than he is actually worth (not that many 3’s, points can be erratic)…id look to try to get someone in the 2-3rd round value

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Jesse: Yeah, it was a joke.

  4. Pavel says:
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    updating yesterday’s q about my 16-team, h2h, league, where i have this squad:
    Pg: Dragic, George hill, Aaron Brooks
    Sg: James Harden, Nicolas Batum, Lou williams
    Sf: Josh Smith, Stephen Jackson, Turkoglu
    Pf: Lamar Odom, Markieff Morris, Seraphin
    C: Monroe, Kevin Garnett, Andrew Bynum

    You advised me to go small ball with this team and trade j.smth. I’ve floated offers for kobe (rejected), curry (rejected), irving (owner contemplating), and westbrook (also very contemplative owner)..So my questions are: who do i trget with smith? should i add anyone to go along with smth to make the trade enticing?

    • Eric says:
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      @Pavel:

      I’m not the author of this blog, but you might want to do a two for one, give up Josh Smith for two guys, e.g. Kirilenko (who is basically a mini-Josh smith without the FT liability) and another decent PG. Most fantasy players are all about names and draft order and Josh Smith has that going for him, giving him much greater trade value than an AK47 even though J-Smooth’s production is only marginally better.

      • Pavel says:
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        @Eric: That’s an interesting idea. I actually like it, the only downfall is that the guy that has kirilenko also has westbrook (who I floated an offer for-and that’s his only pg). So I doubt that trade would work with that particular player in mind (kirilenko).

        I also threw an offer out for smith for irving and the guy did not reject, rather he responded with a 2-2 where i would give up smith and brooks for irving and collison…he later dropped the offer, but he still has the irving for smith up there (meaning he hasn’t rejected or countered)..should i try to keep playing for irivng, or try to get jennings? deron?

        • Eric says:
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          @Pavel:

          Irving is better than Jennings & Deron overall. What about Paul George? The person w/ AK47 does he have another good guard or PF? In my league Lou Williams has PG eligibility, not sure about yours.

          • pavel says:
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            @Eric: how bout wade? Or iggoudala plus one?…basically am I just looking for a solid player with good percentages?

        • ChrisV

          ChrisV says:
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          @Pavel: Were you talking with James or me? It was probably James…

          • Pavel says:
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            @ChrisV: Probably james. But either way. Any help would be appreciated. i just need to know how I could flip this team around to stay dominant in my league. instead of just hoping my team keeps doing well.

  5. Jeff says:
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    Do you think Jordan Crawford will still get 30+ minutes when John Wall gets back?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Jeff: No, but I think he’ll still see 25+ min when Beal and Wall sit.

      • Zandy says:
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        @ChrisV: Why wouldnt they pair him with Wall? Can he steal the starting SG position from Beal?

        • Eric says:
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          @Zandy:

          They refused to give up Bradley Beal for James Harden, why would they start Jordan over Beal? Like Chris said, Jordan’s a combo guard that will play both 1 & 2 when Wall and Beal are sitting.

          • Zandy says:
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            @Eric: That was for financial reasons not talent. But I see what you are saying. If I’m crawford I start demanding a trade lol (if Seraphin doesnt demand one first)

            • Eric says:
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              @Zandy:

              He can demand a trade if he can keep putting up more triple doubles. They need to trade Okafor, useless on that team. They should be starting Nene & Serphain w/ Okafor coming off the bench. Coach sucks.

  6. Mike says:
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    H2H 9 CAT, 8 team league.

    PG/SG – Jennings, Conley, Westbrook, Jason Kidd, J. Jack
    SF/PF – Afflalo, Durant, Gerald Wallace, Love, Anthony Davis
    C- Hibbert, Monroe

    I’ve been losing my FG% because of Jennings, Love and Hibbert. Willing to trade Jennings. I like him because of the steals but he ain’t stealing like the start of the season. Who do you recommend I get? I’m trying to improve my FG, FT and TO cats as those are the cats I always lose.

    I’m contemplating on doing a Jennings + Wallace for Bosh + Garnett/Chandler move.

