What an incredible NBA Opener for big men!  Maybe the Sixers aren’t as crazy after all…?  But the bigs across the league went absolute ham; they were big hams!  It’s why in Supermarket Sweep the people would always go for the hams first.  Why did they never go to the wine section?!  Just nab the best ish there and start a party!

Myles and JV go for 30, Embiid has an epic debut, but it was Anthony Davis who takes home the best line of the openers thus far, going an absurd 50/16/5/7/4!  I mean, it could literally be the best line of the season…  Double rainbow, 7 steals?!, shot 17-34, and hit 16-17 FT.  After taking a little flack keeping him #1 last year, Brow started the 15-16 season going 18/6/2/0/3 shooting 4-20 (420!) and 10-15 FT.  Dude, apparently the Pelicans medical staff – in all of their immense glory and wisdom – should’ve taken a hammer to his ankle before last season!  Hard to believe a mere 1.5 weeks ago his status for the opener was in question off a kankle, but we’re seeing the ups and downs of what it’ll be like to be a Brow owner.  Especially the dread of seeing him play 41 minutes in a loss…  I nabbed him in one league, and might try some preposterous sell highs.  But the allure of lines like that are tough to ignore.  We just all know we’re one horrific Pels medical staff decision away from this happening to him walking out of the training room.  Here’s what else happened on our first major slate of NBA games of the 2016-17 Fantasy Basketball Season:

Harrison Barnes Hit a huge 3 to put the Mavs in overtime, but it was all for naught.  As was his incredibly empty ThrAGNOF line of 19/9/0/0/0 with 3 treys…

Dirk Nowitzki Rainbow alert!  22/8/2/2/2 for Herr Grandpa.  Too bad it couldn’t germinate into a W.

Wesley Matthews 13/5/3/3/0 on an atrocious 3-16 shooting.  “Is that goal regulation size or what?!”  I watched some of this game, and he looked like the Wes Mat of the Blazers yesteryear, so if he stays cold a couple more games, I would buy low.

J.J. Barea Always finds ways to surprise you, despite falling off the radar. “I’m a grower not a shower!”  22/2/6/0/1 in a whopping 39 minutes.  Against a pretty big team, JJ plays 39 minutes and Andrew Bogut only 20…

Myles Turner F yes!  If only this was how last year started…  We would be gushing with Myles thanks!  30/16/1/2/4 in an absolutely epic line, with a trey for good measure.  But before we go vaulting him into the 2nd round, JJ Barea was playing center apparently… 

I mean seriously, why even line up for that jump ball?!  All joking aside, the Mavs did keep it small for some reason…  Myles exploits!

Jeff Teague 20/2/8/3/0 in his debut.  Monta Ellis had a surprising 19/7/7/3/0 as well.  As with all these Pacers lines, fast-paced + overtime = stats orgy.

Justise Winslow Feeling pretty good about my bullishness on Justise thus far!  15/8/4/1/2 shooting 7-15 with 1-1 FT.  People were blind to Justise!

Hassan Whiteside Ugh, this was like a vintage 14-15 Whiteside…  18/14/1/0/4 but 0-4 FT.  The Magic gave every fan a pair of clappers to really get in his head at the stripe (don’t fact check that).

Elfrid Payton No one on the Magic really did that much to surprise you, except I loved Shelfrid’s 8-8 FT.  Only 5 dimes, but sneaks in a couple of blocks, and this was a pretty tough matchup against a slow and plodding Heat team.

Nikola Vucevic Starts out on a hot foot going 17/14/3/2/0.  Not that I don’t expect lines like that to be the norm, but don’t forget Bismack Biyombo sat. 

Serge Ibaka 14/7/0/0/1 shooting 6-17.  Yeah, I could see a good bit of lines like this.  Less blocks than you were hoping for, not a great FG%, low REB…  A bigger role in the offense doesn’t mean a better fantasy player!

Brook Lopez Wowwwwww.  Benched to start the second half, as Kenny Atkinson apparently wanted to play different matchups.  Only 21 minutes of “Nooooooo!!!!   Clownfoooooooooot!!!” to start the season.  Definitely would buy low though…

Justin Hamilton – Reaped the rewards, going 19/10/2/0/0 with 3 treys off the bench.  He’s showed some utility when getting run before – albeit in just a few brief stretches – but there’s no way we should expect production like this most nights.

Joe Harris Wins the, “wait, who?!” surprise rainbow award of the night.  16/4/3/2/2 with 4 treys.  God the Nets look like a disaster, but full credit to the second unit keeping them close to the Shamrocks in this one.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Seeing him go in the 50-60 range in some of my RCLs was absolutely absurd.  Someone had a beat on something that I never heard…  5/2/0/1/0 to start his season, as Jeremy Lin lead the starters with only 27 minutes.  24 for RHJ.  It’ll get better though.

