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I’m sure we’ve all experienced a day in our lives that through some kind of grueling experience we somehow came out victorious.  On the inside all we cared about was the instant satisfaction of winning but on the outside we appeared broken and defeated.  Not so long ago I had such a night.  It’s not the shame that makes it so difficult to talk about, but the shame that there’s a sense of glory and accomplishment that goes with it.  JB and I decided a few drinks were in order one night and we decided, while watching some NBA action, to have ourselves a little drinking game.  Sure I thought, I’ve had a few already how bad can this be?  The deal was that we would pick a player and for each assist that player had the other person would have a drink.  JB wanted it to be field goals made but I managed to talk him into assists, or so I thought.  “Chris Paul“, I said without hesitation.  Looking back I probably had a really stupid smirk on my face.  JB calmly ordered himself another, then he ordered me an appetizer – which looking back may have saved my life.  With a perfectly calm demeanor I got to hear words that will still cause me to cringe, “Kendell Marshall“.

There isn’t enough space here to tell you how that January 3rd night went.  Maybe one day I’ll turn the footage into one of those shaky camera movies.  It would be a mix between Project X and REC, with less Spanish but just as many unintelligible conversations.  For now I’ll stick to watching NBA games as far away from anyone who might randomly scream, “Go Heels!”  Which for some reason is causing an uncontrolled response to run around in circles and stomp my feet.  As to why, your guess is as good as mine.  I just know that I’ve been trained like a Pavlovian dog and I don’t even know what my treat was.

As I’ve spent more nights watching games on my own, with an ice cold glass of water, it’s starting to become apparent which teams aren’t too concerned about adding up wins.  There’s a bigger picture that not me, nor JB, nor the ghost of Red Auerbach could tell you.  All we can do is take a step back, watch how the waves break, then jump in and enjoy the ride.  For me it’s not about catching a few decent ones.  For me it’s that one perfect wave and I’m watching to see if one of these teams is going to give it to me.

Chicago Bulls – In the aftermath of the Luol Deng trade and continued absence of Carlos Boozer the once proud Bulls have officially thrown in the towel.  With rumblings of Kirk Hinrich having one foot out the door plus the ever increasing minutes of Taj Gibson, D.J. Augustin, and very soon Tony Snell, will not so quietly turn into roster staples.  For the first two that time is right now, for the third it should only take one more move by the Bulls.  For deep leaguers, maybe a return attempt from Marquis Teague or dare I say, Erik Murphy?

Los Angeles LakersShawne Williams gets 2 starts and 36 minutes in each to being cut a few days later, welcome to La La Land.  Obviously that means nothing, but he had been a thorn in the side of Jordan Hill‘s playing time for most of the year.  Right now it’s Robert Sacre, and if you’re in a pretty deep league that’s not a bad find, but that’s just the consolation prize.  We want Jordan Hill to get those minutes.  And of course now there’s Ryan Kelly getting 15-20 minutes.  Maybe Hill is a lost cause, maybe RKelly… I’m not making that joke.  As for the wing and PG situation.  We are a long way from knowing who’s going to be around come playoff time but Jodie Meeks and Kendall Marshall are giving us a pretty good ride right now.

Utah Jazz – OKC lost to Utah a few nights ago.  With Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka sidelined this wasn’t a shocking development.  Utah hasn’t turned the corner in the Western Conference and become a playoff team.  Utah is on this list for a different reason than the ones above.  They are playing a pair of mediocre older players and losing.  It’s widely documented that I think this will change – there have already been some trade rumors out of Utah and that should continue.  I’m not going to make any moves based off of a rumor, but when a trade happens we could get very positive returns from Enes Kanter, Alec Burks, and maybe even see the return of Rudy Gobert.

Memphis Grizzlies – The Grizzlies are dead in the water yet they continue to play their older players.  At some point they have to make a decision.  Either make a change and try to win, or make a change and build for the future.  Very soon the option of ride the storm and accomplish nothing will no longer be on the table.  James Johnson could be the biggest benefactor to innumerable trade or lineup change options.  Jon Leuer has a future and Memphis will need to see exactly what that is.  Jamaal Franklin and Nick Calathes could also get thrown into the fray at some point, whether they sink or swim is anyone’s guess.

