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JB really made me proud a few days ago. I guess it’s become kind of a ritual for us now. I know laser tag in an arena is fun and all but we needed real world experience. We decided the best place to hone our skills was to play at our local mall… at high noon. Of course we dress up in our best urban camouflage, for me it’s a simple business suit, that way I can stealthily weave in between what I’ve come to call the ‘zombie horde’. I never know what to expect from JB. He got me a few times with his police uniform but it hasn’t worked well recently so he adjusts. On this day he wore his most villainous of camouflage, the stripper schoolgirl, we have the mall security footage to prove it. But that’s neither here nor there, we were celebrating a match well played at the Candy World when two kids started rap battling in between the Pop Rocks and the Laffy Taffy. I thought they both played the role better than Jamie Kennedy, they’re accents were especially spot on. The hilarity of the situation wasn’t lost on anyone except of course, the two kids.

They didn’t really appreciate JB and I walking up and laughing uncontrollably but then the unthinkable.  One of them turned towards us, with his chest puffed out, mean mugging as bad as he could, and challenged us with his rhymes.  What ensued was possibly the greatest rap, well, the greatest crimp of all time.  Not quite as cheerful as our British mates though.  The moment is a blur now mostly but I remember a few little things, “On the night of the day on which this cruel deed was done”, I remember their faces clearly.  They had these empty stares as we rhymed in unison, “the hurrying hoof-beats of that steed”.  By the time we finished there was nothing they could do.  No amount of your momma jokes would be enough.  I felt so proud that JB and I still had it, we we’re in a pinch and needed to step up.  When it came time to see if we could still blow the mind of a couple of teens by reciting a few famous poems, we responded.  I thought I’d help out this week by offering up a few players who when given the opportunity should step up and deliver more than a few good lines.

C.J. McCollum – PG/SG – Por – A meager 2 star recruit out of highschool, C.J. turned down powerhouse Boise State and Wisconson-Milwuakee to play at Lehigh University where in 2012 he led the Mountain Hawks to their first NCAA tourny win.  McCollums 30 points in that one combined with a junior season slash line of 21.9/6.5/3.5 along with 2.5 Steals and 1.7 3s per game had him on every NBA scouts radar.  Surprisingly he returned for his senior year.  Through 12 games his numbers had gotten even better.  23.9 points, 2.8 3s, and now shooting a robust 49.5% from the field.  But his season was cut short when he broke a bone in his left foot.  A now healthy McCollum falls to 10th in the draft to Portland, where the inevitable comparisons to Damian Lillard become increasingly louder.  In Summer league play McCollum, albeit with a poor FG%, posts a line of 21/4/3.5 in 35 min, and begins to enter the Rookie of the Year conversation.  Early in training camp McCollum breaks a bone in the same left foot that cost him the second half of his senior campaign.  Two and a half months later he’s ready to play again.  He plays 2 games in the D-League, a combined 40 minutes, he posts 36 points, 7 boards, 7 assists, 3 steals, and 1 for 9  from downtown.  Portland quickly realizes C.J. will help the big club so he gets a call up.  Through 3 games, 14 min per, he hasn’t done much worth mentioning as he gets his feet wet.  What will it take for him to get a 30 minute role?  Less than you may think.  I think it could very well happen if any one of Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicholas Batum, or Mo Williams were to get injured.  Portland is well known to be a very shallow team and they drafted a 4-year starter to help now, not later.  If McCollum finds his way into a 30-minute role what can we expect?  He missed a lot of practice time so that may have stunted his development a bit.  Conservatively speaking I think he could perform to the tune of .420/.820/1.7/16.0/3.0/3.0/1.2/0.3/2.0.  There is a ton of upside for more though and next year he is going to be near the very top of my short list of sleepers.