Jae Crowder Was going too late in drafts plain and simple.  Look at me in the green!  Fitting for a Celtic too!  21/5/2/2/1 in only 29 minutes, hitting 3 treys and shooing 9-15.

Al Horford Not huge, but 11/5/6/0/4 in his C’s debut.  Like dem swats!  Only 27 minutes, but yeah, when the other team benches their only true center, it’s going to be annoying…

Marcus Morris Sure it’s only one game and not like it was that amazing, but 17/9/3/1/0 in his debut and I couldn’t understand why he was going undrafted even in 12ers.  Adds a couple treys as well.  PI’m pretty happy here for a fixture backend player on my RCLs.

Andre Drummond Took an elbow to the face early, limiting his run to only 24 minutes of 16/6/0/1/0.  If you know an owner who panics early, this one could be sneaky buy low for a FT punt squad!

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Uggghhhhhh!  Hey, sometimes addictions can be bad, OK?!  4/0/3/2/0 with no treys, shooting 2-9.  He’s kinda a streaky player, so not reading too much into it.  Plus the Craptors play good D.

Ish Smith Mad boring 6/1/7/1/0 in his debut.  Not doing enough ish!  I’d hold in 12ers, although I did swap him out for Sergio Rodriguez in a league.   More later on the bearded Spaniard.

The Luminescent Lithuanian – So luminescent!  Although 32/11/1/0/0 only really shines a light on the scoring.  10-15 FG and 12-14 FT with only 1 TO with that line is also a big part of what he does.  Feasted with a limited Drum out there.

Kyle Lowry 10 points and 8 dimes in a lackluster line.  Sound the buy low bell!

DeMar DeRozan Drops a 40 burger.  But not much else in the stat line besides awesome %s (17-27 FG 6-6 FT) …and 6 TO.

Pascal Siakam Indeed gets the start at PF, and unsurprisingly cedes more minutes to Patrick Patterson4/9/0/1/0 for Siakam, and Pit Pat wasn’t much better….  Avoiding this position in 10/12ers.

Tim Frazier Mad solid debut from your Jrue Holiday fill-in, that was coming at a nice discount in drafts.  15/5/11/2/0.  Love a discount dimebag!

Jamba Jus – The Nurk atturk!  23/9/3/0/1 in 26 minutes, with mad solid %s of 9-13 FG, 5-6 FT and only 1 TO.

Nikola Jock Itch – Wait, did these two switch bodies?!  Now before Slim goes carpet bombing my comments with “I told you so’s”, it’s only one game, and not like I didn’t like Nurk or was huge on Jock Itch!  I still ended up #1 on Nurk, and right in the middle on Jokic.  I didn’t even come close to being able to get Jokic in the 40s anyway.  5/7/2/0/0 in a horrific 21 minute debut, with an absurd 4 TO.  It’s literally Freaky Friday between these two.  But even though she’s nuts, Lindsay Lohan is still hot, and Jaime Lee Curtis isn’t too bad either for a Milf!

Emmanuel Mudiay Ugh.  I took an upside flier here in a bunch of league, and all he does to impress me is hit 7-8 FT.  11/7/3 with 6 TO on 2-8 shooting.  Yuck.

Wilson Chandler Just gets a shout for being 3rd in minutes at 30:13.  Hilarious!  Hey, the Nugs did win!

Will Barton 22/5/2 filling in for Gary Harris, but lights it up with 7-12 FG, 6-6 FT, and 2 treys.  Another hot game or two, and he’s a great sell high.  Gary still gonna get his run.

Kenneth Faried I took a value pick on him in one RCL as my last pick, and I got 14 boards.  This comment brought to you by “Muahahahaha Jokic drafters taking him top-30!”

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Main guy I went through and was sure to add in all my leagues.  He was 40% owned last night, and I got him in 2 or 3 RCLs.  23/14/0/1/1, led the Hornets in scoring, shot 10-18, hit 3-3 FT, and had 0 TO.  He just legit looked like the best Hornet out there too, with his energy and mad athleticism translating to both sides of the court.  Must-add in 12ers, and a strong consideration in 10ers.

Roy Hibbert – Ewwwww, gets 32 minutes and 5 blocks.  Cody Zeller is still coming off a knee bruise, so it wasn’t a big surprise to see him get limited run off the bench.  Epic sell high for Roy if he keeps it up a few more games.  Zeller looked good too in his 14 minutes, going 15/3/1/0/2.  Great line for 14 minutes, just ask Jokic!

Russell Westbrook We knew this would be a great one against the Sixers…  What we might not have known is the Sixers really pushed em for this W!  32/12/9 with only 2 TO on 11-21 shooting with a trey.  If the TO can stay down and he shoots this efficient, oh boy!

