Consistency has been a hallmark for the career of LeBron James. Year in and year out, you could Sharpie him in for 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. Within that consistency bubble, though, are different shades of LeBron. There’s “Deferential” LeBron, who props up his teammates and lets them shine. There’s “We’ve Lost How Many Games?” LeBron, who could probably stop a flower from blooming. There’s “Playoff” LeBron, but the shade of LeBron that I want to discuss is “You Forgetting About Me” LeBron, which is my favorite because he announces it with the force of Thor’s hammer screaming to the ground. It all started two games ago against the Portland Trail Blazers. Entering that game, LeBron was averaging 26.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 7.1 assists. Yawn, but then he exploded for 44/10/3. Last night….

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
51 8 3 2 1 2 6/8 19/31 7/10

….A fifty-burger usually brings out the cops, but not for LeBron. It’s just another shade. Beep. Boop. Bop. The Stocktonator knows all the different shades, as it had LeBron as the #1 player yesterday. For the season, LeBron is the #4 player according to Basketball Monster. Long live the King!

Here’s what else I saw yesterday:

 

Rodney McGruder

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14 7 4 0 0 3 2/6 6/14 0

Played 38 minutes. This Mcy G’s ain’t going anywhere, as he’s played 38 and 31 the past two games and jacked up 14 and 11 shots respectively. He also has a decent floor because he will grab some boards, dish out some dimes, and get his 211 on.

Wayne Ellington

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 2 1 0 0 1 5/11 7/14 0

Received the start for Goran Dragic and played 38 minutes. In addition, Dwayne Wade also did not suit up. Ellington is the protypical 3 without the D player.

Tyler Johnson

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17 6 3 1 0 2 2/4 6/16 3/4

This Johnson rose up because the Heat were without Dragic and Wade.

Jaren Jackson Jr.

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13 2 1 0 3 3 1/2 6/10 0

Only played 19 minutes, but that was primarily due to early foul trouble. JJJ did get the start even with the return of JaMychal Green. That situation could change, but JJJ has shown that the game is not too big for him, so I see no reason why the Grizzlies would stunt his growth.

Kyle Anderson

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4 3 7 2 1 1 0/1 2/4 0

Mr. Anderson needs to go into the Matrix and press the x2 button.

Marc Gasol

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26 13 3 2 3 2 4/7 8/13 6/10

Gasol is going to be the newest member of the 1/1/1 club, Marc my words.

Garrett Temple

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8 8 1 2 0 1 1/2 3/9 1/2

Played 33 minutes and is averaging 32.2 on the season. This Temple is not sacred, but is a functional member of fantasiety. Will provide a couple hands worth of points, threeecolas, and steals. Currently is the 105th player according to Basketball Monster.

JaMychal Green

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

Returned from injury and played 21 minutes. Don’t think he will make too much of a fantasy impact, as the minutes could be sparse and he’s basically a points and rebounds player.

Shelvin Mack

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12 1 2 1 0 0 2/4 5/10 0

Played 28 minutes, which is what he’s been averaging for the month of November. Points, assists, and steals are what he delivers. What a Mack!

Taj Gibson

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

Got the start but only played 19 minutes. Since Dario Saric came to town, Taj has played 28, 21, and 19 minutes. It is said that the trend is your friend. Hey, there are good friends and bad friends.

Robert Covington

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15 2 2 4 1 0 4/8 5/11 1/2

Played 37 minutes. The Lord always delivers on Sundays.

Andrew Wiggins

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14 2 4 0 0 4 1/4 6/18 1/2

I’m so confused right now. Was yesterday a return to normal or an outlier game? For the month of November, Wiggins has been….dare I say, good? We know he can score but he was actually contributing across the board. SLAP! Ok, I’m good now. Wiggins on the other hand is not. Or is he? See how difficult this is?

Karl-Anthony Towns

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 20 2 0 1 4 1/1 6/10 2/2

Second game pulling down at least 20 rebounds and ninth double-dub in 17 games. He led the league last year with 68. Now that Jimmy Butler is out of town, hear this Timberwolf roar….meow.

Jeff Teague

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2 4 4 1 0 3 0/2 1/9 0

Teague had strung together three great performances before yesterday’s dud. It happens, but all I keep hearing is this.

Dario Saric

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 3 1 1 0 3 4/7 4/10 2/2

Played 29 minutes off the bench. Since coming to Minnesota, Mario with a D has played 20, 27, and 29 minutes. Trend is your friend.