Cleveland Cavaliers – Cleveland needs to be mentioned for not quitting.  With Luol Deng they get an above average player at a position of need and got rid of Andrew Bynum.  That’s what we call a twofer.  It cost them some picks too, but I’m sure they weren’t complaining.  The important thing is that Anderson Varejao is locked in to full time minutes.  Tristan Thompson… Never mind, I should stick to fantasy relevant players.  The pecking order for the wings gets even more cluttered now so they are probably best left for the birds.

51 Responses

  1. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    Quick dynasty league question. Which player is more valuable of the two going forward? DeAndre Jordan or Nicola Vucevic? Thanks.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Peter Nincompoop: I bet no one thought this would be so close when the season started. I’m still taking Vucevic. 2 years younger, doesn’t kill your FT%, FG% is better because there’s more volume, and most importantly Vucevic could turn into the teams leading scorer. I think we’re seeing Jordans ceiling right now. Vucevic should still be improving. You lose about a block per game which is significant but no where near enough to sway the comparison.

  2. Danny says:
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    what do you think about this trade?

    Lillard, Love, Ibaka and Jimmy Butler for Steph Curry, Cousins, and Anthony Davis.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Danny: I’m trying to figure out the numbers and it’s pretty confusing. The biggest difference I see is more 3s from Loves side. Since everything is so close for me I would decide I don’t need to take on Cousins. I’d go with the Love side. Pretty crazy trade…

  3. 740 says:
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    Hi Slim, same question I asked JB. 12teams h2h 8cats. Vuc was dropped in my league. I have 4 centers, AD, JV, Sanders, Verajao. Do u think i should drop one and get Vuc? If so who would u drop?

    Thanks!

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @740: Wow. In a 12 teamer no less. Tough call… I’m not going to cheat and see what JB says. Brow no, I’m keeping JV, Sanders vs Varejao getting dropped for a concussed Vucevic. I’m hoping a non playoff team gets him but I’m letting him go. Sanders would be the drop. I’m going to say hold. I don’t know why but I feel like whichever choice I make between the two is going to be the wrong one but dang it can you drop someone else?

      • 740 says:
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        @Slim:

        I am torn! I can’t drop anyone else bc I am only allowed to carry 4 C….Now u see my dilemma. Smh

        To be honest, I was thinking drop Sanders?

        • 740 says:
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          @740:

          Ok, how about this. Trade my Sanders, Parson for Young, Lawson ?

          Reply

          • Slim

            Slim says:
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            @740: Sanders is healthy and Vucevic is a major question mark. Concussion is a little scary.

            I’d take Lawsons side and I’m a big fan of Parsons. Since you get to add a Center now, Vucevic, and drop someone that isn’t a center then the risk is probably worth the reward. Depending on the drop…

            • 740 says:
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              @Slim:

              I’m either cutting Ersan or Scott

            • 740 says:
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              @Slim: @Slim:

              I’m either cutting Ersan or Scott

              • Slim

                Slim says:
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                @740: I hope that all works out. Either can go. Scott first.

  4. Wutang says:
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    Hey slim, wondering about a trade question.

    Just traded Marshall and Hawes for Jefferson, wondering your opinion on it? Also then picked up Oladipo off the wire.

    My team now looks like this:

    PG: Paul (inj), Collison, Oladipo
    SG: Ariza, Iguodala, Ellis, Hayward
    SF: Harris, T Young
    PF: P Gasol, Aldridge
    C: Al Jefferson, T Chandler

    Trying to swing something for chandler now.

    How ya feelin about it? Sorry I had to mention Marshall.. Hahahah

    • Slim

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      @Wutang: Yeah I think you got the 2 best players in the trade… I don’t understand why anyone would be dropping Oladipo. I’ve tried to get him several times and haven’t even gotten a counter offer. Your team is looking pretty stacked now. Chandler is definitely the next to go. A big time shot blocker would be my target. Maybe another 2-for-1 with Chandler and someone else, Iggy maybe. Another PG would be nice. It takes a bunch of guys to replace Chris Pauls assists.

