Please tell me that some of you lived through, or at least recognize 90’s Hip Hop. I was a teen in the early 90’s, rocking the Adidas, Raptors cap way down low, and nodded to the illest hip hop, thinking I was fly. Well, I now know without any doubt that I was far from OG, but the hip hop was divine, the golden age of the art, some might say. And as hip hop and New York basketball culture are closely intertwined, I bumping beats while I was watching some outstanding point guard play in our beloved NBA last weekend. I heard a dope joint by House of Pain, called On Point, which seemed to be serendipitous, even cosmic. This had to be a sign that I was to do an all point guard edition of the BUY/SELL, obviously. I was chosen, gentle reader, it’s out of my hands, I am merely a vessel. Woe to thee who ignores such a powerful connection, I don’t need that caliber of bad JuJu on my plate. So I give to you, an all PG edition:

BUY:

Isaiah Thomas, PG

Since House of Pain is from Boston, I had to begin with a Celtic. IT3 is not exactly a buy low right now, as he’s scorching it up, with 19/3.3/7.3/.6/0 with 2.6 treys over his last 3 games, averaging over 32 minutes a game. His shooting percentage isn’t great, but this fact should hopefully drive his price down. I could just as easily put him in the SELL column, but if you want dimes, treys, and points, I don’t think he’ll let up, so now is the time to nab him.

Emmanuel Mudiay PG

The kid is struggling, in all areas except dimes, at the moment. His shooting percentages are painful (32% from field, in the mid 60s from the stripe), and his turnovers are sky high. He will hurt you, don’t doubt it, but he gets more steals and blocks than the average PG, and he’s the future, so they’ll keep trotting him out there (his minutes are hovering around the 30 mark). I can’t see him going any lower in value than this, and I believe (hope) that better days are ahead for the young guard. The asking price can’t be anything of significance, so if you can afford the hit, or afford to stash him, I’d love to see him grow on my squad.

Dennis Schroder PG

This is more of a waiver recommend, as Jeff Teague is out, looks short term, but Schroder will get the start in the meantime, and is only 32% owned, ride him while he’s hot!

Mario Chalmers PG

Ok, I know I’m reaching a bit with this dude, but he’s only 8% owned, and has had 2 productive games since being traded to Memphis. He will have a green light to shoot as a bench guy there, as they are in need of scoring punch on the second unit. I know it’s only 2 games, but great percentages, treys, couple 3 dimes, and steals. Worth a speculative, no?

 

SELL:

Cory Joseph PG

Joseph has been nothing short of outstanding in the back up point guard role in Toronto, playing 28 minutes in the last four games, and posting 13/3.75/4.75/..5/.25 with .75 treys, and outstanding  percentages. He has been freed from the San Antonio system, which is an amazing place to learn how the game is played, but limiting in it’s attitude for offensive freedom. But while he has been a much better contributor than is ADP, Terrance Ross will be back at some point, taking some touches away. I’d be just as happy to hold him if the price is wrong (bitch!), but you may be able to parlay his play to address other needs, while he is playing at this (relatively) high level.

Jarrett Jack, PG, SG

Although the Nets’ record is terrible, Jack has nothing to do with that, JJ has been playing DY-no-MITE!! Sorry, sorry, that was poor, even for me. Jack has been playing outstanding ball, posting 16.5/4.25/7.25/1/0 with 1.25 treys over his last 4 games. But the team is 1-9, which, if this continues, you have to expect a shake up. Will this help, or hinder his production? Depends on who goes and stays. I think you could get a decent piece for him, and let someone else worry about if this can continue.

Rajon Rondo PG

Dude had 3 triple doubles in 4 games last week (including the Sunday), a swiping multiple steals in all of those games. There is no higher sell point, no? He also has been playing 44 plus minutes over those last 4 games, posting nasty turnover numbers, poor 3pt production, as well as abysmal free throw numbers. 1 of 4 Rajon? Bah! My point is: while you love to see those types of production minutes, the chance for injury goes up each 48 minute game he plays. And you could turn him around for a safer play, like a Mike Conley, maybe? Or package Rondo in with another piece and try to get a Damian Lillardor a Kyle Lowry. A fella can dream…

Brandon Knight PG, SG

I had finished up my article, and went to bed, only to wake up to see Knight’s dominating performance last night against the Lakers, going 30/10/15/4/0 with only 2 turnovers, and 3 treys, shooting 47%. Daaaamn. But it is the Lakers, after all, and even with this game, his season average on dimes is only 5. He shoots. A lot.  And is a great piece.  But if you were thinking of casting him out into trade waters, now would be the time.

 

That’s all I got for now, hoops fans. May all your shots be nothing but net!

 

 

  1. jimmy buckets says:
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    Great work as always!