Derrick Rose

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 3 3 1 0 2 2/4 6/11 4/4

Maybe back in the 80’s and 90’s, Poison! Because 2018 Derrick Rose is refuting the statement. The one bugaboo throughout his career was the lack of an outside shot. Well….he’s shooting 47% from downtown so far! I just kiboshed him, didn’t I? Plus, if Rose succumbs to injury….I shall perform seppuku for the 100th time.

Kevin Knox

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4 2 0 0 0 1 0/3 2/8 0

Got the start and played 23 minutes. He should get more minutes as the season progresses, but what does he bring to the table fantasy-wise outside of points and some boards?

Mitchell Robinson

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0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0/1 0

Only played 9 minutes due to foul trouble. He’s a rookie, so there will be ups and downs, but if you need blocks, have to grin and bear it.

Tim Hardaway Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 2 2 3 0 1 5/10 9/20 9/10

Played 36 minutes off the bench. Yo, yo, yo! We got ourselves a shooter. Literally, as THJ is averaging over 18 shots per game.

Enes Kanter

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 19 3 0 1 4 0/1 8/16 5/5

Played 38 minutes, as Mr. Robinson was saddled with foul trouble. Did he execute the modern day Tonya Harding by paying off the refs?

Trey Burke

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 3 2 2 0 3 1/7 11/20 8/10

Played 29 minutes, as the starters got destroyed early on, so Coach Fizdale called upon the bench and stayed with them. Burke is the best offensive scoring threat out of the Mudiay, Ntilikina, and Burke trifecta, but there’s a reason why he’s not getting minutes and has a few DNPs notched on his belt. Don’t ask me the reason because I have no idea.

Aaron Gordon

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
31 1 2 1 0 4 4/8 13/17 1/2

It’s inexcusable that a player of Gordon’s caliber only grabs one rebound in a game. Says the guy typing on a computer in mom’s basement.

Nikola Vucevic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 10 9 0 2 3 2/3 10/15 6/6

Aaaaaaalllmost messed around. Vucevic is a top 10 player for fantasy. That is all.

Jonathan Isaac

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 4 3 2 1 0 1/3 6/9 3/4

Played 24 minutes off the bench. Now, that’s the Isaac we were expecting when Newton’s first law of motion was broken by the preseason hype train. Since returning from injury, Isaac has logged 16, 17, and 24 minutes and has 8 blocks over the three games. The answer to your question is yes.

Jusuf Nurkic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 14 8 0 1 1 0/1 3/8 7/9

Jusuf Nurkic-ked the Wizards in the proverbial nuts.

Damian Lillard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
40 6 5 1 0 1 3/10 12/29 13/15

A 40-burger and Lillard is buried in the post. All hail the King! With that said, y’all know what time it is….

Evan Turner

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
8 8 6 0 0 3 0 3/8 2/2

Played 31 minutes. ET is the guy running the second unit. Would Steven Spielberg be proud or naw? Anyways, some points, boards, dimes, and steals from ET aren’t out of this world, but definitely serviceable.

Dwight Howard only played seven minutes due to tweaking his back. Shocker. Markieff Morris should suck up some of those minutes.

John Wall

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 3 3 0 3 1 3/6 10/21 1/5

The whispers of “We don’t need no stinking Wall” have cresecndoed to “WE DON’T NEED NO STINKING WALL!!!”

Kelly Oubre Jr.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 4 4 1 2 0 2/6 7/14 3/4

Best player on the Wizards? Ha! Made you think, which is all you need to know about the shituation in Washington DC.

Jonas Jerebko

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

Got the start because Draymond Green did not suit up and played 26 minutes. He’s grabbed at least 10 rebounds in three of the past four games. The answer to your question is JerebNO.

Kevin Durant

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 10 6 2 1 3 1/8 8/25 9/10

See ya in LA, KD.

Quinn Cook

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 8 2 1 0 1 1/4 7/12 1/2

Played 29 minutes, as Chef Curry remains out of the kitchen.

LaMarcus Aldridge

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 18 3 0 2 2 0/1 10/16 4/4

Played 40 minutes and just gave me a wink and a smile with a…”Who’s laughing now, punk?”

Rudy Gay

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 5 1 0 3 2 3/3 6/10 4/5

Got the start and played 30 minutes. Gay can do it all: score, rebound, set up others, and play D. It’s all about injury.

DeMar DeRozan

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 6 9 0 0 2 0 8/19 4/6

Played 40 minutes. I’m sure there’s a guy out there that is not impressed by double D’s.

