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As JB and I sit at our local Starbucks at 4 PM, him in a 2-piece flannel Carolina Panther outfit he just woke up in and me in only my usual loin cloth, we notice that there are some very odd looking people who drink coffee in the middle of the afternoon.  It isn’t just for yuppies and house wives anymore.  Middle schoolers walk in, talking about how badly they need their caffeine.  Really?  Was your long day of sleeping in class stressful?  More than anything, a coffee shop has become a place to be seen, and fortunately for us on this day, it was worth watching.  A couple of girls walk in, one on her phone talking, laughing and the other with a nasty scowl on her face.  She must have said something on the phone because all of a sudden the other girl starts yelling like a banshee and slapping the girls face as hard as she could.  In what I feel was an appropriate response, JB began his play-by-play a la Howard Cosell, “There’s another left by George he’s getting into Fraziers head.”  We all knew what was coming, “I think he hurt Joe Frazier, I think Joe is hurt!”  Right when JB was about to formulate that iconic saying, the girl on the phone delivers a thundering overhand right, dropping the aggressor and immediately ending the altercation.

As we finished our soy pumpkin lattes and began to process what we just saw, something became apparent.  Both JB and myself utterly misread who was Joe Frazier and who was George Foreman.  To many this may not seem like that big of an issue, but to us the missed opportunity was devastating.  In an attempt to prevent wrongly picking Joe Frazier again, I would like to give you my tale of the tape of the next George Foreman: The Kentucky Wildcats are a team full of freshman this year and will be again next year after this group leaves for the NBA.  These 5 were all highly touted out of high school and are currently considered NBA lottery picks.  Soon college football will be over, and Saturday will be for nothing but basketball.  This is the team I will be watching most to see who will make it on my fantasy team next year as a rookie.

Andrew Harrison – PG-Kentucky – The numero uno PG recruit according to scout.com.  Listed at 6’6″ and 215 lbs Harrison is more combo guard than a pass-first PG.  In the early going, Dandy Andy hasn’t shown too much on the stat sheets but it’s coming.  The combination of his ability to create for others off his dribble and get the basket to score has him projected as a top 10 pick in next years NBA draft.  His mid-to-long-range game is still being developed, but the mechanics have passed the early eyeball test.  I see much more in the kid than what he has shown, well that was useful, thank you Mr. Berra.  His fantasy upside looks like that of another John Calipari first round pick, Tyreke Evans.  If Harrison isn’t a top 10 pick in next years draft, then this my friends is an outrage!

Aaron Harrison – SG-Kentucky – Twin brother of Andrew and the number one SG recruit according to scout.com.  While not the distributor like his brother, Aaron is an aggressive scorer both with his jump shot and off the dribble drive.  In the early going, Aaron has showed good 3pt prowess, as well as a few steals and blocks.  Since he doesn’t appear to be an extremely high volume shooter, a solid FG% should help to keep his future fantasy stock high.  His biggest negative right now is his decision making, which has led to him being the 1st player subbed out and possibly leading to him staying at Kentucky another year.  As I watch his game and look for similarities, Aaron reminds me of O.J. Mayo during his SoCal days and could end up a similar fantasy player.

James Young – SG/SF-Kentucky – Yet another 6’6″ 215 lb guard in Kentucky’s loaded backcourt.  It’s difficult for Young to showcase his talents on this team.  He’s a scorer through-and-through, but tends to sit on the 3-point line.  He is one of those guys who hasn’t met a shot he doesn’t like.  It gets pretty loud at Kentucky games, but I still imagine that when James touches the ball it gets real quiet and all he hears is the sweet musings of Isaac Hayes.  In the early goings I haven’t seen much else from James Young to tell me he will be a well-rounded fantasy asset.  There are plenty of guys in the NBA to compare to, but I really want to see more before I label him a one trick pony.  For now, I think he’s kind of similar to Nick Young but could end up being much better.

Julius Randle – PF-Kentucky – The jewel of the Kentucky recruiting class, Randle is being projected as a top 3 draft pick in the next NBA draft.  At 6’9″ and 250 lbs, Randle looks to be a prototypical scoring PF and plus rebounder.  Unfortunately there appears to be holes in his fantasy game.  Randle doesn’t possess much of a mid-range or 3-point offensive game yet, instead doing the majority of his scoring using his post moves which he has everyone in the book.  Is there really a book of post moves?  I imagine it’s probably a pop-up book with an accompanying audio cassette tape of Shaq and even though it’s a perfect recording his words are still completely unintelligible.  I would buy that book.  I digress, Randle doesn’t appear to be a great shot blocker and hasn’t registered a steal in Kentucky’s first five games.  Now that we’ve learned a little about his game, who can we compare him too?  It appears fairly obvious to me.  I think we are looking at a Carlos Boozer archetype for fantasy purposes.

