On most nights, there are a handful of players worthy of being the lede for this internationally renowned fantasy hoops blog. On most nights, it’s LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, or Steph Curry. Why? Because those are the internationally renowned hoops players who ball the F out on a nightly basis. The superstars. But since Son likes to shine the light upon all the inhabitants of the fantasy hoops streets, yes, even the rats and cockroaches and not just the eagles and lions, it’s always a delight when I can write about the lesser recognized ballers. Last night, Doug McDermott had such a performance:
In 28 minutes! A point a minute gets me wanting to get up and do the Dougie.
Even Kate Upton is excited! Told you we internationally renowned. Viva la Razzball!
Alright, back to business. Recently, McDermott had started four games and played over 32 minutes in each one. Then on Monday, he had a dookie of a performance: two points in 17 minutes. As a result, Jeremy Lamb was inserted into the starting lineup for last night’s game with Dougie coming off the bench. No problemo. Dougie doesn’t provide much outside of points and tres but he’s attempted double-digit shot attempts in a game 10 times, scored at least 10 points 12 times, and drained at least two tres 10 times, with a high of five. I can’t stop watching Kate Upton dance. Man….
Here’s what else I saw last night:
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Sabonis had to leave the game on Monday early due to a knee injury. As a result, he was questionable for last night’s contest. Well, I’d say the knee is fine as Sabonis went and messed around for the sixth time in his career. Man, Sabonis is only 24 years old and could get better. The free throw shooting is sub-70% on the season and the defensive stats are lacking. If he shores up those two deficiencies, then he could be a top 20 player. As it stands, he’s a top 45 player for fantasy.
Yawn. Another day, another five-block performance from Turner. That’s his sixth of the season, with one being a 6-block day and two 8-block extravaganzas! That’s stupid. Almost as stupid as GME. Anyways, what’s even nuttier is that since 1983, there have been 339 instances in which a player blocked at least nine shots in a game!
Got the start but only played 21 minutes. He had some foul trouble but Dougie was cooking while Lamb was baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad.
Zeya went over McConnell in this week’s Buy/Sell piece. Over the last seven games, TJ has averaged 25.4 minutes and contributed 7.3 dimes and two steals per game! He won’t provide much of anything else but 7.3 dimes and two steals!!! Ya heard?
Got his first start since returning four games ago and played 30 minutes. I guess that’s sayonara to Bismack Biyombo. Everyone wave. I’m not sure what to make of the 30 minutes since he’s never averaged more than 28 mpg in any season. If he gets that kind of run consistently, then he’s a viable pickup because he will provide boards, some dimes, defensive stats, and won’t kill your percentages.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllmoooosst messed around. He’s no Sabonis….at least on this night, and this is why Dougie got the lede. *SMACK* My right arm and hand just bitch slapped me. My left arm and hand did battle and put up a fight. Good looking out left side. Westside? But the right had all the might and….was right on this night. On the season, G is top 10? *go higher* Top 25? *higher* Top 50?
Gi is a top 75 player for fantasy!!! He is a 1/1/1 player and is scoring, grabbing boards, and dishing out dimes. The free-throw shooting is at 58% and the turnovers are at four per game. Crazy.
Middleton is a top 20 player for fantasy! What parallel universe are we living in? Middleton doesn’t provide any blocks but 21.9 points, 2.6 tres, 6.5 boards, 5.8 dimes, and 1 steal per game ain’t bad, yo. Throw in 51% shooting from the field, 92% from the line, and 2.3 turnovers and…..Giannis who?
Jackpot!!! Ding ding ding ding ding. Damn, wrong game. Only the second time this season Jrue has scored in double figures and the second time he’s shot under 30% in a game. Shit happens.
Got the start and played 23 minutes. He’s alive!!!! I had such high hopes for him coming into the season. I’m a stupid, stupid man. Is there a possibility that this is the start of something new? Sure, but I’d have to see it in 60 straight games before I believed.
Got the start and played a team-high 41 minutes as OG Anunoby was summoned by Yoda. As a starter, Powell is averaging 33.2 minutes and 20.1 points, good for top 50 value. As a reserve, he averages 21.4 minutes and is outside the top 100. He’s started the last four games but that was due to injuries for the Raptors.