Steven Adams Was fine…  16/5/1/3/0 in 36 minutes, although like 3 of his dunks came on absolute travesties on defense from the Sixers.  Plus with both their C’s on minutes limits, Adams got some run against Richuan Holmes…  Even with that in mind, couldn’t muster a block?!  5 rebounds?!  And was only 7-16 FG overall.  All that said, he’s Westbrook’s first target every play/pass.  I still don’t know if he’s the 70ish overall player like you guys are seeing, but should be better than my rank…

Victor Oladipo It also helped that Oladipo looked horrible.  10/5/1/0/1 with 3 TO on 4-16 shooting.  I obviously didn’t think it would be that bad, but hell this was against the Sixers!  It’ll get better, but my stance of having him closer to 30 than 20 or even top-20 is looking pretty defensible outta the gate!  Oladipo is not going to be a great off-the-ball scorer.

Jerami Grant Ya know, the line wasn’t great (10/4/0/0/2) in 22 minutes, but he looked pretty good out there with confidence to take his shot.  I am still bullish on this guy.  Helps that…

Dario Saric …I’m sorry, just looks like “a guy” out there.  5/7/2/0/0 on 2-12 shooting, and just doesn’t look like a great NBA player to me.  More a role player.  Would not be surprised if he cedes his starting spot to Grant sooner than later.  Sorry Saric fans.

Nik Stauskas Showed some surprising moxie for a weak Sauce player…  5-6 from the field, but it was a pretty empty scoring line.  Meh.

Sergio Rodriguez – Alongside MKG, was the other player I rigorously added everywhere last night.  12/4/9/0/0, 5-11 shooting, 2 treys, and nary a TO.  Just flat out looked 2 or 3 tiers better than T.J. McConnell, who looks like a character from a WWII movie with his Dapper Dan combover now.  McConnell did fall into 7 dimes in 16 minutes, but didn’t take a shot, and was -14 to Sergio’s +8.  Not that +/- is ever a true indicator of anything, but at the eye level, Sergio looks like he is your clear PG starter.  Add him wherever you can.

Joel EMBIIIIID – Trust the process!  And trust EMBIIIIID!

Apr 15, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) during warm ups before a game against the Miami Heat at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Looked flat out awesome.  Taking fadeaways, shooting 3s, and at the end, taking isos right up against Steven Adams in pivotal moments.  In his first career NBA game!  20/7/0/0/2 with a trey, but did shoot only 6-16 with 4 TO.  7-8 FT was nice though.  But the smoothness, the way he is now the face of that team…  Pretty cool.  EMBIIIIIID!

Gorgui Dieng Choo choo!  12/14/2/2/1 on 5-10 shooting, 2-2 FT, and no TO.  Doesn’t look huge, but the metrics whore aspect of his game is gonna make you a pimp!

Kris Dunn Only 15 minutes in his debut for 8/4/1/1/0.  Tibs ended up rolling his starters big minutes, shocker!

JaMychal Green 12/7/1/0/1 as the starter, hitting 2 treys and playing 29 minutes.  I hit a home run on ranking him this well before he was announced the starter!  Wish it stayed a little more under the radar…

Z-Bo – 19/11 with empty D stats off the bench.  Everyone can play nice with this PF/C rotation!

Marc Gasol 18/3/2/0/4.  Where’s the rebounds?!  But as we saw in preseason, hit a trey as well.  32 minutes doesn’t seem like they’re limiting him too crazy either…

Andrew Harrison With no Tony Allen and no Chandler Parsons, gets 38 minutes!  Led all Grizzlies.  Didn’t do much with them though.

Rudy Gay All the drama made him way too much of a value.  I only got him in one RCL, but at like 95th!  22/3/2/0/4.  The blocks are a little fluky, but daddy like!

Matt Barnes – Sure DeMarcus Cousins only played 24 minutes because the Kings got to a big lead, but Matty B led the bench in minutes going 14/7/3/0/0 with 2 treys.  Not huge, but I think the STL and BLK will still filter their way in.

Ty Lawson – 9/6/7/2/1 on 3-9 shooting and in 36 minutes.  It’s just a band-aid while Darren Collison is suspended, but for streaming, I guess he’s usable.  Uber usable.  Well, should’ve used an Uber.

Marquese Chriss Yeah, buzz was getting too loud here, only 7/4/2/0/1 in 22 minutes in his debut.  I guess the minutes are kinda what we expected…  4 TO on that line too though.  Bleh.

Dragan Bender I was asleep before most of this game, but I’m guessing a lot of his 10/2 line on 4-5 shooting came in junk time.  Still annoying to see Bender have the better line after how bad Chriss outshined him in preseason…

Brandon Knight Shoots only 1-8 in 26 uninspiring minutes.  Did get 5 dimes in his horrible line at least, and it should get much better.

