This week, two different statistics caught my eye, for different reasons altogether. The first, which is on the successful side, is Gregg Popovic breaking the record for most regular season wins with 1336 in 2030 games. This is an absurd win percentage and he surpassed Don Nelson, who had 1335 wins in 2398 games. His quest for the record was just completed but, in typical Pop fashion, he talked about the game only and did not comment on the accomplishment. Just to put it into perspective, if a new coach just started his career and went 16 seasons undefeated, he would still be 24 wins away from Pop’s current record. Absolutely unreal.
Regarding last week’s suggestions, Isaiah Roby completely flopped and has turned from must-add to must-drop, Marvin Bagley is still holding value but Isaiah Stewart is back with the team and Immanuel Quickley had an OK, if mediocre week. All in all, I can do a lot better apparently, as even the “Sell” suggestions of Devonte’ Graham and Evan Fournier performed good last week.
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Trendon Watford: The tanking in Portland has been on for quite some time now and it has resulted in extended opportunity for some unexpected players to become relevant fantasy contributors. The best of the bunch has been Watford who looks like a capable NBA rotational player. He is ranked inside the top 60 over the last month and, if he can maintain his blocking rate and great percentages, he can be a great complementary piece to any fantasy championship squad. Justise Winslow’s absence has certainly helped him but I don’t think Portland elects to eat into his minutes since player development should be their number one priority (53% owned).
Bruce Brown: With the date of Ben Simmons’ return still looking far away, Brown has been the next man up and has been steadily producing during the last month with averages of 13.7/0.8/5.8/3.6/1.7/0.6/0.6 on 51,9%/79.5% shooting. Those are top quality contributions, especially in the steals and fg% department that have him ranked inside the top 35 for this period. He is still available in almost half of Yahoo leagues so go get him and deploy him until we hear news from the Ben Simmons injury front (53% owned).
Drew Eubanks: Similarly to Watford, Eubanks has been forced into heavy minutes due to the complete absence of centers on Portland’s roster and he has capitalized, providing top 120 value during the last two weeks. He is your typical old school big man in terms of fantasy contributions, as his strong categories are rebounds, blocks and fg% but if you need a strong boost in those, give him a look. He is on his last 10-day contract with the club but he should get a deal for the rest of the season after its expiration (24% owned).
Taurean Prince: This is more of a deeper league suggestion that could become standard-league relevant depending on the status of Jarred Vanderbilt. If he is also unavailable, alongside Jaden McDaniels, Taurean Prince gets a huge boost in playing time and can be worth a look for the remainder of the week. His playing time was already trending up and he can provide some 3&D stats with minimal turnovers (3% owned).
Derrick White: Unfortunately, his trade to Boston has marginalized his fantasy value, as his role and subsequently his usage has steadily decreased in his time with the Celtics. He was playing close to 30 minutes with the Spurs but now is closer to 25 minutes and this combined with his poor shooting is not something you want to have on your team in the fantasy playoffs. Streaming his spot is a tough but necessary move in my opinion moving forward (81% owned)