In 13 minutes off the bench. Matchups against bigs who can punish down low are trouble for the frail Boucher. After having a stretch of around four games earlier this month when he was playing 30 minutes per game, Boucher has played 13, 30, 21, 20, and 23 the past five games. We know what Boucher can do when he’s on the floor but Nurse may not give him the run to fully breakout.
In 39 minutes as The King tried but ultimately failed in willing the Lakers to victory in Philadelphia (106-107). On the season, LBJ is a top 35 player but over the last five games, he’s been top 10. We joke that Kawhi is a cyborg but would it surprise anyone to find out that LeBron is the one who is actually Terminator-esque?
Remember when AD was so injury prone that someone got thousands of Twitter followers by creating a ISANTHONYDAVISHURT? account? Good times. F me. Did I just jinx him? Lakers Nation, please forgive me for I have sinnned. My seppuku knives are always sharp and ready to perform. AD is the 13th player for fantasy and should get into the top five sooner than later. Over the past four years, he’s finished as the 2, 2, 1, and 2 player on a per-game basis.
No BS as BS messed around for the 31st time in his career. Just 150 more to tie Oscar Robinson. You can do it!!! I love what Doc Rivers is doing for Simmons and the entire 76ers offense. Put players in positions to succeed and accentuate their strengths. What a novel concept!
He’s no Dougie McBuckets but not many are. I kid. I was surprised to see that Embiid has messed around only two times in his career. Thought that number would be higher. Regardless, he’s having a fantastic season, as in top 10 faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanntastic. He’s a 1/1/1 player and provides excellent percentages. The complete package.
Harris is 0.1 short in both steals and blocks from being the newest member of the 1/1/1 club. He had never sniffed it prior to this season.
After missing five games, Tatum has played two games and scored 24 and 25 points in 31 and 34 minutes respectively. He’s baaaaaaack. Tatum is a top 20 player and is 0.2 blocks from being a 1/1/1 member. The percentages are good, turnovers are low, he scores, and grabs rebounds. The only knock, if you can call it that, is the dimes are under four per game. Like I said, nitpicking.
In five games this season, Kemba is averaging 24.2 minutes, 16.4 points, 2.4 tres, 2.6 boards, 4.2 dimes, and 2 steals. The field goal percentage has been 42% while he’s shooting 83% from the line. The usage rate is at 30.6 but that number is skewed by the 40.2 number he posted in his debut. Since then, the usage rate has dwindled down to the mid-20s, which is where it will likely be all season. Let’s see if he gets to over 30 minutes a game.
Top 20 player on the season. My Kawhi 2.0 dreams are still alive, although the traumatic scars from all the internet tomatoes and verbal vitriol thrown my way will forever be etched into my consciousness. You guys are mean.
Notched his fourth dub-dub of the season and has scored in double-digits eight straight games. This Johnson won’t get you Viagra hard but will contribute a healthy amount of points, tres, boards, and steals with decent percentages. He takes care of the ball as well, as he averages 1.5 turnovers per game. This package has been good for top 90 production.
In 36 minutes. Last season, Pop gave Murray at least 30 minutes of run 11 times. He’s eclipsed that mark 14 times already this year. FREEDOM!!! The points and dimes fluctuate but the rebounds are always there. He’s collected at least 10 boards in a game five times. He also takes care of the ball, as he’s only turning the ball over 1.7 times per game.
In 19 minutes off the bench. I had to give the big fella some love since he rarely gets it from me. I’m in such a giving mood today. Despite playing only 20 minutes per game, Poeltl is providing 6.3 boards, 0.6 steals, and 1 block per game while shooting 57% from the field.
Returned to action after missing the prior nine games, so the rust wasn’t a surprise. To be fair, he was shooting 38% from the field before going down. Now, offensive virility isn’t his forte anyways, as he’s about the defensive stats while grabbing some boards and draining some tres. He was a top 125 player before missing all that time and will likely end up in that area come season’s end.
He didn’t mess around. Scrub. He must’ve been saving it for the ladies after the game.
