All hail Trey Burke! ¬†May all the inhabitants of the great Salt Lake City and all their respective wives rejoice! ¬†And… the Jazz are still atrocious. ¬†Poor Tyrone Corbin. ¬†He’s got to fiddle with Burke, Alec Burks, John Lucas III and now Diante Garrett at the point. ¬†Jerry Sloan got John Stockton. ¬†Then Deron Williams. ¬†It just ain’t fair! ¬†In yet another Jazz loss moving them down to 1-12, Burke got 12 minutes even, going 11/1/1 with a steal and hitting a trey shooting 5-8. ¬†Trey with the trey! ¬†If only Deuce McAllister was an NBA player. ¬† Deuce with the deuce! ¬†Or if McAllister was a dunker, “Deuce with the upper decker!” ¬†I had the unfortunate pleasure of doing highlights for my second Jazz game now, but it was cool to see Burke’s debut and I thought he looked pretty good. ¬†His first NBA points were off a long rebound then coast-to-coast for a controlled, attacking floater. ¬†Obviously he’s getting eased in and he’ll get more minutes – hippity-skippity to a few months back and I was bigger on Burke than anyone – but I’m not ready to go nuts and drop quality guys for him. ¬†Of course it’s a case-by-case scenario, but I really wanted Burke to get tons of preseason work; instead he broke his finger and missed some really crucial development time. ¬†For example, I think I’m still holding Patrick Beverley over him. ¬†PBev is the Razzball “why can’t I quit you?!” fantasy asset. ¬†Lucas III is obviously not a long-term solution, and while he’s in the mix, he didn’t look good last night but was the only guy that could hit any long balls. ¬†Alec Burks looked awful, sure his line 8/1/1/1/2 is fine, shot 3-6 – fine – but racked up 4 TOs in 16 minutes. ¬†Just looked bad. ¬†Which brings me to Diante G, who I thought looked really good. ¬†Garrett actually led the Jazz in PG minutes with 20, and racked up a 4/1/6 line with three steals and only 2 TOs (one late one was pretty bad, but the game was over) and played down the stretch. ¬†Garrett was the only point who could create opportunities. ¬†So it’s a little crowded with Burks’ potential wilting away and Garrett looking decent as a D-League gamble and could get run through the season. ¬†I think Lucas III gets cut at some point and Burks plays strictly backup 2 minutes, but that’s just me. ¬†It’s a mess. ¬†Shocker, considering it’s the Jazz! ¬†Here’s what else I saw last night:
Gordon Hayward –¬†One of the all-time worst shooting nights in NBA history going 1-17. ¬†At one point, the Pelicans play-by-play guys said Hayward stared at them going back on D after they were clowning his shot. ¬†It woulda been worse if it was me! ¬†“Hayward looks like a little Josh McRoberts out there!” ¬†“It’s like watching Andre Drummond try to shoot a free throw!” ¬†But in all seriousness, his shot looked awful and it probably was a fluke night since his shot looks fine most of the time. ¬†Plus you love the dimebag he handed out going 6/6/11/1/2.
Anthony Davis – He looks like a lanky 17-year-old playing against 12-year-olds. ¬†I mean, he’s faster, can dribble, is blocking everyone… 22/9/4/0/8… It’s just unfair. ¬†Right now, he might be the 4th pick next year after Chris Paul.
Enes Kanter –¬†Despite being under-sized and not nearly the raw athletic-ness of the Brow, looked pretty good against him in some 1-on-1s under the hoop. ¬†19/9 with a block and went 8-13. ¬† Worth a look to see if panicky owners in very shallow leagues cut him or a buy low.
Jeremy Evans –¬†Returned from a shoulder injury going 4-4 8/1/1/1/1 in 13 minutes in his 2013-14 debut. ¬†His shot looked surprisingly good and he can play a big 3 or decent sized 4. ¬†Richard Jefferson played over 41 minutes last night. ¬†Yeah, Evans is going to get a little run for deep-leaguers.
Ryan Anderson –¬†Staying hot. ¬†6-9 (4-6 3PTM 3-3 FT) for 19/5 and a block. He back.
