What’s up Razzballers? We’re back with another edition of Any Given Saturday. Speaking of being back, professional basketball player Steph Curry returned after missing 11 games with his ankle injury and went nuts in a win over the Grizzlies. Steph went for a cool 38/4/3 on 13-for-17 FG (10-for-13 3P, 2-for-2 FT) and nary a turnover. All this in only 25 minutes. What a monster. Anyway, here’s what else I saw last night in fantasy basketball:
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Jordan Bell: 11/3/2/1/4 on 4-for-4 FG (3-for-4 FT) and two TOs. One of the many fun rookies, Bell is definitely worth owning even in his limited minutes, especially if you need defensive stats.
Zaza Pachulia: 17/8/6 on 6-for-6 FG (5-for-5 FT). I guess he really doesn’t want to lose his job to Bell!
Draymond Green: 3/0/5 on 1-for-2 FG (1-for-1 3P) and a TO in his 10 minutes before getting ejected. He played 10 minutes and the Warriors still dropped 141 points!
Klay Thompson: 21/0/5 on 8-for-19 FG (5-for-11 3P) and three TOs.
Kevin Durant: 20/5/9/1/1 on 7-for-12 FG (2-for-4 3P, 4-for-4 FT) and one TO. Pretty standard stuff.
Kobi Simmons: 17/1/3/2 on 7-for-10 FG (3-for-4 3P) in 30 minutes off the bench. Definitely a guy to keep an eye on in deeper leagues as the Grizzlies will want to see what they have. It’s not like Mario Chalmers (4/1/4, 1-for-5 FG) or Andrew Harrison (5/1/3, 1-for-5 FG) are franchise building blocks.
Marc Gasol: 27/6/1/2 on 10-for-13 FG (4-for-4 3P, 3-for-3 FT) with two TOs. I love me some Marc.
Tyreke Evans: 22/3/9/1 on 9-for-16 FG (3-for-5 3P, 1-for-3 FT) with one TO. The dream season rages on.
Josh Richardson: 11/4/5/2/1 on 5-for-11 FG (1-for-2 3P) and one TO. His turnaround has been dramatic and he’s really rewarding those of you who were patient enough to stick with him.
Hassan Whiteside: 9/13/4 on 4-for-11 FG (1-for-2 FT) in 29 minutes. He’s still working his way back from an injury but he looks like he’s definitely on the right path.
Goran Dragic: 25/4/8/2/1 on 11-for-22 FG (2-for-4 3P, 1-for-1 FT) and two TOs.
Aaron Gordon: 39/7/1/0/2 on 14-for-22 FG (5-for-11 3P, 6-for-7 FT). Just like that, AG is back to being a monster.
Evan Fournier: 23/6/3/0/1 on 9-for-17 FG (3-for-6 3P, 2-for-2 FT) and two TOs. Like Gordon and Biyombo, Fournier should also benefit greatly from Vucevic’s absence.
Andre Drummond: 14/21/6/3 on 6-for-11 FG (2-for-4 FT). The added dimes have been a really nice surprise this season.
Reggie Bullock: 22/1 on 9-for-14 FG (4-for-7 3P) and one TO. Keep in mind Avery Bradley and Reggie Jackson are both injured, so Bullock’s production won’t last forever. But in the meantime, he’s worth owning.
Luke Kennard: 20/1/1/3 on 7-for-12 FG (4-for-5 3P, 2-for-2 FT). Again, there are a lot of injuries on the Pistons at the moment so this is a bit of a mirage. He’s more of a wait-and-see guy than Bullock at this point.
Kawhi Leonard: 18/2/3/1/1 on 4-for-11 FG (1-for-3 3P, 9-for-9 FT) and four TOs in just under 28 minutes. He hasn’t yet played more than 28 minutes, but he’s been solid so far. Patience is a virtue.
Kristaps Porzingis: Poison Goose put up a stellar 30/7/3/2/2 line on 11-for-22 FG (1-for-5 3P, 7-for-8 FT) and no TOs. Remember when everyone thought the Knicks were about to trade him?
Jarrett Jack: 15/4/7/1 on 5-for-13 FG (1-for-2 3P, 4-for-4 FT). Extremely unsexy, but he’s providing sneaky value for those of you that really need assists.
