Back in 2004, Dwight Howard was an affable kid with human heads as shoulders. Selected #1 overall by the Orlando Magic out of Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, Dwight looked to be the next superstar of the NBA. Look was an understatement. He averaged a double-dub, played in every game his rookie season, and was named to the All-Rookie Team. The next three years, Howard got bigger, stronger, and led the Magic to the playoffs. In 2008, he became Superman when he donned the cape in the dunk contest. All was good in the world of Dwight. But then things began turning the other way. The Magic couldn’t advance in the playoffs and the league started to employ the Hack-a-Dwight, due to his atrocious free throw shooting. Then, in 2012, he asked to be traded, tried to get his coach fired (allegedly), but ended up signing with the Magic and hugging his coach. Huh? It got worse, though. Dwight had back surgery and missed the rest of the 2012 season. Then, asked to be traded to BKN, but got shipped to LA instead, where Kobe ripped him a new one. Houston for three years, then Atlanta, then finally Charlotte. I can’t wait for the ESPN 30 for 30 on Dwight, but I’m not writing about that. I’m writing about that fact that Dwight went:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 32 30 1 0 0 6 0 10/17 12/21

The first 30/30 game since Kevin Love accomplished the feat in 2010. Harvey Pollack, the Sixers’ Director of Statistical Information back in 2010, told John Hareas of NBA.com that “there have been 131 30/30 performances.” Wilt Chamberlain did it 103 times! Ha! Well, add Dwight to the list.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

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The Sixers were up by 30 after three periods, but then the Grizzlies made a “spirited” comeback to make the final score 119-105. As a result, only Marco Belinelli played more than 25 minutes. Dario Saric, Robert Covington, JJ Redick, and Belinelli all scored 15 points each. Joel Embiid went 14/7/4, while Ben Simmons went 13/7/9.

For the Grizzlies, 12 players received double-digit minutes. No one, and I mean no one on this team can be trusted for fantasy production. An impressive tank job so far, but according to Tankathon.com, MEM is in a battle for ultimate futility.

Michael Beasley:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 7 3 1 0 3 2/3 10/15 0

Played 34 minutes. Beasley will get 30 minutes of run for a few games, then inexplicably play 20 minutes. It is said that octopuses have multiple brains and that each tentacle literally has a mind of its own. That’s the only way I can describe the front office of the New York Knicks.

Enes Kanter:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 13 3 2 0 0 0 8/13 7/9

Played 31 minutes. Tentacle #2. At least with Kanter, even if he gets 20 minutes of run, he’s more than capable of double-dubbing in points and boards.

Tim Hardaway Jr.:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 3 1 1 0 2 1/8 5/15 1/1

Has averaged 34.4 minutes per game for the month of March. L….O…..L! $17.325 million owed next year. $18.15 million owed in 2019. $18.975 owed in 2020.

HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA!!!

Frank Ntilikina:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
3 0 2 0 0 1 1/3 1/5 0

Played 20 minutes. What are the Knicks saving him for? Give him run so that he can develop and gain experience!

Trey Burke:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 16 7 2 0 0 3 4/7 6/11 0

Played 26 minutes. Is a bonafide scorer. Maybe too good, perhaps? Not getting consistent run, so tough to trust.

Bam Adebayo got the start at center, but only played 13 minutes and scored 6 points with 2 boards. Kelly Olynyk played 30 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 5 10 1 0 0 2/4 8/11 4/5

I think it’s safe to say that Kelly is the best man for the job.

Tyler Johnson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 2 2 0 0 3 4/6 9/13 0/1

Played 27 minutes. It was the Knicks. With that said, TJ has a high floor, but will rarely access the ceiling.

Paul Millsap:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 8 3 5 1 3 1/1 8/9 5/6

Played 27 minutes. It’s been 12 games since Millsap returned from injury. He’s been productive and has contributed across the board on a nightly basis. Just nothing spectacular. I’d expect more of the same going forward.

Nuggets defeated the Bulls 135-102. No player on DEN played more than 29 minutes. Wilson Chandler went 19/5/3, Will Barton 16/3/5, Nikola Jokic 21/7/5, and Jamal Murray 16/5/7.  DEN is two games back in the loss column for the eighth and final playoff spot, so expect plenty of run and production from Nuggets players going forward.

Da Bulls….

Nine players received at least 20 minutes of run. Paul Zipser, who sucks, only received 18 minutes, but got the start at power forward.

Cristiano Felicio:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 5 1 1 0 2 0 7/9 2/2

Led the Bulls with 28 minutes of run. In fact, over the past five games, he’s played 28, 30, 30, 24, and 30 minutes. Here’s the thing, though…..he kind of sucks. Falacio? Felicio? Ha! Anyways, to be fair, he has scored double figures in three straight and has one double-dub over the five-game span.

Denzel Valentine:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 2 3 5 0 2 2/8 4/13 0/2

Played 24 minutes. One night he’ll be smoking like Denzel Washington. Unfortunately, most of the time he’ll be a blind cupid shooting arrows.