In 22 minutes off the bench. It looks like he’s an important part of the rotation, and why wouldn’t he be because he’s versatile, can stretch the floor, dish out dimes, and play defense. Now, Dwight Powell just returned and Maxi Kleber should be back soon as well, so let’s see how things transpire then.
Ring the Jingles bells. Earlier this month, Jingles missed four of five games due to an Achilles injury. Upon his return, he played sub-20 minutes in three games then was ramped up to 27 minutes on Tuesday. So, it was encouraging that he played 30 minutes in the back-to-back and balled the F out. It was likely an outlier performance but shows that he can access ceiling from time to time.
Is it a coincidence that I wrote up Gobert as the lede on Tuesday then he does this on Wednesday? Me thinks not. We got it like that here at Razzball. Viva la Razzball! Of course, the logical conclusion would be that Gobert has been on a heater hence the lede and subsequent great performance but logic schmogic. Anyways, that was Gobert’s third 20/20 game of his career.
Of course, a player named Jordan led the team in scoring. Despite playing only 25 minutes per game, Jordan is the microwave off the bench and provides 18 points per game with three tres, 4.6 boards, and 1.1 steals. The percentages are pristine as well, at 47% from the field and 96% from the line. As a result, he’s a top 55 player on the season.
Returned to the starting lineup and played 30 minutes. He had missed six games due to the birth of his daughter. #GirlDad made her little one proud! I’m feeling that as my girl is five years old. This is what we’ve been waiting for all season from Horford. Maybe the realization of all the shoes and dresses he’s going to need to buy in the future got him to focus on getting more bags. Now, going forward playing time shouldn’t be a concern outside of unforeseen circumstances, as the Thunder are going to want to showcase him for a trade. After that, then it depends where he lands.
Got his first start of the season due to George Hill’s thumb injury and played 30 minutes. Maledon has been playing around 20 minutes per game and providing some tres, boards, dimes, and steals. He could become a factor if the Thunder trade Hill and just let the young banshees run wild.
It pains me to write up Crowder for two reasons. 1) I love New England clam chowder and every time I write him up a bowl of fresh crowder is projected by my brain which then gets my taste buds to tingle and stomach to growl. 2) He’s a professional bricklayer, shooting 37% from the field on the season, but he’s providing plenty of tres and boards.
Devin Booker did not play in this one so, like a good neighbor, Chris Paul was there to pick up the slack. Unfortunately, it didn’t end up in victory (PHX 97- OKC 102) but it wasn’t for lack of trying from Paul. The 32 points were a season-high. Since arriving in Phoenix, scoring hasn’t been a priority with all the other weapons. As a result, he’s scored fewer than 20 points in 12 games, with three of those in the single-digits. The dimes have been more voluminous though, as he’s averaging 8.8, a full two more than last season.
Got the start and played 31 minutes. Ring the Bell? I have my doubts as I’d have to see his role when the Wizards get all their players back.
The Beal was burnt to a crisp last night but it tasted so damn good. I would’ve liked a 50-burger to go along with it but no worries. The side of boards, dimes, and steals more than made up for it. Russell Westbrook missed this game so Beal garnered a 44.2 usage rate! Over the last six games that he’s played, Beal has had a usage rate over 40 in five of them. The Wizards lost all five games.
In 28 minutes off the bench. That’s now two nights in a row writing up Mathews. He has size and can shoot but this game was a blowout. With that said, someone to keep an eye on I guess. Weirder things have happened, like a global pandemic essentially shutting down all of Earth.
Oh, baby. If he gets those steals and blocks on a consistent basis, then it’s on like Donkey Kong. Shit, I forgot about the lack of tres and poor free-throw shooting. Despite the points and boards, Zion is a top 90ish player for fantasy.
Top 40 player on the season as he’s providing plenty of points, tres, boards, and dimes. The only thing holding him back from true fantasy stardom are the defensive contributions. He must be saving the D for the ladies. I respect it.
Only played 16 minutes due to an ankle injury. It doesn’t sound serious but monitor the situation. There have also been rumblings of Ball being on the trade block.