    I’ve been trying to sell high on sullinger and McConnell, packaging them up and grabbing someone who is underperforming at the moment. What can I reasonably expect to get for those two? I’m pretty good on the defensive stats and rebounds but my %’s and TO’s are killing me right now. 9 cat h2h 14 teamer

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @jimmy buckets: It’s always hard to gauge, as the selling point has more to do with what someone is will to part with. The better way to look at it is what is your bottom line deal. Jonas Valanciunas at the very bottom? IT3? Mike Conley? Try to make an offer to a guy who needs what you’ve got, cast a lot of offers, and don’t keep peddling the same guys, as that will drive down the price. I know that doesn’t actually help you too much, but maybe send me some hypotheticals, and I’ll tell you what I think.

      • Backyard Boogie says:
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        @Dan A: with a steady influx of pg’s and rebounds and blocks the need would you trade dragic for Jonas? Only mentioned here since you already mentioned jv so I didn’t scroll all the way down to make a new comment lol

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @Backyard Boogie: heeyo. Full disclosure, I am a raps fan, so visited the bias before you heed my advice: despite JV not having a great game , he started very hot. Everyone will have an off game against boogie cousins. That said, he isn’t elite yet. 50-60+ talent (adp)?

  2. Matt says:
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    Yes 90’s hip hop was the best and even better when combined with the NBA. Gotta love those 90’s VHS videos NBA Superstars, NBA Jam Session, etc. Jam….ohhhh….Jam.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Matt: Ha! how many videos did you see wtih Onyx’s Slam playing in the background, with Cat’s dunking on nets with chain netting??

      • Matt says:
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        @Dan A: SLAM! Let the boys be boys!

  3. jonny says:
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    Am I giving up too much offering tjones for thomas? I need a guard but I’m in a OREB 10 cat league, so the extra rebound category makes him more valuable?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @jonny: That’s tough, as he has been coming on lately. Just to clarify: the 0REB means you’re punished for getting 0 boards, like a neg stat like turnovers, or does it stand for double digit boards? If it’s the latter, Jones has yet to record more than single digits. Listen, think of it this way. You aren’t trading for a bum, he is in 6th man discussions already, he’s getting 30 min, if you need a guard, he’s a good get.

      • jonny says:
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        @Dan A:

        i meant offensive rebounds as the 10th category. Seems like tjones is capable of getting a couple a game, but my other big men are whiteside, marc gasol and DJ.

        If the other guys not willing to do the trade for tjones, am i overpaying if i offer marc gasol for thomas?

        • jonny says:
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          @jonny:

          If I’m overpaying, what do you think about this offer:

          My gasol and lou williams (or either chalmers, stanley johnson) for his thomas and wes matthews?

          Thanks man!

          • Dan A

            Dan A. says:
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            @jonny: riiight. O boards. I like gasol/Lou better than jones.

  4. mehdan says:
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    hey would trading whiteside for karl-anthony towns be a good trade for me?

    • Afro says:
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      I think you are getting a steal there… Big KAT has more upside, better %s and is not likely to get suspended due to some knuckle head act!

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @mehdan: I really like towns, his price tag will only go up. And you gotta give to get. It is a slam dunk if you’re in a keeper or dynasty, but I think I’d do it even if you’re not.

  5. Nick says:
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    Would you trade tjones for mudiay in dynasty? I need a PG or SG and have got Gordon, draymond and Gallo as wel for SF’s, and also potentially the number one pick next year, hello Simmons!

    If not who might I target? Thinking of packaging Gallo and Tjones for Hayward and porzingis but I have my doubts I can pull that off

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Nick: I would focus more on porzingus in a dynasty, but I agree, that would be a reach to get that deal done as it is currently constructed. You need a better piece than Gallinari. With Gordon, did you mean e Gordon, or Aaron? I don’t think either with tjones would get it done anyways. But maybe you offer just TJ for kristaps to open the conversation?

  6. Kozmonaut says:
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    Sorry, but House of Pain is from Los Angeles, (attended Taft High School). They did wear a Celtics jersey in the Jump Around video and talk about their Irish pride a bunch though…

    • Kozmonaut says:
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      @Kozmonaut: I like the Poor Righteous Teachers title though…props!

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Kozmonaut: huh. All these years, my life has been built on a lie! Thank you for correcting me.

  7. Tyler says:
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    Monta + Covington or Markieff + McCollum + Jabari
    16team 9cat h2h redraft

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Tyler: depends on the 3rd piece in the monta Covington deal, but unless it’s a significant piece, I’d take the Jabari/McCollum/markief side.

  8. Blue says:
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    What do you think about trading Wiggins for Butler? And Lavine for Darren Collison?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Blue: I don’t know what collison’s role will be with rondo killing it, but Levine will also see a drop once Rubio gets back. I think I’d take collison. As for Wiggins for butler, that is bloody tough. I think I take butler, as Rose is out again, and while I loooove Wiggins, butler can pile it up too. But both are really avoid toss, neither a slam dunk. Hope that helps.

