NBA officiating is a long and painful story. Being a dedicated fan of European basketball, it took some adjusting to watch NBA games without yelling at the screen multiple times throughout a match, due to some bad refereeing decisions. There are multiple examples of those, but few more mind-boggling than this technical call on Draymond Green.
It was not only a technical, but an ejection for Green as well. Maybe the refs wanted to defend James Wiseman’s feelings but it’s always Green’s bad reputation that leads to many more calls than would happen otherwise.
Regarding last week’s suggestions, I hope you followed my advice and scooped up Jeremy Lamb, as I recommended him before even playing his first game for the season. He was owned in 12% of Yahoo leagues but this percentage is now over 50% and this is your last call to add him to your team from the wire, if he is still available. The rest of the players also fared well, with the exception of Patrick Beverley, who never played due to a right knee injury.
T.J.McConnell: Casual NBA fans may have never heard McConnell’s name, but his impact for Indiana, both in real life and in fantasy can’t be underestimated this year. With all the injuries the Pacers currently have, he has seen his minutes rise to 25 per game during the last two weeks and he has truly delivered. 7.0 assists, 2.3 steals, and only 1.5 turnovers have him ranked 68th during that span and the spark he provides from the second unit is enough to ensure he continues to see meaningful minutes in the rotation (12% owned).
Ivica Zubac: Zubac is your typical old school big man in fantasy, as he will contribute majorly in rebounds, blocks, fg%, and turnovers but he carries the extra benefit of not hurting you in the ft% department. His upside is capped due to his low minutes (less than 20 mpg) but if your team needs help in the aforementioned categories he is definitely worth a look, especially with the Clippers star duo currently sidelined (32% owned).
Wayne Ellington: Wayne Ellington is what longtime Razzball readers would call the ultimate ThrAGNOF player. His value is solely tied to his triples, but boy does he make a lot of them with 4.4 per game during the last two weeks. He is the ultimate triples streamer so if your matchup is close this week in that category, look no further than him (34% owned).
Coby White: Coby White is an exciting player to watch in real life and he definitely contributed in the relatively strong start the Bulls had in the season. He also had one of the best draft day reactions, when informed that his buddy Cameron Johnson was drafted 11th overall.
He looks like a really good teammate and a stand-out guy, but his stats leave a lot to be desired in fantasy. He is a major anchor in fg% by shooting 40% from the field on 13.8 attempts, is committing 2.8 turnovers, and most bizarrely for a guard has only 0.4 steals per game. His triples and assists can be helpful for a team, but his name value currently greatly surpasses his fantasy performance (192nd in per-game value).
Danilo Gallinari: His move to Atlanta was accompanied by much optimism but early signs suggest that he is not viewed as a major part of the offense. The development of younger guys like De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish is a priority for the Hawks and this has resulted in Gallo playing only 15 minutes per game since his return from injury. I doubt his minutes will stay so low, but I would be looking to trade him at the first good game he has. Atlanta is just too deep for my liking fantasy-wise, even with Bogdan Bogdanovic sidelined.