Stephen Curry‘s not a selfish basketball player. No one ever accused him of being one, but after Wednesday’s season opener in Golden State, it should have smacked everyone in the face like the hook of a Katy Perry song. Curry is going to hand the ball off more often than he will dribble five steps past the halfcourt line and start chuckin’. None of this is a shock necessarily, but it’s also not something I’ve specifically considered, nor have I heard anyone else talk about what might happen in Golden State: Monta Ellis just catapulted to the top of my shortlist of guys who are going to lead the league in points. He had 27 at the half. Ten more during the third and ended with a colossal 46 points in 40 minutes. What’s more, he wasn’t particularly on and wasn’t surrounded by a bunch of guys who were particularly off. The team executed their offense, only turned the ball over a dozen times (five hurried turnovers in the fourth quarter) and got Ellis into position to shoot 75 percent from the floor. I was only sniffing markers yesterday, not huffing glue so I don’t think Ellis will shoot like that every night. Nor do I think he’ll average 40+ points a night. But 30 ppg on 50 percent shooting is well within M.E.’s m.o.

Here’s what else went down in fantasy basketball yesterday:

Mo Williams – Missed Wednesday’s season opener after spending the preseason mourning the loss of his father-in-law and his sore groin muscle. To be clear, he’s not mourning the loss of his father-in-law’s sore groin muscle. I’m saying in addition to the mourning, Mo’s groin is just another reason he wasn’t in Wednesday’s lineup. Besides, if he were mourning the loss of his sore groin muscle, he’d have a healthy groin muscle.

Daniel Gibson – 16/4/8 in 27 minutes. As thirdly reported here, Mo Williams was out so don’t rush to grab Gibson unless your team is streaming already.

Evan Turner – Remember how confused we all were about how the rotation is going to shake out in Philly? The Sixers bench outscored the starters 57-30. Turner led with 16/7/4 and a block in almost 31 minutes. And you drafted Austin Daye instead, didn’t you?

Gilbert Arenas – Ol’ Gil will miss at least the first two games of the season as he was given a boot to protect the pained right tendon. For those of you who just found us after doing a Google search for “pain,” and “give the boot” … um, well, this is probably exactly what you were searching for.

Wilson Chandler – Yesterday I told you not to drop Chandler just because Landry Fields was named the starter. Fields had 11/4 in 28 minutes. Chandler literally doubled that production (22/8) in the same amount of time.

Ronny Turiaf – Fell hard in the fourth quarter and left the game. He had 8/4 and four boards before Turiaf was hurried off.

Amar’e Stoudemire – STAT almost started the season with a cripple-double. He had 19 points, 10 rebounds and nine turnovers. Yay! But also yuck.

James Jones – Eight threes in two games (27.5 mpg). He won’t keep that pace, but he has averaged 2.5 treys per36 over the last three seasons, so it’s not all fluky either. He’s like Mike Miller if no one was aware Mike Miller was on the court. For those of you who got stuck drafting Miller in early drafts, I present to you: Plan B.

LeBron James – Seventeen turnovers in two games. I just threw up a little in my mouth.

Derrick Favors – Played 20 minutes off the bench and nearly double-doubled (8/10). I’m not convinced Favors is so rough that he won’t have anything to offer fantasy owners at some point this season, especially if Troy Murphy misses a Troy Murphy-sized number of games.

Reggie Evans – Missed the only two shots he took in 33 minutes, but grabbed 16 boards. IYACYOC!

Jose Calderon – Played 18 minutes off the bench (and managed seven quick dimes) as compared to Jarrett Jack‘s 31. That timeshare sounds about as agreeable to Calderon as the one I have in Hawaii from January 2 to January 4 is to me.

Zach Randolph – Left the game early with a back contusion. Which is different than having back confusion, which is when you check out a hot girl’s butt only to find out she’s a man wearing skinny jeans. Darrell Aurthur is your stream if you’re into streaming.

Francisco Garcia – Took over for Tyreke Evans who was serving a one-game suspension and scored 22/3/4 with three steals and a block in 34 minutes. Probably won’t happen again for reasons outlined about 20 words ago.

Al HorfordZaza Pachulia had 17/11 and two blocks. Horford had 2/7. Hold those lines up to the back of a spoon and it’s exactly as I predicted.

Andrew Bogut – Fifty percent from the floor. Thirty percent from the line. Weak sauce, Bogutron.

Al Jefferson – 6/7 and three blocks in 31 minutes. S’okay. He’s not the first Jefferson slow to get with the program. Thomas Jefferson stalled for six days trying to get free ice cream for every American-born man, woman and child added into the Declaration of Independence. That worked itself out, so will Al.

Arron Afflalo – Three treys went toward his 22 points. Stop making me pimp Afflalo out to you. Pick him up already.

Sheldon Williams – If half of Denver’s bigs are going to be out for a while and you were considering Reggie Evans anyway, why not grab Sheldon instead? His forehead may be bigger than Evans’, but I’m pretty sure he’s never grabbed Chris Kaman‘s junk.

Chris Kaman – Speaking of Chris Kaman’s junk, dude shot 3-for-13 from no farther away from the basket than 14 feet. I’m aware that Blake Griffin can be an intimidating defender, but Christ, they’re on the same team.

  1. Vragubit says:


    I know it’s only one game but what are your thoughts on A. Daye? Do you think he will put up good stats behind Det’s logjam? He didn’t look to great…

    Also, do you like Marvin Williams better or A. Tolliver for pickup? Tolliver looked pretty impressive even though he comes off the bench.