Jared Dudley Lays a Milk Dud.  Still played 26 minutes though, so I think there will be some streamability/deep league utility here still…

James Harden Is a monster (34/8/17), but the Rox lose to the Lakers!  In D’Antoni’s debut!  This is so D’Antoni…  But good for fantasy!

Clint Capela 16/9/0/0/1 in a nice start, and thankfully avoids the line all but once!  8-11 FG too.  Glad to see the slow start in preseason didn’t have any ill-effects, although only 26 minutes is a little annoying…

D’Angelo Russell 20/1/3/1/0 in a yawnstipating debut.  Well, for where you drafted him.  3 TO, but also 4 treys.  And nice to see…

Jordan Clarkson …go 25/3/1/3/0 off the bench.  Geez, 4 AST from the pair?!  Anti-D’Antoni!

Brandon Ingram Was expectedly blah.  9 points, 3 boards, a trey, and nothing else.

Julius Randle 18/7/6/0/1 for a nice start to his season, especially out-diming Russell and Clarkson combined.  9-11 from the field as well.  Maybe he’s going to end up surprising this season as a breakout, maybe the assists will indeed be a surprise, although I’d need to see extended success from Orange Julius.

 

How did your first NBA Wednesday go, Razzball Nation?!  Shoot your thoughts below, and happy NBA season!

 

  1. Dante Green says:
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    NURKIC > JOKIC (Slim’s gonna like this one. Haha)

    The first week of the season is always the most important. It is here where the waiver darlings like Crowder from last season and Green two years ago come out. I great pick up could very well make a team a contender. I have guys like Delly, Saric and RHJ who I am willing to drop for anyone you mentioned above. You have one in mind that I could swap for either of the two(other than the ones you mentioned here)? I only get to bid on one player because my league only allows one move per week.

    Players Im interested in:
    JaMychal Green
    Sergio Rodriguez
    Allen Crabbe
    Jonathan Simmons

    • Slim

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      @Dante Green: That’s the order right there with JaMychal and Sergio being need related and a pretty big falloff to the other 2.

      I’ll take Delly over Sergio though just because I don’t trust the sixers and there’s only Brogdon backing up DellyV. Saric/RHJ vs JaMychal… man… I’ll go, JaMychal, Saric, RHJ but it’s close. Nets coach pissed me off pretty good yesterday. I have zero faith in his rotations. But still if you need a PG, Sergio looks like a good one. Vs Frazier is close, but I’ll take Sergio over Lawson for sure and Ish too since his time is limited and he’s a pretty limited fantasy asset anyway.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Dante Green: @Slim: Hah, I always said long-term it’s no question! Didn’t think Malone would yank Jokic that often this first game… We’ll see. Agree with Slim, although I feel like I can never have enough PG. Usually will be Sergio for me. I would put RHJ ahead of Saric still. While I share Slim’s annoyance with the Nets, I also don’t think Saric is that great…

        • Slim

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          @JB Gilpin: I’m probably overreacting to the Nets nonsense last night. We’ll see… looks like he was an assistant under D’Antoni and coach butthole (I cant remember how to spell Budholtzer and im not looking it up) if that’s any kind of sign.

          I never said long term, I say redraft! But it was just a tough match up for Jokic and an easy one for Nurkic, Jokic will be fine, just not #30 overall fine with maybe, maybe 10 PPG. But the rebounding and ast:to ratio will be better, although I do think TOs arent a positive category for Jokic.

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Slim: I dunno, Kenny A might legit get the nickname Kenny Asshole by next week.

            Oh I know you did Slim, I remember…

    • Slim

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      @Dante Green: I’m just glad I’m not being called “crazy” anymore for thinking that about Nurk vs Joke. Validation!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Dante Green: @Slim: Can’t argue crazy level anymore…

  2. Slim

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    Yeah Nene still got his usual 22 min. No real surprise, I think 26 is about expected moving forward from Capela. Just stay off that FT line.

    Adams is gonna get his, nice to see his such a big part of the offense now. Gonna get a few 20/10 games in there with all those attempts. It ain’t like I’m dropping Adams for Hibbert… oh and blocks aren’t Adams game anyway. 1.5 is tops. it’s the 1+ steals for a big man and the improved USG we are going to like so much, and he’s a career .600 FG guy so I’m not worried about his ability to finish at the rim and it’s not like he was throing up labrodoodles (Razzball-TM) out there.

    Chriss was solid. I added him in a 12er since those were the minutes I was looking for. Also he came out in garbage time so in a close game we may have gotten more out of him. Can’t let a guys 1st game in the NBA sway his 82 game outlook.

    Although… Eff the Nets coach. I don’t want any Nets on my teams. We may have found our new Skiles.

    Lovin that Sergio $2 REL buy right about now.

