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I have never seen JB so shaken up as he was the other day.  Everything was completely normal when I walked in.  Jude Judy was on like normal.  His hands were covered in orange Cheetos residue like normal.  A slight hint of alcohol in the air did have me question whether I really wanted to stop by but I risked it anyway.  I didn’t get two feet in the door and the first thing he says is, “I can’t believe he’s dead.”  It was strange because I couldn’t tell what the emotion was.  He was definitely sad, angry too.  “How could they just… he’s dead.”  Oddly there was laughter in his voice.  He could tell I had no idea what he was talking about and he continued, “Bryan’s gone.”  I was saddened to hear the news but I had to stop him and tell him I didn’t know anyone named Bryan and NO I’m not going to shake your hand until you clean it off.  He explained to me about Family Guy and the dog dying and it all began to make sense.  Except for why he cared so much.  I watched the show enough to know there was a dog but until then I didn’t know the dog even had a name.  He could not accept this so he sat me down, muted the Judge, handed me the Cheetos, and began that days lesson in pop culture.

After hearing the full retrospect I had a completely different reaction.  It’s not the dog Bryan that makes it funny.  It’s not even a dog.  It’s just the couple of seconds of TV time that comes from Seth MacFarlane’s brain that is manifested as Bryan the dog.  If he changed the character I don’t think it would be worse simply because it’s different.  I think he has created an opportunity to be better.  I would like to create that opportunity too.  I don’t want any NBA player to get injured.  Richard Jefferson is my person nemesis but I still hope he stays healthy.  With that said, plenty of unforeseen injuries and trades are coming.  Here are a couple of players that I believe have a good chance of getting an expanded role and thriving when it happens.

Dwight Buycks – PG – Tor – Here me now, bo, the world renowned linguist Ali G pronounces Dwight’s name, ‘Buyakasha’, and who am I to argue with a gangster from the West Staines Massif.  Buycks wasn’t highly recruited out of high school and began his collegiate career in JuCo ball.  After transferring to Marquette he didn’t show enough to get drafted only being able to post a line of 9/3/3 in 28 minutes his senior year.  Drafted in the 2nd round of the D-League draft Buycks played 27 minutes in 28 games posting a line of 15/3/3 with 1.25 steals and 50% shooting and for the first time showing the ability to score in bunches.  Still without any NBA suitors Buycks went overseas and played 51 games for DCM Gravelines in France. In 32 minutes Buycks went 17/3/3 with 1.5 steals while shooting .466 for FGs and .793 for FTs.  In doing so he was twice player of the month, an all-star appearance, all-star game MVP and finally garnering Foreign Player MVP.  Yet to show a pass first mentality Buycks was still signed to a multi-year deal in Toronto as a PG.  In 27 summer league minutes he finally manages to average nearly 6 assists and 1.7 steals with 53% shooting earning the opportunity to battle D.J. Augustin in the preseason for the right to backup Kyle Lowry.  Buycks wasn’t able to win the job but still averaged 7 points and 3 assists in only 18 preseason minutes.  DJ Augustin has  played 12 minutes per game to start the year and Buycks barely leaves the bench.  Something changed on November 9th.  Lowry went down with an injury and couldn’t come back in for the second half.  Instead of Augustin, it was Buycks who begins the 2nd half at the point.  Since that date Augustin has received 4 DNP-CDs and played a total of 11 minutes in the other 3 games combined.  Meanwhile it is Buycks who backs up Lowry, and got 12 minutes per game.  What has he done you ask?  Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.  More importantly who is he backing up?  Kyle Lowry missed 68 games in the last 3 years and has become known for his fertility.  Wait, what?  Stupid auto-correct, I mean fragility.  Lowry is also in the last year of  his contract and will be an unrestricted free agent next year.  With that I don’t think I’m going out on a limb to say Buycks will starts at some point this year.  And what can we expect if/when that happens?  I think he thrives with a line of, .440/.790/1.0/15.0/2.5/5.0/1.2/0/3.0 in 30 minutes per game, aight, respek dat.

