Mid-January approaches. I am about to be snowed in up in Toronto, so I am acutely aware that we are in the thick of winter. If you follow an NBA team’s social media, you likely have been getting the email prompts to vote in your potential All Stars. If you didn’t know, I am a long-suffering Raptors fan, and I’m finally getting rewarded for all those dark days with a team that is finally relevant. I got the prompt to vote in Kyle Lowry and  DeMar DeRozanboth deserving of the honour, and I should expect they will make the Eastern All Star team, either through fan voting, or by coach appointment. But all that glitters ain’t gold, and there are several players that are on the voting ballot that aren’t skilled enough for that lofty appointment, both in real life, as well as from a fantasy perspective. So lets take a gander at which All Star hopefuls are made of gold, and who’s just made out of tin:

BUY:

Eric Gordon SG

Gordon has been playing his best ball since his Clipper days, freed up in the “any shot is a good shot” Mike D’Antoni system. 17.8/2.7/2.9/.6/.5 hitting over 3 treys a game. He is leading the league in threes made, for your information. All that said, I think he can at worst keep up the pace, and at best improve on his output, with no scientific predictive data to back that up whatsoever. Deductively, the touches will be there, and his shot is falling. He is injured on a minor day-to-day toe thing, so there’s a small chance you can use that to keep the price down a touch, as injury is always a concern with this faberge player.

Hassan Whiteside C

Whiteside has just returned from injury, which sidelined him for 4 games. Hi numbers have tangibly dropped, but he is still a fantastic asset. His 72K votes thus far for the All Star break pull him well short of making the squad, and the shine has come off this pearl of a player a bit, which makes him a great buy low target. He’s still listed at 39 overall in Yahoo, so he’s not going to be cheap, but his pre-season ranking was 12, for perspective.

Blake Griffin PF, C

If you can stash him, the price will never be better. Just know that he won’t be playing for about 6 weeks. Official prognosis is 3-6 weeks, for whatever that is worth, but I can’t see the Clippers rushing him back on a new knee. 21.2/8.8/4.7/1/.5 can be yours at a discount if you can be patient. His 100K votes are valueless, as he won’t be able to play whether he was picked or not.

SELL:

Kemba Walker PG

Kemba has been ballin, no doubt. The Charlotte fanbase should be ashamed that he only has 52K votes so far, which will likely leave him off the All Star squad, with Dwyane Wade second in guard voting with 278K, getting the legacy vote-in that Kobe Bryant received last year. I love what Kemba brings, but for such a high ranked, I’d love a bit more other than scoring. 23.1/4.2/5.4/1.2/.2. I’d love to see what package it would take to get a John Wall, currently ranked 2 positions after Walker(19) at 21 overall on Yahoo.  Just sayin’…

ZaZa Pachulia C

439K votes. More than Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Anthony Davisor Chris Paul. The political juggernaut that is the Georgian government has begun a twitter campaign to get ol’ Zaza in as a starter and he has risen to be the second highest vote recipient amongst forwards in the West behind Kevin Durant. I mean, if you ever could sell this cat, now would be a good time to try. Love his grit, but it does expose how silly the fan voting system is. That’s more than DeMarcus Cousins, Karl-Anthony Townsand LaMarcus Aldridge have received put together. Enjoy it, Zaz.

 

Ok, cool cats, I’m off to warmer weather for the next 2 weeks. Until I return, may all your shots be nothing but net!

 

  1. Ryan says:
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    Zaza the god is the best in the West! If the Georgians say he is an all star, then he is an all-star god dammit. He may not be gold, but he will certainly break the mold. If it’s any consolation, he probably won’t be among the constellation of starters because former players and a media panel account for 50% of the vote this year.

    Your beloved Huskies proved themselves worthy All-Stars tonight. Lowry has been fun to own, and I was going absolutely ballistic because no one could stop DeRozan in the 2nd half.. The Celts were missing AB big time. He’s made a strong case for an All-Star appearance this year. Definitely a better case than Wade, Lin, and Derek “No Show” Rose. Kemba, CJ McCollum, Drummond, and Myles Turner are being criminally under-supported.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Ryan: Ha! Raps pulled it out, but it was an ugly one. JV looked a like beast. Bradley not being there was certainly a huge lift for the Raps, but not having Sullinger helped the Celts. Why they play the game!

  2. Doctor G says:
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    Whats up Dan!? Yeah this cold is freakin brutal up here in the 6ix!! Heard its supposed to warm up a smidge tomorrow though, so fingers crossed.

    Got a quick trade question for you relating to Whiteside. Would I be getting the raw end of the deal if I traded my Paul Millsap for Hassan in my 12 team H2H Keeper league? Hassan would fit my team better I feel, plus hes 27 vs 31 for Killsap. We get to keep 3, so as of now my 3 keepers are KD, Giannis, and Millsap. Reallllly want to propose this offer, but I somehow have this inkling that Millsap is a bit more valuable than Whiteside. Also, Atlanta has the extra playoff game in the 2nd round. What do you think?

    • Dan A

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      @Doctor G: I would make that deal for sure. Millsap is 31, Whiteside is early 20s. The extra game does muddy the waters a bit, but the 2+ blocks a game from Hassan makes up for it IMO.

  3. SF says:
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    H2H 9 cat,

    James Harden + Kemba or AD + Love

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @SF: AD+Love. This is tempered by how much you need guard play, but almost exclusively, the dude with the best player (AD only behind KD in overall rankings) wins.

  4. Tyler says:
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    Punt FT 10team h2h

    Here’s how my lineup looks: Dragic,Bev,Oladipo,Holiday,Ariza,Covington,Mirotic,Warren,LBJ,TBooker,Whiteside,Deandre,Noah
    IL-Lin

    Drop Noah for Smart,Tyreke,Aminu,Jennings,Hield,Jamychal,McConell,Rolo,Nurkic or Rondo?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Tyler: Nurkic, especially since you’re punting FT, or second choice: Jennings, more for speculative gamble that Rose minutes go down with his sucky attitude.

  5. Tyler says:
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    how would you rank mirotic, agordon, aminu, louwill, carroll?
    10team 9cat h2h

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Tyler: I’d say Carroll, because his minutes are on a steep uptick, then Gordon for his athletic potential, Aminu, Lou, then Mirotic.

  6. Tyler says:
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    Who’s my most droppable player for a streamer?
    What weaknesses do you see in my lineup?

    12team 9cat H2H
    G-Wall,Derozan,Beverley,Tyreke,GHarris
    F-Giannis,Hayward,Gay,Harkless,Mirotic
    C-Gobert,Turner.Horford

    Available FA: Aminu, JRich, McConnell, Levert, Ingram, Chriss, Jamychal, DannyGreen, Darren Collison

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Tyler: this is probably too late, your email slipped through by accident, sorry. I like Collison, Green and Aminu. Mitotic is the only real drop, if that is still an issue for you.

  7. Wen says:
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    Hi Dan, got a question and need your help. I have Darren Collison. Would you drop Ty Lawson or Thabo Sefolosha when Batum comes back?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Wen: Hmm. Maybe Ty, if you guys count turnovers. Thabo doesn’t gove you points, but he’s a steal/block producer.

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