Cody Zeller – PF/C – Cha – The youngest of the Zellers has always been pegged to be a lottery pick.  Not a superior athlete or tremendous scorer, yet, it’s his ‘basketball IQ’ that most commonly receives the highest marks.  Now that we’ve seen it a little at the highest level it becomes apparent why he was drafted 4th overall.  First though his college stats don’t say much more than an average NBA talent, 16/8/1/1/1 but the added benefit of 2 good percents for a 7-footer.  It’s worth noting he had a teammate who was pretty good at accumulating stats.  He was drafted 2nd overall.  In summer league play Cody did about the same thing he did in college, not a surprise considering the level of competition he was used to playing against at Indiana.  In the preseason he split playing time with Josh McRoberts but ultimately never stood a chance of beginning the year as the starting PF.  Through 40 games Zeller has mostly struggled to find his shot but everything else has mostly fallen in line, 4 boards, half a steal and a half a block in 17 min per game.  Zeller’s role today is the first and only big off the bench, about 12-18 minutes.  If Al Jefferson or McBob were to become injured then Zeller would unquestionably get 30 min per game.  Cody could theoretically overtake McRoberts and start, not sure that’s going to happen but I reckon it could.  If Cody Zeller were to ever receive 30 minutes nightly we can expect a line of .480/.750/0/12.0/8.0/1.0/1.0/1.0/2.0.  The future is even brighter though with the upside to be a perennial 20/10 performer.

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  1. 740 says:
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    Slim, do u think Stephenson for Frye is fair? Personally I don’t think so

    Thanks

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @740: Oh Yeah. If that was a trade in a league I was in then a veto wouldn’t even cross my mind. In a bubble I’d take Frye 9 out of 10 times but if I was desperate for a few assists then you could make a case for Stephenson. In 9-Cat that at least.

      • 740 says:
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        @Slim:

        Exactly! Thanks again Slim

  2. yokev_o says:
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    I asked JB this same question but how do you feel about korver + nelson for his tyreke + iggy? 10 team 9 cat. Just needed some extra input.

    • Slim

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      @yokev_o: As rediculous as it sounds I think Korver is the best player in this deal. Nelson is solid now but may eventually fall off, some risk but it’s minimal. Tyreke has some of the worst ankles in the NBA. It’s sad because he’s still so young but it’s something I’d rather avoid. Iggy is really frustrating and in a 10-teamer he’s borderline waiver fodder. There are some steals gained by a healthy Tyreke and Iggy but that’ really about it.

  3. kevin says:
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    should i drop terrance ross for james johnson? i love the defensive numbers from james johnson. i’m not usually great in the 3 pt categories anyways so I feel like i can drop ross for johnson. what do you think? thanks in advance!

    • mike says:
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      @kevin:

      I’m a big JJ supporter based on some research I’ve done even though he got snatched away from me when I thought he was flying under the radar. I would say if you just want the defensive stats go for it, but don’t expect much offensively (10 ppg, .5 3pg at best). I get Stromile Swift-esque talent/effort vibes from the guy. Ross was a guy I was really high on in the draft but he’s a classic bust candidate given the way guys of his size/hops can coast on talent in the NCAA and be totally outclassed in the league. I’ve been disappointed in his career so far and frankly he reminds me of Julius Hodge. If you don’t know who Julius Hodge is, that’s the point.

      • mike says:
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        @mike:

        Just to be crystal clear, Ross might have a career as a ThrAGNOF which obviously Hodge never did, but probably not more than that. James Johnson I would compare to Gerald Wallace, fantasy-wise a niche defensive player.

        • Slim

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          @mike: I want to point out that I love me some James Johnson. I think I’ve streamed him more than anyone so far this year and at 26 he could very well be in his prime. It’s the 24 minutes though… If I thought Ross and Johnson would see the same minutes then I’d go with James Johnson every single time. Wallace is a good comparison. Wallace has a career 47% FG but Johnson in his prime might come close.

      • Slim

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        @mike: Yeah I remember Julius Hodge. He was a pretty nice player at NC State. A point-forward if I remember correctly. I think Ross is a far better spot up shooter and on par with Klay Thompson in that regard. I also remember Hodge not being all that much of an athlete whereas I believe Ross is an above average NBA athlete. Ross is still only 22 and has several pieces of his game left to develop. I think he will. What he needs the most is a slashing move toward the basket in which he can still look to pass. Add in a few FTs and as early as next year he could be an 18 PPG guy. I still believe he’s going to be a 1.5 Steal, 0.5 a block guy too. I think that will make him more than a ThrAGNoF type… in the future.

    • Slim

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      @kevin: I’m still going with Ross. I’ll do it this way. My expectations for the rest of the year…

      Rosssss. .420/.780/2.5/16.0/5.0/1.5/1.3/0.5/1.5 in 36 min.
      Johnson .430/.750/0.5/10.0/5.0/3.0/1.3/1.3/1.5 in 24 min.