    Myles was awesome but I’m not reading too much into that monster line. I mean he was being guarded by Dirk? I could get 14 boards against old man Dirk. Oh and that EmBIIIIID vine looks like the slowest turnaround jumper I have ever seen. Good thing he had Roberson on him, good job by the guard though to force Adams into the lane.

    James Ennis looked solid, I think he takes some SG minutes when Parsons gets back. Oh and hurry back Parsons, they need you.

    Jockitch was getting destroyed by Brow, but his passing looked awefully suspect in this one. Nurk had the better passes for sure, but neither got a single 4th q minute cause Faried was guarding Brow and Brow was playing center. But I thought it almost cost them the game. I mean they get a nice 10 point lead with Nurk dominating then don’t go back to it at the end and Wilsons labradoodles (TM) were getting tough to watch. Harris is going to crush his minutes. Don’t be such a tinkerer Malone. Make them react to your lineup, not the other way around.

    What is with these NBA players and they’re rediculous looks. I’ll take Aron Baynes as the “WTF is that” of the night.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Slim: 22 for Nene is kinda a lot, no? Only 19 last year… But was well higher years before… Hah agree on Adams. Well over Hibbert, no change there. Mehhhhh, I just never was buying into Chriss at the same level anyway. WCS posterized the crap outta him too. Yeah, my $3 Scola buy looks OK-ish, not thrilled, but that will hopefully be my only Net. I might have Lin somewhere. Not looking great.

      Yeah I was saying the same on Myles, with Mavs going small. Embiid isn’t fast, but smoooooth. Looked great. Haha poor Wilson. Can’t believe the run. but yeah, this was my concern on Nurk – mins.

      Oh FFFFFF! I totally forgot to put that in! I’ll throw some images of his haircut mask for the weekend wrap. Ridiculous

    • Lasandro says:
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      @Slim: I’ll take it that yesterday was the first time you saw Baynes this season? He’s been rockin that Mad Max look for a minute now. Bloody Australians… oh, wait.

      Nuff said re: Nurk. Absolutely agree that it was the strangest of moves to have Faried out there for pivotal 4th quarter mins while both Jok and Nurk were humping the bench. Why steer away from something that’s winning you the game? Those Pels commentators kept emphasizing that they needed to keep Nurk off the brds because he was causing havoc in there. Then he hardly sees any run towards the end of the game. However…

      …I had (hot) flashbacks of Larry Screw and his fcked up rotational tendancies when I saw our boy Kenny at work last night. Forget the absolutely dick move of benching BLo to start Scola in the 2nd half (I guess coach hadn’t pulled up his bag man’s career stats prior to the game?). There was a point in the 3rd quarter where Lin really was heating up. Hit two straight 3s, had some nice dimes and got fouled a couple of times going to the hole. Then he gets pulled, in the midst of this momentum-swinging performance. Even the most biased of announcers, Tommy Heinsen, had no choice but to ask: “Lin is just starting to heat up and the coach pulls him?” I had to tweet that at the Nets. What’s next? Kenny’s gonna come out to the press and complain “we just have no consistency on our team” – the famous line Drew spat out two seasons ago when he churned out something like 70 different starting lineups in MIL.

      As a BLo and Lin owner, I’ not worried just yet. I know Brook can do some damage in 25min. But I’d rather that 32min range, as expected. Here’s hoping it was a one off. Lin, meanwhile, looks very comfortable and confident. Me likey.

      Dieng Train looked SO good last night! I swear he’s more aware of his fantasy value these days, since I told him about it that sunny day in Vietnam. Keep chuggin for me Train Man!!

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Slim: @Lasandro: Hah yeah I hadn’t seen him in preseason. those Australians!

        Yeahhhhh, this Kenny A is a really kenny Asshole. Annoying thing is, is he’s gonna get fired by next year, so all of this won’t matter except for your Nets investments. Agree Lin looked pretty good, just annoying at 27 mins.

        Choo choo! Dieng Train!

  3. Bye Felica says:
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    You dropping Saric for MKG

    • Lasandro says:
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      @Bye Felica: Absolutely. Unless your L has extra points for being European.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Bye Felica: @Lasandro: Hah just tell your league he’s “Michel Kidd-Gilchrist from France!” Def MKG 🙂

  4. Lasandro says:
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    In my 10 team roto I swapped Noah out for Winslow (over an available MKG). I just think that the D stats are there for him and he looked oh so good next to whiteside. I’m a believer. I was going to try and claim a freshly dropped colli off the wire, but should I try and stick with Winslow? My dimes are just fine with harden and Frazier spearheading my assists.

