It would be impossible to not mention Steph Curry breaking Ray Allen’s all-time record for triples made and it happening in the “Mecca of Basketball”, the famous Madison Square Garden made the moment that much more iconic.
An important thing to note is that Curry needed 789 games to break the record while it took Allen 1300 games, just so we can have the right perceptive of the magnitude of Curry as a shooter and the revolution that has happened in the NBA.
But what also caught my eye is this awesome new defensive technique from Kevin Durant on Trae Young.
Durant kind of looks like a slenderman stalking Young and it kind of worked as the Nets won their game and Young missed that bucket, despite Young’s 31-point effort.
Regarding last week’s suggestions, Anfernee Simons is still getting minutes due to C.J. McCollum’s injury so he is worth holding, Doug McDermott provided the value you would expect from him but Killian Hayes was pretty underwhelming and is not looking like a standard league fantasy contributor. On the “Sell” front, Kelly Oubre continued his amazing performances but LaMelo Ball’s return is just around the corner so the sell-high window is shrinking, while Andre Drummond is so bad, he is getting outplayed by rookie Charles Bassey for the backup minutes and remains a drop.
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Nicolas Claxton – Cam Thomas – Kessler Edwards – David Duke Jr: The Brooklyn Nets are the latest team to suffer an en masse player sidelining due to protocols, with seven of their players out, and that has opened the door for players with usually low workloads to showcase their talent. The suggested gentlemen played 26, 22, 44, and 38 minutes last night respectively in an OT win over the Raptors, with varying degrees of efficiency but I think they can all be used at least as streamers, with the Nets having three more games this week. It all depends on what kind of stats you are looking for but all of them are under 15% owned, so pick your poison and make the appropriate add for your team.
Pat Connaughton – Grayson Allen: Did you think we were done with the protocols? Not even close my friend, unfortunately. Giannis Antetokounmpo has also entered the league’s health and safety protocols and will most likely miss at least the next week, while Donte DiVincenzo, who was supposed to make his season debut Wednesday is also out due to protocols. Add the fact that Khris Middleton is also questionable with a banged-up left knee and it is clear that both Connaughton and Allen have a major opportunity for elevated minutes. Connaughton ( 54% owned) already has had a productive season so far as he is ranked 76th in per-game value, while Allen ( 38% owned) sits just inside the top 100 but is struggling during the last month. Both are worth a look until the Bucks get back to full strength.
Larry Nance Jr: He is not exactly lighting the world on fire with his performances, but they were enough to win him increased minutes and the starting PF spot in Portland. Historically, he has been a three-category contributor (Reb, Stl, Fg%) and that is not going to change now, but those out-of-position steals are always juicy and he is fairly low maintenance with just one turnover per game. He is not a fit for every team but give him a look, especially if you are punting one of his weaker categories like Ft% or Pts ( 51% owned).
Zion Williamson: What a disastrous season for Zion and for those who put faith in his breakout and drafted him in the early rounds. After a long period of many pictures of a totally unfit Zion around the internet (it was even the introduction for one of my previous articles) the Pelicans announced that he had a setback on his surgically repaired right foot due to soreness.
Recovery from an injury is a long and tedious process that young Zion has not obviously embraced with the required professionalism and the added weight has certainly not helped, nor have reports like the following from the Pelicans Beat reporter.
In terms of fantasy, I would try and trade him to the Pelicans fan of your league but I can also totally understand cutting him in no-IR leagues, as I don’t think there is a realistic chance that he will play this year for the 8-21 Pelicans ( 90% owned)
Spencer Dinwiddie: The Wizards are in a major slump, losing five of their last six games and Dinwiddie is the personification of this slump. He can’t get a bucket to save his life, shooting 30.4% with 9.3 attempts per game and is barely clinging to top 150 value for the season. Granted, Bradley Beal is a potential trade candidate as we move closer to the trade deadline but I think you can get a better contributor for Dinwiddie and let another owner gamble on his potential upside.