Michael Beasley: 15/5/1/1/1 on 6-for-14 FG (0-for-1 3P, 3-for-5 FT) in 20 minutes. He’s so much fun, but his value is really tied to those ahead of him on the depth chart. If Porzingis sits, Beas is a studly stream play.
Rajon Rondo: 8/2/12 on 4-for-8 FG (0-for-1 3P, 0-for-2 FT) and three TOs. He continues to do what he does, which is rack up dimes.
DeMarcus Cousins: 29/19/4/1 on 9-for-19 FG (3-for-6 3P, 8-for-9 FT) and one TO.
Anthony Davis: 31/9/1/0/5 on 11-for-24 FG (0-for-4 3P, 9-for-12 FT) and three TOs. Games like these from Cousins and Davis, but the Pelicans still lost to the Knicks. It just seems cruel.
Ersan Ilyasova: 13/8/2/1/1 on 5-for-15 FG (2-for-4 3P, 1-for-2 FT). Not his most efficient night, but Ghostface Ilyasova should not be on any waiver wires.
Marco Belinelli: 14/1/2/2 on 5-for-10 FG (2-for-4 3P, 2-for-3 FT) and one TO. THRAGNOF!
Dennis Schroder: 22/1/8/1 on 9-for-17 FG (1-for-3 3P, 3-for-3 FT) and one TO.
John Collins: 5/9/4/2 on 2-for-8 FG (1-for-1 FT) and one TO. Buy low!
CJ McCollum: 18/4/2/1/1 on 8-for-21 FG (1-for-4 3P, 1-for-3 FT) and two TOs.
Jusuf Nurkic: 8/11/4/1/3 on 3-for-11 FG (2-for-2 FT) and four TOs. It’s the perfect blend of useful and harmful fantasy stats. He’s so frustrating to own, but the upside is there I guess.
Shabazz Napier: 21/8/6/1/2 on 8-for-15 FG (1-for-2 3P, 4-for-4 FT) and three TOs. He’s a beast whenever Damian Lillard sits and Terry Stotts likes him enough that he’ll probably see significant minutes even with all the guards healthy.
Dario Saric: 20/9/6/0/1 on 6-for-15 FG (3-for-7 3P, 5-for-5 FT) and two TOs to lead the Sixers in scoring in their win over the Nuggets. Dario is super!
JJ Redick: 18/1/2 on 8-for-15 FG (2-for-4 3P) and one TO. Premium THRAGNOF!
Jamal Murray: 31/8/3/1/2 on 11-for-23 FG (1-for-6 3P, 8-for-9 FT). The Canadian is killing it.
Trey Lyles: 16/8/1/1/1 on 6-for-12 FG (3-for-7 3P, 1-for-2 FT) and three TOs. Another great game and is a must-own at this point.
Nikola Jokic: 19/13/6/1/3 on 5-for-14 FG (1-for-5 3P, 8-for-9 FT) and two TOs. A solid game, but Joel Embiid didn’t play and it wouldn’t be unfair of you to have expected a little more from him in his one.
Donovan Mitchell: Led the Jazz to a win over the Cavs with his 29/4/6/3/1 on 10-for-17 FG (2-for-6 3P, 7-for-8 FT) and four TOs. So cool that he got to do this at home against the GOAT.
Ricky Rubio: 16/10/8/1/1 on 6-for-12 FG (2-for-4 3P, 2-for-2 FT) and two TOs. It’s hard to complain about this line but I’ll do it anyway: where are the goddamn assists?? Another double-digit rebound game, but no double-digit assist games? C’mon man!
Rodney Hood: 12/1/2 on 4-for-13 FG (4-for-11 3P). THRAGNOF!
Kevin Love: 20/10/1 on 6-for-16 FG (3-for-10 3P, 5-for-6 FT). Not his best game, but he’s quietly put up all-star numbers this season. He’s really become overlooked these past couple years. He deserves better!
Kyle Korver: 0/1/1 on 0-for-5 FG (0-for-5 3P) THRAGNOF!?
Jeff Green: 22/3/5/1/2 on 6-for-12 FG (4-for-4 3P, 6-for-6 FT) and one TO. A great game, but he’s barely fantasy relevant.
LeBron James: 29/8/6/2/1 on 12-for-22 FG (1-for-7 3P, 4-for-5 FT) and six TOs. He lost on his birthday! Blowing candles? More like blowing leads!
Anyway, that about does it for 2017’s final instalment of Any Given Saturday. Happy New Years y’all. Stay safe out there!