In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be Dwight: and there was Dwight. Dwight Howard was vintage D12 against the Suns (I know, it’s the Suns) and tore them up for 30/12/1/1/4 on 10-for-15 FG (10-for-15 FT) with only one TO. He was fantastic across the board, and the FTs weren’t even that bad, all things considered. Dwight’s still one of the more valuable centers in the league, especially if you’re punting FTs, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be slowing down as the Hornets are still hanging on in the playoff race. As long as he doesn’t get hurt, he should be good to go every time. Anyway, here’s what else I saw last night in fantasy basketball:
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Nicolas Batum: 29/12/7/1 on 11-for-18 FG (4-for-5 3P, 3-for-3 FT) and two TOs. This was huge for Batum owners, but it was a big game against truly bad competition and I just can’t give Batum the credit I’m giving Dwight in this one. Dwight had a great game in a great season, and Batum had a great game in a not great season. Maybe (hopefully) this gives Batum more confidence to ride out the rest of the season strong.
Kemba Walker: 11/2/7/1 on 4-for-14 FG (2-for-8 3P, 1-for-2 FT) and one TO. It was a missed opportunity against the lowly Suns, but I wouldn’t be too concerned with this poor performance. He’s still Kemba.
Marvin Williams: 16/3/2/3/1 on 5-for-10 FG (3-for-8 3P, 3-for-3 FT) and one TO. Starvin Marvin feasted!
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: 8/5/2/2 on 4-for-7 FG and two TOs.
Frank Kaminsky: 16/4/2/0/1 on 5-for-10 FG (2-for-3 3P, 4-for-4 FT) and three TOs in 20 minutes off the bench. Cody Zeller sat this one out, so don’t pay too much attention to Frank the Tank right now.
Malik Monk: 4/0/1 on 2-for-5 FG (0-for-3 3P) in 13 bench minutes. Not a great look for Monk considering coach just said that Monk would get more minutes.
Troy Daniels: 17/4/3/1 on 6-for-15 FG (5-for-10 3P) and one TO in 36 minutes. A decent game, but he’s just a low-end THRAGNOF. Devin Booker, TJ Warren, Josh Jackson were all out and this was still the best he could do against a middling team like the Hornets.
Dragan Bender: 16/3/1/1/1 on 4-for-8 FG (3-for-6 3P, 5-for-6 FT) and three TOs. All the Phoenix big men are butt and unreliable. 14 of Bender’s 16 points came in the fourth quarter of what was essentially a blowout.
Tyson Chandler: 7/4/1 on 3-for-3 FG (1-for-2 FT). Butt.
Elfrid Payton: 14/3/3/1 on 7-for-13 FG (0-for-1 3P) and two TOs.
Shaquille Harrison: 14/2/4/2/1 on 6-for-10 FG (1-for-1 3P, 1-for-3 FT) and three TOs in 21 minutes in his first career start. The Suns are pretty desperate, and maybe Shaq has some low-end value while other guys are hurt.
Davon Reed: 16/6/2/1 on 5-for-8 FG (4-for-4 3P, 2-for-2 FT) and one TO. In the same boat as Shaquille. Deep league fodder if other guys stay injured.
Tyler Ulis: 11/1/10/2 on 5-for-11 FG (1-for-2 3P) and three TOs in 23 minutes off the bench. The dimebag was nice, but nobody should realistically own Ulis.
James Johnson: 20/2/5/1 on 8-for-9 FG (1-for-2 3P, 3-for-3 FT) and no TOs in only 20 minutes. That’s some glorious weekend efficiency as the Heat stepped all over the Wizards. Johnson is pretty inconsistent though, and he doesn’t get good minutes most nights out. He’s just okay for now.
Josh Richardson: 13/1/4/2 on 6-for-6 FG (1-for-1 3P) and one TO in 21 minutes. It was a blowout.
Bam Adebayo: 6/8/1 on 3-for-5 FG (0-for-2 FT) and two TOs. Hassan Whiteside was out tonight, and if he misses extended time then Bam’s probably worth a pickup.
Kelly Olynyk: 13/11/2/1/2 on 4-for-5 FG (5-for-5 FT) and two TOs. Kelly is definitely an add if Whiteside misses time, and is probably worth an add even if he doesn’t.
Tyler Johnson: 13/2/3 on 6-for-10 FG (0-for-3 3P, 1-for-1 FT).