    You need to get a little bit more erect on Jamba Jus my friend – don’t worry about you being the highest on him on fantasypros! He’s just a better player than Jokic and, as I pointed out on another post, everyone on that team treats him like an alpha when he’s out there. He won’t score that much regularly, but he won’t be far off.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Lasandro: Winslow vs. MKG…. Close! Agree more D stats for Winslow, but prob more Pts from MKG. Huge strides in offense that we saw for a few games last yr. I think I would still Colly and try trades.

      Hah, I am almost at full mast here! I feel like I’ve had this erection for more than 4 hours!

    • Lasandro says:
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      @JB Gilpin: Yeah well, mute point either way with MKG now taken. Either way, Winslow should be a solid upgrade over Noah. And that’s not knocking Noah at all! I watched that Knicks game and those wankers, Melo and Rose, are still playing as if it’s an All Star game. Not utilizing the skillset of one of the best passing bigs of the past decade. Silly situation over there..

      Well noted re: Colly. I’ll still put in a claim for him swapping out Winslow, or perhaps Kieff? Well, let’s see how the other Morri plays tomorrow with WAS, first..

      GREAT recap as per usual. Had me laughing on the train home. Keep that mast full!

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Lasandro: @Lasandro: Isn’t it moot point? 🙂 Agree, I think I had Winslow higher in pre-ranks anyway. Totally good with seeing how Kieff plays first, I had him and Winslow right in the same range. Just thing starting PG always hold the value. Really appreciate that man!

      • Lasandro says:
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        @jb gilpin: I’ll mute you if you keep up that nonsense! Spelling bea legend over here!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Lasandro: Hah I was more being sure I wasn’t wrong all these years!

  5. Bye Felica says:
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    Does anyone believe in Myles Turner more than me and JB?
    I heard some noise for taking him 37 in a league where I’m picking from the last position. I think you have to reach there when you go CP3 & Damian Lillard 12th & 13th. All the hog Bigs were off the board, no block upside left at that point. I don’t know but i think he has the ability to finish top 30 this year pretty easy because of his %. I might have overpaid but whatever. I took Blake Griffin 38th if that means anything lol

    At least i wasn’t the guy taking Rondo 5th (that’s 5th overall)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Bye Felica: I will say, expert ranks did have me in the middle on Myles this year, which makes me sad. Al Jefferson playing only 11 minutes is surprising, but as mentioned, the Mavs went really small. Haha Rondo went 5th overall in your league?!

      • Bye Felica says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah man… crazy huh. It’s your league actually. One of the RCL’s lol

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Bye Felica: Huh, really?! Which one?

          • Bye Felica says:
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            @JB Gilpin: no not one you’re playing in. I missed out again. I just meant it’s a RCL league. I hope? I signed up in the index

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Bye Felica: Ah gotcha haha. Yeah I thought I woulda remembered that… Well, that’s no fun for anyone! But perils of doing free leagues….

  6. JakeTPE says:
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    Hey JB! Great recap. You’re really hammering out the posts! And what a night in the hoops!

    So, I’m thinking of grabbing EMBIIIIID!!! before any of my league mates do. The drop would probably be my last-round pick Robin Lopez, who is in the tier two above Embid’s heading into the season.

    I jumped on Porzingis really early last year and it was great in the early going. Do you see a similar impact? I know it’s just one game but the upside!! I figure there are probably similar calibre players to Lopez on the wire if it doesn’t work out… Worth a shot? Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @JakeTPE: Thanks man, appreciate it! Yeah I would get Embiid. A lot of his rank is minutes concern and re-injury concern. Sounds like a slightly shallower league (10 team?), so give me upside of Embiid. Mehhhh, not quite that high vs. the Goose. I bed less blocks and way less 3s.

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        @JB Gilpin: Brilliant. Thanks, JB. Yeah, it’s a ten teamer so I think you can take some chances on the young guys and still have a decent FA pool should it not work out. Have a great day, sir!

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          @JakeTPE: Exactly, in like a crazy deep league, I might go safety of Rolo, but can take more upside plays in 10ers. Thanks man, have a good one yourself!

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    Hey JB/Slim! Would you drop Matthews for Knight? He was just dropped in our league.

    Thanks!

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      @NameNotFound: Hey man! Yup gimme Knight!

      • Jensen says:
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        @Slim: Talk about a panic drop. Geeze

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          @Jensen: Not like Matthews is THAT much worse. #ShallowLeagueProblems

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            @JB Gilpin: It is a 16er but we only have 1 bench. Can you help me make some 2 for 1 trades so I can free up some space? I have Lowry, Millsap, Favors, Dragic, Dieng, Parsons, Matthews(dropping for Knight), Nurkic. Thanks!

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            @JB Gilpin: Wasn’t able to get Knight, I was just #2 on waiver so stuck with Matthews.

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              @NameNotFound: Ah gotcha, sucks you didn’t get Knight though! Hmmmmm. Pretty even team with nice low TO. I think I might be more apt to move Nurk + someone after a good start for an all around guy.

