I was giddy when I watched Bam Adebayo during the Summer League. I knew he could rebound and block, but the Eurostepping and skill shown in the open court had me salivating like a submariner pulling into port after a six month deployment. I didn’t expect much from him this year, as he was buried on the depth chart, but then Miami turned into MASH and Hassan Whiteside missed 18 games due to injury. As a result, Bam played in 30 games and started 10. While the stats haven’t been great, he managed to compile two double-dubs. Not bad, but last night Bam went HAM and made me feel all tingly again.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 15 3 0 5 0 0/1 8/14 0

He played 33 minutes and definitely benefitted from the ejection of James Johnson. When JJ returns, Bam will probably slide back to the bench, but…but…but….Did I stutter mother f**cker? Actually I did. My bad. Anyways, he’s not a must pick up. Just keep him in mind if any of the bigs in Miami go down, as he’s shown more than capable of going HAM.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

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Derrick Jones:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 8 5 1 0 2 0 0/1 2/5 4/4

Got the start at small forward and played 28 minutes. Jones is 6′ 7″ 200 pounds and has the hops of a flea. He received a ton of minutes because Tyler Johnson was out. He probably won’t be fantasy relevent when TJ returns.

Hassan Whiteside:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 15 1 0 2 2 0 6/16 1/1

Mt. Whiteside is a fantasy beast. Will board, block, and shoot a decent FT%. With that said, he’s been benched in crunch time lately and Spoelstra was not happy with the lack of defensive effort on a few plays. Something to keep in mind going forward. Bam! Who said that? Bam Bam! Who’s there? Bam Bam go Ham Ham!

Goran Dragic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 12 4 1 1 1 1/3 10/21 3/5

Played 39 minutes and led the Heat to a 90-89 victory over the Raptors. I love Dragic for real life basketball. He’s tough and doesn’t take shit from anyone. For fantasy, he’s not sexy and will rarely make you feel like you popped a couple of Viagra, but will produce. Stocktonator loved him last night. No, I did not feed it Viagra.

Wayne Ellington:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 3 2 1 1 1 3/12 6/17 0

Need 3s? Wayne’s World. Wayne’s World. Party time. Excellent! The Stocktonator was all about Wayne’s World last night.

Delon Wright:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 7 4 1 1 0 1/2 5/9 2/2

Got the start for the injured Kyle Lowry and played 29 minutes. He was probably picked up last week, but if he wasn’t, you get your ass to the waiver wire right now. Even when Lowry returns, Wright has some value as he had been getting more run off the bench.

Jonathon Simmons:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
3 1 2 0 0 0 0/2 1/7 1/1

Only played 20 minutes. He will probably be eased back into action after experiencing some back pain.

Mario Hezonja:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 4 4 1 0 1 2/4 5/9 2/2

Got the start at power forward because Aaron Gordon violated team rules and played 27 minutes. The fifth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Crazy.

Marreese Speights:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 10 2 0 2 2 2/5 5/8 1/2

Mo Buckets, Mo Buckets, Mo Buckets! Everytime I see Speights getting buckets in an NBA game, I feel like I’m watching an episode of In Living Color.

DJ Augustine:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 3 5 0 0 2 4/5 5/8 4/4

Has played 23 and 25 minutes the past two games. It’s probably nothing but it’s always good to keep tabs on the DJ.

Maximillian Kleber played five minutes, while Dwight Powell played 23 minutes. The Kleber story was cute for a bit, but Ka-Powell! No mas.

Dirk Nowitzki:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 3 1 0 0 0 1/3 6/13 7/7

I’m Asian. Was always taught to respect my elders.

Yogi Ferrell:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 8 4 0 0 1 2/3 6/9 1/1

Played 33 minutes. Yabba Dabba Doo!

JJ Barea:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 8 2 12 0 0 0 0/2 4/8 0

I’ve often said in the past that I have more confidence in JJ than I have in myself. I should print out a picture of JJ and tape it to all my mirrors.

Shabazz Napier:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 5 2 2 0 4 2/3 5/10 9/10

Damian Lillard was out again, so Napier got the start and played 34 minutes. EZ PZ! Shabazz is gonna get paid in a few years.

Pat Connaughton:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 4 0 0 0 1 2/4 4/7 0

Played 30 minutes. That’s half the battle. Yo Joe!!

CJ McCollum:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 27 3 7 1 0 1 1/5 11/19 4/4

Speaking of EZ PZ….Dame off the court, CJ has a 33.1% usage rate, an increase of 5.7%.

Bogdan Bogdanovic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 2 4 2 0 0 0/3 7/13 5/6

Led the Kings in points and minutes played (32). Cut to Vlade sitting on the couch in Vivek’s office. “Vivek, seems you have backed the wrong horse!” “Goddamnit, Vlade! I put a goddamn ashtray right next to you. Use it!”

De’Aaron Fox:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 1 3 4 1 2 3/5 6/16 0/1

Fox has now played 32, 30, 35, and 33 minutes the past four games. He’s also scored in double figures in each. Is it happening? Knowing the Kings, probably not. Keep in mind that George Hill has missed the last three games due to having a child. Not George. That’d be weird, but his wife.