Jeremy Evans – SF/PF – Utah – Evans hails from a little town named Crawfordsville, AR.  Pop: Less than 500.  Maybe that had something to do with him being an overlooked recruit and finally settling for Western Kentucky.  As a Hilltopper Evans was never able to top 30 minutes per game but even at 20-25 was able to make an impression.  In all 4 seasons he topped 62% FGs, averaged about 1.5-2.0 blocks and 5-6 boards.  This production led to him being drafted by Utah in the 2nd round  in 2010.  The past 3 years Evans has barely averaged 8 minutes per game.  In 965 minutes including this year his per-36 numbers are impressive.  13/8/2 on 66% shooting with 1.3 steals, 2.2 blocks and only 1.5 turnovers.  With Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap on the team the small number of minutes made sense.  Now that those 2 are gone Evans was expected to start the year as the 1st big off the bench and average 20 minutes per game.  In the 1st preseason game this year Evans finished 12 points on 6-11 shooting 13 boards and 1 block in 24 minutes and the hype was on.  By the 4th preseason game his role was solidified – sadly he strained his rotator cuff, guaranteeing he wouldn’t be ready for the start of the regular season.  In the meantime Enes Kanter has struggled enough to find his way onto the bench which leaves Marvin Williams as the default starter.  For now the Jazz have a very good reason to start Marvin and Richard Jefferson.  They need to play to develop trade value.  OK, fine, sure, I will begrudgingly accept it.  There is little doubt in my mind that that won’t last all year.  Will the Jazz start Kanter again?  Probably.  Could Evans turn his 20 minute role into a 30 minute role?  If he continues to play the way he’s been playing, absolutely.  I consider most of my projections to be conservative expectations.  For Jeremy Evans it won’t look conservative.  In 30 minutes I’m going to say he can give us, .620/.700/0/14.0/8.5/2.0/1.2/2.0/1.5.  Egad Brain!  Yeaaas Pinky, with this we shall rule the world!

I was trying to think of a way to thank those of you who manage to make it all the way to the end of these.  Here is how I would like to do that.  If you have a player you would like to know more about, you would like me to research, and write about then leave his name and something you would like to know in the comments.  I will write about him for my post next week.  Something like, “What do you think about Shabazz Muhammed in a dynasty?” is perfect.

  1. adrian says:
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    Hi slim! Would i drop ilyasova and pick up jimmy butler in our waiver wire? I am sitting pretty at the top of a very shallow league now. Reason is that i believe butler will be a very good player once he return (in Rose’s absence). And EI will struggle this season since they do not have good PG unlike last season. I also have beal but don’t want to drop him for butler.

    • Slim

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      @adrian: I’d hold onto Ilyasova. Butler’s injury could take a while before he’s full speed again. Ilyasovas minutes are wonky but I think it should even out closer to 32 minutes and give production close to last year. I’m a big fan of Jimmy Butler for his steals but I don’t think missing out is that big of an issue especially considering it could be a while till he plays.

      • adrian says:
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        Thanks for the advise, slim!@Slim:

  2. dk says:
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    Not sure about Buycks thriving as a starter.. Watched every Raptor’s game this year (sadly) and he is probably our worst backup PG since Milt Palacio.

    • Slim

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      @dk: Was Milt really that bad? He did manage to start 88 games in his career. Truth be told, most of the film I watched of Buycks wasn’t Raptor film. What I like the most from Buycks is the way he has progressed from year to year. It’s as if he takes a part of his game each year, works on it, and results show up in the stats. It’s not like I think he’s a can’t miss prospect but it looks to me like the opportunity could present itself.

