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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.  A Priest, a Rabbi, and an Imam walk into a brothel.  The Priest says to the Rabbi…   Wait, why are you laughing?  You’ve heard it before.  That’s probably a good thing anyway because I might have been banned from the internet if I repeated it here.  Witty punchlines and non sequiturs aside the point remains unchanged.  No matter what our age, sex, or religion happens to be, we can’t just hope things are going to get better.  We need to prepare for the future.  For myself that means maintaining my perfectly quaffed facial hair with treatments of only the finest oils and herbs from the orient.  For JB, and he might get mad at me for telling you this, but he has this pink rubber bowl looking thing.  It has a wooden handle at the top and after about 5-10 minutes with that in the bathroom I swear he comes out looking taller.  Definitely more confident.  Still though – even the giants will shrink to the size of us mere mortals one day.  In fantasy basketball – as in real life – we can’t sit back and hope we are the next giants to be.  In a dynasty league, when our season is lost, that means selling off our older, declining players, and buying stock in the future.  Since we here at Razzball endorse insider trading, here is my take on a few future blue chippers:

Shane Larkin – PG – Dal – With Devin Harris now playing behind the aged wonder, Jose Calderon, there aren’t any minutes left for Larkin.  What we have seen so far from Larkin is the potential to be a league leader in steals and NBA ready PG skills.  The shooting is coming along and he needs to get much stronger but with a top 25 fantasy ceiling and at only 21 years of age it’s tough to find a better long term stock to put your money in.

Dennis Schroder – PG – Atl – As the now 3rd PG on a playoff caliber team Schroder will need help if he’s going to get minutes this year.  With the minutes he’s received in both the big leagues D-League we’ve seen high end assist potential and the ability to get to the basket.  Also we’ve seen a jump shot that lacks consistency.  At only 20 years old and a yet unknown ceiling, shares of Schroder is something to scalp.

C.J. McCollum – PG/SG – Por – You might remember him, I wrote about him a week or 2 ago.  10-15 minutes is probably where he’ll stay baring injury and he hasn’t done much with it.  None of this is unexpected due to all of the lost developmental time due to his injury.  As a 4-year starter in college and the ability to score from anywhere on the court, he’s a 22 year old who promises quick returns.

Evan Fournier – SG – Den – With Denver struggling across the board due to injuries Fournier was gifted with starters minutes and responded well.  With Randy Foye around sucking up all the SG minutes Fournier’s role has become clouded.  Fournier showed the ability to be a fantasy asset across the board but at only 21 years old and with a murky future The Virgin is a medium term stock that we might get lucky with quick.

Tony Snell – SG/SF – Chi – I talked about Snell here and I don’t see anything I would change.  He’s being blocked for minutes by Mike Dunleavy and Kirk Hinrich.  With Chicago in full tank mode those two become prime trade candidates.  As a polished 22 year old player he’s a short term buy that could also yield a high level of 3s.

Donatas Motiejunas – PF – Hou – With recent injuries Donatas has played meaningful minutes and responded well.  At 23 years old and after making it known that he wants starters minutes his time in Houston could soon be coming to an end.  A player capable of shooting 3s and giving a block a game are rare enough to make his short term stock having high yield potential.

Mason Plumlee – PF – Brk – Mason being this good this quick is shocking but maybe there’s something to it.  Both Steals and Blocks have been much better than advertised.  With the Nets being as terrible as they are and Plumlee soon to turn 24 the time is now, or maybe it’s not till next year.  Good luck predicting anyone on the Nets.  The talent says he’s a low yield, penny stock.  His play says otherwise.

Steven Adams – C – OKC – JB makes it well known that me and Steven Adams have a history.  Sadly enough he still hasn’t seen 24 minutes per game and that’s likely to continue as long as Kendrick Perkins has a pulse.  His pulse costs $10 million next year.  I don’t know how the amnesty thing works, I just hope it means Lurch gets to start.  He’s a 20 year old blue chipper with as high a ceiling as any other Center.

Rudy Gobert – C – Uta – Gobert doesn’t have as tough a road ahead of him to become a starter as you might imagine.  Enes Kanter has shown good offensive upside and major defensive inefficiencies.  Gobert is the polar opposite.  At 21 years old he’s a long term piece of the Utah pie that’s going to require patience on our part but it should be worth it in the end.

Alex Len – C – Pho – Finally playing and playing pretty well.  Pheonix is making a playoff push and Len isn’t ready to take anyone’s hard earned minutes.  Now that he’s healthy we can see why he was drafted so high, by high I mean ahead of Adams.  Len doesn’t have the size or athleticism but he looks every bit of the long term, high yield player Pheonix drafted him to be.

  1. Frank White says:
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    I don’t know if you saw what I put but maybe a Spectrum.. Lol.. Or a rainbow Trey or A Trey rainbow.. IDK. Lol

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Frank White: I’m no good at this kind of thing either. I’ll leave it up to JB to figure something out.

  2. Lasandro says:
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    Thoughts on trading my Parsons and Green for Millsap? Then I’d go grab Carroll off the wire

    • Lasandro says:
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      *J Green

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Lasandro: Millsap vs Parsons is pretty close but his blocks are harder to add than Parsons 3s. Jeff Green is replaceable in most 12-teamers or less. Yeah I like it.

  3. Daniel Bryan says:
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    Hey Slim. Would you do Taj Gibson for Jimmy Butler? Big fan of Taj here, but I only have one SF (Tobias Harris), I’d love to add some depth to my team. 9-cat, H2H league.