  2. Scott says:

    Not on? 18-24 seems pretty on to me. Maybe I’m just upset I didn’t draft him.

    Anyway, W Chandler, Ben Gordon, or Afflalo long term?


  3. ThE sHiT says:

    Great title, awesome movie.

  4. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Vragubit: I worry that Daye’s too light to play PF successfully. And even if his weight weren’t an issue, I don’t love his situation in Detroit. There’s just no way the team lets a healthy Charlie V share substantial minutes with a guy getting paid a fraction he is.

    Right now I’m leaning Williams over Tolliver.

    @Scott: Ellis certainly wasn’t off, but he scored 7-of-18 field goals from within 4 feet of the basket – which is great, but not really a mark of being on fire (47 points, yet only one trey). Curry was on. Re: long term – Chandler, Afflalo, Gordon.

    In a month, we won’t remember half the guys D’Antoni entertained as possible starting SGs.

  5. Adam

    Adam says:

    @ThE sHiT: Not a bad book either.

  6. ThE sHiT says:

    @Adam: Didn’t read the book, a buddy did, and he said it was pretty good. Have a great day!

  7. D.A. says:

    What are you thoughts on Shannon Brown long term? He is the most athletic guard on that team. No more Farmar to split minutes with off the bench. Do you think Phil will begin to give him more of Fisher’s minutes? Is he worth a pick up on this team? Or am I already too guard heavy? I’ve got a spot open…

    PG Chris Paul (NO – PG)
    SG Kevin Martin (Hou – SG)
    G Tyreke Evans (Sac – PG,SG)
    SF Jason Richardson (Pho – SG,SF)
    PF Paul Millsap (Uta – PF)
    F Carl Landry (Sac – SF,PF)
    C Al Horford (Atl – PF,C)
    C Tim Duncan (SA – PF, C)
    Util Jameer Nelson (Orl – PG)
    Util Arron Afflalo (Den – SG)
    BN Wesley Johnson (Min – SF)
    BN Greg Oden (Por – C)
    BN ————-

  8. D.A. says:

    Other WW options: Belinelli, Bibby, Big Baby, Sheldon (touch of the downs), Favors

  9. Adam

    Adam says:

    @D.A.: Brown’s game on Tuesday was more a mirage than anything, which isn’t to say he’s worthless. He just won’t be worth four treys and four steals in 21 mpgs a night.

    If you’ve got an open spot, taking on Brown’s 20-25 mpg couldn’t hurt. But he probably isn’t the most valuable free agent to your team. Find someone with good assist numbers.

  10. AnotherFalstaff says:

    @Adam – Hawes shows me nothing. Drop him for T. Chandler now that he’s starting or Tolliver? Picked up S. Williams yesterday – Thanks!

  11. Adam

    Adam says:

    @AnotherFalstaff: I’d look to Chandler in the immediate future. But keep an eye on Tolliver. The Timbergoofs are always wildcards.

  12. AnotherFalstaff says:

    @Adam – Thanks! Philly’s going to be a mess. I’ll keep an eye on Tolliver, they benched Love in the 2nd half and Darko can’t be a long-tern answer.

  13. BAM says:

    Hey Adam,

    (I tried posting this a few seconds ago but it didn’t show up. Apologies if there are two postings)

    I’m in a 10-team H2H league and wanted to get your take on my team. We count the following statistical categories: FGM, FG%, FTM, FT%, 3PTM, PTS, REB, AST, ST, BLK, TO

    Here is my squad:

    Russell Westbrook
    Brandon Roy
    Baron Davis
    Gilbert Arenas
    Kevin Martin
    Anthony Morrow
    Rodrigue Beaubois
    Nicolas Batum
    Corey Maggette
    Wilson Chandler
    Richard Jefferson
    Dorrell Wright
    Amar’e Stoudemire
    Carlos Boozer
    Chris Kaman
    JaVale McGee

    Anywhere you believe I need to improve?

  14. Adam

    Adam says:

    @BAM: Westbrook and Davis should be solid sources of assists for you, but those look to be your only steady source (perhaps Gil or Beaubois, but you should’t count on either).

    Your percentages should be competitive along with your points and threes, but blocks are another area you might need to improve.

    McGee should block, Kaman and Amar’e are good but not great, Boozer’s never been a shot-blocker and you’re otherwise light.

    In a perfect world, you’d be able to trade Jefferson for Pau Gasol straight-up! All your problems would be solved!

  15. BAM says:

    Thanks Adam. Would you drop Beaubois for Ibaka?

  16. Adam

    Adam says:

    @BAM: I’d drop Jefferson first.

  17. jake says:

    Hey Adam,

    Have your thoughts on Francisco Garcia evolved at all, after he had a good showing (minutes + production) with Evans back in the lineup?

    Thanks and great site!


  18. Adam

    Adam says:

    @jake: I appreciate the kind words. Re: Garcia – The wrap on Garcia has long been that he’s got tons of potential, but he took a step back in ’08 and was injured most of ’09. So far this season, he’s averaging 58 percent from the floor and 75 percent from behind the arc in 32 minutes. Even if his mpgs stay the same, his efficiency won’t. He’s worth a speculative pick in all but shallow leagues. But I wouldn’t give up anyone you have high hopes for just yet, as Garcia’s scoring numbers are likely bound to return to the 12-14 ppg range.

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