Cameron Payne:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 1 6 2 1 2 3/4 4/7 0

Played 23 minutes. Such a Payne.

Bobby Portis:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 8 2 0 0 2 1/4 5/11 4/4

Played 26 minutes. Six straight games scoring in double figures, with two double-dubs. Unfortunately, he’s eclipsed the 20-point mark only once.

Noah Vonleh:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 8 1 1 2 1 4/6 5/8 0

Played 24 minutes. What’s the expression? Throw shit against the wall and see what sticks?

Antonio Blakeney:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 6 3 3 0 0 1 0/1 3/10 0

Dude’s a chucker. 10, 12, and 14 shot attempts in the past three games. What’s that expression again? Throw shit against the wall and see what sticks?

Da Bulls…hit.

Thaddeus Young:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 10 2 3 0 0 0/2 3/12 3/4

Thad is the annoying “hot chick.” Looks so fine, but…..something is always off.

Myles Turner:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 10 1 1 2 2 0/2 4/15 5/5

He’s really going to do it to me, huh? Ball out to end the season so I get all giddy in the offseason and rank him higher than I probably should. Back-to-back games with 2 blocks and 15 shot attempts. The Odometer looks to be working fine.

Darren Collison:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 3 6 1 0 4 2/4 4/11 1/1

Played 31 minutes and is now back in the starting gig. Can put up the occasional big game, but IND is still the Oladipo show.

Victor Oladipo:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 8 3 1 1 4 3/7 7/16 4/4

Played 35 minutes. Dipo has ceded some usage to Collison, but the drop has only been from the 30s down to the 26-28 range. The one category that has and will take a big hit is in the assists. Without Collison? Assist rate in the high 20s to low 30s. The past two games with Collison starting? 15 and 0.

Anthony Davis:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 13 1 1 5 3 1/1 9/14 9/9

Played 35 minutes. What injury?

E’Twaun Moore:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 23 3 0 2 0 4 3/4 10/15 0

Played 34 minutes. Has the potential to deliver this kind of performance on a nightly basis because he gets the minutes, the shot attempts, and defenses are focused on AD, Jrue, and Rondo. But, as my momma told me all the time when I was younger…..Potential don’t mean shit. To be fair, he’s scored double-digits in seven straight, but barely.

Cheick Diallo:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 10 0 0 1 2 0 2/3 5/5

Played 20 minutes, while Emeka Okafor played 9 minutes. That’s now three straight games that this scenario has played out like this. Cheick please!

Nikola Mirotic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 6 1 0 2 1 2/9 6/16 1/2

Played 28 minutes. Getting the run and opportunities. The production should follow. Just don’t know when.

DeAndre Jordan:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 25 22 4 0 0 7 0 9/13 7/12

A true double-dub. The Bucks are one of the worst teams at defending opposing centers. Truly a match made in heaven for DJ.

Austin Rivers:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 3 4 2 1 0 5/9 8/17 1/2

Played 38 minutes. Of course. Led the team in playing time and shot attempts. Of course.

Montrezl Harrell:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 3 1 2 0 0 0 6/10 1/1

Played 11 minutes. Montrezl is a per minute monster. Andrew Tobolowsky of Fansided.com broke it down. Seriously, why doesn’t he play more? I just don’t understand some professional coaches and general managers.

Giannis Antetokounmpo left last night’s game in the second quarter due to a sprained ankle. The Bucks next play on Friday in Chicago. I have a sneaky suspicion that G will be chillin for that one.

Khris Middleton:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 4 6 4 0 2 3/5 9/17 2/2

With G off the court, Khris has a 32.2% usage rate, an increase of 6.2%.

Jabari Parker:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 6 3 2 1 3 0/4 9/15 2/2

Played 30 minutes and entered the game for G when he went out. Should be in line for a minutes and usage boost. Man, that matchup with Chicago looks mighty juicy.

Shabazz Muhammad:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 12 4 2 1 0 0 0 6/8 0

Played 14 minutes. Probably nothing, but could be something. Shabazz has always been able to score. Maybe he slides into Jabari’s role if Jabari slides into G’s role.

Jeremy Lamb got the start again for Nicholas Batum and played 33 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 17 7 2 0 1 2 1/2 8/13 0

Not baaaaaaaaaaaad, but not great.

Dwayne Bacon:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 6 6 0 0 0 2 0 3/7 0

Played 28 minutes. With the Batum injury, everyone on the line moves up a spot. While bacon is delicious, Bacon is kind of atrocious.

For the Brooklyn Nets, all nine players received over 20 minutes of run.

D’Angelo Russell:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 4 5 0 1 2 2/5 7/17 3/4

Still loading…..possibly until next season.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 5 3 3 1 3 0 5/13 3/4

Just a regular Wednesday.