Goran Dragic: 10/2/3 on 4-for-6 FG (1-for-1 3P, 1-for-1 FT) and one TO. The Heat shot just under 60% as a team and scored 129 points.
Justise Winslow: 10/8/2 on 5-for-9 FG (0-for-1 3P, 0-for-3 FT) and one TO. Meh.
Wayne Ellington: 17/3/2/1 on 5-for-11 FG (4-for-9 3P, 3-for-4 FT) and one TO. THRAGNOF!
Rodney McGruder: 13/0/1/1 on 5-for-6 FG (3-for-4 3P).
Dwyane Wade: 8/1/1/1 on 3-for-11 FG (0-for-2 3P, 2-for-2 FT) in 15 minutes before leaving with an injury. He’s already said he won’t play Monday, and he’s really not worth holding onto at this point in the season.
Otto Porter: 10/5/2/1 on 5-for-9 FG (0-for-2 3P) and two TOs. It was a blowout.
Markieff Morris: 4/4/4 on 2-for-4 FG (0-for-1 3P) and one TO in 19 minutes. It was a blowout.
Bradley Beal: 14/3/1/0/1 on 5-for-12 FG (1-for-2 3P, 3-for-3 FT) and three TOs. Just a speed bump.
Kelly Oubre: 11/6/0/2 on 2-for-7 FG (1-for-4 3P, 6-for-8 FT) and one TO.
Ramon Sessions: 12/2/4 on 4-for-8 FG (1-for-2 3P, 3-for-4 FT).
Jodie Meeks: 23/4/2 on 7-for-15 FG (3-for-6 3P, 6-for-6 FT) and one TO. It was a garbage time special!
Paul George: 11/10/5/1/2 on 4-for-16 FG (1-for-8 3P, 2-for-2 FT) and four TOs. It feels like every time I do a Saturday writeup that Paul George just stinks up the place. Sheesh. At least he got a bunch of other stats. Cheers to the freakin weekend!
Carmelo Anthony: 2/7/2/1/1 on 1-for-8 FG (0-for-3 3P) and two TOs. How did they win this game?
Steven Adams 8/1/0/1 on 4-for-8 FG and two TOs in only 17 minutes after leaving the game with an ankle injury. Hope for the best! If Adams misses time, the pickup is probably this guy:
Patrick Patterson: 10/4/2/1 on 4-for-7 FG (2-for-4 3P) in 21 minutes off the bench. Worth a look if Adams misses time.
Corey Brewer: 12/3/0/1/1 on 4-for-7 FG (2-for-2 3P, 2-for-2 FT). He’s looked good three games in a row now, and it looks like the Thunder trust him to play. Might be worth a speculative add as long as you’re not cutting anyone good.
Russell Westbrook: 21/12/10/1 on 7-for-15 FG (0-for-1 3P, 7-for-11 FT) and five TOs.
Jerami Grant: 15/8 on 5-for-5 FG (1-for-1 3P, 4-for-7 FT). Might also get a bump in value if Adams misses time.
Alex Albrines: 11/2 on 4-for-6 FG (3-for-4 3P).
LaMarcus Aldridge: 11/7/1/1 on 5-for-16 FG (0-for-1 3P, 1-for-2 FT) and three TOs. The only Spurs starter to score in double digits and nobody on the team played 30 minutes. I guess that’s why they lost.
Kyle Anderson: 6/4/2/2/1 on 3-for-7 FG (0-for-2 3P, 0-for-2 FT) and two TOs. Still managed to contribute nicely across the board, but Kawhi Leonard’s return seems to be just around the corner which could hurt Kyle a bit.
Pau Gasol: 8/7/3/0/1 on 3-for-8 FG (2-for-4 3P) and one TO.
Rudy Gay: 14/6/1 on 7-for-14 FG (0-for-1 3P). He was probably the best Spurs player tonight, but he has pretty limited upside.
Bryn Forbes: 10 points on 4-for-6 FG (2-for-2 3P) in under 6 minutes. I love it.
Davis Bertans: 14/1/0/1/1 on 4-for-6 FG (3-for-5 3P, 3-for-3 FT) and one TO. Once Kawhi is back, Davis will likely be irrelevant.
Dirk Nowitzki: 2/2/1 on 1-for-9 FG (0-for-5 3P) in 16 minutes as the Mavericks crushed the Grizzlies. And on his own bobblehead night. C’mon man!