    • Eric says:
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      @Mike:

      How do you lose FT w/ KD? Whatever you do, DON’T trade Kevin Durant.

      Your team should be pretty beastly with steals – you’ve got conley, westbrook, kidd, durant. I’d trade Jennings for a high FG% center/PF – David Lee, Tim Duncan, Brook Lopez, Chris Bosh types.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Eric: @Mike: If you can make the trade you suggested, I would do that. If you can’t make it work, Eric has the right idea.

  7. Daniel says:
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    I just traded my MKG for Larry Sanders. Did I make a mistake or was that a solid trade? Also, if you were to pick 2 from this list who would you take: Meeks, Belinelli, Dorrel Wright, Beal, Miller, Bledsoe, or Gee? Thanks, yous a boss!

    • ChrisV

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      @Daniel: It all depends what you need. MKG has his down moments, too, so I wouldn’t judge the trade just on last night’s performances.

      Which Miller? Andre? I’d take Andre and Beal.

    • Eric says:
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      @Daniel:

      This isn’t even close. Larry Sanders gets you elite blocks, the same number of steals and barely less points. Sure Sanders gets less points, but points is the most common category.

  8. prezii says:
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    Time to go get D Rose off the wire? Or too soon??

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @prezii: Depends how deep the league is. He won’t be back for at least another month.

      • prezii says:
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        @ChrisV: only a ten teamer man. Im 6-0 so thinking i could afford the stash?

        • ChrisV

          ChrisV says:
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          @prezii: Sure, so long as you aren’t dropping a Brook Lopez type.

          • prezii says:
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            @ChrisV: more like an Andray Blatche type…

  9. Lance says:
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    What do you think about Isaiah Thomas? Worth a pick up over someone like Ilyasova? One would think that sooner or later they’re going to start him.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Lance: You’d certainly hope so. Not sure what they’re waiting for.

      • Lance says:
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        @ChrisV: Agreed. So, go for Isaiah over Ilya?

        • Eric says:
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          @Lance:

          Pick up Matt Barnes instead.

  10. Jay says:
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    Would you trade Knight and Asik for Pau gasol? I don’t need assists too badly and my rebounds are solid, them two are my worst turnover players. Also I will have extra roster spot to pick up decent players in waiver wire.

  11. Moez says:
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    hey guys

    would u trade D’jordan for Byron Mullens? I like jordan this ye ar and mullens has slowed down ( but thats bc of a hurtin ankle) i think if i get him now before he starts rockin again it could be a win for me? mullens needs work but he does it all kinda
    what do u th ink?

    • Moez says:
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      @Moez: thanks nevermind
      hairy xmas all.

  12. Tony says:
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    Whats your thoughts on G. Ayon since big baby went down?

    18 teamer. Where players get mins = gold

  13. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Conley was just dropped in my 12 tm H2H. I have $96 left. How much do i bid on him? Most other teams have over $90 left but only one has more than me. Conley was the #12 guard in our format last year and has extra value because we can keep guys for the nba playoffs.

    Also, which G to drop for conley–shved, jack or mo williams?

    Nicholson was also dropped–drop gee for him?

    • Tony says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: defly go after conley…. i’d drop jack for him and go maybe $45 for him? In a 12 teamer are you really going to see better on the waiver wire, $45+ is a no brainer to me… you’ll still have some left. Whoever dropped him is a dope. I wouldn’t go wild for nicholson yet….. monitor.

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @Tony: thanks. Yeah i’m totally comfortable with a big bid–not likely to see that kind of talent on the wire again–just wondering how big i need to go to get him. Most of the league’s pretty savvy so not sure 45 will cut it.

        • Tony says:
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          @Steve Stevenson: lay it all down then…. $90, who cares, especially in a 12 teamer? doubtful you see anyone as good or any younger player emerges that is a game changer.

          You can still put in bids on guys you’re just leaving it up to the waiver wire priority list. GOOD LUCK. In my 18 teamer thats been running forever whoever had highest priority and their entire $100 would get him, haha, i’d throw all $90 now that the rum has worn off and I think about it…..

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