Julius Randle:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 14 6 1 0 6 1/1 8/13 5/6

Got the start at power forward and played 30 minutes. That’s what he do. Randle is a nightly triple-dub threat from the frontcourt. Hopefully, Luke continues to utilize Randle in the lineup.

Brook Lopez:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 3 0 0 0 1 5/8 6/9 1/2

Will probably get around 20 minutes of run a game. He shoots 3s, which is nice, but makes business decisions when it comes to grabbing rebounds. Lopez has had stretches of getting his swat on, but it looks like he’d rather play HORSE on the court.

Brandon Ingram:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 5 3 0 1 7 2/3 6/9 1/2

Needs to work on his handle and limiting the turnovers, but the J is coming along nicely. I wonder how many he rolls a day.

Lonzo Ball:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
5 11 11 5 1 1 1/7 2/10 0

Ball has some of the funkiest stat lines ever. Even the Lithuanians are like, “Damn, that’s funky.” I really hope he learns how to shoot. How did Lavar forget to teach his sons how to shoot? That’d be like always skipping leg day.

Jordan Clarkson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 4 1 1 0 0 3 0/3 2/5 0

Played 14 minutes. JC has had stretches where he’s played less than 15 minutes, but the five shot attempts were a season-low. If he’s not hoisting up shots, he has no value, as he’s super dependent on scoring.

  1. Renz says:
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    Hey Son!

    What’s up!! It’s good to be back after the holidays and days of being sick. Anyhow, I really look forward on your write-ups. YODA best!

    So, I’ve been offered for my Dray for Dipo. Should I grab it or nah?

    9cat 16teams

    G: Boo, Mitchell, A. Bradley, Blue Arrow.. Recently added Teodosic
    F/C: Prince, Ghostface, Myles, Dray, Horford, Joker, Biyombo and Bender

    FA: Bell, Hill, Ntilikina, Simmons, Carroll, Allen, Monroe — anyone worth stashing over Teodosic or Bender?

    Thanks men!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Renz: Thanks Renz! I answered in the other post. I’d make that deal. As for pickups, you know I”m all about the Frenchise

  2. Miel says:
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    Hi son,
    Nice write up. Great game from bam tonight. I just hope he doesn’t get my whiteside usages.

    9cat 10 team league and i’m having loads of quality guards and needed forward.
    Would you drop lee for james johnson or jabari?

    Do you also think middleton’s value will decrease when jabari gets back?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thanks! I don’t think Bam cuts into Whiteside.

      I would not drop Lee for either.

      Middleton could lose some usage, but I think he will be just fine.

  3. Dane says:
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    Hi son,
    Could you rank forwards below? Many thanks 🙂
    Rhj,porter,covington,commish,warren

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Gordon, Porter, Covington, RHJ, Warren

  4. J says:
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    Would you drop either Kuzma or Mirotic for Jaylen Brown, Jonathan Simmons or Marquis Chriss? Worried about Kuz, guess I should hold onto Mirotic to see where he ends up

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @J: I’d hold both

  5. chris says:
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    Thanks Son!

    What do you think of this trade?

    I give: Josh Richardson-Redick
    I receive-Booker-Ryan Anderson-JaMychel Green

    Looks like I would gain-rbs-Pts-3’s, I would lose a little in blocks and both percentages, the rest is pretty close.

    It’s 3-2 so I would have to drop-Booker-Tucker-Danny Green-Which one?

    Thanks man!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @chris: You are trading m son away! Veto! Seriously, though, I’d rather have the JRich/Redick side

  6. chris says:
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    I would receive Devin Booker and potential drop Trevor

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @chris: I apologize. I misread the trade. Yeah, I’d take the Booker side. You could drop Trevor or J Green.

  7. chris says:
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    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @chris: Anytime!

  8. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    (9c/18m)
    G – Mitchell, Rubio
    F – Butler, Leonard, Gordon, Hollis-Jefferson, Young, Johnson
    C – Capela, Dedmon

    What’s up, Son! So I wanna talk to you about the possible moves that I’m willing to make in the upcoming weeks.

    I would like to focus on Aaron Gordon and Kawhi Leonard.

    Aaron has been playing like crap since returning from injury–horrible FG% and the d-stats are nowhere to be found. But I’m not moving him because of those things, I’m moving him because of their awful playoff schedule. Thinking of doing a swap for McCollum, and this is a guaranteed thing. His owner is no longer in the hunt for the playoffs so consider this a done deal.

    Man, Leonard… You know I’ve been patient with him from the very beginning given the fact that my squad has been a playoff team even with his absence. But I think I’m at a critical point of my life where I need to be pissed at Kawhi. I have put up with all their crap, but just couldn’t take it anymore. Missed a ton of games, and still missing a bunch. Bruhhh, I’m done. Hah

    If all this were to happen:
    PG1 Lillard
    PG2 Rubio
    SG1 McCollum
    SG2 Mitchell
    SF1 Butler
    SF2 Johnson
    PF1 Hollis-Jefferson
    PF2 Young
    C1 Capela
    C2 Dedmon

    What do you think, buddy??? Will I reach the 2nd round?? Hah

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: I hear you. I like the moves. Will you make the second round? No idea. Depends on the matchup and how healthy your team is at that point.

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son:

        Thanks bud!

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