Harrison Barnes: 25/7/1/1 on 7-for-13 FG (1-for-3 3P, 10-for-11 FT) and one TO. He’s been cruising lately, but that might not be in Dallas’s best interests considering their tank. But keep rolling him out there regardless.
Dwight Powell: 15/10/4/2 on 4-for-6 FG (7-for-8 FT) and two TOs. Powell’s also cruising and is showing no signs of slowing down.
JJ Barea: 20/5/5 on 8-for-11 FG (2-for-4 3P, 2-for-2 FT) and three TOs. Dennis Smith Jr was out which helped, but JJ is still a must-own regardless.
Wesley Matthews: 6/2/2/1/1 on 2-for-7 FG (1-for-4 3P, 1-for-2 FT).
Doug McDermott: 20/7/0/0/1 on 7-for-10 FG (3-for-4 3P, 3-for-4 FT) and one TO. THRAGNOF!
Dillon Brooks: 17/6/1/1 on 6-for-15 FG (1-for-2 3P, 4-for-6 FT) and three TOs. The kid is hot right now and should definitely be owned in most leagues.
Kobi Simmons: 4/5/4/1 on 2-for-12 FG (0-for-1 3P) and two TOs. Wayne Selden, Andrew Harrison, Mike Conley, Mario Chalmers, Tyreke Evans are the Grizzlies guards who were sitting out. Kobi was a -41 on the night in 36 minutes.
Ben McLemore: 10/6/3/1/3 on 4-for-6 FG (1-for-2 3P, 1-for-2 FT) and two TOs. Not that bad of an all-around game.
JaMychal Green: 14/10/2/1 on 5-for-13 FG (1-for-2 3P, 3-for-3 FT) and one TO. The only Grizzlies player you can consistently play with confidence. It’s not like he’s going to drag this corpse roster to a win and jeopardize the tank.
Jarell Martin: 13/3/3/0/1 on 4-for-12 FG (1-for-2 3P, 4-for-5 FT) and two TOs.
Tobias Harris: 21/9/2/1/1 on 8-for-15 FG (1-for-3 3P, 4-for-5 FT) and four TOs. Nice little revenge game against the squad that gave him away to the Pistons for nothing. Harris has been tearing it up and it doesn’t appear as though it’ll stop any time soon.
DeAndre Jordan: 9/18/1 on 2-for-5 FG (5-for-6 FT). He’s boarding like crazy lately. And get a load of those FTs!
Lou Williams: 25/2/0/1 on 10-for-22 FG (3-for-6 3P, 2-for-3 FT) and two TOs. He should’ve been an All-Star!
Austin Rivers: 11/3/6/1 on 5-for-11 FG (1-for-3 3P) and one TO.
Milos Teodosic: 15/1/7/1 on 5-for-10 FG (1-for-4 3P, 4-for-4 FT) and two TOs. His best game in a while as he’s struggled to come into his own this year. He’s still worth owning for those that need a PG.
Montrezl Harrell: 13/1/0/1 on 4-for-5 FG (5-for-6 FT) and three TOs in 14 minutes. He puts up great per-minute stats, but the minutes can be fairly low. It’s for that reason that I find him hard to trust.
Jonathan Isaac: 9/5/1/4/1 on 4-for-10 FG (1-for-4 3P). As long as he plays, he’s a good bet for great D stats and okay rebounding. Deep leaguers could definitely do worse.
Nikola Vucevic: 17/10/2/1/1 on 8-for-20 FG (1-for-4 3P) and two TOs.
DJ Augustin: 19/1/1 on 5-for-10 FG (1-for-6 3P, 8-for-9 FT) and four TOs. He’s been putting up surprisingly nice value and is definitely worth picking up if he’s out there on your wire.
Shelvin Mack: 16/0/3/1 on 6-for-11 FG (2-for-3 3P, 2-for-4 FT). He’s still just deep-league fodder.
Jonathon Simmons: 24/2/7/2 on 7-for-13 FG (2-for-3 3P, 8-for-10 FT) and five TOs. After a string of forgettable games, Simmons has exploded back onto the scene in his last two. If a nervous owner dropped him, grab him while you can.
Mario Hezonja: 5/5/4/1 on 2-for-4 FG (1-for-2 3P). He’s only a borderline hold really. I still can’t wait for the Magic schadenfreude when Henzonja becomes an All-Star on a new team next year.
Anyway that about does it for yesterday’s games. As always, drop any comments, questions or concerns down below! Cheers guys!