Sometimes things can get a little snarky here at Razzball. Sometimes? Well, yeah, Italics Baldwin. Sometimes. Uh, and ‘a little snarky’? Just a tad, yeah. What of it? Razzfall? No. You simply misread that one. I clearly typed it Razzball. Bifocal-up, son. Fine. Anyway, instead of leading off today’s roundup with Jim O’Brien’s firing and the widely-held belief that Tyler Hansbrough‘s about to bust the league over his knee, I decided to save that and start off with Orlando’s Ryan Anderson, a top 25 fantasy option owned like a top 120 fantasy option. Technically Anderson could be ranked no.25 and still be considered a top 120 fantasy option. Well, now who’s being snarky, Italics Trabek? He ended with a 23/16 line that included five threes last night, which speaks for itself. Sorta. I mean, I guess not really or else I wouldn’t have had to even type it here. It would have just appeared in your mindscape like childhood memories. Anderson was averaging about 14 mpg and a line of 8/3/0.5 through December. By January, StanVan lengthened Anderson’s rope to 25 mpg and the guy responded by sinking – not attempting, but sinking – 47 threes in the month of January. That’s 3.1 treys a game from a guy only playing half the game. That’s a three every eight minutes of playing time. The league leader in threes, Dorell Wright, sank 38 in the same number of January games and he did it in 608 minutes. That’s once every 16 minutes of playing time. Ray Allen sank 43 treys in 543 January minutes. That’s one trey every 12.6 minutes. What I’m saying is, Anderson is owned in fewer than 60 percent of fantasy leagues and there’s no reason for this. Because along with threes, his percentages are excellent, he rebounds at an above-average clip and accumulates blocks. If Brandon Bass goes down, Anderson could end this season playing top 10 basketball. His January per36 stats are 21.8/9.4/1.2 with 4.5 threes and 1.4 blocks per game. Do it! Can we go back to snarky now? Yes, Italics P. Keaton. We may.

Here’s what else went down this weekend in fantasy basketball:

Jameer Nelson – 3-for-11 from the field yesterday. I’m kinda done with Nelson. He’s getting a lot of credit for being on a good team and having that solid first half of a season back in 2008. He hasn’t scored more than 14 in any of his last six games, his assists are erratic and the one or two threes he makes doesn’t make up for a field goal percentage that looks more like it should be a three-point percentage.

Chris Bosh – Returned after two weeks off and ended with 20/7 in 36 minutes, then did the impossible. He showed authority even while LeBron and Wade were on the court? No, don’t be silly. I said “impossible,” not “make believe.” He coaxed Kevin Durant into calling him a “fake tough-guy.”

Dwyane Wade – 32/8/2 with 2 steals and 9 tovs. Those 9 tov essentially neutralize his 32 points. Hope you enjoy your no.1 draft pick’s eight rebounds, guys!

Eddie House – … Is a twerp. Your deep league team doesn’t need him and you’d hate your team even if it did.

James Harden – 5/6/5 with 2 tov and a steal in his second game starting in place of the injured Thabo Sefolosha. He’s played 68 minutes, scored 13 points and shot .333 from the field. That wind sound whirling in your ear is the sound of Harden blowing an opportunity. That brand new flava in ya ear? That’s Craig Mack.

Daequan Cook – Dookie scored 13 points in 31 minutes, then fouled out. This is the ceiling of what he’ll do this season. The 5-foot ceiling in my basement is higher.

Serge Ibaka – Seems to be in a time share with Nick Collison on the depth chart. He’s played 27 minutes, then 18, then 13 and then nine yesterday. When the team needs defense, they go Collison, when they need offense they go Ibaka. But with Durant, Westbrook and Green, how often are they really gonna go to Ibaka?

C.J. Miles – Shot 2-for-11 last night. It’s really remarkable how hot ‘n’ cold this guy gets. Almost like clockwork. Watch him go (relatively) bonkers on either Charlotte or Houston and shrivel against the other. I’d avoid him unless you can afford to take the sour along with the sweet.