    • Slim

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      @Daniel Bryan: Jimmy Butler is very high end steals and really can’t be replaced. Taj is amazing and should be owned. I just couldn’t drop Butler though. Anyone else to possibly drop? I hate seeing Taj just sitting there for anyone to pickup.

      • Daniel Bryan says:
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        @Slim: It’s actually a trade. I’m the current owner of Taj. I decided not to pursue the trade though. Taj is a beast! I’m just gonna have to make do with Wesley Johnson off the wire.

  4. mUshi says:
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    hey, considering my team of lawson, rubio, beal, e.gordon, lebron, marion, lamarcus, monroe, markieff, henson, danny green, burks and ross> should i trade my lawson, markieff and green for his paul george and tim hardaway? waiver wire isn’t that deep as this is a 13 team league.. thanks for your opinion

    • Slim

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      @mUshi: Lawson, Rubio, and LeBron are really your only sources of assists. Paul George is amazing but you need to get a PG back or assists will be unwinnable. I like losing Markieff and Green in the deal though. If you could switch out Hardaway for a halfway decent PG then I would say go for it.

      • Slim

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        @Slim: 13 team league means it’s Roto and I think an even stronger reason not to sell off too many assists.

  5. Lasandro says:
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    JV or Taj?

    • Slim

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      @Lasandro: With Boozer down Taj will definitely out perform Jonas. But it isn’t quite that simple. Taj hurts FTs and JV doesn’t so that needs to be considered. Even when Taj gets 25-30 minutes he still out steals and blocks JV though. A couple more boards for JV and a few more points for Taj. You could make the argument that it’s need based but I’m taking Taj. I would look to move JV with another piece in a 2-fer-1 to open up a roster spot before straight up dropping him though.

      • Lasandro says:
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        @Slim: Cheers mate, great advice

  6. Rbez says:
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    Hi Slim, would love your opinion/advice on how to improve my team. I’m in a 10 team H2H league with 9 cats. My current team looks like this:

    PG – Curry (SG), Irving, Lillard, Conley
    SG – Kawhi
    SF – Parsons, Thaddeus Young, Ilyasova
    PF – Frye, Amir
    C – Tyson C, Al Jefferson, Cousins

    Here is a list of noticable FA available:
    * Markieff
    * Kanter
    * T Ross
    * Vasquez
    * J Jack
    * James Johnson
    * Farmar
    * Mike Scott
    * Wes Johnson

    Would you drop any of the guys in my team for any of those free agents?

    THANK!S

    • Rbez says:
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      @Rbez: Oh and Marion is also in the FA pool.

    • Slim

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      @Rbez: Sorry to back to you so late. There’s no obvious swap that I can see. You have a few guys not playing to their potential, Amir, Ilyasova, Frye, Tyson to an extent plus Conley and Kawhi down. My advise would be to stream to make up for your lost games. I would say Ilyasova is the guy to lose in that case.

  7. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    Good read. Snell, Larkin and Fournier would be the young players I’d look to currently target. I like McCollum and “The Forehead”, but they’re mired down the depth chart on both the Trailblazers and Hawks, respectively. I don’t see either of their situations changing unless an injury happens.

    As far as the bigs you listed go, I’m staying clear of Gobert and Len. As you mentioned, both have some defensive upside to be excited about but they’re both extremely soft (i.e., it’s only a matter of time before Len’s back on the shelf b/c of his ankles). I would buy-in on Plumlee, Adams or Motiejunas if they’re available in your league and there was roster space to accompany that move.

    Good stuff as always Slim.

    • Slim

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      @Peter Nincompoop: Thanks. I love the feedback.

      This is more of a post for next year and I think Mo Williams will be gone and McCollum will start the year with 20-25 minutes as the 6th man. I’m a big fan of Schroders game and I think his situation next year could be very similar to McCollums.

      Gobert and Len are probably going to be bench options again next year and bigs tend to take longer to develop for exactly the reason you mentioned. They need bulk. The other 3 bigs I think could be 30+ min guys to start the year next year and maybe even to finish this one. I’m such a sucker for upside.

  8. Shaft says:
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    What are your thinking about DJ augustin ROS? I know you were pretty high on him the past couple weeks but it looks like he’s starting to slow down in the past 2 outings. He was just dropped in my league…

    • Slim

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      @Shaft: The trade deadline is the 20th. I would try my best to hold through that. His big games coincided with him getting 40 minutes a night. He shouldn’t be getting that anyway but if Hinrich goes then it should come back. If Hinrich stays then he’s closer to 30 minutes a night which should play just fine but isn’t the top 50 he’s capable of with 40 minutes. We should know in a few weeks what that’ll be. Hinrich isn’t exactly known for his durability either and apparently is on a 20-25 minute limit so yeah , If I was a betting man I’d bet on his minutes returning.

  9. Frank White says:
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    Hey Slim… I picked up Patrick Mills cause he’s been playing real good but would you grab Tony Wroten over him?? I read JB saying Carter Williams would be getting shut down so Do you think he’s gonna stay consistant?

    • Slim

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      @Frank White: JBs thoughts on an MCW shutdown is purely speculative. There’s a solid chance it happens but even if it doesn’t Wroten has been pretty solid. Still both are only getting 20-25 min a night and can’t possibly be consistent with so few minutes. I don’t trust either. Since Wroten can destroy any chance at winning turnovers and he’s been a poor FT shooter and unreliable 3-point shooter I would just ride Patty Mills till something better arises. It will and I would bet very soon with the trade deadline only 10 days away.

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