Played 30 minutes off the bench replacing Ball. The shooting efficiency is always a concern but NAW is more than capable of filling in if Ball can’t go or is traded. In three starts this season, NAW has been a top 75 player averaging 28.9 minutes, 19.3 points, 2.7 tres, 5.3 boards, 2.7 dimes, and 1 steal.
In 27 minutes. Life is Good for Naz, as he’s started the last five games and been a top 45 player, despite playing only 26.7 minutes per game. He’s providing points, tres, boards, blocks, and excellent percentages. When Towns returns, then he will play in the teens so enjoy this while it lasts.
In 32 minutes off the bench. Back in early January, Edwards had a similar game, producing 26 points, three tres, four boards, one dime, and two steals on 21 field goal attempts. Unfortunately, the rookie has been inconsistent, which isn’t unusual. He’s scored in single digits five times and shot under 40% nine games. On the season, he’s outside the top 300.
Kelly Oubre Jr.
In only 24 minutes, as he was dealing with foul trouble. Don’t play Oubre against good defensive teams who slow down the pace. He thrives in uptempo games against the Timberwolves and Wizards of the world. Kelly O has essentially provided a 0 in seven games (defined as scoring less than 10 points).
Came off the bench for the second consecutive game and played 24 minutes. A Wiseman, priest, and rabbi are congregating in front of the gates of heaven. The priest says to the rabbi, “I have dedicated my entire life to God so the gates shall open for me first.” The rabbi responds, “My entire existence on Earth was dedicated to the Holy Father so the gates shall be opened up for me first.” Creak, squeak, creak…..As the gates of Heaven slowly open up, both the priest take steps toward it when the Guardian Angel sticks out his wing and nods from left to right, and bellows out, “Wiseman, you’re up.” Before he enters the Promised Land, Wiseman looks back at the priest and rabbi, smirks, then gives a pound to the Guardian Angel and says, “Dunk you very much.” Noticing the perplexed looks on the priest and rabbi, the Guardian Angel tells them, “We got plenty of you priests and rabbis but very few seven-footers who can shoot like Wiseman.”
He’s good…blah blah….He’s fantastic….blah blah….He’s the number one player for fantasy.
In 20 minutes off the bench. Over the last four games, Green has been money, producing top 70 value despite playing only 21.2 minutes per game. I thought he would start for the Nuggets prior to the season. Reason number 32234235435245454 why Son is a stupid, stupid man. Regardless, at least I know that I do not know, right? High five anyone? Green can score, drain tres, and grab boards. He won’t provide much in the dimes and defensive cats but if Millsap goes down, then Green becomes really enticing.
Played 36 minutes and is averaging 34.3 on the season. Over the past four games, he’s been shooting 31% from the field. He shot 47% from the field last season and is at 43% so far this year. Don’t worry, be happy. He’ll be fine as long as he doesn’t lose confidence and stops hucking and chucking.
Got the start and played 39 minutes because both Tyler Herro and Goran Dragic were out. Over the last seven games, due to COVID and injuries, Nunn has averaged 34.3 minutes and produced top 80 value. He can score, drain tres, and get his 211 on. What are his prospects going forward? Nunn ya business.
Played 46 minutes in an OT game. Now, this is the James that gets me Harden excited. Despite all the disappointments and drama this season, Harden is still the number 13 player for fantasy. Just wait until his fat ass gets in shape and he figures out how to play with Kyrie and KD.
Played 31 minutes off the bench. Over the past four games, Green has averaged 29.2 minutes, 11.3 points, 1.3 tres, 4.8 boards, 2 dimes, and 1 steal. He’s playing the small-ball, stretch-five role when Nash wants more offense on the floor. His versatility has made him an integral part of the Nets squad.
Played 45 minutes. Over the past four games, Hunter has been a top 20 player. I traded him away in a 30-team dynasty league and I have the seppuku knives sharpened and ready to use. I kid. I always had high hopes for him and this was my concern when I traded him away, but I needed picks so after another trade I ended up with Talen Horton-Tucker and two firsts. Should I off myself now?
In 44 minutes. Trae has really picked it up, as he’s been a top-five player over the last three games. For the season, he’s a top 50 player because of the low field goal percentage, lack of defensive stats, and high turnovers.