Paul Millsap – Shot .385 against the Warriors. Skillsap’s turned into Sappedskills.

Earl Watson – 8/4/5 in 35 starter’s minutes in place of the injured Deron Williams. As Williams will likely be back in the lineup tonight, Watson can return to his role as sousaphonist in the NBA’s blues band alongside Taj Gibson and Sonny Weems.

Monta Ellis – 1-for-9, 2 points. Monta Funker!!

Shaquille O’Neal – A 7’1″ fat man stood no more than 15 feet away from the basket for 13 minutes, scored no points, but earned five fouls. That seems hard to do. Also, I forgot that Shaquille O’Neal’s mom is named Lucille O’Neal. Everytime I’m reminded of this I giggle.

Kevin Garnett – 18/13/5, but his 1-game streak of knuckle-pops to an opponent’s junk ended at one Channing Frye.

Marcin Gortat – 25/11, went 9-for-10 from the field, 7-for-7 from the line and he’s putting up numbers like the old Suns’ center instead of a Suns center who is old.

Manny Harris – Started in front of Daniel Gibson, who injured his left quad and will miss a game or two. Boobie be droopin’.

Samardo Samuels – 16 points in 19 minutes. Sometimes when I’m playing NBA 2Kwhatever, I choose the worst player on the team and only run the offense through him to see how awesome I can make him look for one special game. Anyone else getting the feeling the Cavs are trying the same thing with their roster?

Carmelo Anthony – Cold. Yuck. Or cold-yuck. Whichever.

J.R. Smith – If I told you that Earl Jr. scored 23 points without hitting a single three, would you believe me? No? Even if I told you he did it once before in his career (last December). Still no? Never mind then.

Ben Gordon – 35 points, 7 threes in 41 minutes. That makes up for week 1. Just 14 more weeks to go!

Greg Monroe – 15/17/2, 2 steals. I don’t love him for the rest of this season, but he’s gonna be quite the sweet A.S.S. next season (Adam’s Super Sleeper). Okay, I’ll stop trying to make ASS happen.

Austin Daye -0/1/0, 2 tovs in 10 minutes. He played 42 minutes two days before this game. Kuester must really want a seat on Jim O’Brien’s new fishing boat.

Timofey Mozgov – 23/14 in 37 minutes with Ronny Turiaf in foul trouble. MSG was chanting his name in the waning seconds of the game. As an American, any crowd chanting anything Russian still sends a chill through my bones. Also sending a chill through my bones, the thought of fantasy owners running to the waiver wire to pick up Timofey Mozgov.

Roy Hibbert – Jim O’Brien’s gone and everything I’m reading suggests that every single Pacer is set for a positive uptick in production, except maybe Danny Granger. A lot of times, teams get up to play for a new coach – or because the old coach is gone – and I do expect the Pacers to be better without O’Brien than with him. But a lot of Indiana’s problems weren’t caused by Obie. Tyler Hansbrough‘s health has kept him back far more than his spot in the rotation. Hibbert might have been manhandled by O’Brien, but he was given minutes and had the offense run through him, it’s not like Anthony Randolph or Troy Murphy who aren’t even being given a chance. Paul George and Darren Collinson were getting burn as it is and playing better. Granger? Well, Granger’s threes should dip, while is FG% rises. Fair trade. In the end, the Pacers roles have to shift and be redefined. It’s like starting all over, which is problematic because interim coach Frank Vogel is a lot like O’Brien. He’s been with him at various positions, anyway. I still think Collison’s season can be salvaged and both Hibbert and Hansbrough can regain some of that pizzaz many believe is in there, but Indiana won’t be the sudden treasure-trove of fantasy options other fantasy sites are claiming it will.

  1. brad says:

    Hansbrah or a healthy Tyrus Thomas? Hansbrah or Shawne Williams?

  2. Adam

    Adam says:

    @brad: Hansbrough, Thomas, Williams in that order.

  3. Gerald says:

    @Adam: Will you drop Arenas for George Hill?

  4. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Gerald: Go for it!