      I’m giving Ross his 36 min now that Salmons is dealing with back spasms. It’s pretty close and I think it’s more need based than anything else. Pretty much 3s/Pts or Blocks.

  4. mike says:
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    Yeah there is something going on with McBob, the team seems to have inexplicably declared him point-forward and makes sure he touches the ball on every possession. Wiggin out, methinks. I’m sure Zeller is serviceable but not the kind of playmaker you need to go all the way, so they’re still hoping to find That Guy in the draft.

    • Slim

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      @mike: Charlotte is winning too many games. I’m not sure they’re going to be able to get a top 5 pick. This upcoming draft is so deep though that any lottery pick is going to have big time potential. The Hornets will have plenty of spots to fill. I think Zeller is securely planted as the PF of the future and with a few minutes at center as well 30 per game shouldn’t be too difficult for him to get.

  5. JMac says:
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    Should I drop Brewer? 12 Team Head to Head League.

    • JMac says:
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      @JMac: I need assists and am thinking of dropping him for Ridnour.

    • Slim

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      @JMac: In a 12-teamer Brewer is replaceable. Ridnour is fine for right this second but I can’t imagine your going to be too happy with him in the long run.

  6. Frank White says:
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    What’s up Slim… I picked Dunleavy up when they traded Deng and I thought he would be getting more min and bigger numbers but he’s been OK. Anyway, would you drop him for Wesley Johnson or maybe Markieff Morris?? I know Kobe will be back in a month but that’s no big deal cause I can always use that spot for a waiver spot. What do you think??

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      o

    • Slim

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      @Frank White: I think Dunleavy is basically playing at his ceiling right now. Nothing wrong with that and it’s helpful. Wesley Johnson has had a little extra run recently and is the guy I’d play right now of the 3. Markieff is still too hit or miss considering those other options. All 3 will probably be replaceable with someone better later on so non are by any means must own players.

      • Frank White says:
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        Thanks bro!!

  7. guidedbyvoices says:
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    hey slim…. what do y’think about Iggy as a buy low guy?

    also,for ROS will Z-Bo keep up a s imilar pace to the 1st 1/2 or will Gasol’s return hurt.

    I really need ASTs and 3ptm.I could try to move him for D Williams or Jennings.

    G-Wall,Calderon,Augustin,Moe Williams,Jordan Crawford
    F/C-Vucevic,D Lee,Z-Bo,Hickson,J Smith,Sully,Valanciunas….standard h2h league

    • guidedbyvoices says:
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      @guidedbyvoices: 12tm league btw

      thnks.

    • Slim

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      @guidedbyvoices: Iggy is such an after thought on that team offensively and he seems to have no problem with that. The steals are nice, the assists are nice, the 2 poor percents and inconsistent scoring are things that aren’t going to change any time soon. I don’t like GS playoff schedule… I’m more looking to sell than buy.

      What Randolph has given up to now is probably what to expect. 16/10/3 and not much else. I’m not interested in buying Deron Williams but I would trade ZBo for Jennings even if I didn’t need those categories. The FG% needs to be accounted for but it’s not like Randolph was helping out.

      Crawford is done. He can go. Mo Williams is somewhat helpful but there might be something better available. Absolutely make that trade if you can! Your team will be a whole lot better instantly.

  8. chillmodious says:
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    How you livin, Slim?

    Mind offering your opinion on who to own ROS, Augustin or Chalmers? I need to lose Jordan Crawford.

    Thanks!

    • Slim

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      @chillmodious: Pretty good. 65° and not a cloud in the sky here in south florida today.

      Yep. Both are far superior. Chalmers FG% vs Augustins FT%. 3s, Points, boards, TOs all negligible. Augustins 2-3 extra assists vs Chalmers extra 1 steal a game. 9 times out of 10 I take the steals. They both have about equal upside for more… Chalmers injury could be a problem but as long as it’s not then that’s the guy I’m going with. If he misses another game because of it then I would let him go without any remorse.

  9. Kelly Olynyk says:
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    Am I for real??? Especially now that Rondo is feeding me the ball.
    Thanks

    • Slim

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      @Kelly Olynyk: I don’t think so. Yesterday screams outlier to me. I guess we’ll find out tomorrow.

  10. Is it time to give up on Rubio? I can handle the low points and %’s but when he’s getting benched in the 4th and not even givin me assists then he’s hard to play. I can wait it out I guess but he’s just soooo frustrating.