In 35 minutes off the bench. Reddish can score but he’s just so damn inconsistent. He’s gone for at least 20 points in four games but has four games in single digits. On the season, he’s shooting 37% from the field and doesn’t provide much outside of boards, steals, tres, and points. Top 150 player for fantasy.
In 38 minutes. Do I need to change Mehrrison Barnes’ name to HarriSON Barnes now? NEVER!! That’s not how I roll. With that said, I have to acknowledge that Mehrrison has been kind of good this season, as he’s doing more than just scoring. The boards and dimes are both up significantly. As a result, he’s a top 60 player on the season. He finished as the 163rd and 139th player the last two seasons.
Orale, Holmes! He played 32 minutes in this game and has been averaging over 35 the past five games. On the season, Holmes is a top 30 player, providing points, boards, steals, blocks, and excellent percentages. He’s shooting 68% from the field and 81% from the line.
In only 22 minutes. Has he figured it out? It’s possible. There’s a reason why he was the second overall pick. With that said, I need to see more consistency and the lack of defensive contributions are a debbie downer for fantasy. So is the poor free-throw shooting.
My Buddy is third in three-point field goal attempts, behind only Steph Curry and Damian Lillard. A professional hucker and chucker. My Buddy will contribute some boards, dimes, and steals but the shooting efficiency knocks down his overall value. On the season, he’s shooting 38% from the field. Not so friendly.
What are things that make you want to jump for joy and vomit at the same time? Hmmmm……
Forget trying to figure out how to bring world peace. We need our best and brightest minds on this one I got it! I got it! Fox’s stat line from last night. He aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllmost messed around but destroyed percentages in the process.
I cannot figure out Gordon. Some nights he looks like the player to carry the torch of the league then there are games like last night.
Despite improvements to his game, particularly in the dimes department, Gordon is a top 175 player on the season. He’s shooting 43% from the field and 60% from the line.
Since returning five games ago from injury, Fournier has been a top 70 player. He plays a ton of minutes, and provides points, tres, dimes, and steals. The percentages are decent as well (48% from the field and 77% from the line). He was one of my favorite late-round players so it’s nice to see him playing well. With that said, there is some concern that he gets traded at some time, which could decrease his usage rate.
Top 25 player on the season. There have been some awful shooting games this season, two games under 30%, but by and large the efficiency has been pretty good. He’s 0.2 steals shy of being a 1/1/1 player and the 1.2 blocks are impressive. The 2.8 dimes are light but he never averaged more than 1.8 in his career so baby steps. Grant is probably the fantasy MVP at this point.
The 15 points tied a season-high. Plumlee is a top 150 player. He doesn’t provide much in the points department and zero tres, but he does grab boards, dishes out some dimes, and gets his 211 on. The blocks are light though for a big man at 0.6. The field goal percentage is good at 54% while the free throw shooting is at 68%, which will likely come down considering he’s been in the 60% range the last three years.
Played 30 minutes. Over the past seven games, Wright has averaged 29 minutes and been a top 35 player. Points are never his thing but he will contribute some tres. What Wright provides are boards, dimes, and defensive stats.
Only played 28 minutes but garnered a usage rate of 47! Dre is a beast in the boards, points, and defensive cats. The field goal percentage is at 47%, though. He had been over 50% in each of the last five seasons. The free throw shooting is always a concern and the turnovers are high at 3.6. More troubling is the minutes, as Jarrett Allen is soaking up 20 minutes. Dre is a top 70 player on the season.
The only thing Sexton doesn’t provide is blocks. He’s shooting 51% from the field and 81% from the line while contributing 25.2 points, 1.9 tres, 2.7 boards, 4.2 dimes, and 1.2 steals. Pretty, pretty good.
After missing eight games due to injury, Garland had played in three contests and finally returned to the starting lineup. SexLand is primed and ready for the naughty stuff. Unlike Sexton, Garland has efficiency issues, as he will often shoot sub-40%. On the season, he’s at 42%. He does provide more dimes, though, with fewer points than his backcourt mate. He’s a top 140 player for fantasy.