  5. brad says:

    Any thought on Jonny Flynn going forward? The way I see it, if they really believe that Rubio is coming they stick with Ridnour. If they don’t they try to give Flynn the reigns. Course this is the Wolves we’re talking about. Remember how Rambis was giving Love 25 mins per game?

  6. Adam

    Adam says:

    @brad: I think a timeshare with Ridnour is the best Flynn can hope for this season. Flynn’s been healthy for over a month and his mpgs decreased between last month and this month. Assuming Ridnour doesn’t start playing poorly, I don’t see Flynn averaging more than 25-27 mpg this season. Kahn still thinks Rubio will be a Wolf this time next year. I don’t think that, and I see the Wolves handing Flynn the reigns next year.

  7. Larry says:

    Iggy is stealing from my Jrue. Is this the writing on the wall?

  8. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Larry: Yeah, Iguodala’s been LeBron-lite lately, running the point a bit. Considering the Sixers are 6-3 (including two losses of three or fewer points) and in the hunt for a playoff spot, I don’t see this changing unless someone gives Philly one helluva deal for Andre.

  9. brad says:

    @Adam: related hypothetical:

    rubio is in the ESPN player pool this year, and, if I roster him for the last 21 days of the season I could keep him for next year. At this point my other keeper options would be Morrow or Perkins, or some other FA type. Since I traded all my good ones away.

    If I have a roster spot to spare at that point would it be worth bothering with Rubio at all? Or would it make more sense to grab Greg Oden or some other schmoe who’s stuck behind an expiring contract? Like Patty Mills or Darrell Arthur or somebody.

  10. Larry says:

    Do you think Allen is a better play than Young even if the latter starts?

  11. Adam

    Adam says:

    @brad: Believe it or not, I think Oden will play on an NBA court before Rubio does. I wouldn’t waste my time on him. If it’s no bother, might as well take him. But if it’s down to Rubio and someone else, I’d go with someone else.

    @Larry: Which Allen’s and Young’s are we talking about? Ray? Nick? Thad? Tony? Malik?

    Assuming you mean Tony and Thad, I’d go with Thad against Jersey simply to avoid having to play Allen against the Magic defense.

  12. Larry says:

    Sorry about that. Better play this week Tony Allen or Sam Young from Memphis with Mayo out.

  13. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Larry: Ahhh. Yeah, I’d go Allen. Definitely Allen.

  14. Larry says:

    Would you start Brandon Jennings in a weekly league or wait and see?

  15. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Larry: I’d wait unless your team needs assists badly. He’s likely to have a couple more rusty games.

  16. hakasan says:


    what do you think would be the value of joakim noah when he returns… i’ve been trying to buy low on him for the past month, but the owner just won’t let him go… i’m pretty much dead last in points in my league, but leading in both rebounding and blocks… i’m thinking about offering d.howard for the injured noah to raise my ft percentage… but am worried about this injury…. whaddaya think?

  17. joakim noah – Did you see the numbers he was putting when he was injuired –

  18. Adam

    Adam says:

    @hakasan: He’ll probably be worth a bit more than the week before he revealed he was injured. From what I’ve read, the injury seems to be truckin’ along smoothly.

  19. Mike Jones says:

    Adam, how would you rank these guys for these centers for rest of the season: Anderson, Hibbert, Gortat, Tyson Chandler and Ibaka?

  20. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Mike Jones: Chandler, Anderson, Hibbert, Gortat, Ibaka in that order.

  21. RevClyburn says:


    was offered a trade: Nash, Wade, Deng for Griffin, Calderone, and Wall. Sound go, but I think I’m getting played, as I have the first 3 listed. What do you think of this trade, I’m leary of it.

  22. Adam

    Adam says:

    @RevClyburn: You’re right. You’d be giving away the second, first and fourth-best players in the deal and getting the third, sixth and fifth-best players in return. Skip it.

  23. RevClyburn says:


    I have that feeling also, like I would be losing big time. That’s a trade that sounds good but really isn’t, a Trojan horse, lol. So again thanks and keep up with the great advice.


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