Most things in life have an ebb and flow to them. Some have steady drumbeats while others are volatile like an illiquid capital market. In order to get to the top of any venture, there is usually a combination of both. At some point, there are breakthroughs and jumps of multiple levels. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was selected by the Clippers with the 11th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. He averaged 26.5 minutes per game as a rookie and showed that he belonged, putting up 10.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.5 blocks while shooting 47% from the field and 80% from the line. He was the 141st player for fantasy on a per-game basis. He was then traded to the Thunder in the Paul George deal and immediately played 34.7 minutes per contest. He finished as the 53rd player for fantasy, the first significant jump in his career. He improved in each of the next two seasons, but at a pace akin to the sink filling up, drip by drip, finishing 44th then 32nd. Then 2022 happened, and Shai rocketed up to where he is now, as a top 5 player. Yesterday, he continued to show that he is now one of the best and most well-rounded players in the NBA:Please, blog, may I have some more?
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Joel does an excellent job breaking down the Clippers. Are they frauds in his mind? We also talk about Cory Joseph and Brook Lopez while rapping about our teams and draft prep/strategies.Please, blog, may I have some more?
The NBA season will be entering the silly season soon, especially with the number of Victor Wembanyama Fatheads plastering the HQs of a handful of teams increasing, and Vic’s shadow darkening the landscape. Or brightening I guess, depending on the perspective. While we will start seeing ridiculous lineups and rotations and begin mouthing “Who did what?” more often than we’d like, it’s been silly in Denver all season due to Nikola Jokic. The things he does on the basketball court are such a joy to watch and they often don’t come with the Da Nana, Da Nana. Last night, Jokic made a mockery of the NBA yet again with:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Joel and I highlight some players who could benefit in the upcoming silly season. We also talk about some of his teams, including an epic sweat in our 30-team salary cap league. I also touch upon my Main Event team, which has a chance of doing some things.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Burning bridges. No good, as you never know what the universe has in store for the future. Having water under the bridge? A good sign because that means climate change hasn’t evaporated a big percentage of the water on Earth. Mikal Bridges? Well, he was always a solid fantasy asset because he chipped in everywhere without hurting anywhere. Now, Mikal is making it rain so many fantasy goodies that the water flowing under this Bridges is causing the fantasy landscape to transform before our eyes. On Sunday, there was a flash flood warning due to:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Joel and I welcome Ossie to the pod. Get to know him and listen to him drop knowledge on a variety of topics, especially things pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Over the summer, I sauntered….No, I ran to the NFBKC lobby room like a ravenous wild boar, gorging and feasting on draft after draft after draft. I have a couple of teams in contention, but most of them are S. H. I. T. T. Y. The reason? Probably because I suck, but another reason was that I completely faded Brook Lopez. I’m a stupid, stupid man. He was so cheap in drafts (124th player in NFBKC drafts), and those require two centers. There were good reasons, though. He’s 34 years old and was coming off a season in which he played only 13 games due to a back injury. I thought the end was nigh. He did have two seasons early in his career when he played 5 and 17 games, but outside of that, he’s been a relative iron man. This season, he’s played 59 games and put up top 25-ish numbers. On Sunday, he twisted the knife once again to remind me of my stupidity with cannon ball after cannon ball, as I stand sheepishly on the Brook taking the splashes in the face like a man.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Jay recaps the Monday games for hoops, but he is my Miyagi, the one who brought me onto Razzball way back in the day. We talk about the state of the NBA, being asian in this space, get nostalgic about 90s basketball and just rap about his background and history.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Joel and I are joined by Ehran, who writes the Thursday recap for Razzball hoops. We rap about in-game entertainment at arenas, ways to make the game better, most memorable games that we’ve attended, and a bunch of completely useless stuff about hoops. Enjoy!Please, blog, may I have some more?
Rory writes the Wednesday DFS article at Razzball. We get into his DFS process and talk about how the trade deadline and end-of-season funny business can affect teams like the Spurs, Hornets and Pistons.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Joel and I talk about the Kevin Durant trade and trades in our 32-team fantasy league.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Eric, aka PB, writes the Midweek Guidance piece on Razzball. We talk about his process, mindset and things he’s learned over the years to becoming a potent head-to-head fantasy player.Please, blog, may I have some more?