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    I think you mean remember Biyombo on friday not saturday, Correct me if im wrong he served his 1 game suspension which would make him available against Detroit on friday and clevland saturday,

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      @Diggz: Hah I just meant “Bismack Biyombo sat” as in sat down, I can see how that was a little misleading though!

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        @JB Gilpin:

        Threw me for a loup thats forsure, considering ESPN still has SSPD beside his name. But thanks for clarifying man.

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          @Diggz: Hah no worries 🙂

  9. Hey JB, Slim and Razzballers! Great to be here for another season…

    Would you all trade Nikola Vucevic and Jimmy Butler for Whiteside or hold?

    8-cat H2H each category. Thanks guys!

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        @wnwdotcom: Hey man, good to see ya back! Hmmmmm. 10er I def would. It’s good depth… How big is your need for another big? Leaning yes, but barely

        • @JB Gilpin: My current bigs are…

          Nikola Vucevic
          Jonas Valanciunas
          Clint Capela
          Tobias Harris
          Dario Saric
          Nikola Mirotic

          Feeling good about Jonas and Capela after last night but I could use the blocks.

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            @wnwdotcom: Yeah you could use an upgrade. I’ll take the deal!

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    Are we at least a little bit sold on Avery taking that next big leap this year? I’m tellin ya man, his dimes are going to rise this year, as will his FT attempts and scoring in general. He and Crowder looked beautiful together. Trading away my Wes for Avery yesterday is cause for celebration! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBYNSbqTGwg

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      @Lasandro: Ehhhh, i almost threw him a mention, but was flying through. Heavy schedule nights are tough for these. Will be watching the C’s intently tonight for IT2/3 and Crowder on my REL squad. I need some blocks!

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      @JB Gilpin: See what I meant about dem dimes? Wooooooooo!!

      • Slim

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        @Lasandro: Yep, he’s really working hard right now, he looks focused and aggressive. I like what I see a lot. No Turner is really helping, Smart might eat into it a smidge, esp if they try to keep Rozier’s minutes up in the mid20s too. Don’t get cute on us Stevens…

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          @Lasandro: @Slim: Well 40+ minutes from Bradley in a Stevens system is mad encouraging! Don’t you worry Las, gave you a shout in today’s daily notes 🙂

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    I dropped Jerami grant for Jonathan Simmons. Grant seemed to be squeezed between a lot of philly bigs.

    Also, was offered jokic for klay. Tempted because klay looked awful.

    Thoughts on Justin Hamilton and wade IV?

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      @Hamtime: Ehhhh i dunno about that, I think he’s just flat out better than Saric. I don’t mind moving on, but I think I woulda done it for someone else. I think I had those two right next to each other. If no need for 3s/scoring, then sure. Hamilton isn’t gonna play this many minutes most nights. Grizz had a lot of guard minutes out (shifting Ennis to SF) although I did totally forget to mention his 1.5 rainbow. Perils of recapping so many games! I doubt he get that many D stats again though, but 22-24 minutes might be about right!

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    Thoughts on Henson getting 10 mins, 4 points, 4 boards, 0 blocks? I think he’s the first to go in my 16 team 10 cat (OREB) even though I don’t have a ton of bigs depth. Joe Johnson and Marquiss Chris were dropped and was thinking of putting in a claim. I also own and could cut B Portis, T Lyles, Jerami Grant. What do you think of these guys? Thanks

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      @Dom: also is LuoL Deng a must hold in 12ers? My streaming spot turned into Tim Frazier and I feel that I’d get more value out of streaming than Deng’s low upside

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        @Dom: Not too surprising, Monroe played a lot, and Henson was always a long-term play. Def getting Grant for the blocks there. I could see getting Johnson as a backup though. Well, I would rather own Frazier too, I wanna see another few games of Deng first before cutting in 12ers

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    Similar thoughts as what has been mentioned above. I have Harris/Nurk/Jok in my Turd Nuggets team..shocked that Nurk didnt get any 4th qtr minutes.

    Atkinson- I mean his coaching totally helped out my Hamilton stream but if I’m a BKN fan (are there really any outside of Jay Z?), I’d be preparing to be tweeting out WTH and WTF on game nights.

    Grabbed Sergio in 1 league..JB sniped him in the other 2 that I wanted him.

    Seth Curry- Not sure if he should really be any more than a 15-20 min specialist/sparkplug off the bench. Coach asks him to defend more in the preseason, fouls out in 16 mins of action. Not bad for 16 mins shooting 3/4 with a 7/3/1/3/1 w/ no turnover a 3ptr. Barea took advantage with 22/2/6/0/1 with a pair of 3s on 39 mins of action.

