When I first started writing these recaps, Grey imparted into my tiny brain the wisdom of not writing about the same player in the lede. It wasn’t a hard and fast rule, but it made sense and I’ve tried to adhere to it as much as possible. But, but, but….Yes, I’m studdering mother [email protected]#!er. Sometimes a player is so good, so brilliant, so dominant that he moon walks over all the competition and I’m forced to do it. Let’s call it the James Harden fast rule.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
43 10 13 2 0 9 6/12 8/19 21/27

That’s four straight games with at least 40 points. According to Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen), Harden joined Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant as the only players over the last 30 years to score 400 points in 10 games. According to Kevin O’Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA), Harden was the first person in NBA history to score at least 40 points on eight field goal makes. He now has four trip-dubs on the season and 39 for his career. He’s been the #1 player for fantasy over the past seven games. All that is nice and dandy, but do you know what the craziest stat is? With both Chris Paul and Eric Gordon off the court, Harden has a 51.8 usage rate, an increase of 10.3%!!! The Harden Fast Rule is that when Paul and Gordon are off the court, James is gonna eat.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

Before I begin, I just wanted to wish everyone a…..

 

Jaylen Brown

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 5 2 0 2 0 3/5 10/15 7/8

Not so doo doo last night. In fact, over the past four games, Brown has been a top 125 player. That might not seem like a big deal, but he was languishing in the 200 area for much of the season. He won’t dish out too many dimes, but he will provide a little something something in the rest of the categories. His main issue is the shooting efficiency. Over the past week, Brown has been blistering hot shooting 59% from the field. That’s obviously not going to continue, but any improvement on the 43% level should be considered a win.

Marcus Morris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 4 0 0 1 0 2/3 7/13 2/3

Has been a top 35 player over the past five games. If you want a big man that can score, rebound, and drain threeecolas, then Morris is your man. Just don’t expect much in the D departments.

Jayson Tatum

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 11 1 0 2 2 0/5 6/14 0

Just wait until he has a usage rate over 22. He’ll be an A-lister like his cousin Channing. Currently at 0.7 blocks on the season, Tatum does have an outside shot to be the newest member of the 1/1/1 club.

Kyrie Irving

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 3 8 2 0 3 1/5 7/14 1/2

Played 29 minutes, but missed some time due to getting poked in the eye. I think Patty Mills did the poking, “You really think the world is flat, Kyrie? Poke. How about now? How’s the world look now? Poke poke.” Injury doesn’t sound serious, but if he misses time, fire up those Terry Rozier shares.

LaMarcus Aldridge

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 9 5 1 2 2 0 13/23 6/7

O, LMA! What a performance. And he started off shooting 0-for-6! Over the last seven games, he’s been a top 20 player with a usage rate near 30. No laughing matter.

Jakob Poeltl

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

Got the start with Rudy Gay sitting and played 20 minutes. JP stands for just playing, which interestingly enough has multiple meanings. On one hand, Poeltl is literally playing. On the other hand, pick him up. Just playing.

Derrick White

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 3 3 1 2 1 2/2 8/9 4/5

It’s been a roller coaster ride for White owners. He was the Messiah when Dejounte Murray went down for the year. Then he was the guardian of Hades when he actually played. Now, he is General Patton leading his armored cavalry across the plains of Europe. Will White also bring back victory? Well….over the past four games, he’s been the #16 player.

Bryn Forbes

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 2 2 1 0 2 3/7 6/14 0

Top 75 player over the past seven games. 3 assists with 3 rebounds with a shade under 3 threeecolas. 3’s are wild! Jackpot! Ding ding ding ding. I love that sound walking through the casino, but be strong like Odysseus sailing by the Sirens, as slots have the worst odds in the casino. Forbes on the other hand? He’s money….of course.

Davis Bertans

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 5 0 1 0 1 5/8 6/12 0

Played 31 minutes off the bench. Saw the biggest boost from the Gay injury. Bertans will provide threeecolas and rebounds.

Harrison Barnes

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 5 1 1 0 2 7/9 8/11 2/2

Over the past eight games, Barnes has been a top 40 player. He’s always going to play a shit ton of minutes and no need to sweat the possibility of an assist, but the increase in threeecolas has been quite dramatic. Over the past four years, he’s never averaged more than 1.5 per game. This season, he’s near 3 per game. HalleLuka!

Luka Doncic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 6 3 1 0 5 3/6 4/10 6/6

DeAndre Jordan

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2 10 1 0 0 6 0 1/2 0

Played 24 minutes as he fouled out. This is why Steven Adams is escorting me when I travel back to the time of the dinosaurs, and the reason why he is the point man in the welcoming party when the aliens come.