Willie Cauley-Stein – C-Kentucky – Wee Willie is anything but.  At 7’0″ and 245 lbs, Cauley-Stein is the defense to Randle’s offense.  Not the usual 5 star recruit Kentucky is used to, Willie wasn’t crazy for staying anther year.  In the early going, he has improved in nearly every aspect of his game.  The good: rebounding, shot blocking, stealing , FG%, TOs.  The bad: FT%, scoring.  Even if Willie might not immediately be a starter in the NBA, he will always be on my mind because of how he could help my fantasy team defensively.  Is there a current NBA player we can compare Cauley-Stein to?  Sure, right now all I see is Bismack Biyombo and I’m not sure why Willie is being projected as a lottery pick, but I hope I’m wrong because he has a very bright fantasy future.

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  1. bobsanders says:
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    Hey guys, loving the articles, quick fantasy question.

    A guy in my league has both Deron Williams and Al Jefferson, I can tell he is getting sick of them both, I want to reach out for one of them, and I’m thinking Deron would help my team the most, and hopefully would not be as bigger liability as Jefferson.

    Would you trade Jeff Green for Deron Williams if he were to do it? Also could try trade Rose for Deron, would you rather have Rose or Deron? Rose is just so difficult to handle at the moment, up and down like a roller coaster, one which is no fun.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @bobsanders: It’s a reasonable buy low for Deron Williams but I’m not sure I want him. I find it hard to believe he is going to have a good healthy stretch at any point this year. Green is replaceable in most leagues but I’m just not a believer in Deron. Jefferson coming back and not staying is worrying but I’m not convinced it will linger all year. I think he is actually less risky than Deron and I’d trade Jeff Green for him in most cases.

      Rose is tough to watch sometimes but he had such a long layoff I think this was somewhat expected. I think he improves as the year chugs along. I would look for someone who still believes in Rose and aim higher but his value is so low that now may not be the time.

      • bobsanders says:
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        Thanks for your advice, I’m going to wait until Jeff Green has a better game as at the moment the last two games have been pretty poor, Also his player notes on Yahoo would make anyone stay away from him at the moment, once these are changed I might make a gun for Jefferson.

        • Slim

          Slim says:
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          @bobsanders: I just read it. That’s not good. Once Jefferson posts a big line the window may close quickly. Timing could be important.

          • bobsanders says:
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            @Slim: Yea i just sent through the trade about 5 minutes ago, I might have to offer a scrub as well, but will see how the negotiations go, to be fair the player note on yahoo is old as well, as it’s not talking about his latest game where he did 2/19/5/3/1 which is a bit better.

          • bobsanders says:
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            And what do you know, as soon as i wrote this they have updated his player note to a more positive outlook, talking about how he is out of his slump, great timing.

            • Slim

              Slim says:
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              @bobsanders: Nice. Good luck. I think it’s a real nice buy low.

  2. Moes says:
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    Can I ask this here? Kanter or Jonas? Who will be the better player?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Moes: Oops forgot to hit reply. My thoughts on Kanter vs Jonas is just below.

  3. Slim

    Slim says:
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    I will happily answer.

    Kanter is tough to justify because of the low blocks and high turn overs but 15/7 with 2 good %s is useful. However, in 6 less minutes per game Jonas is matching Kanters boards and giving more steals and blocks. His %s are equal but less attempts due to less minutes. Before the Philly game JVs minutes were climbing. I think their minutes end up much closer to each other, around 32 per game, and JV wins.

  4. Zandy says:
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    whats your view on plumlee lately? worth grabbing hill or terrence over him in a 10 team, 8 cat weekly h2h?

    Also who is the biggest sell high – korver, blake, lin?

    Thanks brosef

    • Slim

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      @Zandy: Miles Plumlees FT shooting is annoying I’m sure but the shot blocking makes up for it and it should be higher than the the other 2. Jordan Hill looks spectacular but will it continue when Kobe is taking 30 shots a game? Will D’Antoni change his mind on a whim? I trust Plumlee more. Terrence Jones is much tougher. Plumlee has more job security but Jones looks like the better player. So I guess it’s a risk vs reward thing. Personally I’d take the risk on Jones. He looks like a perfect fit in a very high powered offense.

      I would say Blake is the biggest sell high and I would definitely be trying. Lin will be tough. The minutes are dwindling rapidly. Korvers stats don’t jump out at you so it’s hard to call him a sell high.

      My pleasure.

  5. AJ says:
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    are you talking about george hill or jordan hill?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @AJ: I assumed Jordan Hill and Terrence Jones since that would mean it was a straight PF comparison.

  6. Jon says:
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    in a 10 team roto league. JV was recently dropped, im thinking about swapping Robin Lopez for him. good move?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Jon: Yeah that’s a good move. It looks like RoLo may max out at 8/8, 1.5 blocks. JV is pretty much there already even with his minutes being a little wonky. Little doubt in my mind JV finishes better.

  7. Frank White says:
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    Conley
    Teague
    Hayward
    Carmelo
    Millsap
    West
    Gasol
    Beverley
    Gerald green
    Mayo
    Ariza
    TristanThompson
    Pierce
    WilsonChandler

  8. Frank White says:
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    Sup Slim… Real quick, since I lost Tyson Chandler n Gasol this guy offered me Wall, Randolph and Caron Butler for Carmelo and Hayward. Should itake it?? Cause Randolph is gonna grab allot more without Gasol and Mello is killing me on fg% and to’s where wall is getting more then him as is

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