Bradley Beal –¬†He’s pretty awesome. ¬†26/7/8. ¬†These Wizards are pumping out fantasy goodness left and right. ¬†The Hibachi is closed, it’s an all-you-can-eat buffet!
Cleveland 2/3s –¬†Well, C.J. Miles got the start but hurt his calf after only two-and-a-half minutes, which gave Dion Waiters 30 minutes after all his drama, and he shot like Gordon Hayward going 2-13. ¬†The shocker is Matthew Dellavedova‘s 27 minutes, coming off the heels of a 31-minute run last Saturday. ¬†He doesn’t really do much, but hit three threes last night. ¬†Deep league ThrAGNOF if no Miles for a bit.
Paul George –¬†Played like a superstar (given), racked up an elite line (usually given). ¬†35/5/4/5/2 in a gorgeous rainbow line. ¬†Sorry Knicks! ¬†My stream for the cash almost took a bad turn in this game, but up to 5!
George Hill –¬†There’s been a lot of Hill questions the past few weeks, and he finally delivered a big game going 23/8/3. ¬†Only shot 7-18, but hit 4 treys. ¬†He’s another guy that a few panicky owners in shallow leagues may have given up on.
Lance Stephenson –¬†Another bad shooting night, but 9/9/5 with a block. ¬†Keep giving Lance a chance!
Beno Udrih –¬†Whoa nelly! ¬†Made the most of his second start, going 19/8/4 with three threes. ¬†I actually ranked Udrih! ¬†Looked silly until now, but I thought he was a good fit for that offense if ever gotten a chance. ¬†He’s 1/2 in those opportunities, so worth keeping an eye on while¬†Raymond Felton deals with this hip injury. ¬†I’m trying to punt Asts in REL and can’t move Felton for literally anyone. ¬†If you’re an REL player and have a C eligible guy, I’ll give away Felton. ¬†If this Rajon Rondo rumor becomes true and Felton is shipped off, Udrih would have some solid value until Rondo is ready. ¬†But I still think that deal is doubtful.
Andrea Bargnani – Cold night for Il Diva. ¬†4-16, but still 10/8 with a block and a three. ¬†Still think you ride him out while starting.
Dwyane Wade – Sat again. ¬†Yikes. ¬†Wade owners must be more frustrated than Mario Chalmers owners who keep getting told he’s terrible! ¬†The MC had another solid line of 9/3/8 with two steals. ¬†I’m still not a buyer, too much inflation with Wade sitting out so much. ¬†And since Wade is more-or-less fine just being controlled, not gonna buy it still.
Victor Oladipo –¬†Welcome to the starters! ¬†And what does he do? ¬†Rainbow line in his first NBA start! ¬†Screw that the Magic got blown out! ¬†20/4/2/5/2 but completed it with a 8 TO night. ¬†Instead of a cherry on top, it was a cherry bomb on top. ¬†But he led the Magic in minutes at 36 and showed us his huge potential.
Luminescent Lithuanian –¬†This is getting really, really bad. ¬†And not making too much sense, he was playing with the ball hog brigade of Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay last year! ¬†Only 22 minutes 4/4/2/1/1. ¬†At least he chipped in where he could.
Spencer Hawes –¬†37 minutes of 28/10/3. ¬†Easier to hit shots when Valanciunas isn’t on the court!
Daniel Orton –¬†Got the start with Thaddeus Young out for personal reasons. ¬†In case you were wondering if there was a glitch looking at the Sixers starting line-up…
Michael Carter-Williams –¬†Returned to action, and played like the MCW we expected heading into the year. ¬†2-10 10/6/6 with 6 TOs. ¬†Did block two though, which was nice.
Tony Wroten –¬†Even with the MCW return, played 28 minutes and had some run with MCW. ¬†Shot poorly at 3-11 and only had 9/2/4, but I think he can be useful in deeper leagues.