    Would asking for derozan be selling low for him? How bout t Burke of the Jazz?

    • Slim

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      @Derrick Yu: Right now isn’t a good time to sell. He isn’t going to stay a 24 MPG guy the rest of the way. Replacing his steals could prove difficult. Burke won’t help you there. I would wait it out and no he’s still better than DeRozan, who is actually more harmful to FG% than Rubio.

      • @Slim:

        Thanks for talking me off that cliff.

        My team was drafted to be dominant in steals and assists. And if Ricky is doing neither and not playing I juat can’t stomach it some days.

  11. Hinrich maneuver says:
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    Henson for Rubio?

    • Slim

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      @Hinrich maneuver: In order to take Henson I would have to have a huge excess of steals and assists and be willing to take a gamble with Larry Drews rotations in order to gain boards and blocks. I doubt most teams would fit my definition of those criteria. If I were to be losing Henson I would have to feel confident I could replace his production, which depending on league size, is far more likely to be the case. I take Rubio.

  12. Sio says:
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    Hey slim! I’m going up against DMC and ADavis in my next match up. Im thinking of dropping brandan wright forpj tucker, harkless or diaw. Not much of an improvement reb wise but wright’s 18 min/g is screwing me over. What do you think?

    • Slim

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      @Sio: Tucker would be my choice over the other 3. Wright is the only one who may help with dealing with Brows blocks but to me
      Tucker has the best shot at helping across the board. He’s been pretty close to a double-double guy over the last 6 games. Harkless is no bueno. I have no trust in Diaw doing anything consistently.

      • Sio says:
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        @Slim: thanks slim! I just might have to hold wright for the defensive stats and just punt rebs this week. Any advice for some waiver wire fodder that can help with ft%? Or i can trade my favors for someone that helps. Who would you target for favors? I’m punting 3s the rest ofthe way.

        • Slim

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          @Sio: That is Sessions forte… Burks is a little risky but he’s pretty solid with such heavy volume. FT% off waivers is tough to find. There just isn’t much volume from those guys. List me a few available you’re thinking about and I’ll let you know who I like the most.

  13. Jason says:
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    George hill jarret jack Alec burksjames Anderson cj miles pj tucker tony Allen

    Who do you want?

    • Slim

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      @Jason: I’m done with George Hill. The backcourt in Cleveland is looking too crowded for Jack to do too much. Burks is a monster with Hayward out but for how long? Anderson is back in the starting lineup and plenty of minutes and ok for now job security. Miles, see Jack. Tucker is pretty close to Anderson and I would consider him if I needed more boards. Allen is coming back to a much more crowded rotation and he wasn’t doing much more than steals anyway. Right this second it’s between Anderson and Tucker with Burks as the dark horse. I’ve got the most faith in Tucker and if I was looking for more of an upside gamble I’d go with Burks.

      • Jason says:
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        @Slim: nice thanks. I went with tucker. I hit the most warm fuzzier with him. Plus I need a guy for tomorrow and neither Anderson or burks is slated to go.
        Thanks for time man. This sure has really helped me out with this being my first go at it.

  14. Confused Kev says:
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    Would you trade my Rubio for his iggy? Lol confused one here.

    • Slim

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      @Confused Kev: Not even close. There is no way I could justify taking that low for Rubio. I don’t even see Iggy as a buy low really.

  15. Jake VZ says:
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    Sup Slim, which trades would you do in a league with no FG% or FT% and two rebounding categories?

    1) My Burke and Redick for J-Smoove and Oladipo
    2) My Irving for Lillard
    3) My Cousins for Hayward and DeAndre Jordan
    4) My Wall and Gortat for IT2 and Noah

    Thanks man!

    • Slim

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      @Jake VZ:
      1) Josh Smith and Oladipo and to me this one isn’t close.
      2) I’ll take Lillard. It’s close enough that you could go either way and be fine but I like Lillard a tick more.
      3) Interesting. I guess it depends on who the pickup is for the guy getting Cousins. Jordan is a monster with those settings and probably almost equal in value to Cousins. Haywards biggest issue is his FG% so there really isn’t any negative there besides his current injury. I’ll take DeAndre, Hayward.
      4) This one is really close and I’m going to call it need based. If you need more help with the bigs then I would go Noah side. If you need a little more PG play then I’d go with Walls side. Hmm… I might have just changed my mind. Noah is far superior to Gortat but Wall vs IT2 is pretty close. I’ll take Noahs side.

