The Razzball Hoops Pod is back, and joining me today is our new writer Adam to co-host and we break down the H2H playoff schedule, since Slim is in H2H analysis withdrawal…  His H2H playoff post is so friggin’ good!  We then go through a few of Adam’s sleepers and busts, review his RCL draft, then wrap up what we’ve been watching at the movies.

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  1. Adam

    Adam says:
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    Rudy had way too much fun blocking that lol. I love how passionate the Euro commentators are!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Adam: Yeah man, they went nuts! This news that Real Madrid wants in the NBA would be welcomed by me

      • Slim

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        @JB Gilpin: The travel times seem to make it unreasonable. I assume there won’t be back-to-back sets @Madrid then @LA but still I think Madrid to New York is like a 8-9 hour flight.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Slim: Oh I thought it was like 5 hours, NY to London is something like that… No idea though. But yeah it would be difficult

  2. John says:
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    Hey JB, I got pick number 6 in the draft. If you had a chance with draft KD or CP3, who would you pair them up with on pick number 19?

    I was considering the combo of CP3 and Marc Gasol, or KD and Lowry?
    Thoughts?

    • John says:
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      @John: 12 Team, H2H, 9 Cat

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @John: Yo! Well I would certainly pick KD over CP3, then love pairing with a PG, I prefer the KD Lowry combo, but if Bledsoe was there I would take hime over Lowry.

        • Slim

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          @JB Gilpin: I think this would force you to take a shot blocking big in the 3rd. But I certainly agree with the Durant pick. If Gobert was somehow still there at 19 I would probably forgo the PG till the next round and really Durant is a pretty solid assisting wing as is.

  3. CTMN says:
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    Randle is a very early, much much less developed version of Zach Randolph. Along with Bass getting paid and all the ball hogs (Nick Young, Lou, Kobe).

    • Adam

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      @CTMN: He’s a much more skilled ball handler and a better overall athlete than Z-bo though. They aren’t the same player at all, just similar stat sets. With his passing ability, it wouldn’t be difficult to imagine him adding a couple assists as well.

      Not too worried about Kobe ball-hogging at this point in his career. He was almost purely a passer when he played last season.

      • Adam

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        @Adam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyO4tJ83BII

        This is from last preseason pre-injury, and it appears that he has become even more polished from what we saw in summer league. Again, it’s a late pick, so an easy upside to gamble on.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @CTMN: @Adam: Yeah I am obviously not too big on him as we discussed, but Adam did sell me to think about moving him up 10-20 spots into the last round fo 12ers territory

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @Adam: “Not too worried about Kobe ball-hogging at this point in his career. He was almost purely a passer when he played last season.”

        Admittedly I didn’t get to see him much but, is this the same Kobe who had a 34.9 USG% last seadon that you’re talking about?

        • Adam

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          @A Hill O’ Beans: Technically yes, but numbers don’t always tell the whole story. The usage rate was primarily based on the lack of an actual PG on the roster. (Clarkson blossomed later on, and still is more of an SG) Plus this season Kobe will be facing a hard minutes cap and also won’t be playing in back to backs. With team mates that aren’t Jordan Hill, Carlos Boozer, etc. Kobe has gotten a bad rep even though he is a great passer, and actually a good team player as well. Watch when he played with Pau and Bynum.

          At any rate, usage rate doesn’t necessarily mean ball hog. James Harden had an extremely high usage rate as well, and is known for his passing. Plus I watched most of the games Kobe played last year, and the majority of his bad shots came from terrible play by his team mates where he would just force one to beat the clock.

          I hope that clarifies some. Thanks for the input!

          • A Hill O' Beans says:
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            @Adam: Thanks Adam. As I said, I didn’t get to watch him much at all last year, so I’m glad you could throw some insight my way.

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Adam: @A Hill O’ Beans: Wait, did we get an Andrew Bynum when he was good reference??!?!?!?! Turn back the clock!

              I didn’t watch much Lakers either, but yeah if Kobe is shooting 37% again like last year, he has more options to pass to and create a little rather than still chuck over 20 shots a game, which made him unownable last year.

              • Slim

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                @JB Gilpin: I only watched the Lakers with any consistency at the end of the year. Clarkson was just too much fun. Poor Jabari Brown. I thought he played pretty well too. He’s a better team player than Swaggy P (not saying much there) and I think he can do everything sweet Lou can do off the bench. Oh well, let’s just say I don’t think we’ve seen the last of him.

          • CTMN says:
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            @Adam: I agree Kobe definitely has the passing ability. But he took 20 shots a gane at 37% last year. I believe in randle’s talent, but fantasy wise I don’t think he’s gonna be good because undersized PF types like Tristan Thompson and Zach Randolph never seem to get steals and blocks.

            • Adam

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              @CTMN: Again, it’s an understanding of why he took 20 shots, that is important. Most of them were taken cause his team-mates were lazy and just stood around.

              I’m not expecting him to be a major blocks contributor, but he does have the quickness for some steals down the road. Plus as he’s an automatic dub-dub threat on that Lakers team. Hibbert doesn’t like to board if you could tell that at all from his Indy stats lol. A big that can get me 14-16 points and close to 10 boards with some assists thrown in, is a great value after 100. You just have to recognize what stats he will help you in. Also should have solid percentages as well. Not gonna kill you at the line at all.

              Is he comparable to the elite bigs? Not at all! But he does have enough talent to definitely be a consideration in 12 team leagues, and he isn’t getting that respect yet. It will come with the minutes that are bound to come his way though.

