Zach Randolph had a night against Demarcus Cousins and the Pels on Friday, going 5-35-13-2-1-0-3. His numbers are almost identical to last year, but he had the 3-ball going last night and he led the Kings to victory against New Orleans. I don’t think much comes of this, but it was nice to see the wily old vet have a renaissance and show that he’s still got it.
Before we dive on in, I’d just like to apologize for the brevity. I am doing this write-up from my Kindle Fire with no keyboard, and it is brutal. Please cut me some slack as I get my laptop situation fixed. Anyway, here’s what else I saw on Friday in the NBA:
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Frank Mason – 1-12-5-3-1-0-4. Maybe a 3-point guy in 12ers, but not quite worth a long-term yet.
Buddy Hield – 4-18-7-2-1-0-3. My Buddy, my Buddy. Wherever I go, he go. 50 Cent’s clever metaphor for his gun was definitely on my iPod in 8th grade.
DeMarcus Cousins – 4-38-11-4-3-0-8. His percentages were good last night. The TOs were the only caveat.
Lauri Markkanen – 3-24-12-0-0-0-1. The Markksman shot it well last night and continues to reward savvy owners. The game went into overtime, so there were a bunch of inflated lines in this one.
Kris Dunn – 20-6-12-3-0-1. Dunn done did it to ’em! The Hornets that is. Only shot 8-for-24 but you’ll take that fat dime bag even if it’s not the preemo kush.
Dwight Howard – 25-20-2-1-6-2 with the usual dream-killing 3-of-8 FT shooting.
Marvin Williams – 3-17-9-1-1-1-1. He might be the most boring, yet useful player in fantasy basketball. Or is he the most useful, yet boring player?
Draymond Green – 2-6-13-3-6-2. Yes, only two measly points, but if you take away the awful shooting it’s actually an amazing game. Nine combined steals and blocks will win you some cats in case you forgot…about Dray.
Kevin Durant – Posted another insane stat line. Sans-Curry or not, this guy is amazing…Even if he’s softer than Carvel on a hot day.
Avery Bradley – 4-25-4-0-0-0-1. Was the high scorer for Detroit and could be heating up after a string of poor shooting nights.
Andre Drummond – 8-17-4-1-1-3. Went back to his old ways, going 4-for-10 from the stripe. Gotta re-up on those limitless pills Drummo.
J.R. Smith – 5-15-5-0-1-0-1. J.R. Swish! Looking ownable in 12ers. Story of the last four years of his career, amirite? LeBron had a normal insane stat line. K-Love was not great, but nothing to panic over. The most interesting tidbit from this game is that the Cavs had their 13-game winning streak snapped by the Pacers.
Victor Oladipo – 6-33-8-5-1-0-3. Victor Von Dunkenstein! (Patent Pending) He has been absolutely unreal on the year, and I regret not drafting him more and more each game.
Thaddeus Young – 1-13-8-2-3-1-2. Thad the Impaler has been a sneaky good fantasy player this year, and for most of his career. Between Thad the Impaler and V.V. Dunkenstein, you’ve got a pretty half-baked horror flick going on in Indy right now.
Darren Collison – 2-6-5-3-0-0-1. Yeesh, I haven’t seen a worse Collie performance since Lassie let that kid drown in the well in the lost movie that never aired. Totally not made up.
Will Barton – 1-19-6-5-4-2-2. Will was good tonight and he went hunting for buckets in Orlando. You see what I did there? Still waiting for “Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season” to come out. Google it, for real.
Kenneth Faried – 20-10-0-1-2-1 on 8-of-10 shooting. The Manimal has broken out of his cage with Paul Milsap on the shelf. Was gonna make a Harambe joke, but I don’t need the PC Police coming after me.
Nikola Vucevic – 1-21-17-2-1-4-4. Huge line for Vucci Mane and he has been better than expected this year in part due to adding the 3-pointer to his repertoire. He’s currently ranked 13 on yahoo! Burr!
Serge Ibaka – 4-21-2-1-1-1-1. Lt. Serge was electric tonight (Pokémon reference) and he actually got an assist! That’s probably the reason the Raptors won, that one assist.
DeMar DeRozan – 26-7-6-1-0-4 but what really helped you was the 14-of-14 FTs.
Fred VanVleet – 3-12-1-3-1-1-2 might be worth a look as a 3-point specialist, but 22 minutes is hard to trust.
Tyreke Evans – 3-27-3-4-1-0-2. Might be waiver add of the year. Congratulations if you took the gamble and held on to him.
Chandler Parsons – 2-15-4-1-1-2-1 in 26 minutes. Another solid line, and he could be finally putting it back together. Probably worth the spec-add at this point in 12ers.
Wesley Matthews – 5-29-4-1-0-0-2 on 11-of-15 shooting. With DSJ out, Wes got some more shots off and nearly dropped 30 on the Bucks. Without looking, I’d say that’s his season-high.
Dwight Powell – 1-15-5-0-0-0-0 on 5-of-7 shooting and 4-for-4 from the line. He’s been up and down, but has over 10 points in five of his last seven. Worth monitoring.
Khris Middleton – 5-31-1-3-0-0-1. He was on tonight and made some clutch baskets for the Bucks, as they topped the Mavs.
Giannis Antetokounmpo – 27-11-3-2-2-4 and hit 11-of-12 FTs, which has been his bugaboo. Even with few 3’s, if he could just make 80% of his FTs, he could be the number one fantasy player. He pretty much kills your FTs every week just on sheer volume.
Eric Bledsoe – Had a big night going 1-24-4-4-3-2-1. I just hope he’s happy on his new team…JK, I don’t care!
Malcolm Brogdon – 1-14-3-6-1-0-1. I applaud this kid for adapting to a situation in which his numbers are going down, but he’s making the best of it. Malcolm got caught in the middle of a tough situation. Life is unfair…
Al Horford – 2-9-3-0-0-3 in what will probably go down as one of his worst lines of the year. Buy low!
Jason Tatum – 2-20-8-0-2-0-0 with great percentages. Not much to say, but kudos if you drafted him.
Kyrie Irving – 6-36-1-1-1-0-1. Was a beast, but it wasn’t enough to beat Popovich and the Spurs.
Terry Rozier – 1-13-4-1-4-0-1. Another up-and-down player who is worth a gamble in 12ers. You never know. Add him if you have something to lose.
Rudy Gay – 15-8-2-0-1-4. I don’t now why, but I’d hold in 12ers if you can. Maybe Kawhi can revitalize him.
Pao Gasol – 14-11-0-1-0-0. Kawhi will probably cut into his numbers once he returns, but he’s been a pleasant surprise on the year.
LaMarcus Aldridge – Had to mention his 27 points and 10 boards. Not much else, so hopefully you sold high.
That about wraps it up. As always, leave a comment or question.