Evan Turner –¬†Continues to show he can be multi-cat even when he’s cold. ¬†4-13, but 13/10/5/3 slash. ¬†Still kinda can’t believe he’s doing this…
Kemba Walker –¬†Found his stroke! ¬†It took a while, but after 7 straight brutal shooting nights went 12-20 31/5/2/1/1. ¬†Who the hell did Kemba block? ¬†Hit four threes and back on pace.
Josh McRoberts –¬†It’s like he’s trying to shoot with Kitten Mittens on! ¬†2-6, but 6/7/5/1/2 near rainbow line.
Al Jefferson – Another game out. ¬†I think now is the optimal time to buy low. ¬†I’m going to take a break from the article and offer up some scrubby proposals…
J Smoove –¬†Making rainbow lines a theme! ¬†Unfortunately it wasn’t nearly as good as his double-rainbow last Friday, but 11/6/2/3/2 against his former team.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope –¬†My rookie lovefests sure couldn’t hit anything last night. ¬†More on that later. ¬†1-9 4/4/1 in another rough start in 23 minutes. ¬†At least he’s not turning the ball over, he’s only had one TO since the Pistons first game, in about 120 minutes. ¬†Kinda wild for a rookie, sure he’s not really diming either, but I’m looking for silver linings here!
DeMarre Carroll –¬†Rainbow it up! ¬†This was a huge game from the NBA’s Run-DMC, going 11/12/3/2/2. ¬†Led the Hawks in minutes. ¬†And this was a game after Mike Scott led them in minutes. ¬†Wonky rotations, but it workin’!
Kyle Korver –¬†His production is going down, but he’s turning into something besides the ThrAGNOF poster boy… 8/5/2/2/1 in a near rainbow, hitting two 3s. ¬†Played over 32 minutes, but a little worried of the Lou Williams factor creeping back in.
Caron Butler – Returned to the Bucks last night, and it didn’t matter as they lost their sixth straight. ¬†9/7/1 in 29 minutes. ¬†Still too boring.
Ekpe Udoh –¬†Talk about boring! ¬†Started at the 4, and in 20 minutes went 0-1. ¬†No other stats except 2 TOs and 3 fouls. ¬†How is that even possible?! ¬†As KG would reiterate – “Anything is possible!”
John Henson –¬†So many rainbows last night! ¬†Lots of fantasy goodness going around. ¬†10/7/2/2/2 in 26 bench minutes.
Ersan Ilyasova –¬†Returned from his kankle. ¬†“I don’t has Kankles!” ¬†Shut up, Ersan… Almost put together a rainbow himself, going 5/5/4/2/1 shooting a poor 2-8. ¬†Worth being sure he’s owned, and I would start looking at formulating some buy-low offers if he gets through the next Bucks game healthy.
Kevin Love –¬†Minneapolis newspaper headlines – “LOVE IS COLD!” ¬†No, I think that’s just called upper Midwest Winter. ¬†It’s effing cold here in NC! ¬†Love was spraying his shots around like vomit from The Exorcist, going a mere 2-14. ¬†Shooting like Gordon Hayward! ¬†Haha, just too fun… ¬†Still a fantastic trip-dub flirt 10/12/8.
Kevin Martin – Got 10 rebounds?! Whaaaaa???? ¬†28/10/4. ¬†K-Mart is open for business. ¬†I had him buried way too deep heading into the year. ¬†Adelman to the rescue!
Kawhi Leonard –¬†Welcome back Kawhi! ¬†16/8/2/5/1 hitting a three. ¬†Near rainbow, and near to my heart! ¬†I love Kawhi. ¬†One of my favorite NBA players. ¬†Got 32 minutes which led the team. ¬†First time he’s topped 30 in the past 5 – Popp, don’t let the Kawhi stop!
Jared Sullinger –¬†Had a double-double in the first half. ¬†What the hey?! ¬†Is really coming on lately. ¬†19/17 in 32 minutes with no other stats. ¬†He’s like Z-Bo back in the day! ¬†Or sorta Z-Bo now… I don’t trust anything on a Brad Stevens team right now.