 

  1. Max says:
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    Hi, man. Nice post as always. I need to drop one of my players to have stream from FA in upcoming weeks. Candidates to be drop are JJJ, Turner, Cauley-Stein and SGA? What you think about that?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Max: Thanks Max! Much appreciated. May I ask why you need to drop any of those players to stream? I’d have a hard time dropping any of them. I guess it depends who you’d be dropping them for

      • Max says:
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        @Son: I am in h2h 9cat league. So in order to have more games throughout the week, i sometimes drop a player and pick another one. For example this week on saturday and sunday it would be perfect to drop turner and pick up bogdanovic to have two more extra games. You are against it? What is your opinion on this?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Max: I’m good with streaming and maximimzing games played, but a balance needs to be maintained with the short and long term. How many teams are in league?

          I really like JJJ and SGA for the long term. And C options may be sparse on the wire, which gives an uptick to Turner and WCS. Depends on league.

          • Max says:
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            @Son: 8 teams are in my league. Yeah, I do not know what to do in this situation. Because I really like those four in the long term. Also I made mistake and got Stein for Klay so I definetly cannot drop wcs.:D so i will see what i will do with Turner.

            • Son

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              @Max: Got it. Yeah, 8 teams changes the equation. There should be plenty of guys on the wire. If you need blocks, then Myles. As for not dropping WCS due to the Klay aspect, can’t let that affect you. Each scenario needs to be assessed in a vacuum.

  2. Tony C says:
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    12 team 9-cat league, James Johnson, Jaymichael Green or Zack Collins? Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Green

  3. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Was watching the game between Washington and Portland (was it Portland?), Wiz just have so much negativity in them. Wall complaining while standing around instead of getting back down on D. Beal also complaining a lot. I wonder how their locker room is like.. Hah

    So I just dropped D. White for Mikal. I just had to man, my boy has upside and has already shown flashes of it. Whilst D. White has done nothing in his recent games. I still have a vacant roster spot saved prolly for M. Robb or Dewayne Dedmon? Is the latter rosterable in 12-team leagues? I kinda feel like his borderline streamer. I also have Muscala whom I think will get decent burn in the PF and C positions (w/ the sixers), however, he’s not making his shots! But I checked his stats, he does have a decent clip from beyond the arc, and I do wish he starts making them or else he’s gon be like Kyle Anderson who plays a ton of minutes but can only muster 4 points, and that seriously pisses me off. Hah

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: Yeah, it’s a shituation in DC.

      I’d rather have White, but I understand the Mikal move and don’t hate it.

      Dedmon is a streamer. I like Muscala. As for Kyle, at least he contributes in other cats.

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son:

        Yea, it is just too evident that nobody wants to play for nobody. Wall doesn’t want to play for his coach and teammates, it shows in his body language. And it feels like, right now, the only thing that needs to be done is to blow that team up. I don’t think they’ll ever get back to how they were before, I just don’t… Brooks already lost his team…

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @I just wanna Kawhi: Yeah, looks like it. Well, supposedly Wall and Beal are on the block so…we shall see

  4. miles proudfoot says:
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    Love the creepy LeBron pic with that title.

    I have not watched very little of Orlando this year. Saric and another player for Isaac?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Ha! Yeah, I thought it fit as well. The universe is awesome at times.

      Depends on your squad. If you want the D, then Isaac. If you want 3s, then Mario with the D is your guy

  5. Josh says:
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    Im trying to gain assists, and my team is punting 3s. I’m thinking about making an offer of my Oladipo + Hield for Wall + Capela. Is that dumb? I’m a little nervous taking on Wall, since the team is so bad and he missed so much time last year.

    Any other good buy low targets come to mind for a punt 3s team a little light on steals and assists?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Not dumb, as it fits your strategy. You lose steals and tank your FT% though.

      As for buy-low targets for your build, Rubio immediately comes to mind.

  6. LA says:
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    Mikal Bridges, Justin Holiday, or Tyreke in 9-cat H2h?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Bridges for the upside. Ariza could put a damper on things when he returns, but Bridges does have a path to starters minutes down the road

  7. jeff says:
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    Hello-

    12 Team Keeper League — Would you trade:

    Fox FOR Teague/Nurkic

    My Team:

    PG: Curry/Fox/Shai/Rozier/Lin
    SG: Harden/McGrueder/Lamb/Wade
    SF: Hardaway/Hayward/Mikal Bridges
    PF: Giannis/Barnes/JJJ
    C:Valenciunas/Sabonis/WCJ/Len

  8. jeffrey acevedo says:
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    @jeff:

    Or Harden and another piece for Jokic

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @jeffrey acevedo: I answered in the other post

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