Happy New Year’s Eve, Razzball Nation! We’re back from our Christmas vacations, and the Razzball Hoops Pod recaps news and notes since our last show including several high-profile injuries and their impact on rotations, we then review 2015 through our notes in our original rankings spreadsheet with some pretty funny comments, we play another edition of Higher/Lower, preview tonight’s games with our 30-Point Challenge picks, then wrap up 2015 at the movies.

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  1. Michael says:
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    Hi,
    I was offered kevin love for my will barton in my 9 cat roto league? It sounds good but why do i think barton will be a better performer throughout the rest of the season. What do you think?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Michael: Whoa, yeah it’s closer than anyone woulda thought, but I think you take Love even with risk of DNPs down stretch

  2. Joe says:
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    Would Gortat plus Avery Bradley be nearly enough to get a Vucevic or Horford? Or what about a Teague, Bradley, Gortat for Gay and Noel? Or a Teague/Bradley or Teague/Gortat for Lillard?

    In any case, Bradley is approaching thragnof turf for me and I’m also wondering if you’d drop for any of the following if you couldn’t trade him (Bradley): Parker, Casspi, Zaza

    Team: Wall, Teague, Bradley, Redick, Middleton, Batum, Durant, Zingis, Bosh, Gortat, Gobert

    Happy new year!

    • Joe says:
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      @Joe:

      Oh. Clarkson also FA.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Joe: Probably not, but you never know until you offer! Lillard as a buy low I like a lot too. The Teague one for Gay Noel is closest, leaning yes, but barely. Hmmm Bradley vs. Casspi. Close. Redick is close there too, and Clarkson is in the mix with all of that. Can’t forget about Avery’s STL. Looks like REB isn’t a big need so Casspi isn’t a huge help, I think I’m holding your squad right now, but maybe Redick goes once Blake is back

  3. Matty

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    Happy New Year, JB. Cheers to a great 2016!

    And gimme Eric Gordon for the 30-point challenge tonight. He’s rested, getting LAC on the tail end of a B2B, and will be “guarded” by JJ Redick. Gordon has only hit 30 once this year (11/13 vs my Raps) but this matchup looks like a good spot for another one.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Matty: Happy new year man! Bold, love it! Thanks for everything this year Senor Matty!

  4. Mark says:
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    Hey, in a 12 person, 9 cat h2h. Which 2 would u rather own right now: jokic, tucker, kaminksy, Henson, jermani grant, Dudley.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mark: Probably Tucker and Henson, i get Kaminsky is playing well and Grant is off a good game, but I really don’t trust either haha

  5. Mic C says:
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    I know you’re not a doc or have a crystal ball but is Bledsoe the next rose or should he be fine next season. Basically I’ll be deciding between him and Hayward as my 3rd keeper as Bledsoe got dropped even tho we have an IL spot so I snatched him up. Hoping he’ll return to form for 2016

    • v00dr00 says:
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      @Mic C: I’m an EBled sympathizer as well. I think he’s going to have MORE than enough recovery time, albeit he and meniscuses/menisci??? aren’t on good terms. That said, I’m still keeping him as I think he was posting up to 1st round value and he’s still only 25. I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt, but I’m curious to see how everyone weighs in on this too.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Mic C: @v00dr00: Yeah in a keeper I think he’s worth holding for sure. I likely would keep him over Hayward, but hopefully your keeper deadline is close enough to opening night 16-17 that you can get a glimpse at how healthy he is.

  6. v00dr00 says:
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    I just lost Mini LeBron. Trying to cover ground. Should I trade away TParker for Ish? TP has been unbelievably efficient this year but Ish offers up more counting stats. Does he maintain his lofty 76er PG status(ahem)? Should I do this?

    • v00dr00 says:
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      @v00dr00: Here is the current 1st place squad:

      PG Patrick Beverley, Hou PG
      SG Dwyane Wade, Mia SG
      SF Paul George, Ind SF, SG, PF
      PF Jon Leuer, Pho PF
      C Anthony Davis, Nor PF, C
      G Trevor Ariza, Hou SF, SG
      F Nicolas Batum, Cha SF, SG
      PF/C Nikola Jokic, Den PF, C
      UTIL DeMarcus Cousins, Sac C, PF
      UTIL Jae Crowder, Bos SF
      UTIL Bobby Portis, Chi PF
      Bench Isaiah Thomas, Bos PG
      Bench Tim Duncan, SA PF, C
      Bench Tony Parker, SA PG
      Bench Jusuf Nurkic*, Den C
      IR Eric Bledsoe*, Pho PG, SG

      Keeping EBled still along with the obvious 3 others, but now I’m reeeeall weak at the 1 spot. I don’t even know why I own PBev. Also, just rambling at this point, but once Kendall Marshall gets back, is he going to destroy sweet Ish’s value? Pretend Crazy Eyez isn’t there as well. I have an irrational crush, so he’s not going anywhere.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @v00dr00: Haha, yeah I think you take Ish. If anything, I think you minimize some injury risk. Nah, I think new coach and a new mini-regime change then first thing they do is get Ish back shows a little commitment, not too worried about Marshall

        • v00dr00 says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Worrrd. Thanks JB. Always appreciate the extra pair of eyes.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @v00dr00: Any time, and good thing I wear glasses, you got 4 of em!

  7. Good STUFF says:
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    My 2015 in review, “too many wings”:
    my Middleton for Kemba (before season started)
    my Al Jeff, Joe Johnson for CJ miles, Joffrey (not bad considering Al Jeff is down, altho CJ is down too, at least he helped me win 3s for couple weeks)
    my Otto for Zbo (needed PF/C depth, made this trade before I was able to get Monroe lol)
    my Hayward, Jval for Monroe, Korver (need a good big as a keeper)

    my current team:
    Harden, Kemba, Tyreke, Bazemore, Oladipo, Fournier, CJ Miles
    Porzingis, Monroe, Zbo, Chandler, Biyambo

    I think overall I did okay? haha

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Good STUFF: Haha yeah lots of wings. Hah yeah that first was huge! Middle two look good, I think that last one you gave up a smidge too much, but overall that Kemba haul makes it!

  8. Nishinga says:
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    Should I drop Big Al in 10 teams H2H 9cat league?
    I have one IL spot but Rudy Gobert already lays there.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nishinga: Eesh wish we knew when Gobert was back… Leaning Al can go in 10er

  9. miles proudfoot says:
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    would you tradeDragic and Wiggins for Isiah Thomas or Reggie Jackson? Then take someone off the wire as there are good options. Seem like a fair offer or do I need to up the ante? Thanks and happy new year!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @miles proudfoot: They’re both definitely fair. I honestly dunno if I’d do it for IT2/3. RJax though seems fine. Maybe a new year’s resolution of mine should be to not expect the leap I was hoping for for Wiggins… Happy new year!

  10. Chris says:
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    Thanks JB!

    Which side do you like on either of these trades? I lost Bledsoe and Girffin. Hopefully getting Griffin back soon.

    I get Aminu and George Hill

    I send Kanter

    and

    I get Aminu-Hill and Ryan Anderson

    I send-Gay and Kanter

    Thanks Happy New year!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris: Eesh, yeah you and Slim got killed with that injured combo. Def like the first one. Hill and his low TO is pretty helpful in 9cat, I don’t think I’d do the 2nd one though. Happy new year!

  11. jonny says:
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    happy new years JB and Slim!! What do you think about dropping hood for tony parker or lavine?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jonny: Happy new years man! Sure, yeah Parker would be fine. LaVine is about the same to me, so yeah I’d add Parker or stream

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