Jeff Green – After getting yanked around, got his 39 minutes for 19/5/3 and a block. ¬†Not great, but better. ¬†I’m still a little scared as a Green owner in two leagues.
Vitor Faverani –¬†Played 2:04. ¬†He could start and play 30 minutes the next Celtics game. ¬†I loved to cheer for Butler in the tournies, but I hate you Stevens… I hate you…
Archie Goodwin –¬†After yesterday’s article, couldn’t hit anything going 0-8. ¬†Still brought some energy with a 1/3/2/1 line in 18 minutes, but not boding well for more run!
Markieff Morris –¬†As Les Grossman would say, “Markieff¬†is a dying star. A white dwarf headed for a black hole. That’s physics. It’s inevitable.”
Gerald Green –¬†Just couldn’t miss. ¬†I mean, this is getting unreal for a guy who shot 36% from the field last year who is at 50% this year. ¬†8-13 (6-8 3PTM) 23/2 with no other stats. ¬†Now that’s a ThrAGNOF line! ¬†Eric Bledsoe had to miss this one, so if Green can’t hit the deep balls when Bledsoe is back, he’ll have virtually no value.
Goran Dragic –¬†Flashed what he could’ve been doing all year. ¬†Flashed it like a Sharon Stone upskirt. ¬†31/2/5/1 shooting 10-20 and hitting three treys. ¬†Just has to stay healthy! ¬†And avoid a trade… ¬†The Suns just dropped two straight to the Kings. ¬†Ouch. ¬†Dragic on the block!
Marcus Thornton –¬†Another DNP-CD. ¬†Jimmer Fredette got 18 minutes. ¬†Yeah, it’s bad. ¬†The Kings are shopping the Bayou Bomber harder than the Suns should be shopping Green…
Monta Ellis –¬†37/2/8. ¬†Shot 13-18. ¬†As in, one more shot than Gordon Hayward. ¬†Hahahahaha.
Jose Calderon –¬†The Ast upside is falling apart. ¬†In a game where Monta had 37 and Dirk Nowitzki put up 35, Calderon had only 3 assists. ¬†And the icing on the cake is both Ellis and Dirk had more assists! ¬†He’s only at 5.4 a game this year. ¬†I’m surprised there hasn’t been more questions on him, but he’s falling down towards bottom end of rosters right now.
Shane Larkin –¬†Dude, he’s looking realllllly good. ¬†Gal Mekel¬†got a DNP-CD, and Larkin went 17 minutes for 8/4/2/2/0. ¬†Calderon I think is locked in as a starter, but this is Larkin’s show as the #2, and if Calderon got hurt, whewwwww-eeee! ¬†Upside.
Dwight Howard –¬†Tried to show up Mark Cuban for calling him out saying Dwight went to the wrong team, going 33/11. ¬†And actually hit his freebies! ¬†9-13. ¬†Too bad the Rox still lost…
Terrence Jones –¬†Pulled a Rudy Gay on us… Well, maybe not like that… Hit 8-13 for 18 solid points, but only 2 boards and 2 assists. ¬†Did chip in a 3. ¬†I’m not trying to throw cold water on him, it was still a good night. ¬†I’m just bitter Omri Casspi can go 5-5 and only get 16 minutes! ¬†#FreeCasspi!
Marc Gasol –¬†Another big game, going 18/11/4/1/4 in a near rainbow. ¬†All coming together!
Andrew Bogut –¬†Whoa, what happened to the 20ish minutes a night? ¬†Went for over 43 minutes and racked up 12/14/2/0/2. ¬†Shot 6-8. ¬†With no Jermaine O’Neal and Bogut saying he’s 100% coming into the year, I’m buying some big runs coming. ¬†As in, just ate Indian food big runs.
Next Games: ¬†I’ve got TNT Overtime for Clippers @ Thunder then normal highlights for Bulls @ Nuggets. ¬†So I’ll be watching every second of NBA action tonight! ¬†Pumped to see a hopeful Wilson Chandler breakout, and all the other stars in these games deliver big lines. ¬†Thanks for reading, and be sure to check out TNT OT later tonight to see some of the work I do!