      Thanks for reading. It’s getting better, I’m down to just a nervous tick whenever his name is mentioned.

  5. Frank White says:
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    Dude what’s up… I already have Marc Gasol, Rondo, Bledsoe and Reddick out. I just found out that Bledsoe needs surgery and I’m about to lose my mind. What do I do, grab Ish Smith, Christmas, Goodwin or do I grab a guy like Randy Foye, or CJ Miles??

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Frank White: I’m leaving the situation in Pheonix alone. Well except Dragic gets a nice boost. I’d say Gerald Green would be the guy I would gamble on if anyone. Maybe a few more consistent minutes from PJ Tucker. Meh… Bledsoe can certainly go. I like Foye much better than CJ Miles and Foye is a pretty good option. For reference I like Foye over Gerald Green too. Injuries are tough but not the end of the world. The worst thing is if holding injured guys keeps you from making the playoffs. No way of knowing what that point is but if your going the wrong way in the standings then dealing Gasol and/or Rondo might be the only way out.

      OH so a few days ago on Pete Nices post you had asked about Rondo vs Jameer. I gave my opinion on that.

      • Frank White says:
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        Thanks Buddy!!! I’m in 1st Place but everyone is very close now that I have these injuries. I just dropped Bledsoe for Foye but earlier today I grabbed Reddick so the 3′s get made up from losing Jameer. I NEED Gasol and Rondo to come back!! Lol.. I al so grabbed Dunleavey n Taj, Do you see a bright future for them??

        • Slim

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          @Frank White: Taj absolutely, I think he’s locked into around 30 min a night. Dunleavy, I don’t know. On the downswing of his career, trade rumors, and a team that would rather play it’s youngsters. Something better will present itself eventually.

          • Frank White says:
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            Thanks man!! , I’m so pissed. I don’t know if you remember but I traded Hayward for Bledsoe a couple weeks ago and I can’t believe he’s done!! I already dropped him because I have Gasol and rondo out and I can’t wait for him. I grabbed Randy Foye but if he cools down I’m just gonna have to stream and grab who’s hot every week until I can settle with a good player. I just hope Dunleavy n Riddick break out into monster players our art least enough to make up for all Cat’s down the board. Screw staying in first, I just hoe these guys come back soon so I can stay in the playoff race.. Lol

            • Frank White says:
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              Sorry dude I already sent that message!! My bad

  6. yokev_o says:
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    So amidst the Bledsoe injury news would you drop him and stash Henson because he’s currently available right now. Let me know your thoughts please I’m stuck.

    • Slim

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      @yokev_o: I’d drop Bledsoe in pretty much any redraft league. I would absolutely stash Henson, sure we don’t know what Drew will do but we do know now what Henson can do and it’s really good. He shouldn’t be out much longer. He will probably take a little patience on your part. I imagine he’s going to need a good healthy week after his return to get back to full strength.

  7. Kevin says:
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    What do you think about Dwight for Jimmy butler? I’m great on bigs (AD, JV, R Lopez, Favors). I could use more help on steals, 3s, and scoring. Oh and FT%. haha.

    • Slim

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      @Kevin: Yeah Dwight is probably expendable with those 4. Butler feels a little low, like maybe you could get better, but the steals are so high end that he’s probably a little underrated. Sure, I have no problem. Just hope he’s willing to take Howard. A lot of people aren’t.

  8. 740 says:
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    Ok, how about this. Trade my Sanders, Parson for Young, Lawson ?

  9. jason says:
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    In a 10 team H2H league with 3 bench spots and 13 starters with these categories: FGA, FGM, FTM, FT%, 3PTM, PTS, REB, AST, ST, BLK, TO
    My team: John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Darren Collison, Trey Burke, Victor Oladipo, James Harden, Paul Millsap, Serge Ibaka, Channing Frye, Jonas Valanciunas, Terrence Jones, Ersan IIysaova, James Johnson, Dirk Nowitzki, Michael Carter-Williams, Jimmy Butler

    On Wavier Wire: Danny Granger, Andre Iguodala, Andray Blatche, D.J. Augustin, Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Michael Kidd-Gilcrhist, Glen Davis, Al-Farouq Aminu, K. Caldwell-Pope, Wesley Johnson, Jerryd Bayless

    Who should I add and drop?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @jason: While there are some decent guys available the only drop I see is Bledsoe. I understand your trepidation about dropping Bledsoe but Felton would be the guy I would add for him.