Steven Adams

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 13 4 1 0 1 0 5/8 2/8

David and his stupid slingshot would’ve had no chance against Adams.

Russell Westbrook

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 11 11 4 0 5 0/1 13/24 6/6

Just Russ messing around again. Over the past seven games, he’s averaging a trip-dub with 3.4 steals per game! Insanity. Yet, he’s only been the #48 player because of the 5.3 turnovers and 62% free throw shooting.

Karl-Anthony Towns

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 17 6 0 5 2 2/5 10/23 6/8

Over the last four games, KAT has been the #2 player. ME-f’ing-OW! It’s helped that Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose have not played due to injury, as he’s had a 31.2 usage rate in that scenario, an increase of 4%.

Tyus Jones

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 2 13 1 0 0 1/2 6/11 2/2

Got another start in place of Jeff Teague and played 38 minutes. Over the last four games, he’s been a top 20 player. He’s a relatively low usage player, but the assists and steals give him a super-high floor. When he shoots, ceiling outcomes are accessed.

Taj Gibson played 32 minutes, while Dario Saric played 16 minutes. The last four games, Gibson has played 32, 30, 26, and 26 minutes while Saric has played 16, 19, 27, and 20 minutes. The trend is your friend. Not for Mario with the D, though.

The big news for New Orleans was the last scratch of Anthony Davis from the lineup about one minute before lock. Good times.

Julius Randle

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
33 11 3 0 0 0 2/4 13/23 5/6

When Davis and Nikola Mirotic are off the court, Randle has a 33.9 usage rate, an increase of 6 percent. Over the past four games, he’s been a top 60 player. The increase in threeecolas is a nice addition to his game. Now, he needs to up the production in the defensive categories in order to crack the top 50.

Elfrid Payton

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

Returned from injury and played 24 minutes. If you need assists, steals, and some boards, sure. He was clocking in around the top 200 when he did play.

Jrue Holiday

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 4 9 0 0 5 2/3 8/17 8/8

With AD and Mirotic off the court, Jrue has a 29.5 usage rate, an increase of 3.2%. One of the more complete players in basketball, Holiday is a top 25-30 player who has a chance of becoming a 1/1/1 member.

If you need threeecolas, E’Twaun Moore got the start, played 33 minutes, and went 3-of-4 from downtown. Darius Miller played 27 minutes and went 5-of-8 from beyond the arc.

Draymond Green

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

Kevin Durant

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 2 4 0 0 4 3/4 8/14 6/9

Yo, KD. Why you gotta do your boy like that with the whole backpack thing? That ain’t right.

Stephen Curry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
34 9 4 1 0 3 5/9 11/17 7/7

The last four years, Curry has finished as the #2, #3, #1, and #2 player for fantasy on a per-game basis. He only played 51 games last season, but the prior three? 79, 79, and 80 games. I’m going to miss him when he’s gone because he’s one player that I will tell my kids stories about.

T. J. Warren

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 4 4 1 0 0 2/5 8/17 6/6

Top 35 player on the season, as Warren has been a G by contributing in every category, with the biggest boost coming in threeecolas.

Deandre Ayton

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 10 1 0 0 1 0 9/17 7/8

Top 5 player over the past seven games. Wait until he learns how to pass and shoot threeecolas!!! I have a feeling that those aspects of his game will come sooner rather than later.

Kyle Anderson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 3 5 3 1 2 2/4 9/13 0/6

Played 39 minutes. I’ve slowly come around on Mr. Anderson. How could I not? As he’s been a top 25 player over the past six games. He contributes across the board, but the one blemish is the free throw shooting. Someone needs to go into the matrix and fix that line of code.

Marc Gasol

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 12 4 2 1 1 1/3 5/10 3/4

The quietest top 20 season ever.

JaMychal Green

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 6 2 1 1 1 3/3 5/6 4/5

Played 20 minutes off the bench. Green is averaging around 21-22 minutes per game, but if you need rebounds, blocks, and some threeecolas from the big man position, then Green can be useful. He’s been a top 135 player over the past six games.

Clint Capela

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 13 0 0 1 0 0 7/9 5/8

Everybody dance now!

Gerald Green

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 5 0 0 1 2 6/11 6/11 0

Played 25 minutes and was the main beneficiary of the Gordon injury. Gerald has the Green light from downtown anytime.

Aaron Gordon

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 8 5 0 0 0 2/6 6/17 0

Led the team in scoring. Ha! Man, I remember when I used to call him Commissioner Gordon. Those were good times. Now? Not so much.