  3. Tsilaeri says:
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    Thanks for the post slim.
    Which one do you prefer?
    Danny Green, Webster, Ariza, Channing frye?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Tsilaeri: Right now… Frye then Ariza. If we find out Beal is done for the year I’d move Webster ahead of Ariza but still behind Frye. Danny Green has absolutely no consistency, it may take more than one injury for him to find it too. If your in desperate need of steals more than anything then you could make a case for Ariza over Frye.

  4. Kevin says:
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    Hey Slim, Who would rather have as a point guard that can dish out more dimes and with longer term investment? Brandon Jennings or monta Ellis? Thanks in advance!

    • Kevin says:
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      @Kevin: would you think the trade for the point guard be fair if it was for my Carlos boozer? I’m also trying to trade kosta koufos and robin Lopez(hopefully thats fair enough) for the point guard so I could keep boozer.

      • TR says:
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        @Kevin: I do not think that anyone would trade Jennings or Ellis for Boozer or Koufos & Lopez.

        • Trey says:
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          @TR: Unless they are really dumb. I think you would need to go down another tier – - – someone like a Kyle Lowry you MIGHT be able to get.

    • Slim

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      @Kevin: Your setting your sights high and I have no problem with it. If you want to make the offers and see if you get a counter I’m with you. Ellis won’t happen but Jennings has the FG issues that cause some people to jump ship. I do however agree with the other commenters in that you will more than likely need to look at other PGs for those players.

  5. Trey says:
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    I’ve offered my Kemba, Ersan and Wilson Channy for his Lillard and Monroe.

    I’m losing a fair bit of steals, but otherwise I don’t think it’s too uneven and I would be getting the best player in the deal.

    What do you think Slim/other people?

    • Michael Pan says:
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      Yes Lillard is good , but I think Kemba is not that much worse. Right now Kemba is a little inconsistent , but i think when Jefferson is fully healthy he will be more efficient. Ersan is just having a rough start, tbe guy will get plenty of minutes on the bucks squad and plus he will average around 1 3 pointer a game, not too many PF will give you that. Currently , Denver has absolutely no Wing scorer, Chandler will be the only scorer and plus he will give you stats across the board. End of the day is what you need.

    • Slim

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      @Trey: It’s a close offer but I agree with Michael Pan. This looks like a case of the other player trying to buy low on those 3. I think all 3 will be just fine. Give it another week and see if Ilyasova and Chandler produce better, I think they will. If you still want that trade I bet it’s not going anywhere.

  6. TR says:
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    Got offered Wade for Ibaka. I have Vucevic, Lopez, Terrence Jones and hill for big men with Batum and Oladipo as my only SGs. Thinking of doing it and could likely move wade in a trade involving harden

    • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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      @TR: What are the settings? Is it roto for h2h? Either way, I just don’t think you should move Ibaka for Wade. He will be a headache to own with his knee issue…you can do better.

    • Slim

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      @TR: Nah. Keep Ibaka. Wade isn’t worth the missed games unless he comes much cheaper. I actually like your SGs more than your bigs. Hill, Jones jobs are both tenuous. If it’s RoLo then it’s low end big production, if it’s his brother then who knows what your going to get this year, his injury is concerning. Everything is telling me to say don’t do it.

  7. Michael Pan says:
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    Hi ,

    i was wondering if i should make any changes in my lineup? I was offered Kawaii Leonard for my Al jefferson . i think i am deep enough swingman spot.

    i am in 9 cat roto 13 teams rank 6 right now

    mike conley / ty lawson / trey burke
    derozan / evan turner / joe johnson / hayward
    tobias harris / kenneth faried
    zach randolph / al jefferson / derrick favors
    andrew bogut

    • Trey says:
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      @Michael Pan: absolutely not, don’t sell low on Big Al.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Michael Pan: Tempting… but I agree with your sentiment and your bigs have aren’t as strong as your wings. If you trade Jefferson and someone like Bogut or Randolph goes down you will be in trouble.

  8. Jon says:
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    would you recommend dropping Jamal crawford for Kirk hinrich in a 10 man roto league?