    2 of my guys Dipo and Fournier had fugly FG %s but big boooo to Dipo since he was playing vs the Sixers. Good to see the attempts were there though.

    Btw, Razzball has totally messed up the visuals on EMBIIIIIIIIID but just seeing those signs during the game ” Trust the process, Embiid” ><

    Hibbert had a good game which I thought he would against those eager beaver Bucks slashers low vertical bigs. Now i need a few more good games out of him with Roto notes reminding of his epic stat fades so i can trade him for something.

    Nice to see Tyler Johnson have a good game wih a 15/6/3/2 on 7 for 11 shooting with a pair of 3s. Would have loved a steal but I'm just being a spoiled brat. His role fits him so well especially against the guard defense of the ORL 2nd unit. Take as much time as you need, JRich!!

    Wanted to comment on the Celts and Twolves but I gotta get going with the job that pays the bills.

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      @jay: While I’m in no way arguing Nurk shouldn’t be out there, I’m not surprised. I know they still wanna limit his run. Ugh, yeah Atkinson is about to be Razzball villain #2. Behind Pels medical satff 🙂 Huzzah for Sergio sniping!

      Curry – 100% agree, which I didn’t rank him. Just didn’t see it. Barea plays 39 mins too! Still think Dipo is gonna struggle off ball. Westbrook started every half court set. Hah yeah I would be hoping for awesome games and sell high on Hibby too.

      Yeah pretty solid game from TyJo, still think JRich is gonna squeeze some run there, sadly 🙁 Hah, well, doing the daily notes is the same thing for me!

  14. jojo says:
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    Time to drop Deng for MKG in 14 team roto?

    thanks!!

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      @jojo: Mannnnn, any other drops? I want MKG over him indeed, but wanna give Deng a few more games, especially in a 14er

      • jojo says:
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        @JB Gilpin: the other bench warmers are Biyombo and Matt Barnes.

        So between Biyombo , Barnes and Deng, who’s the one to drop?

        thanks!!

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          @jojo: Def one of them… Probably Biyombo, unless you have a dire need for BLK

  15. Jay

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    GIFs are looking good brotha.

    Listen, obviously we’re going to be in small sample size territory for a while, but I have a general question because as you know, I’m a super b-ball noob:

    I remember you saying that I should be on the look out for AST. I’m going to look to see where I’m at in a few weeks, but how long do you generally wait before switching things up? I can already see some trends forming on my team (High TO, low BLK, avg STL.) But when do you start addressing these counting stats?

    Or maybe the question is, when does small sample size in basketball start normalizing?

    LeBron James SF,PF
    Kyle Lowry PG
    Gorgui Dieng PF,C
    Carmelo Anthony SF,PF
    Dirk Nowitzki PF,C
    Bradley Beal SG
    Jordan Clarkson PG,SG
    Avery Bradley PG,SG
    J.J. Redick SG
    Markieff Morris SF,PF,C
    Zach Randolph PF,C
    Al-Farouq Aminu SF,PF
    Manu Ginobili SG,SF

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jay: Thanks man! Wish I had time to do a few more, Wednesday slates are rough. Your TO shouldn’t be thattttt awful, but yeah BLK and STL are light. Maybe a week or two? NBA is a little weirder, since once rotations are set, there’s not dramatic swings. It’s when there’s injuries and coaches yanking guys early that things get messed up. So I address needs sooner than later

      • Jay

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        @JB Gilpin: Gotcha, thanks for the in man! I’ll bother you in a week in a half then, meeting halfway!

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          @Jay: Haha sounds like a plan!

    • Slim

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      @Jay: For the 1st week I pay WAYYYY more attention to minutes and whether it’s injury related or not. So like Adams line wasn’t great but 36 minutes from a 23 yo big goes a long way, and it showed how much we can rely (or the opposite of that) on a guy like Kanter. There’s exceptions for sure (Solomon Hill) but in general I pay less attention to stats this early and more to role and playing time. So like Zach Randolph with 24 minutes makes me a bit nervous, will be tough to repeat last night on the regular if that’s what can be expected moving forward.

      I think TOs will be ok. Everyone right now (besides Sergio owners) are looking at a bunch of TOs, Harden had 7 last night, I’m sure you won’t be as bad as them. Stl are a bit low but I think that’s mostly due to age. I find a players ceiling for steals and blocks tend to be at about the 23-25 yo range with a big droppoff after they turn 30. So LeBron, Melo, Dirk, Reddick, Randolph, and Manu should all continue to decline in the dstats. Usually this is fixed by going younger but that tends to negatively effect FG% which is definitely a strength for you. The blocks are a much bigger problem and I think once again it’s mostly age related, mostly. So most blocks come from bigs obviously and 3 of your 4, Dirk, Markieff, and Randolph are pretty low end. I think I’d just call it a punt and focus your energy elsewhere.

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