DeMarre Carroll:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 6 1 0 0 1 1/8 4/14 2/6

Last three games: 8, 7, and 8 attemtps from downtown. Carroll has been really solid. Gets the minutes, opportunities, and contributes across the board.

Caris LeVert:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 5 4 1 0 1 2/4 6/15 0/1

Only one time in the past 13 games has LeVert had a usage rate under 20%.

Bradley Beal:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 0 1 0 0 2 2/5 9/13 1/1

Uh….maybe we need that Wall after all.

Kelly Oubre Jr.:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 6 3 2 2 2 3/6 9/17 0

Played a team-high 34 minutes. Has been underwhelming and inconsistent, but this is what he can do. Like my momma used to always tell me….Potential don’t mean shit. Gotta do it and on a consistent basis.

LaMarcus Aldridge:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 27 9 4 1 2 0 0/2 12/23 3/3

Has had a usage rate over 30% in seven straight games. No laughing matter.

Kyle Anderson scored 16 points, while Rudy Gay scored 10. No other Spurs player scored in double figures, and they still won 98-90. LMAO!!!

  1. WillieStone says:
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    Yo Son,

    Wanted to say that I’ve been reading your stuff all season and it’s been a pleasure, so much gratitude for your work. Definitely a worthy successor to JB.
    Anyways, got a question. What’s your take on non-playoff teams messing with the waiver wire during the playoffs?

    Thanx in advance. Respect from Seoul.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Yo,

      Always a pleasure to hear from someone in the Motherland. You army?

      Appreciate the kind words and happy to hear that you enjoy reading my ramblings.

      In general, I don’t think non-playoffs teams should be doing anything once they are out. With that said, is there a consolation bracket or some other set up? What exactly were they doing?

      • WillieStone says:
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        @Son: @Son:
        Thanx for your reply. I’m a kyopo from SF (go Dubs!)just chilling in Seoul.
        Regarding the waiver wire, a non-playoff team dropped a bunch of his/her big name players and picked up INJ players earlier this week. It’s actually one of the Razzball leagues. I wrote on the message board asking what the other remaining playoff team felt about this but only one responded, who said he/she wasn’t quite sure what to do about the situation. I mentioned on the same post that I wouldn’t pick up any of the players cuz I felt a non-playoff team should not interfere with the waiver wire but also mentioned to each his own. Surely enough, the team I’m currently playing against picked up most of the top players. I have nothing against my opponent, if anything, I enjoy the challenge tho my chances of winning this week just got a bit lower. I wrote the message to the league as well as you to get an idea of the etiquette behind this since this is my 1st public league I’ve joined.

        Anyways, thanx again, man.

        • Mr. Blast says:
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          @WillieStone:

          I’d be HEATED!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @WillieStone: A Dubs fan? Are you in Seoul spying for the Great Leader!!!

          As you probably know, I’m a Lakers fan. Just jealous. That’s all. I miss clubbing in Korea. Been a loooooong time.

          Anyways, sorry to hear about your situation. I did read Tony mentioning that in the RCL post. It’s bullshit. Plain and simple. I don’t know why people do shit like that. I’ll have to think of a way to fix that for next year. Anyways, good luck my man. I hope you win in spite of the BS.

  2. Mr. Blast says:
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    AYO!

    Wzup Son ?! You still alive in your league/leagues ?

    I’m winning my semi finals matchup.. actually crushing dude!

    Looking ahead at next week already = Finals baby!

    Would you add John Wall or Gary Harris ?

    12 teamer – H2H

    Lowry / J. Murray / Fox / Dejounte / Wright
    Tobias / Prince / Miro / Hardaway / JJ
    Gobert / Blake / WCS / Skal / Monroe

    Available guys I’m looking at – Gary / Wall / Len / DSJ

    Delon is getting dumped for sure going into a 2 game week.

    You see anything else there ?

    Thanks man!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      AYO!!! I’m toast in my leagues. Full DFS mode now. Good to hear about your predicament. Bring home the chip!!! I’d take a chance on Wall. Good luck!

  3. Swick says:
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    in a heated playoff battle, its ok to drop simmons and isaac for len and diallo? dont know if simmons will help at all this week

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Yeah, I’d be good with that. While the matchup with PHX is juicy, it’s only one game. You need volume at this point. Plus, with Gordon back, Simmons’ usage rate plummets.

  4. Justin says:
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    In a really close matchup in a 9 cat league. Only 1 waiver pick left. Matchup is close in fg% steals, blocks, points. Who would you pick up: Beasley, crowder, josh Jackson,Bjelica, Quinn cook (but Steph is back).

    I was thinking josh Jackson but his bad shooting can also ruin my chances of winning. What u think?

    • Justin says:
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      @Justin: also is Giannis a drop? Only has 1 game on Sunday that he could potentially play in..

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Justin: Is this your finals? Who’s available?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Justin: Josh Jackson for me. Those 2 matchups, CLE and ORL, are too juicy.

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