  10. Adam says:
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    Gortat or Blatche?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Adam: Gortat. His job security is far greater. Blatche will probably have a few good games but I also think plenty of duds.

  11. Bren says:
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    I was offered dirk for Marion and Tobias. 12 team 9 cat is this a no brainer do it?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Bren: Yeah I’ll take Dirk plus an open roster spot. Marion and Tobias are both good contributors but they can mostly be replaced by a hot free agent.

  12. Wishing I was Golden says:
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    The Chris Paul owner has stated that he is available. I’ve talked to that owner previously about targeting Marc Gasol, but nothing was finalized. I would like to target both.

    In addition to Brandon Jennings, who else would I need to add to make it a fair trade? I’m currently in second, 1 game behind. Team is below.

    10 team redraft yahoo league. 9 cat scoring
    PG: Ty Lawson
    SG: Klay Thomson
    G: Brandon Jennings
    SF: James Harden
    PF: Dirk Nowitzki
    F: LaMarcus Aldridge
    C: Jonas Valanciunas, Chris Bosh
    UTL: Miles Plumlee, Jrue Holiday
    Bench: Darren Collison, John Henson, Jose Calderon, Eric Gordon

    • Slim

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      @Wishing I was Golden: It’s a tough call. I think my opening offer would be Jennings plus probably Henson. Chris Paul being out so long lowers his value quite a lot. I don’t think Plumlee is enough and JV or Bosh is probably too much for 2 injured players. If he comes back with Lawson + Aldridge or something that would be fair if everyone was healthy then I wouldn’t even try to make a trade with the guy. Too far apart.

  13. Kevin says:
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    Hey Slim. Who do you think I should drop for my chalmers & bledsoe? or maybe only drop chalmers and hold bledsoe?

    a) james johnson
    b) dj augustin
    c) terrance ross
    d) jordan crawford
    e) just hold off. (which i don’t mind since i won’t have tough matchups for another 3 weeks)

    thanks again, Slim & razzball Co. You guys seriously are the best.

    • Kevin says:
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      @Kevin: * f) or iman shumpert.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Kevin: With those free agents I’d drop both. Shumpert is ok with 40 min but I don’t know if that’s going to continue, I don’t think his offensive game is good enough for any kind of consistency. Terrance Ross is the 1st I’d pick up. He should single handedly make up for the loss in 3s. Points should be just fine and honestly I’d take Ross over a healthy Chalmers in many scenarios. Since you’re losing 2 PGs I imagine you’re going to need to make up some assists. Jordan Crawford now unquestionably but I think Augustin will be better in the long run if your willing to wait.

  14. Michael Pan says:
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    Hi Sllim,

    I got a question Tyreke Evans is on waivers should I drop Joe Johnson for him???

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Michael Pan: Tough call. Joe has been frustrating to own but with Deron out he’s been the primary ball handler much more. Tyreke has been an injury risk since his rookie year and with Eric Gordon back his role is much smaller. I’d hold Joe Johnson.

      • Michael Pan says:
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        Won’t Jrue Holiday be out for at least a month. Johnson has been given VERY frustrating. One night of 10 3 pointers followed by 5 nights of 0-10

        • Slim

          Slim says:
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          @Michael Pan: It looks that way but I’m guessing last nights dud by Tyreke seals his fate for you.

  15. Daniel Bryan says:
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    Hey Slim,

    I’m on a daily h2h 9-cat league.

    Tomorrow everyone on my roster is playing. I’m 3-6 against my opponent. 3PTs + the 5 counting stats are close (leading Reb, Ast, Stl) and I have no chance at %s and TO. My question, is benching Redick (probable) and Henson (Questionable) the right thing to do? IMO, my replaceable players are Jeff Green, Glen Davis, Tobias Harris, Kendall Marshall, and Taj Gibson.