Nikola Vucevic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 5 2 1 2 0 1/3 5/13 1/4

Only played 23 minutes due to injury (left calf). He got kneed so it doesn’t sound serious, but something to monitor.

Mohamed Bamba

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
5 12 0 0 2 0 0/1 2/5 1/2

Played 18 minutes. Not getting enough minutes to be fantasy relevant, but could get some more run if Vucevic is out for any amount of period. Boards and Blocks for Bamba.

Nicolas Batum

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

Batum is the beached whale of fantasy basketball. “Throw him back in!”

Cody Zeller

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 6 2 0 0 1 0/1 3/5 8/8

Played 24 minutes but left the early after breaking his right hand. Free Willy?

Willy Hernangomez

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 8 1 1 0 0 0 2/5 6/7

Played 14 minutes and should be the guy at center for the Hornets. My emotions are a mess right now, as we’ve been here before.

John Collins

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 16 4 0 0 0 2/4 8/15 4/4

Phil who? John is a freaking beast…at least on the offensive side of the ball. Needs to contribute the D, but he’s still a top 70 player without it.

Alex Len

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 7 2 1 1 2 0/2 8/16 3/7

Continues to start and played 25 minutes. As long as Dewayne Dedmon is out, Len will get his run.

Kevin Huerter

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 0 2 0 1 2 6/9 8/15 0/2

Played a team-high 40 minutes. Baby, don’t Huerter. This song keeps playing in my head when I think about Huerter.

He’s a top 200 player for fantasy right now, but I think he only gets better as the season progresses. The main bugaboo has been the shooting efficiency.

Myles Turner

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 8 4 0 4 1 3/4 7/9 3/5

Only played 23 minutes. Because he’s a boss. Top 10 player over the past seven games.

Victor Oladipo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 4 7 4 0 1 2/4 9/19 2/2

The D stats and shooting efficiency are down from his top 10 number last season, but he’ll get better, especially since he missed 11 games. With that said, it’ll probably be tough for him to replicate the top 10 performance.

Domantas Sabonis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 8 0 1 0 1 0 7/12 6/8

Played 27 minutes. Sixth Man of the Year?

  1. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Man, I can’t believe Huerter shot like that. Lmao Was about to drop his ass for D. White, but glad I held onto him, and maybe for the remainder of the week. G.Harris and Porter are returning really soon, but meh, I’m keeping my boy Huerter!!

    My only powerforwards are KD and Isaac, and I’m on the verge of dropping the latter. The only reason why I’m still holding is bcos he is the only backup for that PF slot behind KD, however, his inconsistency is maddening. It makes me want to think that he’s still too raw to really consistently produce on a nightly basis. Would you drop him for D. White? White is showing signs of life, might wanna try him out. What do you say buddy, do we drop Isaac for White, or we keep the faith?

    • Son

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      @I just wanna Kawhi: I’ve come around on White. I still like Huerter, but I think White has more value because he will contribute in more cats.

      You need forwards. Think roster construction dictates keeping Isaac. Although, you could try to conconct a creative trade with someone.

  2. Max says:
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    You taking Bazemore or DeAndre Jordan for the rest of the year?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      What’s the context?

      • Max says:
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        @Son: I have Bazemore on a cheap contract. My team is in the hunt, but has ground to make up in FG % and points. Rebounds and 3s are tight, but I’m doing reasonably well there. I also need FT%, and can’t punt it because I’m already punting TOs, so I am hoping Jordan has turned a corner.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Max: Gotcha. Bazemore for me in that context.

      • Max says:
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        @Son: I am also concerned that when Taurean comes back Bazemore becomes much less attractive. Thanks for your help.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Max: A legitimate concern. I’ve been of the belief that Bazemore gets traded and would play a lot in that scenario, but if you don’t think he does, then his value would take a hit when Prince returns. In that scenario, DJ is the way to go.

          • Max says:
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            @Son: okay, thanks Son… he picked a bad time to get injured.

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Max: Anytime!

  3. Justin says:
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    9 cat H2h, Otto or kanter.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Justin: Otto

  4. Court Vision says:
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    Happy New Year Son!

    Hope its a great one for you. Thanks for doing what you do.

    Ive spent the whole season til now holding Barton/G Harris/Teague and Boogie (IL) and slogging through my matchups, trying to stay within striking distance for when i get healthy. Got Harris back tonight! Maybe Teague tomorrow…? Boogie and Barton real soon like? Feels like Xmas. We’ll see who gets broken once they are healthy 😉

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Court Vision: To you as well CV! Thanks for the kind words.

      I hope your strength and patience will be rightfully rewarded. Good luck my man!

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