    • Slim

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      @Jon: I would say it’s need based. Points, FTs – Crawford. Assists – Hinrich. Everything else should be pretty close. I’d take Hinrich unless I’m behind in Points, FTs.

  9. Steve Stevenson says:
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    H2H pts, R. Jackson, Ginobili, Beverley or Hinrich? That’s roughly how they rank in ppg so far in my format.

    • Slim

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      @Steve Stevenson: I’d take Beverley over those 3. Jackson, Ginobili are dealing with inconsistent minutes so inconsistent production can be assumed. Hinrich should see an increase but I don’t think he will pass Beverley, who’s job is rock solid with the way he shuts down opposing PGs.

  10. Chasles says:
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    Someone in my league dropped tobias harris
    Should i pick him up? do you think he will be able to bounce back from his injury?

    • Slim

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      @Chasles: I’m holding him in a 12 teamer but I’m getting real close to cutting bait. I have 2 other injuries as well though. I’m starting to have trouble believing he is going to be fully healthy this year. If you can hide him on your bench without losing anything I think he’s worth the risk. If you need a warm body then I have no problem leaving him alone and letting someone else worry about.

  11. Black Hippy says:
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    Hey Slim,
    Do you think J.R. Smith is gonna bounce back and at least have mid-round value?? Or do you think i should drop him for a hot FA like Big Baby Davis or Hinrich?? I love this sight btw, you guys do a great job…keep it up

    • Slim

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      @Black Hippy: Thanks JB deserves most of the credit. He is our fearless leader. I think JR should be better than those 2. The Knicks are in terrible disarray which is probably what’s leading to the terrible FG%. Since he’s also still working his way back from offseason knee surgery I’m willing to give him a longer leash. If he makes 1 or 2 extra shots per game he’s pretty much right where he was last year. Big Baby and Hinrich are just streaming options to me.

      If my assumption is correct Black Hippy is referring to Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock and I think we are both praying for the day they make a studio album.

      • Black Hippy says:
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        @Slim: Thanks for the advice….really appreciate you taking the time to respond. Yeah…J.R. Smith has been a headache so far but hopefully he can get his [expletive] together soon lol. And yes, your assumption is correct and a Black Hippy album would be a Godsend. I’m a fan of all of those guys individual work…they’re such a breath of fresh air.

        • Slim

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          @Black Hippy: You are very welcome.

          Next up is Schoolboy Q in January. I’d say he’s my favorite of the 4.

  12. Zack says:
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    Slim, drop Lin for bev with the news Lin is out for two weeks? Thanks

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Zack: I don’t have any problem with that at all. Lin has played well but it’s not like he’s irreplaceable.

      • Zack says:
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        @Slim: thanks! What do think about Aaron brooks? Is bev worth the pickup over him even though brooks has been much hotter recently? What about Corey brewer, Jordan Crawford, mo williams, D. Waiters or Reggie Jackson? I like Webster in the near term, but the two game week isn’t helping his cause…

        • Slim

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          @Zack: Beverley isn’t playing any offense. It’s unreal. It really is as if he was told not to waste his energy on offense so he can use it all on defense. For the short term I’d rate them Webster, Brewer, Waiters, Crawford, Brooks, Mo, Reggie. If assists are the main target then Crawford is definitely the best one on this list for that. Brewer has the most job security. Waiters has the most upside. Webster is getting the most minutes.

          • Zack says:
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            @Slim: thanks man! Separately, what do you think about my Aldridge and korver (or Brook Lopez and Wilson chandler or any combo of the four) for Kobe and cousins? Other guy lost rose and reddick. His other bigs are JV, Noah and Ryan Anderson.

            Rest of my team is Conley, kemba, durant, ibaka, blake, bev (who I’ll probably drop for Lin when he’s closer to coming back assuming he makes it through waivers after I dropped him), t. Harris and Terrence jones. 10 teams 8 cat h2h weekly.