      • Jake Van Zuiden says:
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        @Slim: Would you drop and of Jackson, Redick or W Chandler for Sessions with the recent new about Kemba being “out a while”

        • Slim

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          @Jake Van Zuiden: Nah. Sessions is good for FT%, a few points and assists but low end 3s and steals makes him barely ownable in a 12-teamer to me. Jackson would be the guy but I like him much better than Sessions.

  16. Marcin says:
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    Slim, is it a good idea dropping Brendan Wright for Kelly?

    • Slim

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      @Marcin: Ryan Kelly being under the radar could end in about 2-3 hours… I was hoping RKelly would fly under for another few days so I could get him in the REL but that looks doubtful. Wright looks destined to max out at about 20 min, if they wanted to give him more I think they would have by now. I needed a Sun/Mon stream in a 12-teamer and I went with Kelly. The will of D’Antoni could be a problem but I think Kelly might not have that problem. His competition at PF/C of Gasol, Hill, Kaman, Sacre has one very glaring weakness. Non of them shoot the 3-ball and a PF that shoots from distance is a staple in D’Antonis system. Kelly has even seen a few minutes at SF. His biggest competition really was Shawne Williams, now that he’s gone there isn’t anyone else on the roster that does what he does. Want a line?

      In 30ish min… .440/.820/1.5/15.0/6.0/1.0/0.5/0.8/1.5

      If boards and blocks are what you’re looking for then Kelly isn’t really your guy. Those numbers scream Channing Frye light to me. I’m not waiting to see if it happens. I’m adding him and if it doesn’t work out I’ll drop him.

  17. Jeremy says:
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    Looking like not great news on kemba. Already have Bledsoe occupying our sole IR slot with an ailing vucevic on my bench as well. Is it time to drop Bledsoe and slide walker/vucevic in the spot to pick up sessions? Or should I drop blatche (probably the first to go on my squad ) and keep holding onto Bledsoe?

    • Slim

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      @Jeremy: Tough call. There’s a lot more to this question though. Where are you in the standings? How difficult is your next 2 match-ups? With an IR slot and hopefully Vucevic back soon, maybe it’s not too bad for Kemba, I’d try my best to hold out. If your going the wrong direction in the standings then Bledsoe can absolutely go. Sessions is a niche guy. Good FT%, a few points and assists but low-end 3s and steals make him not too appealing. Blatche is worth holding onto if you need what he gives. If you’re down too much in PG stats I wouldn’t want to try to compensate by hurting my big man stats and wind up losing everything.

  18. Frank White says:
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    Hey buddy.. Real quick if your around anytime soon. I picked up Josh McRoberts and he’s been doing real good lately. Should I grab Derrick Williams for him or just hold off?? Or Taj Gibson??

    • Slim

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      @Frank White: You caught me at just the right time. I would rank them Taj, McBob, Derrick ROS with Derrick ahead of McBob right this second. I think Taj by far has the most season long value. McBob is solid with the assists but he doesn’t score, steal, or block like Taj. Derrick Williams has had good spurts in the past but unless Rudy Gay is done for the year, I don’t think he is, then Derricks time in the spotlight will be fleeting. McBob and Derrick both give 3s though and Taj doesn’t so if that’s your biggest need then I would take Derrick Williams until the wheels inevitably fall off.

      • Frank White says:
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        Yeah I think as much as I want Derrick, I only have 2 Center’s so I need that 3rd one but I def. need assists boards and blocks more then 3’s so Taj then right? The thing is I like McRoberts a lot but I don’t know if that hot streak will stick, do you??

        • Frank White says:
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          Thanks by the way!!!

          • Slim

            Slim says:
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            @Frank White: Your very welcome.

        • Slim

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          @Frank White: McBob is solid and on a hot streak but I don’t think he can keep it up only shooting 5 or 6 shots per game on about 42%.

          With 3s out of the equation this really boils down to which do you need more… blocks or assists. With 2 center eligible players I’m guessing blocks are the bigger issue. That would make Taj more helpful, you also get the added benefit over McBob of some help to FG%.

          • Slim

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            @Slim: I recant Taj being a better steals guy than McBob. I thought he had more. Even though McBob has more to date I’m still going to call them at least close to equivalent ROS.

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