    • Slim

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      @Daniel Bryan: So you want to keep up Reb, Ast, Stl and somehow take Pts, Blk, 3PTM. If you think you can take Assists without Marshall then he would be the guy to replace. But everything even Redick and Henson could both play insignificant minutes. It’s probably too much risk for an unknown reward.

  16. Draco21 says:
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    Thoughts on Nowitzki ROS?

    Also, looking to trade Steph Curry for either George or Harden. (Beast Playoff-Sched Reasoning)

    • Slim

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      @Draco21: I think Dirk looks like his normal self out there. I don’t see much if any regression from his current stats. Personally I would take either for Curry. The Warriors playoff schedule is so bad. There’s a loss in assists that needs to be made up for but it’s not that big of a deal. How many assists is Curry really going to give in a 2 game week…

  17. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    What up Slim. Currently have Mike Scott in a 20-teamer. I’d like to have more blocks/big man stats, but I’m also looking for best overall ROS; should I drop him for any of the following? Thanks
    - Mirza
    - Antic
    - Leuer
    - Sacre
    - Ajinca

    • Slim

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      @SheriffMcRawDawg: All are available in a 20 teamer. Wow… They were all pretty expensive adds in the REL.

      I think Sacre and Ajinca are the only bigs there with any real upside for blocks and they are the 2 best rebounders. Teletovic by far is the worst for FG%, Reb, Blk, big man stats. Antic has the most job security but the FG% shouldn’t be too kind, possibly 1 blk per game isn’t bad though. Mike Scott is pretty close to Teletovic. With a bunch of minutes he could be a good scorer but that’s about it. He’s no Tobias Harris in waiting. Leuer has the most potential of the bunch but it’s going to take another injury or trade.

      I guess it’s mostly need based. Antic looks locked into a big role and I’d take him over Scott. If I was desperate for blocks then I’d go with Sacre. But I would really just rather avoid D’Antoni.

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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        @Slim: nice thanks a lot man. Just traded Tristan for Henson so I’m pretty pumped about that, just for blocks alone.. thinking I can ditch Scott now for another guard – who do you like ROS: Courtney lee, Barbosa, or Brian Roberts?

        • Slim

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          @SheriffMcRawDawg: Heck of a trade. Granted I’m pretty anti-Tristan, but you’re not going to find anyone around here that would disagree that you straight stole Henson. All 3 are temporary and probably won’t deliver much in a month. For now I’d go with Roberts out of that bunch. I’m not sure why JB likes Lee so much, his job is tenuous at best. Barbosa injured already is a pretty bad sign. I’d just assume avoid that. Unless I was desperate for a few assists, Roberts, I would just stick with Scott until something better comes along.

  18. Frank White says:
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    Hey Slim what’s up.. I picked up Dunleavy cause they said he was gonna start since Deng is gone but I just found out that the Bulls are about to trade Henrich and they said Augustin would take his starting job.. Anyway, would you rather have Augustin or Dunleavy??

    • Slim

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      @Frank White: Not quite so cut and dry. For the time being Dunleavy should get pretty good minutes. I think he maxes out at about 12/4/2 with 1.5 3s, 0.5 a steal, 0.5 a block, and playable percents plus low TOs. Useful but no where near a must own in 12-teamers or smaller. And I don’t expect 36 min nightly. Closer to 30, maybe a tick less.

      As for Augustin, he had a pretty big dud last night in 23 min. For now I expect just south of 30 min also. 10/2/6 with 1.5 3s, at least 1.0 steal, plus plus FT%, poor FG%, and too many TOs. To me this is completely need based, as in do you need assists? If not then Dunleavy is the better play. Personally I’m taking Augustin for the upside. If/When Hinrich or Dunleavy gets shipped off Augustin could be closer to 12/3/8, nearly 2 3s and just shy of 1.5 steals in 36 min, but once again you have to be able to handle the FG drain and TOs.

      • Frank White says:
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        Thanks!!

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