  9. The Tristan Thompson Conundrum says:
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    Hey man, would you trade McConnall for Wes Matthews straight up? 9 cat

      • The Tristan Thompson Conundrum says:
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        @Dan A.: Sorry, idk if I phrased well enough or I’m misunderstanding your answer, but I currently own Mcconnall would be receiving Matthews.

        • Dan A

          Dan A says:
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          @The Tristan Thompson Conundrum: oh. of course, in that case, I’d do that in a heartbeat. sorry for the misunderstanding.

  10. Tyler says:
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    StanJo or Gary Harris?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Tyler: it looks like Harris will get more burn as a starter, for what that’s worth, but he’s only 3% owned, so I assume this is a pickup, not a trade. I love stan’s upside, but if it’s waiver adds, I think Harris has more immediate value.

      • Tyler says:
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        @Dan A.:
        Currently own stanley. Thinkin of dropping for Gary?

        • Tyler says:
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          @Tyler: lauvergne and cauley stein also available.
          Looking for best player available.

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @Tyler: i like stan’s future trajectory, but I’m not confident he won’t take a few years, like almost all players do. I’d do that deal, for this year…

  11. Michael says:
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    hi Dan,

    Would you think Eric Gordon is a sell high candidate? and Ty Lawson is a buy low candidate.
    I wanted to trade for ty Lawson but I am kind of hesitant because Ty Lawson doesn’t seem like he fits into rockets offense due to their slower offense in comparison to Denver. Eric Gordon might have a drop in production but I think his assist numbers might go up after tyreke evans and Anthony davis are back. Right now I want to boost my assists, would you give me some a
    I am in 9 cat roto

    pg- damian lillard, elfred payton, ish smith
    sg-sf- Robert covginton, eric Gordon, danillo gallarni, will Barton, jimmy butler, Gianni antetkumpo, Jeremy grant, ersan illyasova, nik strauskus
    pf-c- Greg Monroe, Roy Hilbert, nerlenes noel, andrew bogut

    I am pretty solid from the wing up front but my PG is killing my fg and assist are ok right now. I am number 4 in my league with 12 teams

    • Michael says:
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      [email protected]Michael:
      also, who should I be expecting for trading eric Gordon, or how should I package him?

      • Dan A

        Dan A. says:
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        @Michael: sorry, I missed this in the multiple emails. I would love to get a dragic/Kemba/Reggie J. Or, if you’re willing to move another piece, see what it would take to get Lowry, or a Conley

    • Michael says:
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      @Michael: also someone offered there isiah thomas for my greg monroe

      • Dan A

        Dan A says:
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        @Michael: Don’t give up Greg for IT#, you can do better, IMO

  12. Wen says:
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    Hi Dan, who has better overall value ROS?
    Ersan Ilyasova or Luol Deng

    Thanks for the advice.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Wen: damn. Deng will get more minutes, but I’m not super confidant that will concretely put him ahead. As a coin toss, deng

  13. Lawson says:
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    Hi man! Just got offered Vucevic for my Bosh. I think it can be a good trade for me but its a close call…

    Rest of my team:
    Lillard, Mudiay, Bledsoe, Schröder, Bayless, Danny Green, Stauskas, Jeff Green, Joe Johnson, Aaron Gordon, TJones, Ibaka, Bosh, Nurkic.

    Thinking about picking up Gary Harris or Henson for Stauskas.

    Thanks

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Lawson: I’d take Vuc for Bosh, for sure. And Henson is a good get for Stuskas

  14. Wen says:
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    Also, Kent Bazemore shows up in the waiver. Who should I drop to add him or stay put?
    Will Barton, C.J. Miles, Andre Iguodala, J.R. Smith

    I am kind of leaning J.R. Smith. Thanks for the help.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Wen: Yeah, Smith has been a disappointment, I have him too, but he had a good game last night, and a decent game the one before, which makes it harder to choose. What made Baze so attractive was his steals and blocks in addition to scoring and percentages, 3s also. But he has 1 steal in 3 games, 0 blocks, and sat out last game. I dunno, I might wait a bit to see if Smith can get it together. But follow your heart, and you’ll never go astray…

  15. Benjamin says:
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    I’m in a league without percentages
    Points, Rebounds, Assists, Steals, Blocks, DD, and 3s.

    I just got offered CJ McCollum for Zach Randoph.
    Do you think I will get the upside by receiving CJ? I also have drummond, so rebounds might be ok to give up right?
    Do you also think CJ will keep up his production throughout the year? Maybe he will do better than Zach because CJ is much younger. Let me know your thoughts! Thanks!

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Benjamin: hmm. Zebo will get more dubdubs, but virtually no blocks, or steals, and fewer dimes. If you’re lacking in those cats, I would do it

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