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Am I a few months too early on my title? Yup! Do I know Thanksgiving is on the mend? Yup! Am I talking about Denzel Valentine? Yup! Did we all just become best friends? Hell ya we did. Like Denzel Washington, Denzel Valentine is efficient, reliable to perform when called upon, and a jack of all trades. Some of the best movies of Washington’s era have won slews of awards. He has won 39 total awards in his career, including three Golden Globes and two Academy Awards. Denzel Valentine? He was the Lansing State Journal Player of the Year as a senior in High School, George Alderton Male Athlete of the Year (Michigan State award), The AP National Player of the Year, The Big 10 Player of the year, and a 1st Team All-American all in his senior year of college. Between these two Denzel’s we have a ton of awards to talk about, both on and off the court. Today, we talk about Denzel of the Bulls from House Chicago. Yes, I am re watching Game of Thrones for the 3rd time and that’s just the way I speak now.

He sure got game

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So no, it’s not Valentine’s Day, heck it’s not even Training Day, but we have to Remember the Titans, or the Spartan in this case, that was a Man on Fire this past week, and should continue to be Unstoppable, a true Equalizer, jumping over all types of Fences on his way to your fantasy roster. I mean, he most definitely got game. You see what I did there? All puns intended. Valentine has been starting in place of David Nwaba, not that’s not a Denzel Washington character, that’s a player on House Chicago. Nwaba was playing well, probably would have eventually ended up in Beyond the Glory, but he is dealing with an ankle sprain, and those do not go away, they linger for weeks. Valentine has played 30+ minutes over his last four games and  has been averaging 13.3 points, five rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 3.3 3PM per game in that span. He is handling the ball and playing extremely well on both ends. Maybe Valentine, a prime candidate for Adam Morrison treatment (mad good in college, mad bad in the NBA), just needed some time to work out his kinks before becoming productive.

Happy times ahead

Now, Zach Lavine is coming back, Justin Holiday is still being praised for his fantastic summer league and Bobby Portis is working on being freed. This season, with this roster, is a unique opportunity for an underappreciated talent in Denzel Valentine. I think he holds onto the job until Lavine comes back. I think he continues to play significant minutes when Lavine and Mirotic resurface, and I think this is the year Valentine proves his worth for the long term. Look at Draymond Green, and many other Michigan State products. They play hard, work hard, and strive for greatness. Valentine is a consummate Michigan State product, and will carve out his niche as a pro. Maybe it’s 3&D, maybe it amounts to more, but for now, Valentine is going to hustle, rack up counting stats, and continue to solely support his local dentist. If you have an open spot, this is a great week to roster Valentine, as the Bulls play on the short slate nights. Long term, I can see him being a great source of 3s and a potential multi-cat contributor if given ample run.

 

Happy Turkey Day

Enjoy Thanksgiving and don’t deny you’ll be binge watching Denzel Washington movies all weekend.

  1. Phranque (pronounced Frank) says:
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    Hi,
    I’ve got K. Leonard on my team’s IL spot. I’ve been offered Markkanen for him. I can’t get any info on what the likely prognosis is on KAWHI or when he’s like to get back on the court.
    a) Any news about KAWHI’s prospects? AND
    b) Would you make this trade?
    Thanks.

    • Mel

      Mel says:
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      @Phranque (pronounced Frank):

      I have just as much info as everyone else which isn’t much, but I would not make this trade.

      Just for a reference if you do decide to trade him, I actually acquired Kawhi in two leagues this year.

      I gave Kemba and Aaron Gordon (while he was hot) for Kawhi in one league.

      In another I gave Ibaka, Kuzman and Otto Porter for Kawhi.

      The damage he can do once he comes back holds a ton of intrigue. Don’t give up yet. As long as you can stay the course towards a playoff berth it will be worth it.

      • Mel

        Mel says:
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        @Mel:

        Kuzma*

  2. Nep_Ninja says:
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    Do not make this trade. FULL STOP.

    You have an IL Spot for this reason. Kawhi is a first round player.

    • Mel

      Mel says:
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      @Nep_Ninja:

      Should have just said “see below”. Well said

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