            • Slim

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              @Zack: I wouldn’t be quick to trade away Aldridge. I’d try Brook and Chandler and see what happens 1st.

  13. Rudy says:
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    Slim.

    I have a question for you:

    Jimmy butler is on the wire right now. I feel like maybe he may have a big year with the demand for more offense in Chicago. These are my bottom tier guys

    Jj hickson
    Isaiah Thomas
    Terrance jones
    Channing frye

    Hmmmm. Are any of these dudes cuttable for him? I punt turnovers.

    • Slim

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      @Rudy: I’m going to say NO but if you need steals then I think the drop would be Hickson. Lots of people around these parts like Hickson but he’s below average to me. No 3′s or assists. Low end steals, blocks. Poor FTs. So he’s only good for points, boards and FG%. Eh. Not a fan.

  14. matt says:
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    Crazy that Stevenson was ranked 162nd on the preseason list. He’s top 3 in fantasy player rater right now!

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @matt: I’m not sure which player rater your using but according to Yahoo 9-cat Lance Stephenson is ranked 113th by average and 99th by overall stats. I think that’s about right. It’s the Turnovers and FT% that’s dragging his rating down. I kind of expected more steals too. The assists are really surprising, poor George Hill, he doesn’t get to create offense anymore. Starting PG averaging 3.7 assists per game. Ouch.

      • matt says:
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        @Slim: espn standard for pos

        • Slim

          Slim says:
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          @matt: The difference is astonishing. I have no idea why. If I were to re-rank him my rank would be around 100.

  15. m1chael says:
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    Hey Slim,
    With Jordan Hill potentially missing a couple games do you see Shawne Williams stepping up? I’m dropping Dray Blatche for him tonight…

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @m1chael: There is absolutely no predicting D’Antoni and his rotations. I picked him up in a money league for his game tomorrow. If he stays hot I think D’Antoni will play him… maybe… hopefully.

      • Michael says:
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        @Slim: Well I picked up Farmar instead cause I was losing assists by 5.

        • Slim

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          @Michael: Good luck. I hate relying on D’Antoni. It always feels like a coin flip.

  16. John says:
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    What do you think about Shabazz Muhammed in a dynasty? I actually own him and am curious!

    • Slim

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      @John: Nice. He was so highly recruited out of high school. I look forward to trying to figure that one out. Thanks.

  17. matt says:
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    Would you give up Aldridge and nikkola to get Harden Felton or harden webster. I have howard kobe lebron teague gortat illyvosa burke randolph henson frye.Do it right!!!

    • Slim

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      @matt: Yep. I’d do it. You look big heavy so I don’t think the loss will hurt too much. Not thrilled about getting Felton. I’d probably take Webster and ride him while he’s hot.

      • matt says:
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        @Slim: I pulled the trigger with felton. . Didn’t want to chance him changing his mind and getting cold feet. Plus I’m 14 games in 1st place. That’s also factored into it. Bigs on waivers are a dime a dozen in my opinion
        Not harden caliber ballers. I think I have an absolute best squad now .especially when kobe is 100% *fingers crossed

        • Slim

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          @matt: Yeah It’s a really good team. 14 games up already is a crazy number. The overall injury risk is a little high but it’s not like you have Deron Williams!

  18. Tim says:
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    I have a dynasty question. I actually have two… which of these has the best ROS and rest of next year (RONY ???) potential. Snell from Chicago or Taylor from Brooklyn.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Tim: Snell will be a fun one to research. Taylor I’m not sure about. We will find out Thursday. Thanks.

  19. Shaft says:
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    Assuming Beal isn’t injured that badly and is back relatively soon, does Webster hold any of his value with Beal and Ariza back? Will he be 5th or 6th round or better coming off the bench?

    • Slim

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      @Shaft: Assuming Beal returns to normal and a healthy Ariza, there just won’t be enough minutes to go around. 20ish minutes per game would be my guess. I highly doubt he touches top 150 value with the limited minutes. Let alone top 75.

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