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                @Adam: It’s possible, for sure. I’m just not big on him. If he goes 12 and 8 with 2 assists and good %, I’m sure he’ll be close to top 100. I’m not sure if he’ll do much else.

  4. DK says:
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    I know you love Millsap. Last year you ranked him at 17. This year 12. He finished at 18 last year though. Will Carroll’s departure really take his game much better?

    My other concern is actually his playoffs week. Because Hawks is winning so much, Millsap get rested so much. I almost lost my first round of playoffs and actually lost my finals because of that. Well add the fact that Draymond and Lawson sat on the bench together with him doesn’t help too.

    That’s my concern with players from Hawks, Spurs and GSW actually.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @DK: Yeah I think it will, mainly because of the added need of a perimeter player, especially as Korver is coming back off multiple surgeries.

      But yes, the playoff week is concerning, ranks were done before the schedule was announced, and I’m still going to do a tad of tweeking. Hah, yeah I think it’s more those guys were on the bench… But yeah, I am thinking I might move Gobert up over him, but Millsap will still be 13-14.

      Also, I think the Cavs are more consistent reg season, and Millsap played roughly a minute less a game than his debut with the Hawks, and I think is back to 33-34 MPG as they’ll need him late in games more. No way the Hawks run away with the East like they did last year.

      • DK says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I have a strong feeling that Millsap will get ranked around 15-17 by Yahoo. Most people don’t draft him before 15. He is very undervalued. Most will draft Gobert/Kawhi/Butler way before Millsap. It will make him drop to 20ish.

        I have a concern with multi-cat players like Millsap, Draymond or even Butler. Sometimes I end up not getting enough stats compared to drafting more obvious players like Gobert or even Pau Gasol for reb/blocks. Because after John Wall, there is a huge PG gap. 2nd round is full of multi-cats and blockers. The other PG only comes back in 3-4th round. By taking multi-cat I miss out on elite blockers.

        What’s your take on this?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @DK: Well Yahoo fantasy isn’t working right now which is odd, not sure what’s going on, maybe a snafu with waivers in football, but I think Millsap was given a good rank this year, in the low 20s. Still below me though.

          Well Millsap still contributes there in blocks, and really most of the multi-cat guys can help, then there’s a lot of options to address blocks later. Why I love Myles Turner. Having multi-cat guys glue your line-up is nice when they’re the elite guys, other than Ibaka and Gobert, I’m not reaching to destroy blocks in the 2nd

  5. Mark says:
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    hey JB, just did a draft for my 12 player 9 cat H2H league. i had the 9th pick.
    What do you think?

    1. Chris Paul (LAC – PG)
    2. Jimmy Butler (Chi – SG,SF)
    3. Eric Bledsoe (Pho – PG,SG)
    4. Rudy Gay (Sac – SF,PF)
    5. Kenneth Faried (Den – PF,C)
    6. Terrence Jones (Hou – SF,PF)
    7. Gorgui Dieng (Min – PF,C)
    8. Danilo Gallinari (Den – SF)
    9. Myles Turner (Ind – C)
    10. Alec Burks (Uta – PG,SG)
    11. Otto Porter (Was – SF)
    12. Aaron Gordon (Orl – PF)
    13. Mo Williams (Cle – PG,SG)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Mark: Whoa Paul went 9th?!?!?!?! Awesome start! Destroyed the draft with a lot of my sleepers. But I do see both rebounding and blocks as holes, although Turner in the 9th is such good value. One or two adds that hit as season-long contributors and you’re just fine with big man stats. And even re-thinking it, it might only be blocks you’re a tad behind on. Nice %s, you limited TO for 9-cat, I like this squad a lot, nice work!

      • Mark says:
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        @JB Gilpin: yup. russ, boogie, and lamarcus went before cp3…. thats why i ended up having him at 9. yeah i wanted to grab a better big in the 2nd round, but couldnt pass up jimmy. thanks for the review.

        • Slim

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          @Mark: Ahahaha Aldridge in the 1st round. How does the saying go… If you can’t figure out who’s the sucker then it’s probably you.

          It’s a strong team you have but it does kind of show why I don’t want to pass up on a 2nd round big, but then again there’s always a couple that show up on waivers. If you pick up this years Whiteside you’ll be perfect. Well… I only count 2 PGs. Burks and Mo don’t really give PG level assists. I really like the Aaron Gordon pick, I think you can handle his FT issues unless they get really out of hand.

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Mark: @Slim: Good call Slim, yeah AST might struggle in 2 or 3 game Paul weeks, a PG might be a target off waivers too

            • Mark says:
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              @JB Gilpin: cool. thanks guys. so im guessing one PG and one Big should do the trick.

              • JB Gilpin

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                @Mark: Yup! And that’s only to get you to utter domination, still a strong team now

  6. I'm Harden for your love says:
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    Does Rudy Gay jump Hayward having a better playoff schedule?

    • Adam

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      @I’m Harden for your love: They’re fairly even, I’d give Hay the edge in assists, and gay the edge in boards and maybe a point or two. Really can’t go wrong with either one. Personally, I’d lean Rudy just by a touch, based on Hayward having higher turnovers, and I think Gay will thrive playing some PF this year.

      Like I said, can make an argument either way. I doubt either is sat at the end of the year, so if you really buy into the extra game or two in the playoff schedule, then go for Gay.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @I’m Harden for your love: @Adam: Nah not for me, it’s only a 1 game difference and I like Hayward for the added assists and steals. Agree with Adam’s assessment and they’re indeed close, I could see taking Gay earlier depending on my first 2 picks.

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